NGD 81' LS 200

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adoring_fan107
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NGD 81' LS 200

Post by adoring_fan107 » Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:06 am

Its been a busy couple of weeks so i haven't had time to review my latest Tokai purchase (possibly my last). I wanted some time to compare to my other LPs and so far its the best ive had. This guitar has quickly become my absolute favourite guitar ive owned, even with its lack of originality. The feel and balance is perfect and it achieves the perfect LP sound, its also probably one of the best necks ive played full stop. Cheers Jacco for this beast!

Now for pictures...

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Sorry in advance for my lacking photography skills...

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Post by jacco » Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:56 am

Congrats Joel! She really is a great player. Now be wise and don't ever let her go!

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Post by Peter Mac » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:22 pm

Hi guys,

Had the pleasure of playing this guitar today.
The amp used was a Hughes & Kettner Quad EL-84 Statesman with a single 12" speaker. Both guitars were tested for clarity, bite, smoothness and tone.

Put against my '59, this baby was not found wanting - in fact the build quality, feel, neck profile and weight were practically indistinguishable.
The Gibson was maybe 50g heavier and a little brighter tone, but that would be due to the pickups than anything else. (Gibson PAF vs SD SH-1)
There is no doubt that the LS-200 is definately a Gibson killer - and this includes Gibson Custom Shop models also. I have played a few of them and the Tokai is better, way better.
All in all, the Tokai matched the Gibson except in one area where it was an outstanding winner - Price. If you can buy a '59 Les Paul Std for under $4,000 that's over 30 years old - grab it. Otherwise, for the right price and if you can find one, the LS-200 is another Holy Grail guitar.
Gibson only made 600 odd LPS in 1959 and I think Tokai made fewer LS-200 than that as they were 'Order-Only' guitars which makes the LS-200 rarer . . .fancy that.

The 2 LP beside each other

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Post by bolero » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:50 pm

both nice guitars, I really like that LS200! don't see many from that era

ps what year is the Gibson? '90's?

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Post by luis » Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:26 am

The Gibson is a recent R9 (Peter Mac is the owner).

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Post by JVsearch » Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:10 am

luis wrote:The Gibson is a recent R9 (Peter Mac is the owner).
I dunno about that - I don't think you will see a headstock or logo that looks like the one in that picture on any reissue.
Totally biased towards Japanese made guitars.

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Post by adoring_fan107 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:42 pm

The gibson pictured is a genuine 1959 Les Paul.

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Post by Mono » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:00 am

Really? Can't say I've seen it before. Looks nice. What's the serial number?

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