Tokai Rickenfaker? Better Than a Rickie?

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Tokai Rickenfaker? Better Than a Rickie?

Postby Sloom » Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:53 pm

Hey all. Anyone here knowledgeable about the Japanese manufacturers? Know anything about these? I'm fielding an offer to swap my MIM Precision for one from a dude in the UK. If it's got a better-than-normal E string (for a Ric) I may just do it... I'd end up possibly trading off my Hamer Cruisebass ('83, posted here before) for an upgraded Precision, perhaps, if the Tokai is a very good axe.

Thanks for any help or insight in this...
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Re: Tokai Rickenfaker? Better Than a Rickie?

Postby aussiemark » Sun Oct 24, 2010 3:24 am

If it's a current model Tokai then it's made in Korea. They're only average quality, based on the ones I've played. I never knew Tokai to make Ric copies back in their 1980's golden years, so I'd be interested to know what this is. It might be a Greco (if it's not a bolt on neck) in which case JUST DO IT.
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Re: Tokai Rickenfaker? Better Than a Rickie?

Postby Sloom » Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:37 am

Thanks Mark, I'm waiting for some pix to show up, then I'll post them here. I'm mostly intrigued at this point, not all that into giving away my P bass, but it might happen if it's the right one. Just hard to know from looking at a photo and not actually holding it. Weird dealing over the 'net.
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Re: Tokai Rickenfaker? Better Than a Rickie?

Postby Rich M » Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:36 am

I would agree with Mark that some of the early Tokai's are very good basses. If it's an early one and the tuners don't look cheap, then it's probably well made.
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Re: Tokai Rickenfaker? Better Than a Rickie?

Postby Sloom » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:23 am

Thanks for chiming in Rich, all offerings are going into the pot, and we'll see what gets to the surface!
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Re: Tokai Rickenfaker? Better Than a Rickie?

Postby Floyd Eye » Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:22 pm

Better than a Rickenbacker. No F'in chance dude. True enough you have to contend with shitty Quality Control on most basses produced since Jesus H Hall took over his daddy's company, but they do churn out a few decent ones still. Find one of those if you're buying a 4003. I don't think there's any copy that can compete with most well kept vintage 4001s though.
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