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SOLD Vintage Tokai '57 P

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by emblymouse, Apr 14, 2009.


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  1. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W'Sconsin
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Tokai APB '57 P Bass copy-early to mid 80's is as close as I can get based on the post lawsuit modified headstock. This is a Matsumoku made instrument.

    It was really done right, very faithful to the original in all the ways it counts. Chunky feel, chunky sound, but very light! By far the lightest P I've ever picked up, and it sounds as good as the best of them. I'm not blowing smoke here folks, I've never played a better sounding P Bass.
    Assorted dinks and player wear, no abuse other than a small 'X' scratched into the body on the back by the neck, like postage stamp size. You will also notice holes above the pickgaurd where the previous owner had a thumbrest installed. Frets are fine, it could use new strings and a set up though. Ships in original Fender style HSC.

    $450 shipped conus.

    03210005.
    03210006.
    01210007.
     
  2. Great bass!! The various Matsumoku P's are EXCELLENT. I would NEVER part with my Aria badged one :bassist:
     
  3. kirkm24

    kirkm24

    Jan 1, 2007
    Columbus, Ohio
    PM sent.
     
  4. bassinstincts

    bassinstincts Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Acoustic Image
    Do you have the pickup and bridge covers?
     
  5. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W'Sconsin
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    No, it did not come with them. A used pair would look great on it.
     
  6. bassinstincts

    bassinstincts Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Acoustic Image
    Thanks, tempting...
     
  7. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W'Sconsin
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    I almost forgot, I did replace the bridge with a new relic'd one with threaded style saddles. The adjustment screws on the originals stuck up too far and I kept catching my hand on them (ouch). Other than that it is all original.
     
  8. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W'Sconsin
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    P bump:bassist:

    I want to point out this has the post lawsuit headstock shape in case that is not obvious. I just noticed the very end of the headstock is cut off in my pix. Not intentional.
     
  9. JoshuaTSP

    JoshuaTSP

    Sep 26, 2008
    pm'd
     
  10. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W'Sconsin
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Replied:bassist:
     
  11. Jim C

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

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    I have its' mate in candy apple red.
    These are very good instruments.
    Did they ever make a jazz copy?
    I keep looking on ebay but only see the P.
     
  12. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    What is the nut width? If it's 1.75" then consider me "in line" for dibs. :)
     
  13. They made a J. (They also made a killer P/J in a J-bass.) I believe that its 1985 J sibling is the AJB-61.

    I played an original '57 P last week, and I was shocked at how incredibly close the Tokai is. Someone's gonna get a great bass here.

    -GB
     
  14. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W'Sconsin
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Width @ nut is 1 5/8". Neck profile is round and full in the hand.

    Jetagegreg, that J model designation would make this bass the companion and date it to '85. My understanding is that APB/AJB-A= American series changed after a short time to TPB/TJB T=Tokai.
    The seller I got this from was also selling an APB '62. Of the 2 he preferred the neck shape on the '57. He bought these to take on the road so his Real P's were safe at home. He said these Tokai's actually beat out the Fender Custom Shop P's he played.:eyebrow:
    I'm a J guy and this was my low budget foray into P land. I am now after one of those 'A' neck P's on the boards. I hope they have the woody thump this one does.
     
  15. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W'Sconsin
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Woody P thump bump
     
  16. Do you still have the original bridge?

    Thanks,
    -GB
     
  17. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W'Sconsin
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Actually, I only replaced the saddle assemblies and left the original plate on. I do have all the old parts.
     
  18. tom grossheider

    tom grossheider

    Oct 14, 2004
    ILLINOIS
    These are a great value in a P bass, I've had a couple of them. Still have the defretted neck from one, and re-shaped the headstock. Somebody will get a deal on this one. Nice!
     
  19. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W'Sconsin
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Full frontal bump w/ my beloved Aria-the Matsumoku Twins!

    03210011.
     
  20. OK, How much do you want for the Aria Jazz bass?? :D
     

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