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2002 Yamaha RBX-170

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Splintered Skul, Sep 19, 2013.


  1. This guy has a deal on craigslist going; Yamaha rbx-170 and a little guitar combo amp for $60. Price is so low because he is flying out. Now I was gonna bite. Probably resell the amp; but my question is: Is the RBX a nice enough little bass to put the money into upgrading the pickups? Sound like its worth more? Or should I just resell it? I was looking to get a P/J bass, so how does an upgraded yamaha stack against upgraded squires?
     
  2. WallyN

    WallyN

    Jan 11, 2013
    well, one of my first bass's was a Yamaha RBX260 - which had the p pickup only. It was a great bass. Very light, slim neck and it copped a pretty good P tone. For 60 bucks plus an amp I figure it's win/win. For next to nothing you can test it out and even if it's not for you you can flip it for an easy 100.
     
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  4. That was my thinking on it. Reviews I read said it was a decent bass (although that was the current year/model). However, a friend of mine denounces everything about it and claims it as essentially a cheap piece of crap.
     
  5. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens
    I think your friend is silly. Yamaha makes perfectly decent entry-level basses. I'd gladly pay 60 bucks for that bass alone, assuming it works.
     
  6. WallyN

    WallyN

    Jan 11, 2013
    Yeah I second the Yamaha plug, every Yamaha bass I have ever picked up was decent. Billy Sheehan and Michael Anthony seem to think so too.

    As long as the neck is good and the electronics aren't screwed up. I think 60 bucks is a crazy good price. Hell, you can drop more than that on a meal and a bottle of wine.
     
  7. Alright, thanks for the input guys. Going to go meet him tonight and check it out
     
  8. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

    This. I have flipped piles of entry level basses in my day, the Yamaha RBX line was always pleasantly surprising. They were never anything outstanding but they were a great value.

    I personally wouldn't put money into one but if you really want to go for it, just remember though, no matter how many mods/how much cash you dump into that bass it will always be a $100 bass.
     
  9. If the tones decent I just might leave it as is and use it for a practice bass or something. I wouldn't get any money back out otherwise
     
  10. Do tell. Was it in bad shape?
     
  11. For starters, it was a short scale. So I'm not sure it was actually a rbx 170 unless they made a short scale option back then. Secondly, the guy SPRAY PAINTED IT! With all the hardware, pickups, etc still attached. I opened up the back to look at the wire connections, didn't look bad but I saw the original red color and where his blue color ran down into it. Besides this, it is chipped and beaten. Now, I still play the thing just because I'm polite. Through a guitar amp because its all he has. Sounds dead. Whether it was the bass or the amp; doesn't really matter. But that meeting took me all of 5 minutes.
     
  12. Thanks for the closure.
     



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