And now for something completely different. This 2011 Tokai LS may look like a traditional Single Cut, but it has a very different build profile. Instead of a solid maple cap on a thick mahogany body, this guitar has a body made of cross cut spruce blocks sandwiched between a slab of mahogany on the back and a typical solid maple cap on the top (with a quilted maple veneer). This is Tokai's patented Sound Effect Body (SEB). Tokai describes it as:
"More powerful and rich expressive power. The SEB structure is one of the evolutionary goals that Tokai has continued to unleash the player's imagination and express it at will.
It is a structure devised by paying attention to how the vibration of wood is transmitted, unlike the conventional idea that the sound of solid guitar and bass is determined by the type of material used in the body. Compared to conventional guitars and basses, this structure achieves faster sound rise and response, clear and clear sound, long sustain, and a wider dynamic range. The above points are clearly different from the conventional structure as a result of repeated trial production at our company.
We believe that the sound characteristics of the newly developed SEB structure can provide players with completely new sounds not found in conventional electric guitars and basses. The SEB structure has the potential to go far beyond the sound image of the past."
Personally, I find the tone to be a little snappier and the sustain to last a little longer.
Beyond the SEB construction, this guitar has some additional interesting features:
Weight and neck specs are:
Weight - 7.6 pounds
Neck width - 1.7" at the nut, 2.1" at the 12th fret
Neck Depth - 0.91" at the nut, 0.95" at the 12th fret
Finish - Lacquer
I would describe the condition as very good with only slight playwear. Frets have no visible wear.
If you're looking for a traditional Single Cut, this isn't the guitar for you. But if you're interested in something that looks the part but has a different feel and tone, this is it.
Original Hard Case is included.