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by Fender32
Wed May 22, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Post your Tokai bass pics, please!
Replies: 122
Views: 145914

Wow, James! That's a really nice find - looks totally original to me (although I'm no expert on Hard Punchers) :D .

It reminds me of the P Bass that Sid Vicious used to wave around (and sometimes even play) during his brief stint with the Sex Pistols 8) .
by Fender32
Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:22 am
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Jazz Sound 45,60,etc.What are the differences?
Replies: 9
Views: 11570

Thanks for an illuminating and informative reply.Will you be selling your your Blackie on E Bay?Gabe. I've got some other basses to sell first and depending on how that goes, I will be letting the Tokai go too. I will probably come here and offer it on the Forum 'For Sale' section first, but becaus...
by Fender32
Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:19 am
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Post your Tokai bass pics, please!
Replies: 122
Views: 145914

Wow! That's a beauty DDB - really :o !

I didn't even know that they made a JB85 FL in that colour. I've only ever seen the sunburst (Jaco :wink: ) ones.

Anyway, take good care of it and congratulations.
by Fender32
Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Jazz Sound... Please help date
Replies: 9
Views: 7553

ok cool, thanks man... could you tell me what the original machine heads (tuners) looked liked as i would like to restore it to original... thanks again. I'm rather late to the party, but it looks pretty similar to my white Tokai JB45. Mine came with (historically) the wrong tuners completely :( (b...
by Fender32
Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Jazz Sound 45,60,etc.What are the differences?
Replies: 9
Views: 11570

Sorry for the late reply. I'm going to say something stupid now :lol: . The lightest of my three Jazz Sounds is the Olympic White one, which is also the cheapest, lowest model of the three (JB45). It weighs 8.3lbs , which actually makes it the lightest bass I've ever owned (well, until I bought this...
by Fender32
Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: PB-60 Hard Puncher
Replies: 3
Views: 6610

Amen to that :lol: !

Tokai really turned out some outstanding musician's instruments in the '80s.

Enjoy it ! :D
by Fender32
Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Earthing a JB45?
Replies: 3
Views: 3924

If the humming bothers you (as it did me), your best bet is to shield all of the cavities with copper foil 8) . I've done both of my Jazz Sounds (as well as all of my other basses, including the StingRay with the 'humbucker' pickup :-? ). http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p279/Bluenile32/Tokai%20Ja...
by Fender32
Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Jazz Sound 45,60,etc.What are the differences?
Replies: 9
Views: 11570

Well, I've only owned three Jazz Sounds, but the biggest differentiating factor between them has been the weight - the lighter the bass, the deeper and more 'vintage' the tone! Here are my three, from L to R, ascending in order of tonal brilliance, but ascending from R to L in model number and perce...
by Fender32
Tue May 10, 2011 7:55 am
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Tokai JAPAN appear to be making Fender bass copies again!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 5364

Yep, they're on the Tokai.co.uk website now as well :P ... http://www.tokai-guitars.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=130&category_id=18&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=31 If I was still active as a bass collector, I'd buy one of these and give ...
by Fender32
Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Tokai JAPAN appear to be making Fender bass copies again!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 5364

Tokai JAPAN appear to be making Fender bass copies again!!!

I was just having my weekly trawl throught the Tokai bass sales on ebay UK, when I saw this listing for a brand new TJB50 :o ... http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Tokai-TJB50-Jazz-Bass-Tweed-Case-White-/400169907828?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV&hash=item5d2bfc3674 They also offer a TPB50 ... http://cgi....
by Fender32
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: 1983 Tokai Hard Puncher - Whats it Worth?
Replies: 1
Views: 3821

That's a tricky one :-? . Hardcore Tokai bass collectors (and there aren't many of those :lol: ) might find the 'post-law suit' (if I can call it that!?) headstock shape interesting, but I think that most buyers would prefer the more typical Fender shaped one. I guess the bass dates from around the ...
by Fender32
Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:49 am
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: My Beautiful Trio of 'Jazz Sounds' (lots of piccies).
Replies: 18
Views: 16063

I think they sell a version of Norman's bass that's quite a bit more expensive than that! Here's what Norman was playing at The 100 Club last year. http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x153/stratman323/Misc/Image025.jpg This actual bass (well, there were two made, so it might be its twin :wink: ) is ...
by Fender32
Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:44 pm
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Question about a Tokai Jazz-Sound.
Replies: 6
Views: 7112

Thanks mate. I eventually bought it in fact. And yes, it plays and sounds great, the sound has even exceeded my expectations. Amazing bass! I only discovered Tokai recently but I already know they're really great instruments. Best bass I've ever owned, along with my former Thumb NT5 (a fine instrum...
by Fender32
Sun Jun 06, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Question about a Tokai Jazz-Sound.
Replies: 6
Views: 7112

From the pictures that you've posted, I'd say that it's 100% early late '70s/'80s Tokai Jazz Sound :) . The thin, laminated fretboard, the swirly tort pickguard, the "L" prefix serial number, the 3-screw tuners and the headstock logo all fit. The painted headstock is a little unusual, but I expect t...
by Fender32
Sun May 16, 2010 8:00 am
Forum: Tokai Basses
Topic: Just 'pimped' my Jazz Sound.
Replies: 2
Views: 3582

Just 'pimped' my Jazz Sound.

This is my main bass and until this week it had a set of rusty (Precision Bass) tuners on and a rusty Fender style bridge :-?. I thought that it deserved something better, so I stripped it down, polished it and fitted a set of Hipshot tuners (with the correct shape heads), a Hipshot bridge (very use...