#1
Today I bought a new guitar from my local guitar store, it's a Tokai Love Rock (basically a Les Paul). Apparetly there amazing, and very close to Gibson, and I only paid £200 for it, because i traded in my Westone Flying V for £50 off. I tried a Gibson and Tokai and very close it was. Anyway was this a good deal, and does anyone have any tips for les pauls on keepin them save, what sort of strings I should use, etc?
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Last edited by Greggles at Jul 13, 2006,
#3
Quote by Greggles
Today I brought a new guitar from my local guitar store, it's a Tokai Love Rock (basically a Les Paul). Apparetly there amazing, and very close to Gibson, and I only paid £200 for it, because i traded in my Westone Flying V for £50 off. I tried a Gibson and Tokai and very close it was. Anyway was this a good deal, and does anyone have any tips for les pauls on keepin them save, what sort of strings I should use, etc?


wipe it down with a cloth after u play it, polish it every once in a while, & keep it in the case.. thatll keep it in good condition..

as for strings, i use Gibson ultra light guage strings

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#6
Nice, If its a japan one (i doubt it at that price) you've got an amazing deal, if its a korean one you've still got a great deal they're usually even at like 300+
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#7
It's Korean, cos it says on the back of the headstock, and heres some pics.

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#8
no offence, but you bought a piece of ****, if you are going to buy a tokai, buy an old 70's one, tokai were the original copies, in japan, they made what i think the best ever strat copies, the new ones are made in korea and are poor quality

ok i didnt mean to say a piece of ****, what im saying is, you would have been better of saving and buying a gibson, and if you are comparing the new tokai's to gibsons you are mistaken, gibson are far better, if you said the old tokai's you might have made a bit more sense
Last edited by thatguy147 at Jul 14, 2006,
#9
thatguy147, while you also appear to know your stuff, don't be so harsh.

Congrats on the new guitar, looks good.
#10
OoOoOo u got told. looks like a piece of crap. hope you got it in sunburst.
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#12
My expirience with modern tokais is they are poorly constructed. Everything is glued on. The weight on the les pauls is so inbalanced. I almost boght an alpine white SG copy, but on closer inspection was really unsure whether it would last until i left the shop to be honest. I have tried a few older tokais but only a handful of modern ones.
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#13
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The Tokai is a better copy than an Epi imo.


Indeed. Better than Epi. I'd take the 'as good as Gibson' comments with a HUGE grain of salt, really. The old Japanese Tokais of the 70s and 80s were generally accepted as being better than Gibson. But not these new Korean ones.

In terms of quality and components, they're about on par with Epi. I prefer the Tokai's mahogany body / maple top over the Epi's alder / mahogany sandwich. And Tokai pickups are better than Epi stock pickups. However, their quality assurance is a little lax at times, and you're probably more likely to hit a dud Tokai than Epiphone.
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#15
Sorry, i meant that when they were very close to a gibson, i meant by looks, not sound. I'd be stupid to put down gibson next to this thing, but this tokai will do me.
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#16
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thatguy147, while you also appear to know your stuff, don't be so harsh.

Congrats on the new guitar, looks good.


that is why i edited my post........


you are right they are similar to the gibson les pauls because they have the "open book" headstock, i would not be suprised if there were gibsons being produced in the tokai factories, gibson leave the company tokai use their open book headstock as a deal for producing some guitars in their factory, if you notice alot of the modern copies do not have the open book headstock, this hasnt been done since the lawsuit era, 70's

good luck with your guitar mate,
#17
I actually just tried one of those out on wednesday and it was pretty nice but it felt weird because im not used to LP's but it was still cool.
#18
Do you know how much it was there, where you tried it out, I want to see if that was the right price i paid?
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#19
oh well im in canada and it was like $649, it was like an amber flame top, I could tell it was a higher end model because they had some other cheaper ones that had a plain finish and you could just tell they were cheaper.
#20
About £310, and i paid £250, so it could be same 1 you played
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#22
Quote by thatguy147
no offence, but you bought a piece of ****, if you are going to buy a tokai, buy an old 70's one, tokai were the original copies, in japan, they made what i think the best ever strat copies, the new ones are made in korea and are poor quality

ok i didnt mean to say a piece of ****, what im saying is, you would have been better of saving and buying a gibson, and if you are comparing the new tokai's to gibsons you are mistaken, gibson are far better, if you said the old tokai's you might have made a bit more sense

Don't believe what tahtguy147 says.

He claims to own a 1976 MIJ Fender Strat and he got his lying ass owned in the Older Squiers thread.
#23
better pics ??
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#24

The Body


The Headstock (Front)


The Headstock (Back)


The Body (Back)


The Moudled Neck
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#25
Looks like a steal to me.
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