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1977 Matsumoku Tokai??

Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:54 pm
by Sigmania
This is is supposed to be a Hard Puncher with a Matsumoku neck plate? Any ideas of what’s going on? Frankenbass?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/In-translatio ... 632-2357-0

Re: 1977 Matsumoku Tokai??

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:14 am
by mdvineng
I'm going for a Mongrel.

Re: 1977 Matsumoku Tokai??

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:36 pm
by Sigmania
Yeah, unless there is something I don't know about a Matsumoku/Tokai connection in that early period, but I doubt it. I thought the whole point was that Tokai had built for others and in 1977 put their name on their own stuff, not on someone else's.

Re: 1977 Matsumoku Tokai??

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:53 am
by mdvineng
Exactly.
The PB80 first appeared in 78 and 48, 60 in 79. The serial number looks more like an Aria # as Tokai didn't use the L until quite a few years later.
So an early pb 80 neck with frets removed for me and the rest is open to conjecture.