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Green Guitars P-Bass – the Kitarablogi-video

Green Guitars P-Bass

• basswood body

• hard maple neck

• rosewood fretboard

• 20 frets

• 34″ scale

• open cloverleaf tuners

• Kent Armstrong PB pickup

• 1 volume, 1 tone control

Finnish distributor: Nordsound


Tiedote: Fenderin uusi American Professional -sarja on nyt saatavilla


Upouusi American Professional -sarja on vanhan American Standard -sarjan perusteellisesti päivitetty seuraaja.

Ratkaisevin kohta uudistuksiin löytyy kitaroiden ja bassojen mikrofoniosastolta:

Fenderin oma mikrofoniguru Tim Shaw on kehittellyt jokaista mallia varten oman V-Mod-mikrofonisetin. V-Mod-mikrofonien erikoisuus löytyy tarkkaan valikoiduista magneeteista – esimerkiksi American Pro Stratocasterissa on eri alnicovahvuuksia mikrofonista toiseen, sekä yksittäisen mikrofonin sisällä basso- ja diskanttikielille.

American Pro Telecasterissa on vintage-tyylinen talla, jossa on kuitenkin kolme esikompensoitua tallapalaa.

Tällä hetkellä mallistosta löytyy American Professional Stratocaster, HSS ja HH Stratocaster Shawbuckereilla, Telecaster, Telecaster Deluxe Shawbuckereilla, Jaguar, Jazzmaster, neli- ja viisikieliset Jazz-bassot (myös nelikielinen nauhaton), sekä neli- ja viisikieliset Presarit. Myös vasenkätisiä versioita on tarjolla.








Fender-uutuus: American Elite -sarjan bassot

Uusi Fender American Elite -bassosarja on nyt saatavilla.


American Elite Precision Bass -mallia tarjotaan ainoastaan nelikielisenä.


Sekä American Elite Jazz -basso…


…että American Elite Dimension Bass -malli ovat saatavilla myös viisikielisinä.


Uutuussarjan kauloissa on erikoinen kaulaprofiili, joka muuttuu C-profiilista alanauhoissa leveämmäksi D-muodoksi lähempänä runkoa.


American Elite -sarjan bassoissa kaularaudan säätö on tehty helpoksi Music Man -tyylisellä säätöpyörällä.


Uudet, neljännän sukupolven Noiseless-mikrofonit löytyy ainoastaan American Elite -bassoissa.


Bassojen aktiivielektroniikka toimii 18 voltin voimalla.


Review: J. Leachim Guitars S&T-Style + Royal

JLeachim S&T – beauty shot 2

Jan Merivirta’s J. Leachim Guitars is still a young company, yet it already has managed to gain a reputation among guitarists. has had the pleasure to test drive two  J.L.G.-models – a heavily relic’d S&T-Style, along with a brand-new addition to the lineup, the semiacoustic Royal.

J. Leachim has also started to import Mojotone pickups from the USA, recently – in addition to the Mojotone-equipped review guitars, I received three further instruments carrying Mojotone pickups to try out.

JLeachim Royal – beauty shot 2


JLeachim S&T – full front

J. Leachim Guitars have really made a mark with their heavily relic’d guitars and basses. It’s true, you can also order a ”mint” condition instrument from J.L.G., but many players have decided to go for the added mojo of a pre-worn guitar.

The J. Leachim S&T-Style (price approximately 1.600 €; includes a hard case and a custom-made leather strap) is such a mojo machine – a players solidbody electric, that combines a Stratocaster-type body with a Tele-style neck.

JLeachim S&T – headstock

JLeachim S&T – tuners

The S&T’s neck sports a relic’d satin finish, as well as a classy set of Kluson-style machine heads.

JLeachim S&T – Wilkinson vibrato

The guitar’s Wilkinson Vintage vibrato looks extremely worn, too.

