1978 Tokai LS-50 Reborn

50's Les Paul Reissue

Gold Top - Premium Japan Vintage

Made in Japan

Serial: 8000367

Nut Width: 1.67"

Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.88"

Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.96"

1 Replaced Pot (Rewired)

Comes in a Leatherette Gig Bag

$$$ Professionally Set Up and Dialed in for Immediate Rocking. Truly Stage or Studio Ready/Worthy!

This stunning Tokai Reborn LS-50, is an absolute show stopper, oozing with vintage MOJO, while maintaining an pretty great cosmetic condition that is nicefor a guitar that is 44 years old.

The Tokai Reborn LS-50 is a take on the classic Gibson Les Paul guitar. This goldtop is modeled after a 1958 Les Paul and features a maple top, mahagony body and Tokai ’57 Vintage MKII humbuckers.

Tokai faithfully modeled their Reborn/Love Rock guitars of specific classic Gibson Les Paul models – the LS-50 is based on a 1958 Les Paul. Only the LS-50/60 models were produced as a goldtop.

Guitar features: Maple top / mahogany body / mahogany neck / rosewood fingerboard /  tune-o-matic and stop bar bridge / original volume and tone controls / Vintage Kluson Style tuners / original handmade bone nut / Original pickups-partially re-wired with one new pot. Cosmetically there are a few scattered dings & top coat scratches but overall great shape.

Tokai LS guitars between 1978 and 1985 went through a period of change as American manufacturers began to put pressure on the Asian guitar makers, who were copying the classic American designs for both domestic and international markets. Very few law suits were actually made during the “law-suit” era as often referred too. Tokai called their Gibson copies, Les Paul Model, Les Paul Reborn, Reborn Old and finally Love Rocks from 1980. Like Tokai’s copies of Fender guitars, they went back to the original source to make guitars that were of a very high quality, when US manufacturers were having to reduce production costs.

It has just been professionally set up and dialed in for optimal tone and playability. It has low action with no buzzing or dead spots and is an absolute joy to play. It has been deep cleaned and detailed. All guitars will arrive looking and playing great. The frets have been leveled / dressed / polished and the fingerboard was cleaned. (Unfinished Rosewood and Ebony boards get treated with Fret Doctor - a proprietary all natural oil that is the best on the market) It has brand new strings, the action was adjusted, the intonation is spot on and it plays excellent. All the electronics work flawlessly.

**** We stand behind every guitar we sell and have consistently delivered quality that beats most people expectations, earning us a reputation for quality that is unrivaled. Simply put “good enough” isn’t good enough for The Guitar Dude’s standards and we try and make every guitar be at its absolute BEST to deliver on our promise.

* Neck is perfectly straight and the truss rod works with no issues

* Intonation is spot-on

* It has been professionally set up with nice low action & new American made strings.

* If needed, the frets will be dressed leveled & crowned

* All frets are polished prior to shipping when they are set up - They will shine like new!

***Please note that international shipping prices listed are minimum quotes in some cases. Certain countries are more expensive and will require additional shipping costs. Express services such as UPS, DHL & FedEx are also available, Please contact me for a personalized quote.

About Us

The Guitar Dude is a THREE time NAMM Top 100 Dealer in the world  who has been selling some of the best guitars on the planet since 2009. Known for the most Killer Flame Top Gibson 1959 Les Pauls Reissues and classic Fender guitars of all eras. I make beautiful guitar porn, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter 


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Terms For Returns & Re-Stocking Fee’s

We recognize and accept a 7 day return policy as per Reverb guidelines, BUT intentions of the return must be communicated in writing within 3 day of receiving the guitar as indicated by the tracking. Unless the guitar is not as described, ORIGINAL & RETURN SHIPPING COSTS INCURRED (NOT CHARGES) WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. There is a 10% Re-stocking fee for ALL guitars that are returned for ANY reason outside of damage from shipping or it arrives not as described. Please note that we record demo videos to make sure our guitars go out exactly as we describe them with zero issues. We understand that feeling comfortable is vital to the purchase of a guitar/bass so in any case, additional measurements or in hand descriptions are available prior to purchase/shipping. Thats said, guitars travel a great distance some times and in transit things can happen. Also guitars acclimate to new environments and this can cause a need for a new set up or minor adjustment. It is acceptable and normal if there is for instance a tiny bit of buzzing or the need to adjust a truss rod. We are in south Florida and if you are in a colder or less humid environment it is almost to be expected. Please read our feedback and see what our customers say. The guitar MUST BE RETURNED IN THE EXACT CONDITION it was advertised/received or it is subject to additional costs & or repair fees. We are not a big chain shop, I hope you understand. If you are uncomfortable with these terms please do not purchase. There are plenty big chain shops that can absorb free trials and shipping. 

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I offer a super relaxed layaway plan on certain guitars, that can be custom built to fit your budget and needs. It can be extended beyond 30 days in certain situations. If you are interested in a layaway plan, please contact me for full details.