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Any Yamaha Bass Players?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Funk$tar, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
  2. fdorn

    fdorn Over the hill bassist

    Jan 12, 2011
    Green Bay, WI
    I have a 1986 Motion B that I bought new.

  3. rhp335


    Aug 3, 2006
    Kansas City
    I have a Motion B I gave to my son. I used to gig with it a little. Great sound for a med scale bass. The push pull circuit almost makes it feel like active EQ.

    I occasionally gig with my yamaha BB415 which has a ton of presence and kicks ass on root and reggae material.
  4. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Haha now thats what I call a bass, you ever play it?!?!:hyper:
  5. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Long ago a BB1200S was my main bass. Great bass too, but I hated the color (green basses and I don't tend to get along well).
  6. fdorn

    fdorn Over the hill bassist

    Jan 12, 2011
    Green Bay, WI
    Not as much as I used to. Here is a picture from a party from 3 years ago.

  7. uOpt


    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    My first bass was a red RBX300. I put in an EMG P.

    Dumb and effective. Still have it in a basement in Europe for when I want to play over there.
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yamaha basses are underrated and underdiscussed. The craftsmanship is first-rate in the price range, and their high-end basses are second to none in tone, fit and finish. I have a TRB5P-II, and it is a fantastic sounding bass - it sounds as good as it looks. Neck-through with ash body, ovankol top and ebony 'board. Piezo pickups, too.

  9. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    I feel their low-end basses are fantastically built but perceived as boring. I have now owned three RBX170s and all but the very oldest were great playing basses. The oldest one got a hump in the fretboard after about 11 years.
  10. I have a '79 BB800 and '80 BB1000. Neither are my main basses, but both are played quite a bit at home and used for recording. One's tuned to E standard and one to D standard... Different string gauges and setups... All that crap. They're my P-est sounding basses but are a bit more aggro than a Fender and I love them.
  11. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    I have three 1984 MIJ BB5000s. One is fretless. I have no idea why anyone would buy anything else. I've NEVER needed any other electric bass.

    Especially after reading through the horror-story of a fellow TBer BLOWING $5000 on an poorly made Alleva-Coppolo SX-copy. :D

    One can get a MUCH finer instrument in a Yamaha bass, and for less money.

    Let's keep them underrated, under discussed, and under the radar.

    Others can go out and blow large wads of cash on coffee-table-looking, over-hyped, over-priced instruments.
  12. NoShogun


    Jul 15, 2013
    Cincinnati, OH
    First bass was an RBX 774, just got a BB1200s. Both are fantastic basses.

    I'd say that Yamaha is the hidden gem of the bass world.
  13. I have a BB425 that I bought here about a year ago. Fantastic value. The passive P tone cuts through nice. Definitely worth the money and then some.
  14. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    used to be, lets see........there was a BB 1000, a 1600, a couple 3000's (fretted and fretless) my favorite was the BB 450, bought used for $200 and played hard for a decade or more. Finally gave it to my nephew who plays it in a church band.
  15. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Nice man!
  16. Ale the Snail

    Ale the Snail Supporting Member

    Been playing Yamaha Attitude basses for years.
    I have a Blue LTD 1, Seafoam Green LTD 2 and a Black LTD 3.
    The LTD 2 will be getting a Kahler tremolo installed on it shortly!
  17. Hidesert


    Oct 7, 2011
    Santa Fe
    I have two Yamaha BB3000S basses from the early 80's MIJ production.
    No drama ever, structurally, electronically, or otherwise. Just great playing, fine sounding, beautifully crafted instruments.
    I still monitor the BB basses when they come up for sale. I think that a good example can be had for a bargain.
  18. GirouxJB


    Jun 18, 2013
    Manager - Warwick USA
    I had a TRB1006 for about a year and just got rid of it at the beginning of the summer. The bass was awesome. Great feel, great sound, I just couldn't adjust from 4 to 6 string. If it had been a 5er I'de still have it.

  19. These basses sit nicely in the pocket. I owned a BB300 which was supposed to be the back-up to my Ricky 4003. After being really impressed with its tone, I picked between those two basses based on which one had newer strings. Based on that Yamaha experience, I purchased the BB5GS five-string which is my main gigging bass these days.
  20. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I have an SBV-500. I bought it because I liked the styling of it. I had low expectations for the sound, and was amazed to find that not only did it sound great, but it was beautifully built. I'm surprised Yamaha discontinued this line.


    Mine is exactly like the blue one. I don't think I've ever seen the p/j model.