This bridge is based on a vintage Fender bridge, but it features two practical improvements:

The vibrato arm is push fit with adjustable action, while the vibrato block has the string channels drilled so that they follow the octave compensation, which keeps the string pressure on the saddle uniform across all strings.

JLeachim S&T – back beauty

S&T-Style uses four vibrato springs for a very positive, muscular vibrato action that managed to stay on the right side of stiff.

JLeachim S&T – body beauty 1

The review guitar’s alder body looks like the guitar has been regularly used (and abused) on sweaty club stage for the last 50 years.

JLeachim S&T – plug receptacle

The Electrosocket jack receptacle keeps the Telecaster look, while offering much easier access for servicing and repairs that Fender’s original part.


JLeachim Royal – full front

The J. Leachim Royal (1.600 €; includes hard case and certificate of authenticity) is a step in a new direction for J.L.G. – it’s a thinline semiacoustic guitar.

The body shape owes a lot to the venerable Telecaster, but this isn’t a straight copy, though, as it is built in an involved, multilayered fashion.

JLeachim Royal – headstock

The Royal’s one-piece bird’s eye maple neck is a true thing of beauty.

JLeachim Royal – Wilkinson tuners

The tuners are Wilkinson’s updates of vintage Kluson machines.

JLeachim Royal – bird's eye maple neck

Bird’s eye maple and abalone dots – sure looks like Custom Shop-luxury to me!

JLeachim Royal – bridge

The chunky bridge on the Royal is a quality piece of hardware, but probably not the best choice on this model. The thick base means that the bridge saddles have to adjusted quite low to achieve a comfortable action. This in turn results in the sharpish height-adjustment grub screws protruding quite some way above the top of the saddles. Shorter grub screws would make this guitar more comfortable for the plectrum hand.

JLeachim Royal – body beauty 1

The J. Leachim Royal’s body is made in the UK (in Nottingham) by a small company called Bodge Fabrications (pun intended!).

JLeachim Royal – Bodge body

The beautifully sculpted Bodge body is a layered affair made from walnut, maple, and mahogany. If you love nice woods, like I do, this body will sen shivers of delight down your spine.

JLeachim Royal – back beauty

The back of the body features a rib cage bevel for added carrying comfort.

JLeachim Royal – neck joint

The added maple block inside the neck pocket adds stiffness to the Royal’s neck joint.


JLeachim S&T – beauty shot 1

J. Leachim’s S&T-Style is a very ergonomically sound instrument:

This guitar is lightweight, and sports a rounded 60s-style Tele neck that feels great. The fret-job is very smooth. This guitar is a fantastic player, and its vibrato works as smoothly as can be expected in a quality instrument in this price range.

JLeachim S&T – pickups

This S&T-Style came equipped with a Mojotone Rene Martinez Texas Strat pickup set. Rene Martinez was Stevie Ray Vaughan’s guitar technician, so it’s no wonder these pickups are specifically tailored to give you SRV-style tones.

The neck and (reverse-wound) middle pickup use Alnico III magnets for a bright sound with a sharp attack and a fantastically dynamic response. The bridge pickup is wound a little hotter and comes loaded with more powerful Alnico V magnets for a more muscular tone.

Here are two audio clips of the S&T-Style:

As a demo track I chose to record my own cover version of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s guitar solo on David Bowie’s hit China Girl (all guitar tracks have been recorded with the J.L.G S&T-Style):


JLeachim Royal – beauty shot 1

J.L.G.’s Royal is a classy newcomer in the company’s range of models.

The Royal is all about the feel and sound of wood. This is a guitar that’s very hard to put down once you’ve picked it up. The semiacoustic body adds a charming vocal quality to this model’s acoustic tone.

JLeachim Royal – pickups

This Royal comes with a Mojotone set of humbucker-sized P-90 pickups, which offer you a range of different sounds, from Jazz all the way to gritty Rock.

