#1
OKay, I've been GASing for a Les Paul for a while, and the money I received has Christmas presents has facilitated the purchase of one.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Beautiful-Tokai-Les-Paul-Custom-Black-BRAND-NEW-ALC53_W0QQitemZ190362565309QQihZ009QQcategoryZ112670QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

So I saw this Chinese made Tokai on eBay, and the seller has good ratings, but does anyone have any experience with Tokai, especially Chinese made ones? I've read some reviews which have been favourable, but I'm jut wondering, espcially if I'm going to part with over £200 to get it.

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#2
They're brilliant guitars. Well up there with the high end Epiphones. With it being a Chinese model one or two things aesthtically may not be up to par of Epiphone, such as finish. But the build quality and sound sure are.
If you can, try and save a little more and get hold of a MIK Tokai, they're noticably better.
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Last edited by Vauxite at Jan 4, 2010,
#3
I've played on my dad's Chinese Tokai SG quite a fair bit and I would totally recommend it to someone, having played alot of Epiphone SG's and Les Pauls, Tokai in my opinion is just as good as high end Epi's but at a lower price
#4
Chinese Tokais are good, the same as, if not a wee bit better than Epiphone. However, the guitar is made from alder (lower end Tokais always have), so it just won't have the same tone as a real LP, it'll be a bit brighter. They are good, there's not denying that, but try and look at some MiK Tokais (a lot better than Chinese ones IMO, they're made out of better stuff and are made better) before you part with your cash, or you could look at a brand like Vintage. Their LP copy (the V100) is just basically an Epiphone Les Paul, with the mahogany body things.

Or, just as a little thing on the side, you could look at the Vintage Advance series. The AV1 is a bit different to your standard LP, but it's made out of better stuff than Epis, or MIC Tokais, has a bit better fret access, and is a little more versatile because they've got a 'roll control' thing which turns their humbuckers into single coils basically.

http://www.dv247.com/guitars/vintage-v100-electric-guitar-flamed-honeybusrt--63529
http://www.dv247.com/guitars/vintage-av1h-electric-guitar-boulevard-black--64283

Sorry if none of that makes sense by the way
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#5
Great guitars, i have 2, an LPjr and 335 copy, they easilly beat their epi counterparts (especially the 335, that things comparable to a gibsnob. you will not go wrong with a setup either, chinease QC is varied, one set up properly is a dream though.
#6
Tokai's entire rep from the 70's is based on their Japanese production units. The lower end Tokais may play fine but if you're after the LP tone which is basically mahogany neck, body w/ maple cap you're not going to get it. If all you want is the look and basic feel it's a different matter of course.
You can probably forget MIJ Tokais too as they are considerably more money and can go up to >£1000 for their better models.
I'd check the Web prices and see what this EBay item is new and go from there.
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#7
Quote by Lil Macker
Or, just as a little thing on the side, you could look at the Vintage Advance series. The AV1 is a bit different to your standard LP, but it's made out of better stuff than Epis, or MIC Tokais, has a bit better fret access, and is a little more versatile because they've got a 'roll control' thing which turns their humbuckers into single coils basically.

http://www.dv247.com/guitars/vintage-av1h-electric-guitar-boulevard-black--64283


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Out of curiosity, is it possibly to get higher end models of these?
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