Tokai Golden Era Re-Issue LS-100 in Teaburst

OK, Gais, hold on to your seats. We believe this hen's-teeth rare Tokai "Golden Era Re-Issue" LS-100 is the missing link in Tokai's history, a high-end model made after production ended on Tokai's "Reborn Old" series in 1980 but before the company settled on the "Love Rock" name to market its Les Paul-type guitars. While it has identical features to the 1980 Tokai Reborn Old LS-100, its headstock abandons Gibson's trademarked "open book" shape in favor of an unbroken curve. Whether this interim model resulted from an actual threat of legal action for trademark infringement or an abundance of caution on Tokai's part, this guitar is a ridiculously rare example of a little-known transitional period in the company's history, one that offers definitive proof not only of the quality of Tokai's replica LP efforts thirty-odd years ago but of the shifting sands at the epicenter of Japanese guitar-making's so-called "Lawsuit Era."

You'll find next to nothing about these "Golden Era Re-Issue" guitars on the internet. There's another one listed by its owner on the Tokai Registry, an LP-type whose serial number indicates it came off the production line 222 guitars earlier than the present example.

As we noted, this guitar has the same features as the 1980 Tokai Reborn Old LS-100 including lacquer finish, double-ring tuners, bound fret edges, DiMarzio vintage pickups, bone nut and one-piece mahogany back.

This extremely rare Tokai is in exceptionally fine condition. It weighs 8 lbs 12 oz (4 kg) and comes with its original Tokai "burl" leatherette-covered hardshell case.

To purchase or inquire about this guitar, please contact guitargai.

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