laminated tops

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Post by cornelius bonobo » Mon Aug 05, 2002 9:20 am

Ok my go,

Ham Shank (or Wank for the none Londoners)
Berk (Or Berkshire Hunt for the Londoners)
Bugger (Ok I admit I've already seen it on the site somewhere)
^&*( (But then I already knew that one worked)
*&%? (It was a safe bet on that one too)
Furry Knickers?
Melons, Baps, jugs, Norks, Hooters.

Crap that's only 2 I've got to work so far.

I could do this all day.

Sorry Ned.

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Post by jpo1953 » Wed Sep 04, 2002 11:24 am

Just as a piece of information - I have an early 80's LR and it has a one piece mahogany back & two piece maple top (no flame) you can see the maple top goes past the binding inside the cutaway like on the early Gibbos. This guitar appears much lighter in weight than most LP's and resonates like the clappers just like my 'real' '69 SG which is Honduras mahogany. That plus the ginger colour you can see on both of them where the laquer is dinged makes me think the Tokai is made of the same stuff! Is it possible they were still using it in the 80's when it was becoming protected and all the other makers were using Brazilian and other types?

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Laminated "carved" top

Post by nakamichi » Wed Sep 04, 2002 6:01 pm

The early Gibson Les Pauls had a "carved top". I guess pretty timbers were cheap and available in the 60's and some of the flame tops may have happened by accident, creating a demand. A "carved" top excludes laminates by definition and any rationale would exclude laminates, of any kind, for decorative purposes that might exclude tonal property issues.

I maintain that the 2001 issue of the Tokai Love Rock LS series demonstrates this clearly. Boy, was I tempted by the quilted (LS-80?) just because it looked so good. My ears told me to buy the cheapest (LS-65).

The imperfections in the grain mattered less than the responsive and brighter sound over it's more expensive siblings.

LISTEN - don't look!

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