Up for sale, a 2004 Tokai Love Rock II quilted maple double cutaway in near-mint condition and in perfect working order. This modern iteration of the Love Rock platform features a solid mahogany body with a jaw-dropping bookmatched quilted maple top, a one-piece mahogany neck with a bound rosewood fretboard, and a pair of USA-made Seymour Duncan humbuckers.
The tonewood complement yields a combination of fundamental warmth and treble cut, qualities faithfully captured by the Seymour Duncan humbuckers. The bridge pickup is an SH-4 JB, Duncan’s most popular design and the original hot-rodded humbucker, delivering full, powerful lows; crisp, detailed highs; and an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords and translates to a singing, vocal-like quality for melodic playing. The neck pickup is a Pearly Gates, patterned after the PAFs in Billy Gibbons’ 1959 Les Paul; it’s slightly overwound for that Texas sizzle, with stronger mids and the sweet, dynamic quality inherent to an Alnico II design. This guitar weighs 8lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a quintessential medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and ideal heft in every register, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. On the bound rosewood fretboard, the medium jumbo fretwire is nigh flawless, with well-rounded crowns and plenty of meat. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock sports a Tokai logo and faint “Love Rock Model” script, and the tuners have been substituted for a set of Grover Rotomatics.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the Seymour Duncan humbuckers governed by a three-way selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs, and the harness features CTS 500K pots and a Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. The chrome-plated hardware shines like new, including the ABR-1-style bridge and stopbar, pickup covers, and the dome-topped knurled knobs.
The gloss Walnut finish is framed on top by cream binding, highlighting the depth and dimension of the quilt figuring in the bookmatched maple cap. Wear is limited to very minor buckle worming on the back. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is immaculate save for a couple small areas of cloudiness in the clear coat, imperceptible to the palm while fretting.
A vintage Japanese padded gigbag is included.