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1981 ES200J quite possibly the rarest MIJ guitar ever..
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villager
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cant wait cliffy!! even had it sent by air so its here when u arrive!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, i've never read a thread where villager was so excited about a new guitar!
congrats, looks fantastic
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jonah65 wrote:
wow, i've never read a thread where villager was so excited about a new guitar!
congrats, looks fantastic


That's probably because this is a truly exiting guitar. It has just about everything that jams the little voice of reason living in a guitar loving mind, making you spend a little fortune for it if need be - a beautiful guitar certainly made right by the right company, promising soooo much excellent craftmanship and value, being rare as hell and at any rate still a bargain compared to lesser guitars made in much bigger numbers by a certain company in the US of A. Congratulation on this guitar, villager!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

should be here this week...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hope that its even greater than you hope

Really nice to see such an experienced owner be so excited !

Looking forward to the full review
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

had some time with it now .. apart from the incredible look of the thing its also a beautiful guitar to play, i have been 335ing for 2 days !! lol

heres some more pics showing her off...

https://flic.kr/s/aHskYywNCV
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks amazing, another real beauty.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that birdseye top is cra cra
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats Mark,
You did outbid me for this beastie - this is the first ES-200 I have seen for sale in over 30 years.
I have seen photos of only 2 others ( 1 x black, 1 x Dark S'burst) but this is the VF finish made from cashew oil.
The fingerboard looks to be rosewood though instead of ebony. It may be Macassar Ebony which can have brown streaks through it but the LS-100 had Madagascar Ebony which is pure black and I expected the ES-200 to do the same. As it was Order Only, the original client may have requested Rosewood . . .
I believe you are correct that this is the rarest of all the Vintage Tokai and my congratulations to you.

Peter Mac

PS: On a finer note, the ES-200 was first released in MY1982 (Sept 1981) If you look at Page 8, Vol 5 1982 Catalogue, you will see the exact guitar in the photo. As this one is sporting a very early 1981 serial number, this MAY HAVE been the actual guitar used in the photo. No proof - just adding the dots together . . . . very hard to tell if the top is birdseye as CMYK printing doesn't show much detail.
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CliffsComicWorld
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen this guitar in person.... It's simply amazing!!!! a piece of art...
Congrats Mark!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks both, peter re the board the pores are tiny which led me to believe ebony but the streaking looks rosewood.. so I am not 100% either way...
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