Saturday, February 11, 2012

Review: Tokai SG60

Well guys, here's an update. I'll be off to Borneo pretty soon for an internship program as a research assistant for a biologist. So, I'll be off the net for a couple of weeks. However, I'll get my friend or my brother to do me a favour by updating this blog and keeping everything running. Anyways, enjoy today's post!

Features: The SG60 has 22 frets and was made in China. Both the set in neck and body are in a glossy cherry red finish with a fixed black half pickguard, normal for most SG copies. It has the expected humbucker pickups and full controls with a Tune-O-Matic bridge but terrible stock tuners with a puke green plastic cover that can barely handle tuning between Standard and drop D. It is really comfortable and light, espcially good for a damaged left shoulder. Other than the let down with the tuners the rest of the guitar is really good quality. // 8

Sound: It play really well and produces a sound that can be compared to the sound from a Gibson SG. I play through a 15 watt practice amp with an analogue delay pedal and an overdrive distortion pedal. For distortion I generally use the bridge pickup as I have set up in such a way for maximum sound quality, the neck pickup sounds bright and full of tone. With gain up high it can get a bit noisy but nothing that is too awful but other than that no noise whatsoever. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: Other than the screwed up tuners, the guitar set up was reasonable but the action and pickup heights needed adjusting. The is only 1 REALLY annoying problem with the jack input which was not put in correctly and, after taking it in to another store, needs replacing. Everything else is in top shape. // 6

Reliability & Durability: I am yet to gig with this guitar but it looks like it is solid and could easily take a gig without backup. The strap buttons are good but I have straplocks of course and the hardware looks good too that will definitely last. The finish is good but gets a bit fingerprinty but that is nothing a cloth can't handle // 9

Impression:This is a great guitar but if I had the money, I would buy an Epiphone G-400. I would recommend this guitar for the awesome upper fret accessibility and the SG look and style but for that there is Gibson, I would recommend this to beginners however. I just wish that the tuners were better. // 9


  1. Wish I had money to buy this.

  2. thats a sexy guitar and a sexy color
    sounds like an awesome time in borneo have fun!

  3. Good luck with your internship. I hope it'll be fun.

  4. With those kinds of tuners, I'd have to let this one sit. Great luck on your internship.

  5. Looks like a good one indeed and a beginner is all the cat is, good luck with the internship!

  6. Man, you're like the fourth person I've heard from this week taking up an internship

  7. Hey we're both trying to get jobs. Best of luck to us eh?

  8. I think that's a great color for a guitar.

    Also, I hope you get the chance to see more than just the inside of the lab in Borneo. Sounds like it should be an exciting trip for you.