Favorite Yamaha Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fludane, Mar 18, 2003.

  1. Show us your favorite Yamaha bass? State which model and post picture of your Yammy (and you)!!!
  2. bassackwards

    bassackwards Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    I had a yellow one of these with 2 J pickups. I recently sold it but I want to order one of the P/J ones like this from Japan. A great playing and sounding bass and actually very well balanced. I also like the BB3000 and Attitude. I've got a BB300 on the way in the mail right now.
  3. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Little Rock, AR
    Cheap Attitude. But I love it.
  4. hateater

    hateater snatch canadian cream

    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    John Myung Sig. I never bought one, but i almost did. The thing that held me back the most was the fact that it was too hard to slap on. I even heard someone post that their fingers would eventually bleed if they slapped too often on this bass. However, it sounds great played fingerstyle, and even greater when tapped. Don't I look a lot like John Myung? :D
  5. I think I would have to go with the TRB's..
  6. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    MINE!! :D

    It's a highly customized BBG5S, and it's not only the best Yamaha bass I've ever played, it's one of the best sounding and feeling basses I've ever played. I'm not lying.

    here's a link to my yamaha improvment thread
  7. tuBass, I'm with you man. Those basses are a great platform for mods, IMO. Beautiful neck, wide spacing, great sounding B string, nicely balanced on a strap. Mines got TI Jazz Flats and a J-retro preamp. I may replace the pups one day, but there's not really any need to with that preamp in there.
  8. Mandobass


    Nov 12, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Well i've only had experience with the RBX 765 that i bought 5 months ago, but i love it.

    It's really comfortable to play, seems to have solid electronics(as in it sounds great but i don't actually know what they use), and only cost me 240 bucks!

    The B- string is a tad floppy, but compared to any other 5 string basses i've played that would cost the same, it's much better.

    good bases at great prices.
  9. Mandobass


    Nov 12, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Hey TuBass...

    I dont know much about pickups, but i know i love the EMG sound...punchy, somewhat hi fi and seems good for slapping. i play with a pick too and really like the definition.

    but anyways, i was wondering what EMG pickups are the best for my situation...and are they all similar sizes to the ones you installed on your bass?

    And my setup doesn't seem nosiy at all, so should i leave the preamp in there? or does this have a major impact on the sound, and if so would all the wiring for the tone controls crossover?

    Sorry about all the questoins, but your threard got my excited about the potential ugrade.
  10. I had a cherry sunburst BB2000 about a year ago.Great tone and playability.Those 80s BB 2000-3000 series were great basses.No wonder Michael Anthony has a BB 3000 for his signature bass.I only got rid of mine to get another 5 string and I really miss it.
  11. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    Good questions, and I am no expert when it comes to pickups either, but I got some good advice from my local music store. (Larry Morgan Music)
    EMG's come in all shape and sizes, most require at least a 9V, but some are traditional in that they can run without batteries (HZ series) I would stay away from the select series, I hear nothing but bad things about them. If you are talking about upgrading a yamaha , you might want to gut your system and start with a system that is designed to work in sync with all components. I had an expert look at my pre-amp, and is said the wiring was pretty proprietary, and couldn't promise it would work well with other pickups. I tend to leave the bass and treble controls on the bass flat anyway, and I just used the controls on my outboard preamp. I added the EXB to give me a slap contour control on the bass, but that is all I needed.
    As for the tone knob, the pickups come with pre-wired pots and the capacitor already in place. It is highly recommended that you use the supplied pots with the EMG pickups. I went with two volume knobs, 1 tone, and the EXB, and found the perfect wiring diagram online. The tone knob is minimal, I'm not likely to be changing it too much in the middle of a set, but I have found a sweet spot where I will keep it.
  12. what yamaha does nick fyffe use??~??
  13. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    well, according to this site, he uses a TRB5PIICBV.
    yamaha site

    but this one says he uses a stingray


  14. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    ditto :)

    so help me, I...I do luv futzin' with `em so :rolleyes:

  15. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    If we ever have a DFW talkbass gathering, we can both bring our Yammers and have a shootout. ;)
  16. My BB1200s. It has been PJed, and currently enjoys a set of Barts with the original Yamaha preamp. And Labella 760n tapewound strings.

    Very nice!

    Here's a pic of a slightly previous incarnation[​IMG]
  17. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    A few years ago I played a session with a BBEAST that was godlike in every way - tone, construction, playability. I'd still like to pick one up one of these days.
  18. I had a nice BB1600 in the early nineties, that I traded for a bass I still own. Still miss the old Yam from time to time though.
  19. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)

    I'm getting this next week. *Stands on top of monitor and does the macarena*
  20. LA


    Oct 17, 2001
    RBX765A, translucent green.

    <img src=http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/Images/Guitars/Photo/Product/Main/Rbx765a.gif>