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Badwater
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Badwater
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Yamaha BB424X

5/5, 5 from 1 review
Not very popular, and not many around.
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Overall Rating:
5/5,
Tone:
5/5,
Build Quality:
5/5,
Feel:
5/5,
Value:
5/5,
  1. Badwater
    A great value for tone, feel and craftsmanship.
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jan 18, 2017
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros
    • + Chunky 5 piece neck, string through, and deep bolt on neck for stability and resonance. Great sound from the Alnico 5 neck pickup. And good position for the ceramic bridge pickup, not too twangy.
    Cons
    • - The toggle switch cuts out once every 2 weeks when switching from bridge to neck pickup. Strange. To fix, I just switch it again, and it works.
    Overall a great bass. Craftsmanship excellent, good fretwork, neck is very stable. The sound quality is great for live and recording. I like the Alnico P style pickups, they have a passive output of about 11.4 ohms. And the bridge J style Ceramic has an output of about 10.7 ohms. Blended they sound good, and not much else in tone variation. Just P or J or both. And a master volume and master tone.

    The BB series have been around over 3 decades, and they are not well known. I've never had the chance to play one in a store, and never saw one used for sale. I suspect if these basses were more available to the public, they would sell more.
    The BB424x an BB1024x are crafted in Indonesia. The BB2024x is made in Japan.

    EDIT: The switch problem was caused by some wood shavings in the control cavity. I removed them and no more switch problems.
    Price Paid:
    $499
    Ode1974, Aaron Mc and Arnel M. like this.
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