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New Tokai LS-150

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Lesterman123, Jan 28, 2006.

  1. Lesterman123

    Lesterman123 Member

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    Hey guys I just got back from japan not too long ago where I bought a Tokai LS-150 for about $950.00. Just thought I might wanna share with you guys that are tokai fans. It plays like a dream, better than any gibson standard ive played at a fraction of the price.

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  2. Felipe

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    Is it brand new?

    The 150s were top of line in the early 80s, the 320s of that era.

    If this is a brand new one, should be at the level of a USA Std or a bit above.

    These guys know how to make'n right!:RoCkIn Congrats!
     
  3. fzkicksbuttock

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    Let me tell you, I've personally played this guitar. It is SWEET! Hands down the nicest sounding and playing guitar I've ever played. :dude
     
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    that's a gnarley top. is that a solid flame maple cap, or a veneer?
     
  5. Lesterman123

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    its a solid flame top. 1 piece back.
     
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    Yes it is a new one an '05 model that I bought at a used guitar store in tokyo. Tokais were very hard to come by even in japan, I went to nearly every guitar store in Tokyo and Kyoto and only found a select few I found a few 320s but none of them compared to this one, I think I got really lucky finding this one beucase even out of the few 150s i found this was the nicest looking and playing. :dude
     
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    That looks freakin killer! Congrats :)
     
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    Wow, nice snag! Enjoy that beast. :)
    Greg
     
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    Thanks guys, I must say that tokais are really all they are cracked up to be as far as the Japanese high end models go. For 950 its hard to find another guitar that is going to be made anywhere near aswell, look as nice, and play as nicely for that kind of money.
     
  10. Reverend Voodoo

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    Nice Score!

    That is a fine looking guitar for sure...

    Hey... that is at least to sweet Japanese Les Paul clones in Houston... ;)
     
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    Now I'm confused :)

    Which doesn't make any sense when:
    LS-320s clearly can't be all they're cracked up to be (i.e. worth twice the price of an LS-150). Or is this just honeymoon hyperbole ;)
     
  12. fzkicksbuttock

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    I think he meant that, in general, MIJ LP copies are excellent guitars, but that his particular Tokai LS-150 had something special to it that other guitars didn't (mojo). :BluesBros
     
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    Thats just sick......

    I'm currently in heated email exchange with Ishibashi.....it's either going to be a LS125F or the LS150 - most likely the LS150.

    I've played a **** load of Les Pauls in the last few weeks, and one Tokai LS120.....this includes Historics R8, R9, & R0.... The Tokai was easily as nice in build quality, playability and tone - and only cost about $1500 less.

    When it comes down to it, it's what sounds and plays best. :dude

    Steve E
     
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    Ive never played a 120 before, but I think that 150s are meant to be better. Either way Tokais are great axes.
     
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    Lesterman,

    Very nice score!!

    Not a gibby person but seeing your Tokai makes me want a gibby.

    Man, i hate GAS!
     
  17. gkelm

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    The LS150 is nitro, correct? Is it fairly thin? Mental wheels turning... :)
    Greg
     
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    Yeah I belive that it is nitro, not positive though. When you say thin do you mean the guitar or the finish? The guitar itself is on the lighter side for an lp. The finish, I wouldnt know sorry.
     
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    Thanks, found this:
    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.real-standard.com/stock/tokai/ls150vf_12.1/ls150vf_1224.html&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dtokai%2Bls150%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26c2coff%3D1%26rls%3DGGLG,GGLG:2005-47,GGLG:en

    Nitro indeed..."thin" as in the finish, versus thick yucky finish. :)
     
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    Ah well, I am not really sure how to know if its thin or not, but from looking at it I woudlnt think that it is really thick.
     

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