Tokai guitar dating
The Japanese models usually had a long tenon like the 1959 LP's, and are not weight relieved, the US Standard version did not have a long tenon and is weight relieved.
The Orville by Gibson Les Paul Reissue series (LPR ) 1993-1994, were the top of the range Japanese produced Gibsons, they all have stock Gibson USA electrics and pickups, usually nitrocellulose laquer finishes, blank truss rod covers and fret edge binding, and were only made from late 1992 to early 1995, they also tend to have the fattest necks of all the Ob G's.
Most Ob G flametops are usually quite understated, and any Ob G with a highly flamed or quilted top (the LPQ models) are unusual, and normally veneer. F type pickups, (which are very nice) they are finished in poly not nitro, some Orvilles were issued with Photo-flametops, and K serial numbers were in a different factory to Fuji-gen.
There are some LPQ solid quilted models but again very rare. Orville by Gibson's used the premium wood available to the luthiers. its now generally agreed that these were the Terada factory From early in 1995, Orville by Gibson was discontinued, and in 1998 Orvilles were rebranded as Epiphone by Gibson (Japan).
Model EG59-85 upward, have Nitro finishes and some 82 transition models have fret edge binding, with high quality electrics and Greco P. The later years, 89-91 the EG1000D appeared, which was an EG59-100 with Seymour Duncan pickups as stock.
From 1982 to 1990 Greco mint collection have an open O in Greco, In 1991 Greco returned to the closed O on the mint collection models.
The Love Rocks from 1980-1981 are made to exactly the same specs as the Les Paul Reborn and Reborn Old, but the latter have more rarity value.Some Burny Super Grade models follow the same construction techniques as the above, some do not have the long tenon, but up to and including the FLG/RLG-90 model, all have poly finishes, (apart from FLG's from 1980/81 ) and the higher spec models have fret binding.The rarest and best models are the 1980/81 FLG's, 90/150/240, they all have 1 piece backs and flamed tops, the 90 being a veneer and the higher models solid, they all have a nitro finish, and a stamped ser no on the headstock back.Most of the best Japanese replicas, excluding Tokai, were built between 19 in the Fugi-gen Gakki factory by Japanese luthiers, these include the "lawsuit" guitars and forced Fender and Gibson to license this factory to produce their branded products in Japan.In many cases, these Japanese Fenders and Gibsons are of higher build quality, finish and tone than the US made versions.