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Any Yamaha owners? Or oppinions about them?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass Case, Jul 12, 2000.

  1. Bass Case

    Bass Case

    May 20, 2000
    Just wondering if there were any. Mainly interested in the higher end models like the TRB's. But let me know what you all think about them, too.
  2. I briefly owned a TRB-5, I traded it for my first (of 3) "CR" Spector. Best decision I ever made. The TRB is OK but I can record the Spectors direct, the TRB never recorded right without it plugged into my rig.
  3. Rockinjc


    Dec 17, 1999
    IMHO -

    Yamaha owners are just as good as anybody else.

  4. gmstudio99


    Mar 11, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    LOL, jc...As I opened this thread up, I was expecting to see that response from someone!


  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I had a TRB6P (*not* the JP signature)for a year or two, but "off-loaded" it in the middle of last year when the active electronics died on me.

    This is an excellent bass - through neck, figured maple and mahogany with an ebony fingerboard and gold hardware, plus piezo pickups in the bridge. I have tried quite a few of the other TRBs and none were anything like as good as the TRB6P, although I tried a fretless 5 that tempted me, it wasn't up to that level of quality.

    I don't like the newer ones and I think this is down to the wood used and the electronics - the TRB6P sounded much better. The main characteristic of the TRBs is the wide neck and string spacing, which is something to bear in mind - doesn't suit everybody, but I loved this.

    If I could have hung on to my TRB6P , I would have done, but I needed another bass for gigs that I was playing and although I was told that it could be fixed, the shops I went to said it was a specialist job (probably becuase of the piezo blend in the electronics) and that they would have to send it away. So I needed to trade it in, to afford a decent bass that would cover all the things I was doing live.

    If I see another TRB6P going cheaply I might well put down a deposit...but none of the new ones that are produced currently, interest me, although there is no doubt that they are very good quality instruments, I would just always remember how much better the TRB6P was.
  6. Jazzbassman23


    Apr 20, 2000
    I picked up a TRB5 II two months ago from Musician's Friend new, w/a hardshell case for $617 delivered. At that price I felt I couldn't go wrong, and I still feel that way. I've heard stories of Yamaha electronics going bad, but I'll just wait and see. I am very happy with the workmanship and quality of this bass and put it up with almost any bass in that price range. From what I've seen, they typically sell for a little over $1000, so I'm not sure why MF was selling them so cheap. But it's definitely not a second. Soundwise, I'm able to do it all from slap to thump and have had no problems recording with it. In fact, I ended up using it, rather than my MIA Jazz, for some tunes that I usually play on a four. All things considered, I love it, and since I consider myself a four string player, I think I'm set for a five.
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I sold my TRB6II a couple of weeks ago. One of the best playing sixes I've laid hands on. Unfortunately after a year I realized I wasn't going to warm up to the mid-less sound. I'll probably look for an older TRB6P though.
  8. xtian


    Jul 13, 2000
    Budapest, Hungary
    OK. I don't usually admit this in public, but I purchased an RBX260F, and I really enjoy it.

    The RBX260F has the "P-style" split pickup, passive electronics, bolt on neck (24 frets), unfinished neck, and is fretless.

    After replacing the stock pickups with Bartolini active P pickups, and doing some very minor adjustments to the setup, I have a hearty, lightweight, easy to play, good sounding bass.

    I have been playing for 18 years, and have quite a collection of bases, but for a total cash outlay of about $300 (bass, pickups and soft case), I got a great workhorse bass that is not "cheap" or "flimsy" in any way.

    Please don't tell anybody...! :)
    - Christian
  9. You know I too own an RBX260, fretted version tho, and I like it, I get great tone out of it and my ampeg amp. The thing I like most about it was when I was playing with my band and I only had the crate 50 watt combo amp, I had to beat the S**T out of it to get heard, and it took the abuse extremely well, it never ever evr goes out of tune, even with the heavy guage strings I am using, just my $.02 on yamahas....

    Yamaha RBX260, Rotosound flatwounds, Prolink Monster Bass cables, Crate BX50 combo(practice) Ampeg B3158, SKB hardcase
  10. Gear_Junky


    Jul 11, 2000
    I too saw the Yamaha TRB 5II bass at musiciansfriend for around $600. I even went to Guitar Center and almost bought it (had them match the price), but they didn't approve my credit.

    As for quality - I used to have a Yamaha RBX 260 for about 3 years. I must agree - it's not cheap or flimsy in any way. Made of solid good wood, fretwork was great, p-ups were decent (upgraded to SD Quarter Pounder later), tuning keys are fine. Although the electronics are simple the control cavity was very neat, everything was done perfectly, every little wire carefully isolated.