The neck pickups is built around an Alnico IV magnet, while the slightly hotter bridge pickup comes with an Alnico V magnet:

Carlos Santana used a P-90-equipped Gibson SG Special at the beginning of his career (for example at Woodstock), which prompted me to record a Santana-tinged demo track with the J. Leachim Royal:


JLeachim + Mojotone – teaser

Additionally, I got the chance to check out these three Mojotone pickup sets:

JLeachim + Mojotone – pickups 4

A J.L.G. TeleGacy loaded with Mojotone’s ’59 PAF Clone Reverse Zebra humbuckers:

Fender Adam Clayton JB + Mojotone 70s Clone JB pickups

A Fender Adam Clayton Signature Jazz Bass with a Mojotone 70s Clone JB Set.

JLeachim + Mojotone – pickups 3

A J.L.G. TeleGacy with a pair of covered Mojotone ’59 PAF Clone humbuckers. This guitar sported push/pull-switches to split the humbuckers for single coil type tones:


JLeachim S&T – body beauty 2

Finland really is blessed with a very diverse list of homegrown guitars, and J. Leachim is definitely one company to keep on your radar.

J. Leachim’s S&T-Style will make you boogie till the cows come home, and the company’s new Royal model is a beautiful new take on the Thinline Telecaster theme.

JLeachim Royal – body beauty 2


J. Leachim Guitars S&T-Style + Royal

S&T-Style – 1.600 €

Royal – 1.600 €

Contact: J. Leachim Guitars



+ designed and hand finished in Finland

+ quality of finish

+ workmanship

+ playability

+ sound


– protruding bridge saddle screws (Royal only)


Testipenkissä: J. Leachim Guitars S&T-Style + Royal

JLeachim S&T – beauty shot 2

Jan Merivirran perustama J. Leachim Guitars on vielä melko nuori yritys, mutta se on jo onnistunut nousemaan tietoisuuteen kitaristien keskuudessa.

Tässä jutussa testataan kahta eri J.L.G.-kitaramallia – reilusti relikoutu S&T-Style, sekä firman uusi, puoliakustinen Royal.

J. Leachim on hiljattain myös alkanut tuoda Suomeen huippulaadukkaita Mojotone-mikrofoneja USA:sta – testikitaroiden lisäksi sain vielä kolme eri Mojotone-malleilla varustettua soitinta kokeiltavaksi.

JLeachim Royal – beauty shot 2


JLeachim S&T – full front

J. Leachim Guitarsin erikoisalaa ovat – usein hyvin rankalla kädellä toteutetut – Relic-viimeistelyt. Totta, firmalta saa myös täysin ”koskemattomia” soittimia, mutta moni kitaristi on valinnut relikoidun J.L.G.-kitaran juuri viimeistelyn tuoman mojon vuoksi.

S&T-Style (1.600 €; laukku ja custom-hihna kuuluvat hintaan) on juuri tällainen mojo machine – soittamista varten tehty sähkökitara, jossa yhdistyvät sulavasti Fender Telecasterin kaula ja Stratocasterin runko.

JLeachim S&T – headstock

JLeachim S&T – tuners

S&T:n relikoidussa kaulassa on mattaviimeistely, sekä laadukkaat Kluson-tyyliset virittimet.

JLeachim S&T – Wilkinson vibrato

Kitaran Wilkinson Vintage -vibrato näyttää todella kuluneelta.

Vibratalla on muuten tarkka kopio vahnasta Strato-tallasta, paitsi että vibrakampea työnnetään tallassa olevaan nylonkaulukseen, jonka ansiosta kammen istuvuutta on parannettu tuntuvasti.

JLeachim S&T – back beauty

S&T-Stylen vibratallassa käytetään neljä jousta, ja tuntuma on sopivasti jämäkkä, muttei liian jäykkä.

JLeachim S&T – body beauty 1

Soittimen leppärunko näyttää kuin sitä olisi käytetty jo ainakin 50 vuotta klubikiertueilla.

