Tokai Forum - a subsidiary of TokaiRegistry.com Forum Index
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

A Tale of two ES150's....
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Tokai Forum - a subsidiary of TokaiRegistry.com Forum Index -> Vintage (Older than 1985)
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
duff
Guitar God


Joined: 05 Nov 2008
Posts: 147
Location: antwerp, belgium

PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Brian, here are more pics of my es-100's.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124367246@N02/albums/72157656826915175/with/18915211632/
Should take some more but i prefer playing them. The cherry one is lighter then the other 2, also slightly thinner neck, but very close. All necks are a bit different. The sunburst and natural are closer to each other, weight and neck wise, but further apart in serial numbers.

Thanks Luis, I love all three colors


When i find the time i'll make some more pics of the bracket.

Jacco still owns the nicest one imho, a very faded cherry one which he doesn't want to sell
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
BrianGT
Guitar God


Joined: 29 Jan 2017
Posts: 84
Location: Banchory

PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

duff wrote:
Thanks Brian, here are more pics of my es-100's.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124367246@N02/albums/72157656826915175/with/18915211632/
Should take some more but i prefer playing them. The cherry one is lighter then the other 2, also slightly thinner neck, but very close. All necks are a bit different. The sunburst and natural are closer to each other, weight and neck wise, but further apart in serial numbers.

Thanks Luis, I love all three colors


When i find the time i'll make some more pics of the bracket.

Jacco still owns the nicest one imho, a very faded cherry one which he doesn't want to sell


Ha! Now I remember I have seen those whilst searching the forum.

Absolutely stunning collection of beautiful guitars. I'm envious you have all three colours!

I'm like yourself in that they are there to be played. I have a 1983 Tokai Strat that is on it's third neck because over 30 years of gigging and playing it hard I've worn them out. It's not original anymore but it's a great guitar!

If I find the right sunburst either new/old I just might be tempted. I'm particular with sunbursts as I like the fading from colour to colour to look natural!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
BrianGT
Guitar God


Joined: 29 Jan 2017
Posts: 84
Location: Banchory

PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luis...

The bracket on the new Tokai pickguard is the same as the old ones. It is the correct depth on the rim of the guitar but it is glued to the new pickguard in the wrong place to align up with the hole on the guitar.

I would simply separate the bracket from the guard, mount it to the guitar and re-glue the bracket to the guard.

Just a thought...good luck.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
marcusnieman
Guitar God


Joined: 22 May 2003
Posts: 8775
Location: Dallas, Texas

PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fabulous trio, Duff. The Holy Trinity.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Emiel
Guitar God


Joined: 18 Apr 2008
Posts: 191
Location: The Netherlands

PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

duff wrote:
Thanks Brian, here are more pics of my es-100's.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124367246@N02/albums/72157656826915175/with/18915211632/
Should take some more but i prefer playing them. The cherry one is lighter then the other 2, also slightly thinner neck, but very close. All necks are a bit different. The sunburst and natural are closer to each other, weight and neck wise, but further apart in serial numbers.

Thanks Luis, I love all three colors


When i find the time i'll make some more pics of the bracket.

Jacco still owns the nicest one imho, a very faded cherry one which he doesn't want to sell


Duff,

Can you tell a bit about the rest of your collection? I see a very nice looking Custom and a Flying V amongst others...

My cherry '81 ES100 looks almost exactly the same as yours, bar the knobs. I think the knobs were changed at some point, they don't look original. They will go anyway, as I will be changing the pots for CTS TVT's (as on all my other guitars) and the black knobs don't fit on those...

Are the pickups on your ES's still the original ones?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
BrianGT
Guitar God


Joined: 29 Jan 2017
Posts: 84
Location: Banchory

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've finally got the ES150 set up almost to my liking.

The guitar came with a backbow on the neck as it had been stored with no string tension. Personally I don't think that is a good idea except for shipping.

I had to fit 11's to it to get some tension on the neck but I always use Gibson pure nickel 10's so I have had to wait until some relief came in to the neck. It's still too straight for my personal preference but it is slowly getting there!

