Here's a quick overview of what I've found about an Edwards E-LP 98LTS and a Tokai HLS160VF, both I got recently from a seller on eBay in Japan. The Edwards: $500 (used, very much a "player's guitar") The Tokai: $1400 (historic series, mint, not a scratch on it) This may seem like an unfair comparison, but here's my thoughts... My arbitrary categories: Look/Feel - Tokai wins hands down. It's freakin' beautiful! Looks and feels most like a "real" Les Paul. I said in my NGD posts, that the Edwards looks more like an Epiphone while the Tokai looks more like a Gibson, if that makes any sense. The Tokai's carve of the top, the finish, the little things like pickup selector placement/size in the upper left horn. The Tokai has a fatter neck profile, which I prefer. Even then, I can play just fine on the Edwards' neck. Quality - Tokai wins hands down. You can tell the difference in the craftmanship. You can definitely tell the difference in price. The binding and fret work on the Tokai is perfect. The Tokai also feels more "solid", heavier and maybe a little less resonant (not necessarily a good thing). Sound - Edwards wins hands down. After toying around with the pickup heights on the Tokai, the difference is clear: the Seymour Duncan JB/59 combo just sounds better for my style of play (hard rock/blues) than the lower output humbuckers in the Tokai. The SD's are just much "juicy", soulful, if you will. The Tokai's are just more mellow, even when the pickup height is raised. Keeper - Still not sure, but so far I'm leaning towards the Edwards. It was cheap, it sounds great, and I don't have to baby it. The Tokai would be a case queen and I just don't get the same lively vibes from it that I do from the Edwards. I could do a pickup switch, I guess, but I rather not go through the trouble. And I'm sure someone would want it stock if I sold it anyways. I shouldn't like the Edwards more, but I just do. Kind of like the hot girl (Tokai) who is seemingly a "stiff", and the cute girl next door (Edwards) that you just gel with. So, I might be a little crazy, but as of right now I'd pick the Edwards over the Tokai. Your comments are most welcome.