NGD: Tokai Love Rock LS65 from 1985

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  1. Deed J

    Deed J Senior Member

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    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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  2. mono

    mono Senior Member

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    i read all that in a french accent :)

    lovely guitar, mon ami!
     
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  3. Deed J

    Deed J Senior Member

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    ... She is a terrific player too :cheers:
     
  4. jay1williams

    jay1williams Senior Member

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    Nice! Talk about finding treasure :)

    Congrats
     
  5. Scooter2112

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

    Congratulations on a fine looking guitar. :thumb:
     
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  6. Deed J

    Deed J Senior Member

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    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 :fingersx:
     
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    Deed J Senior Member

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    Thanks mates :cool:
     
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    Congrats!!! :cheers:
    I love this stories.

    I hope that it happens to me sooner or later :fingersx:
     
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  9. reborn old

    reborn old Senior Member

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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.
     
  10. mono

    mono Senior Member

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    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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    reborn old Senior Member

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    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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    The back looks polished like a mirror. Congrats!
     
  13. Deed J

    Deed J Senior Member

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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 :thumb:
     
  14. J-Dizzle

    J-Dizzle Senior Member

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    well done Deed J that looks like a great guitar!
     
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    Deed J Senior Member

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    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 :fingersx:
    I've just played with her a couple of hours, and she rocks!!!
     
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    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 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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