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Tokai - First gig with new band tonight - 1st time without a Fender!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jim C, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Well, I have played Stingrays and Spectors, but for the most part I've always had a Fender onstage

    The 60' is a bit too mellow (and valuable).
    This band calls for a P.
    The 73' weighs a ton and this is 3 sets
    The 72' has a ski jump that has become very annoying
    The other 73' has an A neck

    The Tokai TPB57 was found in a closet with other cases; bought this thing in the mid 80's for cheap and the neck is killer and the tone is very good
    Just put on some Low Beams instead of the dead SS strings and a slight twist of the truss rod and everything is groovy.

    Once played a gig with an SX and vowed to only play upscale basses
    I think tonight will be very good with my econo (but decent) Japanese Bass
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  2. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    IMG_8707. Forgot, no picture.
    Maybe the Seiwa for the backup

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  3. The Tokais I played in the 80's knocked spots off the Fenders of the day. Granted that's not really fair, the Tokais were great and the big F routinely meh.

    BTW I can't be the only one who thinks the Tokais were great, have you checked today's prices for your closet find ?
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  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I would play that Tokai in a heartbeat!
  5. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    I see what you mean although I'm not os sure I could find a Fender for $600 that played this well
    I see no reason to even change the pups:
    "tokai bass" Gear
  6. @Jim C
    $600 ?? Going rate for 80's Tokai in Europe is 1200 to 1400 euro, that's $1600USD.
  7. inanimate_carb


    Aug 11, 2016
    Older Tokais from the eighties are sleepers - totally amazing instruments. Reportedly, Tokai made the Japanese Fender Reissues. It’s likely that the only difference between Tokais and Fenders of similar vintages is a decal and a headstock shape.
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  8. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    Yes, Tokai's are generally very good instruments. On some older ones, the tuners can be...less than stellar...but, that's picking a nit. There's a lefty Tokai Thunderbird on eBay that is tormenting me a lot at the moment (even though I have 2 Gibson T-Birds); my PayPal card is getting very nervous...:rolleyes:
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  9. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    los angeles
    Tokais are not to be underestimated
  10. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    + 1

    I've owned quite a few of their guitars and basses during the 80s and early 90s, and played many more. I've never ran into a bad instrument.
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  11. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Japan basses are killer. I have a Brian by Bacchus P Bass that plays sweet.
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  12. Tokai seems to have been popular in Europe and OZ. Not much impact here in the States, really.

    I did have one Tokai myself, a curiosity purchase.....a Talbo, just like the one in this pic. I like unusual items, the cool factor was off the charts for this metal-bodied bass. Very nicely built, but it squealed like a banshee at any volume setting over ~ 50%. Unusable. Bye, bye cool Talbo.

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  13. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    sweet tokai, i've always wanted to try one
    i'm currently doing some ski jump maintenance with my 84 L2000, because the last guy who tried to fix it didn't do it correctly :(
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  14. JaseyT


    Jun 18, 2009
    I don't think there's anything "economy" about '80s Tokais. It seems like the build quality for those, and for Japanese Fenders - since the '80s and into now - has really been of good repute.
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  15. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Does Tokai still make instruments and are they still high quality?
  16. inanimate_carb


    Aug 11, 2016
    Tokai is still out there, doing instruments from the $750 to $1500 price points. They’re still made in Japan, which ensures a high quality standard. They’ve had problems with counterfeits that aren’t of the same build quality, but genuine Tokais are the real deal.
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  17. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    The Squier Affy P bass also could shine on stage, if you find a good piece.
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  18. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Last night went well.
    A few bad notes but hey, maybe I felt like playing a little jazz against a rock/soul groove.
    Bass is great with Ashown ABM500 with a GB NeoX 2x12.
    Left the 73'P in the trunk and never thougt about it.

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