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Heel cap on Tokai MIJ guitars?

 
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pongotux
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:34 am    Post subject: Heel cap on Tokai MIJ guitars? Reply with quote

As noted in another thread, I recently purchased a 2005 ES 130 (MIJ), which is lovely in every way. One thing that has surprised me (and I didn't notice at first) is that it has a heel cap on the otherwise one-piece neck.

It's not really an issue - it surely has no influence on tone or playability (!) and is barely noticeable, but I wasn't expecting it.

Is this common with Tokai MIJ?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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....it has a heel cap on the otherwise one-piece neck.

Any pics?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will try to get a photo next time I am at home.

In the meantime, I suppose I should clarify. When I say 'heel cap', I mean an extra piece of wood "spliced" onto the heel, like this (not my guitar):



It is NOT a plastic cap like this:

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is this common with Tokai MIJ?


No, it is not common. I have seen so far MIJ ES120 only with one pcs. African mahogany neck (incl. heel)







You might show us a couple of detailed pics of your new guitar...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I had chance to take some photos just now. Here we go:





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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's unusual but not unprecedented. My LS model has a two piece join in that area but it's only visible in the neck pickup cavity.
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