These guitars were intended to be high-end instruments, not low-priced copies targeted at consumers in their home market.
Tokai wanted the look and feel to be correct and these early replicas have wonderful fit and finish detailing.
Wanting the headstock to look the same from ten feet away and desiring a designation that was appropriate, Tokai named this copy guitar 'Les Paul Reborn'.
Thus, the American guitar reissue mania was born and has captured a significant percentage of new guitar sales dollars over the last decade.
Players such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Joe Perry and many others have signature models that consumers purchase.
Tokai produced a Les Paul replica guitar in Japan starting around 1976.
Today the guitar marketplace is full reissue models, most of which were originally designed in the 1950s.
The Gibson and Fender reissue models started showing up in the USA by the early-1980s.
Yes, Gibson began making the Les Paul guitars again in 1968 and Fender made the Anniversary Stratocaster in 1979, but these were not so much reissues as updated versions of their earlier models.Well before these two American guitar manufacturer began remaking their classic reissue models, several American luthiers and one Japanese maker, Tokai, began making close-to-exact copies of the late 1950s Les Paul and Strat.They saw the market demand and were infusing the supply.Tokai paid attention to the little details and even studied the pickup waveforms to build in the proper sound characteristics.Here is a little history detailing their Les Paul Reborn and Springy Sound Stratocaster replica models.It is no secret that guitar buyers want a look-alike instrument to the one played by their favorite artists.