Tokai '57 basses - APB/TPB difference? Good?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kirsty, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. Kirsty

    Kirsty Guest

    Aug 7, 2017
    I have a Fender Jazz that I love, and am hankering after a Precision. Someone recommended a Tokai '57. So I'm taking a look at an '83 TPB '57. Does anyone know the difference between APB and TPB models? And any general feedback on these basses?
    I'm after the sound (rather than vintage/signed by/played by/mojo/etc), but I'm getting confused by all the Fender Precision choices, and nervous of hum. And, new or vintage, there aren't many good deals, it seems.
  2. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    All the Tokai basses I have played were great instrument's. Many were built better then the Fender's of those years.
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  3. Welcome to the forum!

    I can't tell you the difference between APB/TPB is although I've owned a number of Tokais during the 80s and 90s and hold them in very high regard. The general feel of the instrument is as close as you'll get to "the real deal" without taking the AVRI route. I ended up swapping PUs on most of mine - both guitars and basses - but that's really a matter of personal preference. They didn't sound bad at all with stock pickups, it was just me looking for a particular sound at the time.

    Tokais are not all that often seen nowadays, and I've seen some "brave" pricing...

    Bottom line is that if you can find one in good shape, go for it, presuming that it's reasonably priced.

    My $0.02 only...
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  4. Kirsty

    Kirsty Guest

    Aug 7, 2017
    I just put an offer in! Can't find anyone with a bad word to say about these Tokai basses, and the price is good. Oooh, fun!
  5. I certainly hope that you end up grabbing it, and that the bass ends up serving you well in return. Do keep us posted.
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  6. Kirsty

    Kirsty Guest

    Aug 7, 2017
    And I got it! Thanks for the feedback, and I'll post a piccie and report back when it arrives.
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