This one?? Mine now!!! She is a sweetheart, I have a OBG goldtop as well and they are close, but the Tokai has that something, slightly not as wide neck, but close, Orville just rings acoustically though.If you're looking for a poor man's R9 and see a Tokai HLS model come up, jump on it. Those are the ones Hibiki had made for them, from what I understand they have Tokai COAs but they weren't built by Tokai. I tried finding more info on this "super shop" that built them but couldn't get much.
These things are killer. They have monster tops, dark boards, thin finishes, they feel great in the hands, and they really do that telecaster on steroids thing people talk about when discussing vintage Les Pauls. This guitar reminds me of the tele I had with a stacked rail bridge pickup. Except unlike the tele this one sounds and feels right. There is a really good looking one that was listed on reverb today but it's a local pickup only so unless you want to drive to California or can convince that guy to ship it, that's probably not an option.