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1979 Tokai Reborn Custom LC-110 BB Black Beauty Vintage 3 Pickup Guitar w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1979 Tokai Reborn Custom LC-110 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original Lifton-style hardshell case. This rare, top-tier early Tokai “Black Beauty” offering predates the Love Rock branding, faithfully capturing the look and feel of a ‘50s Les Paul Custom with a trio of PAF-style Goto humbuckers and a mahogany body capped with a mahogany top.

A mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard round out the tonewood complement, and this is a lightweight example for an LP-style guitar at 8lbs 7oz. The Goto “Patent Applied For” humbuckers meter around 8k ohms, wired in the traditional fashion for a Custom on the three-way pickup selector toggle: Bridge, Bridge+Middle (out of phase), Neck. The all-mahogany body yields a distinctive fundamental warmth and growl, and the neck pickup is particularly fat and woody. The bridge pickup has a sweet bite, and the out of phase Bridge/Middle position has a pointed honk and percussiveness. This LC-110 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: ‘50s-style substantial C, full shoulders, measuring .875” 1st fret, .950” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Bound ebony, block inlay
-Frets: Medium, leveled and crowned, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”, replacement
-Headstock: Light cloudiness in finish, split-diamond inlay, replacement truss rod cover
-Tuners: Gold waffle-back, lightly greened keystone buttons
-Serialization: 9-prefix, “100” stamped into fretboard beyond 21st fret

Body Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Pickups: Goto “Patent Applied For” humbuckers
-Harness: Original pots x2, CTS pots x2 (replacement/upgraded)
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, Three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: No-wire ABR-1-style bridge, stopbar
-Plastics: Amber switch tip, black bonnet knobs, four-ply pickguard

The gloss Ebony finish is framed by multi-ply binding, and cosmetic wear includes buckle rash across the back, faint scuffing on top along the pick path, and a handful of minor dings on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

The original Lifton-style brown tolex hardshell case with pink plush interior and Tokai badge is included.