Here we have the pinnacle of the vintage MIJ ES-335s. This was Tokai's top of the line semi-hollow that was only manufactured in 1981. This model is regarded as one of the closest approximations to a '59 ES-335 in the various vintage Japanese made models.
The ES-150 came in 3 finishes, Sunburst, Cherry and Natural. In my experience, the Natural (Blonde) finish is the least common. In my years of searching, I have seen exactly 3 for sale, including this one.
There were 2 ES-150 models, the 150J (Jazz) and the 150R (Rock). The only difference between the two were the pickups with the Rock version having Dimarzio PAFs. This particular guitar came with uncovered double cream Dimarzios (see picture). I did not like the look of uncovered pickups in this guitar, nor was I partial to the tone in a semi hollow. SO I had the pickups professionally changed to a set of covered Ox4 Low Wind pickups which vastly improved the tone and look, IMO. The original Dimarzios are included.
Beyond the pickups, I found it necessary to have the nut professionally replaced (the original nut had been cut too deep) and the bridge replaced (the original collapsed in the middle, a common occurrence with vintage Tokais). Beyond that, the guitar is in great shape for a 41 year old guitar and has no breaks or repairs.
The specs for the ES-150 include maple plywood top, back and sides, a mahogany neck, ebony fretboard and Cashew Nut Lacquer finish, a process that Tokai reserved for it's very top end guitars.
Weight is 8.3 pounds.
Width - 1.64" at the nut, 2.04" at the 12th fret
Thickness - 0.85" at the 1st fret, 1.04" at the 12th fret
Included is a hard case, but I do not believe it is original.
Don't hesitate on this one, you may not see another!