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Brazillian or Indian rosewood on 1980 LS-80?
Posted: Sun May 01, 2005 1:30 pm
Does anyone know which wood was used by Tokai in 1980?
Posted: Sun May 01, 2005 3:00 pm
Tokai used a lot of Indian rosewood in their Cat's Eye acoustics(CE-800) and above) so stock was avalaible.They used jacaranda in LS-200(and probably in any high end ES-335 style guitar.Chances are Indian rosewood mainly,or some asian rosewood in "low" end.
Posted: Mon May 02, 2005 7:21 am
Brazilian rosewood fretboards have become a fashionable ?must have? amongst Gibson Historic owners (ie instead of Indian Rosewood), that?s raised prices & led to many eBay sellers claiming ?Brazilian Rosewood? on almost anything. Obviously they?re in it for the money & nobody should take their descriptions seriously
The early Tokai Catalogues are all written in Japanese, which makes it hard to be sure of the specs, but I can find nothing there to suggest Tokai used any Brazilian rosewood (plenty of references simply to ?rosewood? of course)... very strongly suspect that 1980 LS80 is "Indian" rosewood (though "Indian" could mean any of numerous rosewood species)
1999 catalogue specifies LS200 & LS220 with ebony fretboards and LS320 with Jacaranda, which is often described as ?Brazilian rosewood?, however, the name Jacaranda is loosely applied to numerous similar woods from South America & South Africa, & it appears to be a different Botanical Genus to true rosewood anyway.
Personally I doubt if it makes the slightest difference whether the rosewood is Indian or Brazilain or even Irish! Ebony feels slightly
different to play. 2-cents