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This is an excellent shape Tokai fretless.  It has minor blemished but plays like a dream. I did have DiMarzio pickups installed with new electronics to improve the sound. I also replaced the old bridge in the process. 

This bass I believe is a 1984 model.  It has been on the road, on countless stages, did many studio sessions,  and has been pampered all along the journey.  It is a rare find and is in far better shape than most Tokai's from this "Lawsuit" period.  The neck is perfectly smooth and the tuning heads are still remarkably good given their age.  The pickups and wiring were replaced simply because the old ones were not sounding as good as when she was younger.  This is certainly not a "bright" sounding bass and has a wonderful fretless growl.  The fretboard is lined but smooth.  I have always maintained it with fretboard oil to make certain t stayed in a healthy shape.

I list this as a 1984 since it has all of the markings of being at least this old.  The clearly scripted T suggests 1984.  This was made in Japan and is another great example of the skill coming from there in the world of guitar making.

I recently had the opportunity to play a Jaco Fender fretless.... I could not tell a major difference between the feel of the Fender and this Tokai. Just my impression.

So if it is so wonderful you might ask why am I selling it.... Great question.  My time is coming to a close and my playing is not as frequent as it once was.  Unfortunately my kids have not taken up bass so I figured I would sell it to put away into a rainy day fund.  I still do play and have no intention to stop until my last day on this planet (if I have my way).  But this wonderful bass needs to go to an owner who will play her regularly.

This bass comes with a hard shell tweed case.

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Listed2 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.Learn more
  • Jazz Sound Fretless Bass
  • Sunburst
  • 1984
Made In
  • Japan
  • Fretless

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