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what "H"LS really means by tokai?

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:44 pm


8) i emailed tokai-japan and asked them about the HLS guitars. the HLS guitars were originally the special-ordered LS/LC/etc guitars by the HIBIKI company who is the distributer of tokai guitars in japan. those HLS guitars and all were purely made by tokai-japan and usually have the very high specifications. like their 59 pickup. its a more vintage styled pickup made by tokai for HIBIKI. anyways, on many forums, it seems that the people often call HLS as HISTORIC-LS. i asked tokai-japan about this if its really officially so, their answer was NO! tokai says it only means HIBIKI-LS and its for the hibiki special ordered guitars. the 59 pickup is also the hibiki's product and its not the tokai-japan official product. the email from tokai-japan is above. hope you can translate it exactly! now we clearly know that there isnt the "HISTORIC" series in the tokai-japan catalog officially.

Re: what "H"LS really means by tokai?

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:37 am
by settebello
Thank you,great info.

Re: what "H"LS really means by tokai?

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:50 pm
by luis
Thnak you Hammamatsu.

In fact, if you want to order directly a HLS with or without any twist Tokai will say no, you have to order through Hibiki or their authorized shops (listed in their website).... Would love to try an HES.....