Probably a true LC-110 of around 1980. Your opinion ?

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Probably a true LC-110 of around 1980. Your opinion ?

Post by Harima_San » Wed May 02, 2018 10:29 am

Hello,

I'm actually in contact with a seller that sells an old Tokai LC-110. He says the guitar is from 1980. The instrument has some little specialities that I can't identify completely, not beeing all fond with the older tokai's. Could you help me to make sure this is a legit guitar.

Serial number should be : 1016087

https://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php? ... _id=310862

https://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php? ... _id=310864

https://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php? ... _id=310863

...I will upgrade the images in a few time. I seem to have difficulties to upload in the moment.

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Post by aroomstudios » Wed May 02, 2018 11:38 am

If the SN is 1016087 that means the guitar is 1981 or 2010 but it looks like a 81. Here is a 2010 for reference:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tokai-LC145S-2 ... Sws5BaWYII



http://www.tokairegistry.com/tokai-info ... ibson.html

Why is the guy saying it is 1980?

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Post by luis » Wed May 02, 2018 1:03 pm

According to headstock motif it has to be mid/late 1981. I have a 1981 ES that has no motif but I have seen several with it..... If 1980 it should have an 110 engraved on last fret and an oval sticke i f 1981

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Post by duff » Wed May 02, 2018 3:59 pm

81 tokai lc 110. I would have expected different tuners, but there arent many 110’s out there so not sure. The lc100’s had wafflebacks..(but also diamond inlay so who knows..)
Tailpiece also looks exchanged for a newer one..
I would buy that! Let me know if you don’t :wink:

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Post by Harima_San » Thu May 03, 2018 1:21 am

Arrigato Goizaimasu (or Thank you) for all of your kind replies.
Why is the guy saying it is 1980?
Probably because he doesn't know. The seller is very sweet, he's admitting that he is not the first buyer and this guitar had a life with different pro artists before. As he said, "he bought it in the belief it was a 1980 model, but he's not toally sure, whatever, he strongly believe her to be of around those times".

Today I uploaded two more pictures :
https://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php? ... _id=310877

https://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php? ... _id=310876

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Post by duff » Thu May 03, 2018 4:02 am

This guitar has been posted before on this site..
http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php ... cdcd1b3fac

Fretboard doesnt look like ebony.. the grain on mine is smaller..

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Post by Harima_San » Thu May 03, 2018 5:49 am

Hello duff. Thank you for your link.

Ebony exists in different variations. This is obviously a piece of Macassar Ebony. Very appreciated in furniture today, and very vivid in it's brown/dark contrasts. But I agree it's very different looking than Gaboon Ebony (for example).

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Post by duff » Thu May 03, 2018 9:04 am

Yeah i know, but it’s weird the ebony on this one is completely different from the one on my lc-100 and on the es-150’s.. i always thought ebony was denser.. the grain on this one looks more like regular rosewood..
I’m no expert.. just saying it’s different on mine and that it’s weird they used different kinds on basically the same guitar.

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Post by brokentoes » Thu May 03, 2018 9:16 am

I like striped ebony. I'm not big on the 3 pickup Les Paul however. That one looks very nice. Good luck.

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Post by Harima_San » Sat May 05, 2018 12:57 am

No problem Duff San, you are welcome and you taking part in this discussion was appreciated from myself.


Little update on the thread. The deal is done, this guitar will shift owner in june. I must reserve a plane ticket to go and snatch her. I let you be informed.

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Post by Peter Mac » Sun May 13, 2018 9:14 pm

Hi guys,

This LC-110 is from MY1982. The headstock inlay was only used in the 1982 Model Year ( Oct-81 to Oct-82)
I can't make out the first number, the 2nd is '0' 3rd is unclear and the last 4 are legible. It's almost like an owner was trying to replicate the 1960 Gibson serial number pattern.

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Post by Harima_San » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:16 am

Hello Peter,

Thank you for your input. I only come checking into this forum occasionnaly because he's quite quiet.

We will probably have an incoming update because I bought this guitar. Maybe a little lot of work to do on it to become her clean, but I don't care. It will be a good project for the upcoming winter time.

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Post by bluejeannot » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:08 am

http://www.wood-database.com/macassar-ebony/ Stunning guitar Harima San .Maccassar ebony is a beautiful and very expensive tonewood.Sharing as it does some of the tonal qualities of Brazilian rosewood It makes a very attractive and toneful wood for high end acoustics too.
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Post by bluejeannot » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:11 am

http://www.sheppardguitars.com/ebony1.htm Like this beauty from Gerald Sheppard
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Post by Harima_San » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:26 am

The Sheppard looks gorgeous. Even if I'm well married to my Guild accoustic, this one looks interesting too. 8)

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