Up for sale, a 1980 Tokai Love Rock LS-50 OS electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. With production beginning in 1977, the Love Rock is Tokai's enduringly popular spin on the Les Paul Standard platform, and this particular example has the OS (Original Sunburst) '50s Cherry Sunburst finish and a particularly substantial neck profile carve.
Loaded with the original pair of Goto (not Gotoh) PAF humbuckers, these pickups visually evoke a Dimarzio Super Distortion, with hex key poles and double cream bobbins, however the tonal profile is notably different, as these Goto pickups meter at 7.9k ohms in the bridge position and 7.6k at the neck, resulting in a dynamic, open tone that has plenty of top end cut and chime, while still driving a tube amp beautifully. The guitar is also notably lightweight, given its traditional Les Paul tonewood complement of a solid mahogany body and carved three-piece maple cap, weighing a mere 8lbs 14oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Tokai Love Rock is dialed in with 10-46 strings, low action, and solid intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a round, substantial 50s-style C profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and 1.060" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark cut of this particular tonewood, featuring fret edge binding and the original medium jumbo fretwire which is nigh flawless. The scale length is 24 3/4", and the carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the Tokai script is inlaid with vertical gold silkscreened "Love Rock" text. The Kluson-style single line tuners have microscopic “Tokai” text on the gear housings and lightly greened keystone buttons which turn smoothly.
All of the electronics work as they should, and the double cream bobbin Goto humbuckers are wired to a unique original circuit board wiring harness. The chrome hardware includes the ABR-1-style bridge and stopbar tailpiece with just a touch of surface patina. A quartet of amber bonnet knobs, one-ply pickguard, and amber switch tip round out the plastics. The "OS" Cherry Sunburst highlights light birdseye figuring on the carved maple top, particularly concentrated on the treble-side third. Cosmetic wear is limited to some minor finish chips and dings along the back lower bout body edge, with a few additional finish scratches and nicks on the body as a whole. The neck profile has a smooth gloss with just a couple minor marks.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the guitar with functional latches, original handle, Tokai badge on the exterior, and green plush interior.