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Newbie needs your advice. Korean or Chinese?

Post by OuttaspaceMan » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:06 am

Hello everyone! I'm a newbie here, and I've really looked up to this site since rarely any fighting or disrespect goes on here. I valued the insightful comments and suggestions whenever I browse this site. And now.. I finally found a Tokai online and I'm considering on pulling the trigger on my 1st Tokai but I decided to post this to seek for your inputs before anything else.

So here goes. I saw this Tokai Love Rock Standard Goldtop posted online and according to the seller, it's Korean-made. He said he can't tell for sure on what type of wood used and most probably it's the standard mahogany with maple top. Here's the description on his ad:

"This guitar weighs 4.25 kilos has no serial number so was probably Made in Korea for the domestic japanese market.

In excellent used condition. (see pics) The front is clean with justa couple of tiny marks. The back has some scratches and a couple of small chips but nothing major. The back of neck has a number of small dinks/chips but nothing noticeable when played and the headstock has a couple of small chips. The original hardware is in excellent order and all working well. The electrics are original and working fine. The fretboard is fine with the frets showing minimal wear. Its playing nicely and includes a gigbag."


I have no expertise in determining whether if it's Korean or China made.. And as much as I would like to own the MIJ ones since they're the one with quality and legacy, at the moment my budget works really well with the price of a Korean made and the last thing I want to end up with a Chinese Tokai. I hope to gain new friends who share the same love for Tokai guitars or just guitars for that matter and I hope to learn from what everyone can share.

Thanks and best regards to all! =)

Rob
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Post by OuttaspaceMan » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:08 am

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Post by OuttaspaceMan » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:09 am

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Post by OuttaspaceMan » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:10 am

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Post by OuttaspaceMan » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:12 am

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Post by OuttaspaceMan » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:13 am

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Post by OuttaspaceMan » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:17 am

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Post by OuttaspaceMan » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:18 am

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Post by OuttaspaceMan » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:22 am

Are these the same with the one I'm considering?

http://www.dhgate.com/Tokai-LS48-Electr ... 51472.html

http://www.richtonemusic.co.uk/guitars- ... op-38.html

Advance thanks for everyone's time and advice on this =)
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Post by OuttaspaceMan » Sat Nov 07, 2009 10:05 am

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Post by marcusnieman » Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:14 pm

Greetings to the forum and good on you for checking before you buy.

Not sure about this one. The headstock profile doesn't look right to me. Also, it has a 2 screw Gibson trussrod cover on it. The Korean (and Chinese?) versions have 3 screw TRC's. You can't put a two screw Gibby TRC on it, have it fit right or conceal the two other holes along side the nut.

Again, I'm not sure about this one. Perhaps someone else will pipe up.

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Post by Ozeshin » Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:41 pm

I would have said Korean but like Marcus the TRC is a worry and the blank pickups as well...no sticker or markings at all...also...the Tokai logo script is VERY close to the top of the headstock :o
I DO think it's Korean built....just doubtful as to whether it's a Tokai or not.

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Post by leadguitar_323 » Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:19 pm

It has the bridge post inserts so it is Korean but something is just no right with the headstock. See if you can take the truss rod cover off and tell us what you see or post the pics..

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