ES-Custom - my first Tokai

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ES-Custom - my first Tokai

Post by richmca » Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:16 am

Just got my long-awaited ES-Custom, unpacked it, plugged it in (it was still in tune, after traveling thousands of miles in an aircraft hold) and got stuck in. Hah! Pretty exciting guitar to play - open up the output stage on the amp and this thing starts bucking and writhing under my hands. After a couple of minutes I hit a note that starts the air pumping out of the f-holes like there's a fan inside it, and as I put my hand over it to feel the draft, the note's volume changes...so I'm sustaining a note and waving my hand over the hole to create a tremelo. Two minutes in and I'm playing the thing like it's a theremin!! I am going to enjoy owning this one 8)

Fretboard needs a bit of warming up, like any new guitar, and I'm not sure about the neck pickup - seems a bit underwhelming, but the bridge is wonderfully uncouth. I'm sure I'll get around to finding some jazzy tones given time, but right now I feel like a hooligan!!

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Post by marcusnieman » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:20 am

What's an ES "Custom"? Pictures? :o

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Post by stratman323 » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:27 am

I would also like to see some pics, but is it really a good idea to send a guitar "thousands of miles in an aircraft hold" tuned up to concert pitch? I thought it was generally agreed that detuning the guitar put less strain on the neck?

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Post by richmca » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:29 am

All I know is it's a short run - apparently - of top-spec ES with Honduras rosewood and mahogany, fatter neck profile (although it's not all that fat in my opinion), and the Love Rock headstock. The label inside reads ES-Custom. I'll post pics as soon as I can - in a couple of days.

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Post by richmca » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:31 am

I thought it was generally agreed that detuning the guitar put less strain on the neck?
Well I suppose it's not a great idea. But these were pretty light strings - 10s or maybe even 9s, and the guitar seems fine. I'll get some 11-52 on it and it will be even finer!

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Post by Donkey Oaty » Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:35 pm

richmca wrote: I'll get some 11-52 on it and it will be even finer!
Are you building a bridge ! :o

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Post by JohnA » Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:52 pm

Donkey Oaty wrote:
richmca wrote: I'll get some 11-52 on it and it will be even finer!
Are you building a bridge ! :o
:lol: 10's on a 335 feel very light, I use 10-52's on a Les Paul, but the same gauge on a 335 feel like 8's.

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Post by marcusnieman » Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:24 pm

JohnA wrote:
Donkey Oaty wrote:
richmca wrote: I'll get some 11-52 on it and it will be even finer!
Are you building a bridge ! :o
:lol: 10's on a 335 feel very light, I use 10-52's on a Les Paul, but the same gauge on a 335 feel like 8's.
Yeah, long scale guitars take heavier strings much more forgivingly than say a Strat.

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Post by stratman323 » Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:10 am

marcusnieman wrote:Yeah, long scale guitars take heavier strings much more forgivingly than say a Strat.
Que? A Strat scale is 25.5 inches. A Gibson (ES or LP) scale length is 24.75 inches.

:-? :o

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Post by marcusnieman » Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:18 am

stratman323 wrote:
marcusnieman wrote:Yeah, long scale guitars take heavier strings much more forgivingly than say a Strat.
Que? A Strat scale is 25.5 inches. A Gibson (ES or LP) scale length is 24.75 inches.

:-? :o
:oops: You know what I mean. Strings feel tighter on a strat than an ES or SG for instance.

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Post by richmca » Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:45 am

I managed to tear myself away from playing it long enough for a few snaps here. Not great photography.

Playing a semi at volume is a whole new game for me - lotsa fun!

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Post by Micky Mojo » Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:26 am

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Post by DaveWW » Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:11 am

Very nice, never seen one quite like that before.

Congrat's and enjoy!

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Post by richmca » Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:47 am

Thanks! As far as I know from my supplier, there are only 6 of these, and since I've only seen two others for sale, that probably means the varnish is still drying on the other three.

BTW, I'd like to say thanks in general to the contributors on this forum. I've been lurking for a while, trying to learn enough about Tokais to make the right choice for my first one. It's a very informative forum, and since info about Tokais is not that easy to acquire elsewhere, it's been a valuable resource for me.
OK I may only know three chords but they are extremely obscure ones :)

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Post by marcusnieman » Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:52 am

She's a pup. Nice catch 8)

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