It's a very low output guitar compared to all my others but it has a wonderful sound! With medium gain, which is as high as I go, it nails Tom Petty stuff and playing clean it has great compression in the notes for old style rock n roll. The solo to Haleys Rock around the Clock sounds wonderful and really pops out from the neck. It is addictive!
I'm really happy I bought it and it is staying until I leave this planet.

Having got it playing as I would like I have been going back and forth between it and the new ES158 and they are totally different soundwise.
The 158 plays like a dream, a bit more relief in the neck, so it doesn't feel as stiff with the same gauge of strings. It is so louder though!
It's a real rocker as opposed to the jazz of the 150 and I have to reduce the gain when I plug it in. It's different in a good way though and both guitars make me play differently which is a good thing.
The 158 turns down better than any guitar I have ever owned. It doesn't go muffled and playing it on 3 is still really satisfying. It retains clarity and unlike using a treble bleed circuit it doesn't go thin. It still has bite and body on any setting less than 10.

I love both guitars. I feel very fortunate to have two 335 type guitars that are great in their own way. It doesn't always happen but somehow the stars aligned this time.

Thanks for reading.





Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
duff
Guitar God


Joined: 05 Nov 2008
Posts: 147
Location: antwerp, belgium

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful couple! Maybe try top wrapping the es150 if you want to have it feel less stiff without changing string gauge?
My natural one is topwrapped with flatwounds. Love it.

Emiel, thanks. Don't want to hijack the thread. Really short, the custom is a 79/80's tokai lc 100 with a not so great neck repair (they actually used screws as well)
but to my surprise the repair has been stable and it's my best playing guitar.
The pickups are too high output to my liking so i might change them.

The flying v is a orville by gibson that arrived with a heel break,
so it was completely stripped and refinished in a very thin coat of nitro which started checking.
The repair is invisible. Had shed paf daddy's in it, but i rotated the magnet in the neck for an out of phase sound. Great guitar.

The es-100's all have their original pickups.
I quite like them altough i wanted to try the ox4's in one of them.

The te-150 is a rare bird and i love the guitar, but sometimes i feel the V neck isn't for me..
Been wanting to sell it but then changed my mind. Would love a smaller neck but am afraid another one won't feel and sound as good as this one.

Added a fender japan st71, tokai jb60 and pb60 since those photo's.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
BrianGT
Guitar God


Joined: 29 Jan 2017
Posts: 84
Location: Banchory

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Duff.........cough!......the ES150 is top wrapped in the pic at the bottom!

And you are not hi-jacking the thread! You have some great guitars and I am loving your 3 semi's! Discuss what you like.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
duff
Guitar God


Joined: 05 Nov 2008
Posts: 147
Location: antwerp, belgium

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah sorry i was posting from my phone and ofcourse didnt see that you already top wrapped..
Forgot to say, the sunburst is a bit softer then on the pictures..
And i like those black bell knobs on the cherry Emiel!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
BrianGT
Guitar God


Joined: 29 Jan 2017
Posts: 84
Location: Banchory

PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OOPS!

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
duff
Guitar God


Joined: 05 Nov 2008
Posts: 147
Location: antwerp, belgium

PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice! Looks like a beauty!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
villager
Guitar God


Joined: 03 Mar 2005
Posts: 3508
Location: Middle of Nowhere.. France.

PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just for interest i have found out that the 150J has an ebony board...
_________________
http://www.japanguitars.co.uk
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
BrianGT
Guitar God


Joined: 29 Jan 2017
Posts: 84
Location: Banchory

PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

villager wrote:
just for interest i have found out that the 150J has an ebony board...


Cool!

I don't think I have ever seen a 150J pic or maybe if I have I never looked closely enough!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
villager
Guitar God


Joined: 03 Mar 2005
Posts: 3508
Location: Middle of Nowhere.. France.

PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/p538165567
_________________
http://www.japanguitars.co.uk
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
BrianGT
Guitar God


Joined: 29 Jan 2017
Posts: 84
Location: Banchory

PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

villager wrote:
https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/p538165567


Thanks!

I'm glad you can read Japanese....I struggle with the long words!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Tokai Forum - a subsidiary of TokaiRegistry.com Forum Index -> Vintage (Older than 1985) All times are GMT - 6 Hours
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next
Page 3 of 4

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group