JLeachim S&T – plug receptacle

Electrosocket-jakkikupin ansiosta jakin huolto tai vaihto käy paljon helpommin kuin perinne-Teleissä.


JLeachim Royal – full front

J. Leachim Royal (1.600 €; laukku ja aitoustodistus kuuluvat hintaan) on firmalle uusi aluevaltaus – se on thinline-tyylinen puoliakustinen sähkökitara.

Rungon muoto on eittämättä hieman Telecaster-tyylinen, mutta todellisuudessa sillä on taidokas, monikerroksinen rakenne.

JLeachim Royal – headstock

Royalin yksiosainen, linnunsilmävaahterasta veistetty kaula on erittäin kaunis.

JLeachim Royal – Wilkinson tuners

Soittimen nykyaikaiset Kluson-kopiot tulevat Wilkinsonilta.

JLeachim Royal – bird's eye maple neck

Linnunsilmävaahtera ja otemerkit abalone-helmiäisistä – tässä voisi jo puhua aidosta Custom Shop -meiningistä!

JLeachim Royal – bridge

Royalin tanakka talla on kyllä sinänsä erittäin laadukas valinta, mutta sen pohjalevy on niin jämäkkä, että tässä kitaramallissa tallapalojen korkeussäätöön tarkoitetut ruuvit jäävät törröttämään hieman liikkaa tallan yläreunan yli. Lyhyemmät ruuvit olisivat paljon mukavammat plektrakädelle.

JLeachim Royal – body beauty 1

J. Leachim Royal -kitaran puoliakustinen runko tulee pieneltä englantilaiselta soitinpajalta nimeltään Bodge Fabrications.

Tässä piilee brittihuumori, sillä sana bodge (kirjoitetaan myös botch) tarkoittaa ”möhliä”, ”hutiloida” tai ”toheloida”.

JLeachim Royal – Bodge body

Bodge-runko on nimittäin tehty erittäin huolellisesti ja kauniisti. Rungon rakenne on monikerroksinen, ja siihen käytetään pähkinäpuuta, vaahteraa, sekä mahonkia.

Rungon kansi on myös kaareva reunoissaan…

JLeachim Royal – back beauty

…ja sen kääntöpuolelta löytyy myös ns. mukavuusviiste.

JLeachim Royal – neck joint

Kaulataskuun liimattu vaahterapala lisää lujuutta Royalin ruuviliitokseen.


JLeachim S&T – beauty shot 1

J. Leachim S&T-Stylen ergonomia on erinomainen:

Soitin on kevyt ja sen ’60-tyylinen pyöreä Tele-kaula istuu erittäin hyvin ainakin omaan käteeni. S&T:n nauhatyö on kiitettävällä tasolla. Soittimen tatsi on kohdallaan ja kitaran vibratalla toimii niin kuin pitää tämän hintaisessa laatusoittimessa.

JLeachim S&T – pickups

Tähän S&T-Styleen on asennettu Mojotonen Rene Martinez Texas Strat -mikkisetti. Martinez oli Stevie Ray Vaughanin kitarateknikko, ja hän on kehittelyt tätä settiä juuri SRV-tyylistä musiikkia varten.

Kaula- ja keskimikrofoneilla on Alnico III -magneetteja, jotta soundissa olisi kirkas atakki, sekä erinomainen dynamiikka. Tallamikrofoni on hiukan tuhdimpaa Texas-sorttia, jossa paksummasta kelasta ja voimakkaammista Alnico V -magneeteista lähtee isompi soundi.

Tässä S&T-Stylen ääninäyteet:

Demobiisiksi äänitin oman version Stevie Ray Vaughanin kitarasoolosta David Bowien China Girl -biisissä (kaikki kitararaidat soitettu J.L.G. S&T-kitaralla):


JLeachim Royal – beauty shot 1

J.L.G. Royal on mielestäni upea soitin, ja J. Leachim Guitarsille onnistunut uusi aluevaltaus.

