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Hello! Can you help me date my Tokai collection?

 
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Upright7
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:34 am    Post subject: Hello! Can you help me date my Tokai collection? Reply with quote

Hi everyone, this is my first post! I have two Tokai Jazz sounds and a 70's Fernandes pbass parts monster with an 80's Squire neck that has been refinished to match the body with a Fender logo. Can you help me date them?

Here is the lot:


My favorite is the sunburst in the middle!
Jazz Sound serial #1013617 with 3 Screw tuners and a very thin rosewood fretboard. The flats have been on the bass since the late 70's or early 80's according to the previous owner. I think it is a JB45 and it has nitro lacquer.




My new acquisition.
Jazz Sound serial # L27005 model JB45.



The Red Fernandes Pbass body has a neck plate with the serial # L55125. The body has nitro lacquer.

Thanks in advance for any help in dating these!

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Upright7
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I didn't embed the pictures properly the first time around, I'm new around here!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your sunburst jazz was made in 1982.The finish will be poly not nitro, as nitro was only used on the higher end models.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a 1981 serial number Gabe and could very well be nitro for the serial fits in a high end range.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My bad,Jacco.it can`t be a a 45 though if it is nitro though.Higher end model would have 4 screw machine heads ,no?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply guys!
bluejeannot wrote:
My bad,Jacco.it can`t be a a 45 though if it is nitro though.Higher end model would have 4 screw machine heads ,no?

The Sunburst definitely has nitro lacquer and both Jazz Sounds have 3 screw tuners. All 3 basses have machine grooved bridge saddles that I love! Any idea what year the Black Jazz Sound is from?

The Sunburst is a gem of an instrument and I feel so lucky to own it! Here is a link to hear it on a recent recording if you are so inclined!
https://soundcloud.com/frazierband/moving-along-on-the-water
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great atmospheric bluegrass,lovely stuff.Gabe.
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