Some Tokai guitars, with models resembling American manufacturers' guitars: fltr: Goldstand Sound, Talbo, LS-85 Love Rock, Hard Puncher bass
From 1970 to 1973, Tokai produced the Conn line of acoustic guitars under contract withC.G. ConnIn 1972, Tokai entered into ajoint-venturewithC. F. Martin & Companyto supplyacoustic guitarparts and also to build Martin'sSigmaelectric guitars. In 1975, it launched its own Cat's Eyes line of acoustic guitars, which were replicas of C.F. Martin guitars.
Between 1977 and 1978, Tokai began making variousFenderandGibsonreplica electric guitars and basses. These models are generically known as "lawsuit guitars". Tokai's replica of theGibson Les Paulelectric guitar, named the "Les Paul Reborn" model, started in 1978. By 1980, the name was changed to "Reborn Old" and later to its current name, "Love Rock". The name change was in response to threats from American guitar companies to go to court to protect theircopyrights. Tokai also madeFenderreplicas, the "Springy Sound" (ST series,Fender Stratocasterreplica) and the "Breezy Sound" (TE series,Fender Telecasterreplica).Stevie Ray Vaughanplayed a "Tokai Springy Sound" at one time. This guitar was fitted with lipstick pickups and can be seen on the cover of his second studio albumCouldn't Stand the Weather. By the late 1970s, replicas of Fender guitars, such as the ".38 Special" guitar and the "Hard Puncher" bass (replica of theFender Precision Bass), began to be sold in Japan and Europe.
In 1983, Tokai introduced an aluminum-body guitar called the Talbo (Tokai Aluminum Body) which the bandDevoplayed at one time. Tokai has its own instrument making factory and have built guitars for well-known brands under contract (OEM). Tokai and Dyna Gakki produced theFender Japansolid-body models from 1997 until the end of theFender Japanjoint-venture in 2015.