Tokai LS80 - Love Rock - 1980 - Honeybrown burst

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Tokai LS80 - Love Rock - 1980 - Honeybrown burst

Post by fatherjones » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:25 am

I've been looking for one of these for a long time. I finally got one, and I'm thrilled beyond words. So I have joined the registry.

It's an interesting piece in that it has double ring tuners, a model number sticker ('80') on the back, impressed serial number 0009909, and the case says Les Paul Reborn on it.

I haven't pulled the pickups to see what they are. They sound like very nice low output vintagey type PAFs.



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Post by Sigmania » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:28 am

Beauty! And I see you are in North Carolina too. Welcome!
Regards, Geoff

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Post by fatherjones » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:31 am

Yes, I'm in Raleigh. Thanks. Based on my research this guitar is an early example of a 'Love Rock' -- I was surprised that it would have the double rings instead of single, a Les Paul Reborn case, and the 80 sticker -- given the 000 serial number too. They must have had some mix/match elements in those transitional months of 1980 between Les Paul Reborn, Reborn Old, and Love Rock.

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Post by brokentoes » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:16 am

Beauty !! Just my kind of Tokai.

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Post by Sigmania » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:50 am

Here is my 79 LS80 Les Paul Reborn for comparison. It has a pink lined case. I'm not an expert so not sure about the green lined case or the rings.

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Switched out the pickups to 1980 vintage DiMarzio PAFs.

My favorite axe by far.

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Post by Reborn Old » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:59 pm

Very nice guys ... congrats !

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Post by jacco » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:02 pm

Very nice indeed!!
HNGD!!

Are you really sure about the serial number?

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Post by Mono » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:33 pm

damn, lovely top and finish on that one!
more photos pulreeease

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Post by luis » Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:03 am

LS-80 shown has that brown denser mahogany common on Goldtops and LS-60/50s of that time 1980-81. Fortunatly my LS-50 has the reddish back finnish ones I like better.

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Post by fatherjones » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:39 am

Pretty sure about the serial.

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Post by jacco » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:34 am

Thanks!
I misread your post, thought it said 9099, which is virtually impossible for a Love Rock.
9909 is not a really early Love Rock example btw.
Nice guitar, again congrats!

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Post by fatherjones » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:42 am

I wonder where most of the good vintage Tokais are -- certainly not many around here. I see there's folks on this thread from UK, Netherlands and Spain. Any guesses as to when in 1980 this 0009909 would have been made?

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Post by Mono » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:07 am

need better photos than that!!! take your time with the focus.. i want to see that grain :)

but seriously... if anyone was ever looking for a 59 burst MIJ version, these vintage tokais are where it is at. congrats.

and yes... there are a lot of nice 79-81 tokais LPs in the UK :D

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Post by jacco » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:09 am

We all have multiple Tokai's :D

I don't know, I see them all the time on forums, Ebay, Yahoo Japan.
The were around 20.000 Tokai's produced in 1980 alone.

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Post by jacco » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:36 pm

fatherjones wrote:Any guesses as to when in 1980 this 0009909 would have been made?
september 1980

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