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2002 Yamaha RBX-170

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

  1. Splintered Skul

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    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

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    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.
  3. Splintered Skul

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    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.
  4. Splintered Skul

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    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

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    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. Splintered Skul

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    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 Supporting Member

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    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. Splintered Skul

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    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. Splintered Skul

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    Well that bass was crap.
  11. awakefie

    awakefie Supporting Member

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    Do tell. Was it in bad shape?
  12. Splintered Skul

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    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.
  13. awakefie

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    Thanks for the closure.

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