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Unread 05-19-2012, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

She selects me... I was walking down the street in Rouen (Ouest Normandy) when I saw her through a shop window, this kind of 'boutique' where you can find WWII things. She was there laying between helmets and some stuff, 'a Tokai I can't beleive it!'. So I came in the shop and asked for the price. An old lady answered me that the guitar was there as ornemental piece to brighten up the window and to celebrate the US landing in 1944!! She wasn't able to tell me the price for this guitar but she was okay to sell it to me. So I did the price myself honestly and it was done. Yvonne, her first name, came back with the original case to pack it up, 'waouu that's my day boy!'. I was in this city to buy from a military surplus's guy a bunch of matched quartet brand new GEC KT88.

I did some replacements: Bare Knuckles Black Dog's pickups, Callaham's ABR-1 and talpiece, new pots, security strap locks, switchcraft switch, bone nut. Here is some photographs:







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Unread 05-19-2012, 01:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

i read all that in a french accent

lovely guitar, mon ami!
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

... She is a terrific player too
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

Nice! Talk about finding treasure

Congrats
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

Beautiful finish on that one. I especially love the coloring and finish on the back.

Congratulations on a fine looking guitar.
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

In fact for us, we can say that! Anyway, they are still a lot of treasures. I mean tubes for instance, since I'm searching good spots to take out of the nest some rarerities I still turning on military surplus, lot of stuff down there: tubes, tube testers, capacitors, resistors... Like eden for amp builders and tone chasers
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

Congrats!!!
I love this stories.

I hope that it happens to me sooner or later
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

Nice find !
It was amongst the last 200 Tokais made before Tokai declared bankruptcy and was produced
alongside a number of final run Tokai - Grandy LS models.
Tokai's bankruptcy is believed to have been partially caused by Fujigen being awarded
the contract to produce Fender Japan guitars that Tokai was initially slated to produce,
and the resurgence in popularity of Fender guitars in Japan.
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

good knowledge!

so when did Tokai go back into production of Les Pauls after that?

My Tokai knowledge is very limited (most probably by the prices I see on YJ!)
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

Tokai continued to produce product line catalogs and there may have been
a trickle of guitars produced after 1985, with restructuring, but the first subsequent LS models
I've come across in years of browsing, were produced in 1989.

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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

The back looks polished like a mirror. Congrats!
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Nice find !
It was amongst the last 200 Tokais made before Tokai declared bankruptcy and was produced
alongside a number of final run Tokai - Grandy LS models.
Tokai's bankruptcy is believed to have been partially caused by Fujigen being awarded
the contract to produce Fender Japan guitars that Tokai was initially slated to produce,
and the resurgence in popularity of Fender guitars in Japan.
Thanks reborn old to share your knowledge, as far I read your topics for long time now I'm convinced that you're one of the finest 'connoisseur' about japanese's guitars
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

well done Deed J that looks like a great guitar!
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

Thanks and yes I'm a little astonished after reading what reborn old said about this guitar. For sure I wasn't in this city by a mere chance
I've just played with her a couple of hours, and she rocks!!!
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Re: NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

Nice find man...!
It's really exciting to find something somewhere totally unexpected.
I bet you didn't believe your eyes when you saw it.
Took some time to realise what it really was huh?
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Thanks reborn old to share your knowledge, as far I read your topics for long time now I'm convinced that you're one of the finest 'connoisseur' about japanese's guitars
Thanks for the kind words. There are a lot of members on this forum with more MIJ experience and knowledge than me, but glad I could help.
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