Puufaneille tämä on ihan vastustamaton sähkökitara, jossa soitettavuus ja ulkonäkö ovat erinomaisessa tasapainossa. Puoliakustisuus tuo mukavasti laulumaista klangia Royalin akustiseen sointiin.

JLeachim Royal – pickups

Royal-mallissa käytetään Mojotonen humbucker-kokoisia P-90-mikrofoneja, joista löytyy sekä Jazz- että Rock-tyylisiä soundeja.

Kaulamikrofonissa on Alnico IV -magneetti, kun taas tallamikissä käytetään Alnico V -magneettia ja hieman enemmän käämilankaa:

Carlos Santana käytti uransa alussa (esimerkiksi Woodstockissa) kahdella P-90:llä varustettua Gibson SG Special -kitaraa. Isona Santana-fanina minun piti luonnollisesti äänittää samantyylinen demobiisi J. Leachim Royalilla:


JLeachim + Mojotone – teaser

Sain myös nämä kolme Mojotone-mikrofoneilla varustettua soitinta kokeiltavaksi:

JLeachim + Mojotone – pickups 4

J.L.G. TeleGacy Mojotone ’59 PAF Clone Reverse Zebra -humbuckereilla:

Fender Adam Clayton JB + Mojotone 70s Clone JB pickups

Fender Adam Clayton Signature Jazz Bass, jossa oli Mojotone 70s Clone JB -mikrofonit asennettuina:

JLeachim + Mojotone – pickups 3

J.L.G. TeleGacy kuorillisilla Mojotone ’59 PAF Clone -humbuckereilla. Tämän kitaran kytkennössä oli nostokytkimet volume-potikoissa, joilla saadaan mikrofonit puolitettua:


JLeachim S&T – body beauty 2

Miksi mennä merta edemmäs kalaan, kun koti-Suomesta saa niin laadukkaita soittimia?

J. Leachim S&T-Stylessa on mojoa vaikka muille jakaa, kun taas J.L.G. Royal on erittäin onnistunut muunnelma Thinline Telecaster -teemasta.

JLeachim Royal – body beauty 2


J. Leachim Guitars S&T-Style + Royal

S&T-Style – 1.600 €

Royal – 1.600 €

Lisätiedot: J. Leachim Guitars



+ sunniteltu ja viimeistelty Suomessa

+ viimeistelyn laatu

+ työnjälki

+ soitettavuus

+ soundi


– tallapalojen säätöruuvit (vain Royal-mallissa)


J. Leachim Royal – The Kitarablogi-video

JLeachim Royal – beauty shot 2

Contact: J. Leachim Guitars


Now on SoundCloud: J. Leachim Guitars + Mojotone Pickups

JLeachim + Mojotone – pickups 4

Contact: J. Leachim Guitars


Guitar Porn: J. Leachim Guitars + Mojotone Pickups

JLeachim + Mojotone – teaser 3

JLeachim + Mojotone – teaser

JLeachim + Mojotone – teaser 2

Contact: J. Leachim Guitars


Now on SoundCloud – J. Leachim S-Style + Mojotone René Martinez Texas Strat pickups

Demo Track (cover of the guitar solo section from David Bowie’s ”China Girl”)

• Bass: Fender Adam Clayton Signature Jazz Bass with Mojotone 70s Clone JB pickups

• Guitar: J. Leachim Guitars S-Style with Mojotone René Martinez Texas Strat pickups

• Rhythm guitars – left channel: middle + bridge PUs; right channel: neck + middle PUs

• Lead guitar – neck PU

• Bass recorded using a SansAmp Bass Driver DI

• Guitar amp: Blackstar HT-1R

Contact: J. Leachim Guitars


Review: Tokai Classic Series

Tokai Classic TE – headstock

Tokai Guitars has built its reputation on very well-crafted and vintage-correct copies of classic models. The original Japanese Tokai instruments from the Seventies and Eighties gave most US manufacturers a good run for their money, and in some respects Tokai’s – ahem – ”versions” were even better than some of the originals from that era.

