Just bought a newsed Yamaha TRBX 505!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vstringbassist, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. vstringbassist


    Nov 17, 2003
    Hey all, I just picked up a newsed trans black Yamaha TRBX 505 (although it is more of a solid mat black finish) this evening for $300cdn! It has hardly been touched. This is a very nice bass for the money - very solid and nice construction. I also like to the look of the 505. I have read good reviews on these basses and am anxious to get it setup. I always strip my "new" basses down and give them a good cleaning and ensure the screws/nuts are snug. I was happy to see that the fret board did not turn my cleaning cloth black (rosewood)! I have had this happen on a few other "lower" priced basses I have owned.
    Anyone own a 505? What do you think of it?
  2. Great Score!! I'm waiting the arrival of a 503. It seems the only difference is the electronics to include the 5-way switch. If I don't dig the electronics, I'll swap them out. Super stoked for Friday.
  3. duckman999


    Mar 28, 2009
    Pickups are also different between those bass's. Check it closer. There is a youtube video documenting it also with some Yamaha endorsed heavy dude playing both and detailing the differences.
  4. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    I can tell you I like my 504. I'm guessing you will enjoy the 505. Great basses, well made and a treat to play.
  5. bohemond


    Nov 3, 2007
    I have the 504 in the same finish. Its fantastic. My favorite bass and i own a lakland and 2 fender precisions
  6. Evangion


    Jun 22, 2005
    Quick question for the TRBX505. Could you help measure the pickups dimensions?

    Do they fit any of these sizes?
    bartolini® p2 (4.27″ x 1.27″)
    emg40® (1.51″ x 4.02″)
    emg45® (1.51″ x 4.52″)
  7. Luca Zugnoni

    Luca Zugnoni

    Sep 19, 2012
    Aka: The question is: " Can I put the Nostrand dual coil pickups?" :)
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  8. Evangion


    Jun 22, 2005
    Right on the money!

    Picked up my TRBX505 two weeks back. Brought it home, tweaked the truss rod, intonation, and action. Used it for my club gig the next day. Love it! My primary bass is a Sadowsky PJ Metro but the TRBX505 pretty much does it for me too.


    The stock pickups on it are great, love the sound. HATE the preamp though. It's noisy and the darn active/passive DPDT switch occasionally cuts the sound out. I've already ordered in a Nordstrand 2b-4c preamp and can't wait till it's shipped. Pity I'll lose the low battery LED though.
  9. Vektori


    Dec 26, 2011
    Turku, Finland
    Just bought today 504. I already owned one Yamaha before and I love how ergonomic they are. Just can't wait to get play this one through my amp. On my hand, it feels perfect. Look good, too. And what I played it at the shop, first pre amp in bass, that I actually like. Also have to love the active/passive swich. :hyper:
  10. jjk2007


    Apr 16, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: DNA Bass Systems
    I liked them so much I got both!

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  11. Just got mine. Not sure that I like the stock strings. Way too much string noise and treble. Giving it a try with ghs precisions.when they come in next week. Action too low for my liking, and anxiously waiting for strings to come in to do setup and hear difference. Hope I don't have to upgrade the preamp.
  12. Ponsonby Britt

    Ponsonby Britt You don't rock a Thunderbird, it rocks you. Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    Seriously considering going back to a 505, will definitely look into the Nordy thing.