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In a good or bad way?!
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Oh crap! That was a vague statement wasn't it.. I meant In a good way. Haven't tried to sell it, it's got some magic in there. I have been on the verge of selling it a few times because it threatens my more expensive limelight P bass.

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[quote name='philw' timestamp='1429552331' post='2752540']
My memory of the 80s is that [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Tokai was the brand that finally pushed Fender into the arms of Japanese manufacturers. I think the first Squires are actually re-bedged Tokais. In other words, 80s Tokais are actually early MIJ Fenders.[/font][/color]

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[/quote] Fender Japan was from the greco factory - not tokai

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I bought a Tokai Hardpuncher ltd. edition a few years ago off ebay on a whim, it is a fine bass now strung with flats. I sometimes miss the lack of contour and wish I had bought a normal Tokai p-bass. I don't think I can ever sell it because I would regret it too much (sold a Rickenbacker years ago and have regretted it ever since), and it is hard to find another one like it.

Great basses you have Glorihanah and nick :)

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[URL=http://s127.photobucket.com/user/zbigniew73/media/Tokai_81_Hardpuncher_hdstck.jpg.html][IMG]http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p123/zbigniew73/Tokai_81_Hardpuncher_hdstck.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

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[quote name='zbigniew' timestamp='1429814377' post='2755306']
I bought a Tokai Hardpuncher ltd. edition a few years ago off ebay on a whim, it is a fine bass now strung with flats. I sometimes miss the lack of contour and wish I had bought a normal Tokai p-bass. I don't think I can ever sell it because I would regret it too much (sold a Rickenbacker years ago and have regretted it ever since), and it is hard to find another one like it.

Great basses you have Glorihanah and nick :)

[url="http://s127.photobucket.com/user/zbigniew73/media/Tokai_81_Hardpuncher.jpg.html"][/url]

[url="http://s127.photobucket.com/user/zbigniew73/media/Tokai_81_Hardpuncher_back.jpg.html"][/url]

[url="http://s127.photobucket.com/user/zbigniew73/media/Tokai_81_Hardpuncher_body.jpg.html"][/url]

[url="http://s127.photobucket.com/user/zbigniew73/media/Tokai_81_Hardpuncher_hdstck.jpg.html"][/url]
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That's lush - a re-imagined slab-body Precision!

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I'd love one. Way back in the day my guitarist friend bought a Tokia Stat (springy sound?) about 1984 red with maple neck, he sold it many years ago for I can't remember what.
I bought a Squier Precision again in red maple & still have it, but a HP I feel maybe would've been the business.

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The neck on mine (79-81) is really chunky. A bit too big for my liking. Its also a fake Tokai - apart from the neck the rest of it is a Fender :rolleyes:

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Old thread resurrection:

I’m seeing Tokai Hard Punchers coming up on eBay, new for less than £300. I assume these are inferior to the highly rated ‘80s versions? 

Does anyone know anything about the newer models?

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I have bought a few basses over the years and played several . I bought my 81 Hard Puncher in 1985 and still have it to this day.  Definitely a keeper. My other keeper is a Music Man Stingray bass.  MIJ Tokai..most Europeans as well as Asians know its value! 

 

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