Tokai’s top-of-the-line instruments are still made in Japan. The company’s Chinese output, though, makes it possible to own a genuine Tokai guitar (or bass), even on a tighter budget.

The idea behind the brand-new Tokai Classic series is to offer very reasonably priced guitars and basses, which combine a classic look with a few modern tweaks for easier playability.


Tokai Classic TE – full front

Tokai Classic TE – full back

Kitarablogi received these three Tokai Classics for review:

A Tokai Classic TE (current price in Finland: 249 €) in a 50s-style two-tone sunburst finish…

Tokai Classic ST – full front

Tokai Classic ST – full back

…a creamy white Tokai Classic ST (249 €)…

Tokai Classic JB – full front

Tokai Classic JB – full back

…as well as a Classic JB bass (299 €) in a fetching three-tone sunburst.

Tokai Classic ST – headstock

Tokai’s Classic series features bolt-on maple necks.

On the TE and ST models the face of the headstock sports a gloss finish.

Tokai Classic JB – headstock

The JB bass’ headstock front has received the same thin satin finish as the neck.

All Classic instruments offer easy access to the truss rod at the headstock, so you won’t have to take off the neck to make adjustments.

Tokai Classic TE – tuners

There’s a set of very decent Kluson-copies installed on the guitars.

Tokai Classic JB – tuners

The Classic JB comes with a set of Schaller-copies, which are less massive than vintage-style Klusons.

Tokai Classic guitars – fretboard

The Classic TE and ST come with a flatter-than-vintage fingerboard radius and chunkier frets, which makes the playing feel much more modern and bend-friendly.

Tokai Classic JB – fretboard

The same goes for the Tokai Classic bass.

Tokai Classic TE – back beauty 2

All Classic series bodies are made of basswood, a proven tonewood with a sound similar to alder.

Tokai Classic TE – neck plate

The black plastic cushion beneath the neck plate protects the finish.

Tokai Classic TE – bridge

There are different versions of the three-saddle Tele-style bridge in circulation:

The Classic TE goes for the late-Sixties variety sporting three saddles with pre-set grooves for the strings.

Tokai Classic TE – back ferrules

The TE came strung the regular way, though the body, with the strings’ ball-ends anchored in ferrules. This setup is favoured by most Tele players.

Tokai Classic TE – additional bridge holes

Tokai’s Classic TE nevertheless offers an additional interesting feature:

It’s possible to string this guitar through the back of the bridge, too. This was a rare feature on original Fender Telecasters in 1958/59 that noticeably alters the feel and sound of the guitar.

Tokai Classic ST – bridge

At first glance, the bridge on Tokai’s Classic ST looks like a dead-on copy of a vintage Strat vibrato.

Tokai Classic ST – vibrato block

The vibrato block, though, isn’t as chunky as on the original. It’s about the same size as the block on a Floyd Rose vibrato.

Vintage-anoraks will sniff disapprovingly at the sight of such a block, claiming that it’s bad for the tone of the guitar. Let me tell you that the review guitar’s acoustic ring and sustain were actually quite healthy. So much for preconceptions…

Tokai Classic JB – bridge

The Classic JB sports a nice copy of a 1970s Fender bass bridge.

Tokai Classic TE – pickups

Most self-appointed ”vintage-gurus” will tell you to steer clear at all times of ceramic Fender-style singlecoils.

Traditionally, a Fender-type singlecoil is constructed from six small, cylindrical magnets, which are tapped into vulcanised fibre plates. Around this magnet core a coil of thin copper wire is wound to complete the pickup. In traditional pickups the polepieces you see are actually the top ends of the alnico magnets.

