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Help with vintage Tokai Precision
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vaiges
I only know 3 chords


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone!

I've just had a few minutes to record something. The sound is pretty raw. Nothing has been added to the real output. It's been recorded through an Apogee Jam into the GarageBand: no compression, no effects, nothing. The tone is half way. I placed a piece of foam near the bridge, as a kind of simple and soft mute. I like it this way: I don't like rounds to ring a lot.

I must admit, as I said before, to my ears, it really nails an old P bass: fat but not muddy, and it has that peculiar "growl" we love so much. Futhermore, the tone really works when you turn it up or down, not like most present basses. Judge for yourselves, and let me know what you think.

I have recorded two very simple takes: one with backing (no bass in backing, just drums, piano and guitar) and one alone.


https://soundcloud.com/vaiges/tokai
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bluejeannot
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That`s a great vintage sound.Archetypal P bass.Love it.
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vaiges
I only know 3 chords


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi again.

MISTERY SOLVED: it's a Suzuki P bass. I found lots of similar Suzukis. The clue was an image on a Wallapop ad. He shows the bottom part of the neck that goes in the neck pocket. This image:

https://cdn.wallapop.com/shnm-portlet/images?pictureId=261670508&pictureSize=W640


So I googled Suzuki Precision Bass and there you are, everything fits: the bullet truss rod, the MADE IN JAPAN logo on the neckplate, the tuners, the bridge, etc.

A Suzuki JB: https://reverb.com/item/1243361-suzuki-electric-bass-1970-s-sunburst-mij


A similar P: http://www.ebay.fr/itm/kiso-suzuki-precision-bass-japan-vintage-70er/262806556772?hash=item3d307dd064


So it looks like it's from the lawsuit era, late 70s. It doesn't matter to me, I love it, and gonna keep it.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I`m glad that you really like the bass,but someone has clearly and skillfully tried to mislead a buyer by applying a fake Tokai "roadworn" logo.I would still be pretty pissed off.
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