SG60 review by Tokai

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 5.4 (25 votes)
Tokai: SG60
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Price paid: € 350

Purchased from: Tampereen Musiikki, Finland

Sound — 10
I play "loud rock n roll" with lots of blues influences. I really love the sound of it, can't tell the difference from a Gibson SG. I'm using it with a Marshall Jubilee, and it sounds good as hell! I love how it's sound balances perfectly between a Stratocaster and LP.

Overall Impression — 8
I'm a bit dissappointed with my guitar, but I happened to get a guitar with some flaws. It really is quite a good guitar, though mostly for beginners. If you have the money, and a little bit more experience, I'd recommend a real Gibson SG, if you like the model. Particularly good about the guitar is it's light weight, and accessability to the higher frets! I can't really think anything awful about the guitar, and I have to be a bit easy on her, since she's just a cheap copy. All in all, yes, I would recommend this to anyone inspired by Blues-Rock!

Reliability & Durability — 9
I'd say that for such a cheap guitar, this is really reliable. Yeah, I'd use it without a backup, for sure! The finish actually does come off quite easily, but I actually like the look of it now! The strap buttons are solid, but I've got a bad strap, so got some problems with that. The hardware seems awesome though!

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
I had really bad luck with my guitar, my particular guitar wasn't particularly well finished. One of it's tone nobs was broken and the other nobs come off too, really easily. Also the tuners were quite bad, but I got them quickly changed. Otherwise she's beauty!

Features — 9
My Tokai SG-60 is a 22-fretter from Korea. It's a copy of the Gibson SG, and for a copy so cheap, it's really good! The body and neck are mahogany and it's colour is cherry red, with a black pickguard. It really feels like a real Gibson SG! And I have to say that it's comfortably light. It has the usual four volume and tone nobs and features a Tune-O-Matic bridge. I don't know what tuners it has, but they're bad so they bring down the features rating to 9.

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    TooFast
    XXXjonasbros666 wrote: or you can just save up 1700 dollars and get an ibanez prestige.
    Or not.
    ac/dc#1fan
    i think its all in how u treat it, but i customized mine with my own pick ups, scratch guard, and action nd i got it sounding, in my opinion, better then any gibson u can hand me...exept 4 angs youngs...man the sound he gets outta that thing!
    jamieb234
    whoever thinks you should get a vintage over a tokai is out of their minds! The tokai sg looks and sounds genuine go out and buy it!! x
    purebredmutt
    muahaha, tokai is a great guitar and a great alcohol beverage. actualy spelled tokaj but pronounced the same. go hungarians!
    sbikram
    yea tokais are cheap... i found a tokai les paul sometime ago.. sounded quite good...
    rocnroll4evr93
    J.J.G. wrote: damskippy wrote: For a guitar that gives you guys so much trouble, you sure do give it high ratings.The pickups "giving out" after 2 years?Knobs falling off, crappy tuners?I've had my Gibson for 26 years, without any problems.If you'd rather have this than a real SG, I gotta wonder. Amen dude. it feels like this is a "one-gig" guitar or a "first use-throw away guitar" pickups failing? knobs running away from you on stage? imput jack tending to let your cable on the floor? This guitar is good for someone with terminal cancer or that has a year of life left :S
    i agree. this seems like the kind of guitar you would buy to smash on stage because you know it's not worth replacing. suck it up and get a gibson, you wont regret it.
    ArctcMnkysRcks!
    they have to give it another name and shape, cause now everyone thinks this people have a gibson... gibsons are the only REAL gibsons, copy's are dumb
    damskippy
    For a guitar that gives you guys so much trouble, you sure do give it high ratings.The pickups "giving out" after 2 years?Knobs falling off, crappy tuners?I've had my Gibson for 26 years, without any problems.If you'd rather have this than a real SG, I gotta wonder.
    kyshack
    TooFast wrote: XXXjonasbros666 wrote: or you can just save up 1700 dollars and get an ibanez prestige. Or not.
    +1
    brett309
    i think if anybody want a guitar just like a gibson, the best thing to do is to get a gibson!
    Moshmom
    This is shit, just two bits of fire wood stuck together, I'd much rather have a Vintage sg copy
    marktuazon
    Megahunter wrote: damskippy wrote: For a guitar that gives you guys so much trouble, you sure do give it high ratings.The pickups "giving out" after 2 years?Knobs falling off, crappy tuners?I've had my Gibson for 26 years, without any problems.If you'd rather have this than a real SG, I gotta wonder. i had my tokai sg for about 2 years now and it still looks new
    I don't think it's a matter of physical appearance but of dependability, of performance. It could look new all it wants but if it sucks then who cares how it looks like? But the guitar does look nice (though i wonder why it sucks - it is a Tokai! )
    Megahunter
    damskippy wrote: For a guitar that gives you guys so much trouble, you sure do give it high ratings.The pickups "giving out" after 2 years?Knobs falling off, crappy tuners?I've had my Gibson for 26 years, without any problems.If you'd rather have this than a real SG, I gotta wonder.
    i had my tokai sg for about 2 years now and it still looks new
    J.J.G.
    damskippy wrote: For a guitar that gives you guys so much trouble, you sure do give it high ratings.The pickups "giving out" after 2 years?Knobs falling off, crappy tuners?I've had my Gibson for 26 years, without any problems.If you'd rather have this than a real SG, I gotta wonder.
    Amen dude. it feels like this is a "one-gig" guitar or a "first use-throw away guitar" pickups failing? knobs running away from you on stage? imput jack tending to let your cable on the floor? This guitar is good for someone with terminal cancer or that has a year of life left :S