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1979 Tokai Les Paul Reborn LS120 Vintage Flame Top Guitar, Collector-Grade w/ Case, Love Rock


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Up for sale, a 1979 Tokai Les Paul Reborn (Love Rock) model LS-120 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a Lifton-style hardshell case. Introduced in 1977, and crafted with the utmost care, the Tokai Les Paul Reborn is considered among the finest vintage Japanese LPs ever produced. A very early example that retains the "Les Paul" headstock script retired from the model by '80, this guitar also predates the rebrand to the better-known Love Rock moniker. This Les Paul Reborn features a nitro lacquer Cherry Sunburst gloss finish over a figured, carved curly two-piece maple top, loaded with the original pair of DiMarzio PAF humbuckers with double cream bobbins.

Tonewoods include a mahogany body and carved two-piece curly maple top, and a mahogany neck capped with a bound rosewood fretboard. This guitar has plenty of natural acoustic projection and sustain, on the lighter side for an LP-style instrument at 9lbs 1oz. The DiMarzio pickups meter at the higher end of the typical PAF range at ~7.8k ohms, resulting in lots of top-end clarity and overtone-rich harmonic complexity. The neck pickup is full and round-sounding while retaining clarity and bite, and the bridge pickup has great cut with an aggressive growl. This Tokai has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: ‘50s-style Chunky C, good shoulders, measuring .890” 1st fret, .905” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Bound rosewood, 12” radius, pearloid trapezoid inlay
-Frets: Original, medium jumbo, fret-edge binding, leveled and crowned, no wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”, bone
-Tuners: Tokai Deluxe Kluson-style single-line, double-ring, keystone buttons
-Headstock: Les Paul Reborn logo, “open book” shape

Body Specs:

-Pickups: Original USA-made DiMarzio humbuckers
-Harness: Original “circuit board” harness, untouched solder, braided leads
-Hardware: Original ABR-1-style bridge with brass saddles, aluminum stopbar
-Plastics: Original

The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish highlights the dynamic, curly figuring in the bookmatched maple veneer, with cosmetic wear limited to some faint buckle worming across the back, light scuffing on top along the pick path, and a handful of tiny dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the lower bout perimeter. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is pristine.

A Gator-brand modern Lifton-style brown tolex hardshell case with pink plush interior is included.