This Tokai ES-130 is a high grade competitor to the Gibson ES-335 from which it takes its inspiration, if not total specifications.
But it’s not any old copy - this is a truly remarkable piece of work, up there with some of the best of Japanese luthiery ever produced.
Body: Semi-hollow maple multi-ply arched body. Solid centre block. Single-bound top and back. Sunburst finish. F-holes.
Neck: Mahogany. Round tapered profile. Bound rosewood fretboard with dot inlays.
Pickups/Hardware: Two chrome-covered Type 2 humbuckers. Kluson-style tuners. Adjustable bridge with stop tailpiece.
Cosmetics: This guitar is excellent condition. Fit and finish are top knotch and there is very little sign of player wear. The maple body shows beautiful flame under the sunburst tint of its finish.
Playability: The neck tapers toward the nut, splitting the difference between a 50s and 60s carve – very comfortable and easy to play. Frets are great shape with lots of life left. Action is low with no buzz or dead spots.
Nut Width: 1 5/8"
Neck depth: 1st fret = 0.85” 12th fret = 1.01”
Weight: 7.8 lbs
This Tokai ES 130 is from 2006, when this model was top of their range - featuring highly figured woods, a 17 degree headstock angle, nitrocellulose finish and their top of the line Type 2 pickups.
The neck is straight as an arrow and it plays as well as any Gibson connoisseur could possibly wish for. The neck has a nice, substantial, thicker 50's style profile - exceptionally comfortable all-around. The fretwire is medium jumbo, truly 50s and 60s vintage spec – with lots of fret life left.
The humbuckers are punchy and harmonically rich with true vintage character. They have that classic semi-hollow tone vibe - rich and woody with good definition.
The choice woods used in this guitar are reminiscent of those sourced for the old Kalamazoo styles. The maple has a rich, beautiful flame to it, but it's subtle and not too gaudy. The sunbursat nitro lacquer finish has a deep rich hue, and is sure to age gracefully.
No breaks, cracks or repairs on this guitar and overall condition is super clean.
This gorgeous flame-maple bodied Tokai ES 130 is a superb example of skill of Japanese craftsmanship at its finest, and it punches well above its price-point.
Comes in its original high quality hard case in excellent condition.