Tokai Classic ST – pickups

Tokai’s Classic series uses ceramic pickups, which are made a little differently. The polepieces aren’t magnets, but rather soft steel rods, which are in physical contact to a ceramic bar magnet (or sometimes two magnets) stuck to the bottom of each pickup.

Tokai Classic JB – pickups 2

When ceramic pickups first appeared on budget guitars in the Nineties, their sound was admittedly often very spiky, brittle and sharp. This gave ceramic singlecoils a bad name, which wasn’t all that undeserved.

But that was then, and ceramic pickups have been improved drastically since. Despite this, there’s still quite a lot of prejudice against this type of guitar pickup.

In the case of these Tokai Classic instruments, I’d suggest you approach their pickups with an open heart and open ears – you might be in for a positive surprise!

Tokai Classic TE – control cavity

The Classic series features electronic parts of inexpensive, but very decent quality. All the switches and controls work fine, and without any hiccups.

As you can easily see from this picture, the workmanship is very clean in the Classic TE.

Tokai Classic JB – control cavity

The rout for the Classic JB’s component cavity wasn’t quite as clean on our review sample. Luckily, this has no bearing whatsoever on the functionality of this bass guitar.


Tokai Classic TE – body beauty 1

Tokai’s Classic TE is a very nice, well-playing Tele-style electric guitar.

Quite often, you will find uninspiring, flat and generic neck profiles on instruments in this price bracket.

The Classic TE is quite an exception, as it sports a comfortable, well-rounded and chunky neck, that still manages to stay on the right side of ”fat”. The fretwork is really great on our review sample. Combined with the bigger frets and flatter fretboard radius, this results in a slinky and bend-friendly playing feel.

Tokai’s Classic TE is no slouch in the sound department, either:

The neck pickup is warm and round, but never sounds boring or one-dimensional. The middle position of the switch will give you a cool, funky rhythm tone. The bridge pickup on its own offers enough twang for Country playing, and enough whack for the Classic Rock crowd.

Tokai Classic TE – body beauty 2


Tokai Classic ST – body beauty 1

I’d never have thought an electric guitar costing only 249 € could be as utterly inspiring as this Tokai Classic ST!

The neck feels great with its oval C-profile. The fretwork and setup make this a real player’s guitar. The vibrato works well in a vintage-style way, and the ST’s acoustic tone is woody and dynamic.

The ceramic pickups on the Tokai Classic ST are a bit hotter than the alnicos on my 50s-style Fender Stratocaster reissue. They also have a bit more sizzle and bite, but in a good way, making this more of a ”Jimi Hendrix” than a ”Buddy Holly” guitar.

Tokai Classic ST – body beauty 2


Tokai Classic JB – body beauty 1

Tokai’s Classic JB truly offers a lot of bass in a very pocket-friendly package.

The Classic JB will give you all the features you’d look for in a Jazz Bass-type instrument:

There’s the slender, distinctly tapered neck profile, the comfortable balance, and the wide variety (for a passive bass) of different sounds.

Tokai Classic JB – body beauty 2

This last clip lets you listen to the video’s bass and guitar tracks in isolation. During the first half all guitar tracks are played on the Classic TE, in the second half the Classic ST takes over:


Tokai Classic TE – beauty shot 1

Tokai Classic ST – beauty shot 1

Tokai Classic JB – beauty shot 1

Tokai’s Classic Series may well prove to set a new standard for vintage-style instruments in this price range. The three reviewed guitars were well-made, well-playing instruments, and their sound was inspiring.

While the Classic series is aimed mainly at beginners, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the instruments crept up on pub or club stages!


Tokai Classic Series

Tokai Classic TE – 249 €

Tokai Classic ST – 249 €

Tokai Classic JB – 299 €

Finnish distributor: Musamaailma



+ value-for-money

+ playability

+ workmanship

+ sound

Tokai Classic ST – beauty shot 2