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mrsuspend
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it depends I guess, but Hard Puncher is a long word which is designed to sort of go "around the bend" upwards. It would be impossible to fit going the other way. I couldn't say about every Tokai model though


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Decal on my HP looks that:

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yours is very probably a PB-50 which had a different, Fender 50's style, easily reversible decal.
Rejoice! for yours is the more expensive model

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not convinced about the logo--if it's from 1984 it should say Hard Puncher on it, even if it's a lefty. Magnus--do you have a catalogue with this logo from a different year? The 90s basses on the Registry website's catalogues all have pointed headstocks. It could still be a Tokai bass with a replaced decal, but you'd have to look inside for production stamps on the neck and in the PU/control cavity to prove it.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1989: http://www.tokairegistry.com/images/catalogs/v1504.jpg
And a 1990 one at vintaxe.com
I believe this headstock thing has been somewhat misinterpreted. The earliest occurrence of the modified headstock is in the 1983 US Tokai catalogue but Tokai still sold traditional shaped headstocks for many years to all countries except the US. The 1984 World catalogue (with traditional headstocks) explicitly states: This catalogue is valid for all countries except the United States of America
About this specific bass I guess it's possible the decal's been replaced, however I'm convinced this is a genuine hardpuncher. I'ts just not worth it making a perfect fake. Faking an ST100 Springy is though...

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i mite be able to get a pic of the electronics,pu cavity if that would be helpful!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:29 am    Post subject: Hardpuncher Bass Reply with quote

I think the bass looks very correct - parts look right and the logo issue comment makes good sense - would they really make a left handed bass logo? Probably not - just a right handed slappped on - good to go! Very nice bass - I have a 1985 slightly higher end bass right handed and has the same logo as your close up, the white logo with Hardpuncher under it -The bass cuts through a room like my Fender P Basses! Regards, Thunder Bass
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