    I currently play MIM Fender Jazz (fretted & fretless), but I always recommend Yamahas. I like the 2-octave necks, too.
  11. I bought an RBX260F myself a few months ago. I don't much like admitting my main bass is Japanese, on account of my being a backwards, product racist *******, but it plays really well, and I've never had any problems with it.

  12. I owned a Yamaha bass, forgot which one seeing as it was stolen, but it screamed. Perfect action and setup, but they didn't make the same style anymore so i ended up with a 5 string XB-500 washburn. Hell ican't complain!. Yamahas are great for beginners or someone strapped for cash.
  13. yamaha also makes expensive instruments...
  14. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I currently own a '92 TRB6P and can say that it's the nicest bass I've *ever* owned. I don't understand one poster's comment on the "mid-less" sound, though...mine's got bucketloads of mids.

    The best recorded example of TRB (IMHO) is Tom Kenedy's bass on the latest two Dave Weckl CD's (Rhythm of the Soul and Synergy)

    Groove is Everything
  15. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Pacman:
    I currently own a '92 TRB6P and can say that it's the nicest bass I've *ever* owned. I don't understand one poster's comment on the "mid-less" sound, though...mine's got bucketloads of mids.


    I think you got this the wrong way round, Brad's post was saying that the current generation of TRBIIs are "mid-less" - the TRB6P has a great sound and as I was mentioning in my previous post, I think this is due to the fact that it is made of maple and mahogany, with an ebony board, while the current ones use cheaper materials.

    I would also agree that Yamahas are not just cheap basses - some models list at $3,000 and good TRB6Ps are much sought after - as mentioned on Bass NorthWest's site, where they currently have one for sale - might be gone soon though, so I won't put a link as it might go nowhere. Just look under used basses.
  16. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Bass Central has 3 TRB6P's!!!


  17. I quess I will be the odd ball Yamaha bass owner for this thread because I own a BBN4.

    When I was looking to buy a bass two years ago I tried the RBX260 and some of the upper end RBX's. During this time of trial, I saw and tried the BBN4. IMO the BBN4 had a much better sound for the $$$ and I could get a good sounding bass without having to get into active electronics. Especially since I play just for relaxation and not in a band.

    I do agree with the others about how well the Yamaha basses are constructed. During my time of trial a sales person showed me how well they were built comparing them to other basses in the store.

    So I support Yamaha basses even with being the odd man out for this thread!!!!!


    [This message has been edited by ArchBass (edited July 22, 2000).]
  18. Bass Cadet

    Bass Cadet

    Jul 7, 2000
    OK, I'm another another oddball. I currently have a BB3000AF and had an RBX5 for a couple of years.

    The BB3000 is a decent fretless--neck through with active electronics. The electronics aren't that impressive, IMHO. Somehow one of the caps shorted on it and I had to replace it. The output is low (compared to my Zon). As for the bass, I have flatwounds on it and it sounds approximately upright-like (can't really compare it to my upright, though).

    I didn't like the RBX as much. I was originally going to trade it for a TRB5 but somehow the TRB didn't feel as good as the Zon. I did like the TRB's piezo pickups.

    In summary, I think Yamaha makes good basses at reasonable prices, but they aren't MY dream instruments.

  19. emo


    Jul 2, 2000
    A couple years ago I was in a music store where they had a used BB200 hanging on the wall. I picked it up on impulse, it felt good in my hands and sounded good. I bought it for $200 out the door thinking it would be a good back-up instrument. It turns out that I'm currently gigging with it more than half the time. It's just a dopey little bass that feels good and sounds great. What more could you want? I dig the red color, too.
  20. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    You are asking about a different model of Yamaha, but I have the Yamaha Billy Sheehan Attitude Limited which is a duplicate (so they say) of what Sheehan plays. It is passive, has stereo inputs, a hip-shot D tuner, grooves for string bending at the 16th through 21st frets, and a pearlized varnish on the fretboard that changes color as you move around. The bass is exceptionally well made and heavy as heck. It is a great bass for blues, 50's rock,and hard rock like Sheehan played in Mr. Big., punk, reggae and ska, maybe even country, too. I paid $800 for it, including a hard shell bass case with fluffy lining and a nifty accessory case inside. I was told the bass listed for $1200 (in 1992 when I bought it.) I was told its price was reduced because Yamaha was coming out with a new model of Attitude. Can't vouch for the truth of what I was told about the value, but Yamaha did change the bass a little and the color a lot.

    Based on the quality of this bass, I would buy another model by Yamaha if I had the moolah. I've been admiring the Nathan East model. That is one beautiful bass! Sure wish I could afford it and sure wish I could play like Nathan East, one of my most respected bassists. Jason Oldsted

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