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Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:47 pm
by dedsonrob
Here is my Hard Puncher, PB40 I believe

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Bought it from a friend in the early 90's. I have put in new bridge, active pick-ups, knobs, and electronics over the years but still kept all the original stuff. the serial number is 109109 but a previous owner engraved another number on the back plate for reasons unknown to me. Looks like it has a tobacco sunburst finish. Dunno the date of manufacture. She is really wonderful to play, my favorite bass.

Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:07 am
by Sigmania
I just got my first Tokai bass. A 1981 Jazz Sound. The seller is calling it a JB-45R. Not sure if that's right or not? I am not a bass player, I'm a guitarist, but somehow I have 3 basses now. LOL.

Here are some pics. Would love to have feedback. It's shipping from Japan so I haven't laid hands on it yet.

Thanks!

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Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:09 am
by Sigmania
More pics

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Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:30 pm
by marsel vega
:D nice hard puncher dedsonrob!!, do not forget to keep the original accessories.

Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:44 pm
by marsel vega
Hey sigmania! I have a tjb70 jacco and does not have the label on the back of the neck , but if you look closely with a flashlight from multiple angles may be able to discover if there was saying 70 , try it , cheers! :D

Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:55 pm
by Sigmania
Thanks! Will have a look once it gets here. Will keep you posted.

She's still in pain :(

Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:30 pm
by pepiman
i bought her a month ago, the previous owner didn't have much time for her..yep she's still in pain, batttle scars, paint chips, etc. i'm still saving money for her repairs :(


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She's pretty slim
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Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:22 am
by marsel vega
:D Hey Sigmania, Might show your pickups without the cover ? I have a question regarding my jb70 pickups , thanks.

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:47 pm
by Sigmania
Hi marsel, I just got the bass yesterday. When I switch out the strings I can photograph the pickups for you.

Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:37 pm
by Sigmania
Think I found heaven. :)

1981 ST80 and 1981 Jazz Sound (unsure of model so far).

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Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:00 am
by shukran33
Hey :wink:

My new lefty apb 57 with another pickguard ( i think, no serial, just "made in japan")

Fabulous pbass !!

Phil from France

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someone can give me the date with this number ? thanks !

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Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:16 pm
by Upright7
Here is my contribution! I just started a thread to date the 3 basses, so I am not sure on the age yet. The pbass with the Fender logo is a parts monster with a 70's Fernandes body from the same factory as the Tokai's.

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Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:16 am
by SpringySound
Here's my Jazz

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And with a (non-original) pickguard
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TOKAI 1985-86 AJB79J Jazz Sound, Marked Fretless

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:56 am
by krose
TOKAI 1985-86 AJB79J Jazz Sound, Marked Fretless
Was used for 5 years, was stored away for the last 25 years and was found by me. Polished, Flatwound SS GHS 3050 strings, height set & intonated.
Looks and plays like a new one. Very very nice.
I have a nice 2006 Yamaha fretless and the Tokai plays noticeably better.

https://goo.gl/photos/ZfMeDWeddcVvddpy9
Photos are high res, will zoom a few times

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:56 am
by Bo
Hi everyone, this is my most recent barn find. Well actually it has been in my own barn (!) for years.
Someone recently mentionned the wonders of the MIJ Pbass copies. I never played that bass that was given to me a long time ago as I did my career so far with high end american and european basses. When a Pbass sound was needed, I'd borrow one. Well not anymore as this 3,8 Kg Tokai just sounds beautiful.

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The headstock with Script Logo, Fender shape and small lettering :

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Four screws tuners :

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Back of the neck with original "80" and "Made in Japan" stickers, L+5 digits serial number and a mysterious handcarved "20".

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Close up on the body. So far I haven't seen any pictures of a Black PB80 with a white pickguard. I'm wondering if this 3 (B/W/B) layer pickguard is original, it looks as if it is as old as the bass though.
It has screw holes for the mute and for the finger rest while the body doesn't. Was it standart on these basses ?
I noticed on the 84 catalog that they indeed have holes for the mute but couldn't see if they also had holes for the finger rest.
Does anyone have more info ?

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With all the information I gathered on this great forums, I think I am looking at a :

TPB-80VR made in 1984 that is a copy of a Fender 1960 Pbass, and was sold at the time for 80.000 yens.

Am I correct ?

Cheers,
Bo.