I am looking for a Tokai made in Japan ES 160. The model number is not too important as Tokai change them every year. The guitar is a copy of the Gibson ES 335, the one I'm after has block inlays and must be either sunburst or tobacco burst.
I have googled it without success, I have contacted all the Tokai dealers I know off and even phoned the UK Tokai importer. I can't find one anywhere in the UK.
So if anyone on the forum happens to know of a shop that has one in stock I would really appreciate the heads up.
"I don't play a lot of fancy guitar. I don't want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks." John Lee Hooker
so les ... call me ignorant but tell me more about these made in japan copies compared to made in america ''non copies '' lol
Matt Scofield plays a Tokai like mine on the vid I posted of him in the thread ,so what's on the decs. His tone is amazing, SRV was said to endorse their Strats. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top plays a Tokai LP from time to time Tokai make very high quality, reasonably priced copies of both Fender and Gibson guitars. So good that they were chosen by Fender to make some official Fender MIJ guitars.
This article from Guitar magazine explains a bit more.
Post by 469roadking on Jun 26, 2011 13:56:43 GMT -5
I did a recording back in the eighties and needed a strat. They brought me a Tokai. At first I was put out by them bringing me a fake fender. After we recorded the track I would have bought it on the spot had it been for sale. It's the only Tokai I've ever played but it was a fantastic guitar. In my experience the Japanese copy guitars from Tokai and some from Fender Japan have been as good if not better than the original US counterparts.