NGD 1981 LS-120 Solid Top

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NGD 1981 LS-120 Solid Top

Post by Pegcityrocker » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:01 am

Just got this 81 LS-120 with solid birdseye flametop back from Luthier. It had a headstock break and he repaired it, and refinished the entire neck. It's got one of the coolest solid flametops and the color is my personal favorite. I couldn't resist. I took the circuit board out and wired it up with 50's wiring. The Dimarzio PAF's sound great - I had to source these separately as it had a set of non-original pickups in it when i got it.

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Post by felixcatus » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:14 am

WOW, indeed a stunning top, and I usually don't like flame tops very much. 8) 8) 8)

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Post by Reborn Old » Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:24 pm

Congrats !

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Post by Sigmania » Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:28 pm

Beautiful! Congrats!
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Post by jonah65 » Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:01 pm

fantastic, a work of art. :D

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Post by jacco » Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:21 pm

Beautiful Tokai!!
Looks like one of those early 1981 models. Pre 1012000 serial I guess?

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Post by Pegcityrocker » Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:33 pm

Thanks guys. I guess it pretty early 81; the serial is 1011715

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Post by jacco » Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:46 pm

Cool, my former 1981 LS-100 had serial 1011789

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Post by Pegcityrocker » Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:57 pm

Wow. Very similar. I wonder what the difference between the 100's and solid topped 120's was? I think they both had dimaezio paf's.

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Post by RyanC » Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:50 pm

Pegcityrocker wrote:Wow. Very similar. I wonder what the difference between the 100's and solid topped 120's was? I think they both had dimaezio paf's.
?20,000 hahaha

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Post by jacco » Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:49 pm

And maybe weight

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Post by Reborn Old » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:16 pm

A question I've asked on mine as well, with a circuit board but no decal ...

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I don't think it would be weight, because there are LS-150's + LS-200's ranging from about 3.85 kilos - 4.6 kilos. (~8.5lbs to about 10 lbs)

Pegcityrocker, does yours have a 120 decal or are you basing the model number on the seller's description ?
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Post by Pegcityrocker » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:21 pm

Mine doesn't have a sticker as it has had a headstock repair. The seller thought it was an LS100 but the case it came in had a label that read "1981 Tokai LS120". It could be either I guess???

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Post by Reborn Old » Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:33 pm

I wouldn't be at all surprised if most, (or even all) of the reported 1980-83 solid topped LS-120s were in fact LS-100s.
I haven't found any solid top examples with model # decals, and there were none reported with earlier fretboard stamps.

edit: I did eventually find pics of a 1981 LS-120 solid top with a decal,
so a very small number do indeed exist, including a few 1984 non-catalog examples.
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Post by Pegcityrocker » Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:49 pm

So there are no documented solid flame topped LS120's with the decal still intact or a model number stamped on the fretboard? That is very interesting!

What I find crazy is the kind of guitar that you could get for 100,000 yen in the late 70's, early 80's from Tokai. I mean what kind of coin would you have to drop for an equivalent Greco or Burny? EGF-1800? FLG-150?

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