Tokai 335

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  1. Laroosco!

    Laroosco! Member

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    Anybody play or own one of these?

    I'm interested in how it compares to an Epiphone Dot and a real 335.

    Thanks
     
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    This is mine. Got it from Ishibashi in Japan last year. Its just a beautiful guitar. Nitro finish, lovely neck profile and top notch fit and finish. In a completely different league to Epi's and (allegedly) on a par, if not in front of Gibbos. Mind you, thats just what I've heard from others, but I could have got two and a half of these for the cost of one Gibson!
    I changed the stock pickups to Duncan 59 and Custom Custom to make it a bit more rockin, but lots of other people have kept it stock and are satisfied. I absolutely would not hesitate to get another - its my favourite player :cool:
     
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    I just picked up an ES120 and it is a really lovely guitar. Great fit and finish. Nice neck profile.
     
  4. Shemp

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    Beautiful guitar! Is that a Tokai or one of the Epi Elitists?
     
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    <Picks jaw up>. I never saw anything like THAT on the Ishibashi web site. That's a beautiful instrument.
     
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    Its a Japanese Tokai Es-120. I think you can see the headstock a bit in this photo - its an exact openbook Gibson style.
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    Heres someone elses from the Tokai Forum. Crazy flamed, and remember these guitars go for something about $1200 -1300 US to your door :)
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    Very cool. I've never seen one in that colour - is that what it really looks like, or is that just the photo? Is it Natural or some kind of yellow?
     
  9. 60HzShuffle

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    So what is the neck profile on these Tokai's like? Is it like a 60's slim taper or something larger?

    Personally, I would like to find something more like a Gibson 50's profile neck.
     
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    That's Vintage Natural (VNT) while the one without yellow is called Natural (N) = without any finish except clear nitro lacquer in the 2003-2004 catalog.
     
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    It's a thick neck profile unlike the thinner necks Gibson used in the mid '60s.
     
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    I find mine to be somewhat in between. I've got a Gibby Les Paul Studio Gem which has more of a 50s profile and it is larger at the nut than the Tokai but similar above frets 4-5.

    The color in my pictures is pretty close to actual although in real life it is a shade lighter but not as light as the pure natural one above mine.
     

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