Up for sale, a 1984 Tokai Love Rock TLS-60 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original Tokai-branded faux leather gigbag. 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 a carved maple top topped with a bookmatched flame maple veneer, solid mahogany body, and mahogany neck capped with a bound rosewood fretboard. The guitar has a clear, smooth natural projection that translates well through the stock Tokai ’57 P.A.F. pickups. As their name would suggest, the humbuckers meter in the medium output PAF range, ensuring rich harmonics detail and a dynamic, clear sound that works equally well for chiming cleans and rich drive. 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 '50s-style C-shaped profile carve with ideal substance and effortless playability, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire that has plenty of height and well-rounded crowns. The frets show virtually no wear, and the guitar plays well up the straight neck with a responsive truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4", and the hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, ensuring optimal note clarity and sustain. The open book headstock features Kluson-style tuners with keystone buttons that turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.
On the body, the electronics function as intended, and the stock humbuckers are wired to a unique original circuit board wiring harness. Both humbuckers also retain their factory “Tokai ’57 P.A.F. Model” stickers on the baseplates, metering in the low 8k ohms range. The nickel hardware shows light surface patina, and plastics include yellowed pickup rings and the original quartet of amber bonnet knobs. The OS (Old Sunburst) gloss finish highlights the tasteful flame figuring on the bookmatched maple cap, and cosmetic wear is limited to light scattered marks in the clear coat of the gloss on top, some requisite scuffing in the pick path, and light finish scratches mostly relegated to the back and sides. The neck profile gloss finish is clean with just a few shallow marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original Tokai-branded faux leather gigbag is included.