Up for sale, a 2008 Tokai FV-100L Flying V in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order finished in gloss Cherry and offered here in an exceedingly rare left-handed configuration. A genuine Made in Japan Tokai rarely seen outside its country of origin, this is a discontinued model and was previously the highest tiered V model offered by Tokai, equivalent to the (impossible to find) Vintage Series FV-95 models in current production which sell for $2199. As Tokai produces instruments in both China and Japan and has multiple tiers for their Japanese production, it's notable that this is the very best, with premium fit and finish work and the best electronics and hardware.
This Tokai has a feel and tonal response in-line with a premium Gibson, featuring a solid mahogany body and neck, and a dark slab rosewood fingerboard. The natural acoustic tone of the instrument is warm and rich, and the PAF-style Vintage MK2 humbuckers deliver a round and powerful sound, with more cut and sweet growl in the bridge position, and a thick, broad sound at the neck. The guitar is nice and lightweight at 7lbs 5oz, dialed in to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and increased heft in the higher registers, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The stock medium jumbo frets are flawless, offering plenty of meat and crown, and the guitar plays cleanly up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length measures 24 3/4", and the carved bone nut is 1 11/16" wide, proportions familiar to any Gibson fan. The headstock features a Tokai-etched truss rod cover and Kluson-style tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well with lightly greened tulip buttons.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the stock Vintage Mk2 pickup pair wired to Made in Japan stamped full-size pots. The model number (FV-100L) is stamped in the bridge pickup cavity, along with "CG," presumably for Cherry Gloss. The nickel hardware includes the Tune-o-Matic bridge and corresponding stopbar, and the guitar retains its original trio of black reflector cap knobs. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few minor finish scratches and dings on the body as a whole, and the neck profile is silky smooth with only a couple microscopic marks central to the profile carve behind frets 3-4.