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Tokai Hard Puncher PB 80

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:41 am
by TemeHoo
Hello, i'm a new member here. I have a Tokai PB 80, 5 digits serial in a neckplate. This bass has imported from Germany to the previous owner. I'd like to know is this possibly '84 or earlier 80's. Seller estimated that it's earlier 80's (81-82).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/i37zo1ka5l6xr ... 9.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lbrri24nqnsr5 ... 5.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yiq08tencf6ea ... 0.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a7g41vjsmcwrz ... 0.jpg?dl=0

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:27 pm
by Voidoid56
Not totally clued up on basses, but that logo style was introduced in 1984. An '81-82 would have a spaghetti logo, an '83 the black block letter logo. By '86, the headstock shape was changed, though there were possibly/probably non-export models made with the standard headstock around as well.

On guitars, the serials were changed in 1982, to a vintage Fender-like format, i e four digits on early 50's models, five on mid-late 50's ones and L+five digits on '59 and later pre-CBS models. This seems to have been changed to a six-digit format at some point later in the 80's. Not too sure about basses, but this looks like it could be '57 or so copy? In that case, the serial makes sense.

My bottom line would be that this is likely a '84-85 instrument, not earlier, likely not later. Hard to be sure, though.

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:31 pm
by bluejeannot
Yes, 84/85.Nice bass,nitro finish.

Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:14 am
by TemeHoo
Thanks for the answers. Yes, this is '57 replica. In every way, good bass. Neck profile is very nice to me, quite narrow and thick. Pickup is litlle muddy, maybe later I change it to better.

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:06 pm
by 3rdstone
I remember missing out on a PB0. Stupid of me, since these were suppose to have nitro finish and even maybe a one piece body?. Whatever, I just wish I'd pressed the buy button faster back then, as it was sold pretty quick.

Too bad, but huge congrats for you, that's IMHO probably the greatest P-bass you'll ever encounter save for real vintage pre -CBS Fender stuff.

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:03 am
by TemeHoo
Thanks. Yes, it looks like one piece body, and finish is nitro. I had really good luck with this. I haven't see any PB80 for sale in Finland before this.

I think these older MiJ instruments are the best value for money.