Tokai is making 335s with fret-edge binding!

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  1. lukeII

    lukeII Supporting Member

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    I've tried two of these. Best 335 replica on today's market better than any 335 produced by any division of Gibson.
     
  2. HRydarcik

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    I have a lefty Tokai ES 120....it easily beats the 1997 Gibby 335 I owned in every department.
     
  3. hank

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    Oh baby, you know what I like!

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  4. b2sc

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    Beautiful looking guitar and those nibs are well done. That's typically how you can spot fakes easily.

    But since I don't foloow semi HB pricing,.., isn't that auction asking approx what you can find a used Gibson 335 for?
     
  5. HRydarcik

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    Yes...but that guitar easily equals or surpasses any production line Gibson 335.
     
  6. hank

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    I think you can also make an offer to Hisashi.
     
  7. soulohio

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    Tokai 335 copies are laminate vs. Edwards which are solid wood, yes? Do Edwards have fret binding?
     
  8. magnido45

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    Sweet!
     
  9. bluesjuke

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    I've always liked this Tokai model.
    They got it right!
     
  10. HRydarcik

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    No...the Edwards don't have fret edge binding...as far as the laminate vs. solid top is concerned...the laminate top duplicates the classic Gibby 335 top.
     
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    After seeing the poor fretboard-neck seams and fretwork on some brand new Gibson Les Pauls, I guess you mean the fakes are better. :D
     
  13. nnick

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    Beautiful Guitar.

    What is the neck shape comparable to?
     
  14. Mark Robinson

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    fLame suit on, but I much prefer a fret that goes to the edge of the board with a well dressed end. The nibs are a waste of real estate to me.

    I have one guitar left with nibs, an original Les Paul Special but otherwise I sort of prefer re-fretted Gibsons. I have a newish Les Paul Custom and the nibs would sometimes become audible when pulling off or scrubbing a bend, sort of a tweee sound. I had the guitar re-fretted, similar size wire even, no nibs thanks.

    While I'm ranting, old Fenders or new Fenders with the skimpy fretwire drive me up a tree too. Fender can fret a guitar properly and so can Gibson, but they pay luddite homage too much of the time. If you don't know what that means, get out a dictionary, if you haven't a dictionary, please stop now, go to your room. (rough week here, sorry) So from my point of view the heck with the two giants and how they choose to fret stuff. This is one area where the newer and boutique and even competing mass market guitar company's embarrass Gibson and Fender.

    IMHO blah blah blah.
     
  15. El Kabong

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    Tokais kick serious butt. Yo mama plays Gibsons. Hisashi lives in my city, hmmmmmmmm.
     
  16. gkoelling

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    How do these differ from Edwards?



    Thanks
     
  17. openbar

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    Some people prefer "regular" fretwire over the huge 80's shredder re-bar. Big deal.
     
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    Gotta hand it to the Japanese - they make things with precision and real serious approach to excellence.
     
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  19. HRydarcik

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    The Edwards have a solid top and back...the Tokai's are laminated...the nut width on the Edwards is 1-11/16" and the Tokai is 1-5/8"...I don't know what the neck profile is like on the Edwards but my Tokai is very chunky...not a baseball bat but chunky none the less. As far as the nut width...I have guitars with both and it's hardly noticable when I switch between them.
     

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