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« on: January 16, 2015, 02:19:49 AM »

Have been very curious about certain Japanese electrics from the late 70,s to early 80, s. Some of these Tokai LP knockoffs are going for 2 to 3000$ I can appreciate for that price resale is not on par with American lP, s or US Fender but what about build and quality. Some players I, ve known swear by them but only certain models of course. I have not as yet purchased from Japan off ebay .
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2015, 03:42:40 AM »

Always well made stuff.Very gig worthy.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2015, 03:54:12 AM »

I have a Japanese made Yamaha SA1000 (335 copy) built in '82 that is the real deal - an excellent quality instrument in materials, set-up and tone...and it was the 'low end' model of these (they also made the SA800, SA2000, and SA2200).  I'll NEVER part with it willingly.

I also have a Japanese Epiphone Elitist Les Paul (2003) that is as good as today's standard Gibson Les Paul's. I have it up for sale right now because I don't play LP style guitars enough to keep it (I play my RS-4 and the SA1000 instead).

On both of the above guitars I haven't changed a thing - they're all original. I've not played Tokai's, Burny's, etc., but I'm sure they're up to at least the same high standards.

I also have a Japanese all solid wood Takamine dreadnaught acoustic. Well made, excellent materials and the neck is as straight as an arrow - amazing action. However, it's not up to par with the Larrivee's in tone (it has a cedar top which I don't think is 'proper' on a dread), and the nut spacing is a little cramped for me, so it's also up for sale.  But excellent craftsmanship.
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2015, 03:15:22 AM »

perhaps peavey and larrivee would be a better choice. All the guitars you mentioned are hard to find and/or over priced. plus the # of counterfeit guitars is a concern . Even the Tokais are counterfeited. Try an Alvarez acoustic electric for a do it all guitar as well. The necks are just like an electric.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2015, 06:13:47 PM »


I have not as yet purchased from Japan off ebay .


I forgot to mention - I bought the Yammy SA1000 from Japan on the web. Not Ishibashi, but another large company that has 4-5 guitar stores around Japan. Very good experience - the guitar shipped to my door was just under $1,000. One of the best purchases I've ever made...and a real find for a lefty.
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