I dunno i was thinking it was a 80s model, and the serial number is 6 digits and its inked on the back of the headstock, im wondering if its an early 80s model, maybes a les paul reborn? its £300 and if its a real jap model, thats gotta be a bargain. im gonna sell my Epiphone Elitist EB3 bass guitar to fund it.
Sorry, I may be misunderstanding something. For one, LP Reborns are NOT Love Rocks. There are many Love Rock variations. Without specifics it is extremely hard to guess. I'd be happy to weigh in an opinion if you are able to provide such pics.
It's pretty easy to ID a MIJ Tokai. The pickup cavity holes at the bottom of the pickup cavity are square shaped for the MIJ Tokais. Most/all the MIJ Tokai's and other brands made by Tokai in Japan have 2 square shaped pickup cavity holes at the bottom of the pickup cavity. It's because of the routers Tokai uses in Japan. Most/all other guitar factories use routers that produce 2 rectangular shaped pickup cavity holes at the bottom of the pickup cavity.
So no need to look at truss od covers or bridges, just look at the pickup cavity.
Well i have a few not very good pics, but im suspicious its a fake or made in china or korea now. Some issues are... it has 1 screw in the truss rod cover at the top, the truss rod cover had a thin celophane cover over it as did the bridge pickup. The bridge has large posts with the flat head screw tops, not small Gibson like ones, and nothing on the back of the headstock to say where it was made, just ser no in gold 6 digits. No binding on fretboard etc. it looks pretty old, but i reckon its not japanese.
Be intresing to look under those pickups though thanks mate.
The pickup cavity holes are rectangular. Another thing is that the Japanese Tokais have a Diagonal wiring channel (from the pickup toggle switch cavity to the volume and tone cavity) that is just under the Maple cap. This ALS-43 does not have a Diagonal wiring channel.
i think its a fakai, there seems to be a lot of them around,it could be a chinese one,i am not sure,I have a 1980 tokai love rock if you want to buy one.
the reborn and love rocks are the same thing, they just had to change there name due to legal reasons, same as the springy sound(it had a fender logo font)
Thanks guys, that was a real close shave. Theres no way im selling my elitist EB3 to fund this then. I may though sell my guitar on the bay and maybes get a real Jap Tokai or Burny from a reputable seller.
Pete If you lived in the UK I might have, but I would need to shift my Elitist EB3 first, unless youd be intrested in a swap?
Ok thanks, its an Epiphone Elitist EB3 bass guitar, not a Les Paul. Its very very rare, i got it from the states and its rare as rocking horse shit. Im gonna sell or swap cos i only play my LPs and strat now.