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Mourning my Yamaha BB5000A-show me your Yamaha!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by engedi1, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. engedi1

    engedi1 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2005
    I bought a stunning deep blue BB5000A when I was perhaps 17-18 years old.I traded it for a modulus q-5 a few years later. I'm now 41, and have probably had 20-30 basses since. I reckon that I could have played my entire career with that bass ONLY, and saved myself huge amounts of money and time lol. I keep finding myself jonesing for a Yamaha bass, especially a 90's TRB 5, even though I am pretty damn happy with my Bluesman vintage 5 and Musicman Stingrays. Show me what I'm missing!
  2. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    My Yamaha BX5...but, somehow, I dont think this is what you're referencing :D

  3. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Yamaha BB2000,3000 & 50000, some of the best basses .

    Find another BB5000 and keep it forever!!
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  4. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    My exact duplicate Yamaha RBXJM2 basses - apart from a Carvin 6 fretless this is my only bass and really the only one I need.

  5. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

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  6. Robscott


    Mar 20, 2017
    Tonbridge UK
    TRB fretless fiver, snagged it a few months ago, might start gigging it soon 072.
  7. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Wow, it makes think of « Close encounters of the third kind » :woot:
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  8. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    The TRB has always intrigued me, maybe one day I'll get one and find out why.
  9. 62EABE0F-8175-43DA-B167-32F330984391. 1997 bbg4 with “chromes” flatwounds. 250 k ohm linear taper pots. Just love it to death. My only bass now.
  10. engedi1

    engedi1 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2005
    super sweet!
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  11. engedi1

    engedi1 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2005
    NICE! Love the led's.
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  12. Thx.
  13. engedi1

    engedi1 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2005
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  14. Nunovsky


    Sep 4, 2004
    Here are mine. The BB Brothers...

  15. rockdoc11


    Sep 2, 2000
    Here is a pic of the two Yamaha BB3000s I've owned.

    I bought the black one first, but always wanted the white one. I just loved the white with gold (brass) hardware.

    A white one came to me a few years ago (in 2005), and after playing the two side by side for a few weeks I let the black one go.

    But the white BB3000s (from 1981) is a "forever" bass for me. It's the only bass I ever owned that I'd put up there with my Pedulla MVP.

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  16. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    The white BB3000 is the one I always think about. They are beautiful to see and hear.
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  17. At one time I had collected all three versions of the BB5000, all in white. The first two made in Japan at Yamaha's Music Craft shop, their very best.

    The original BB5000 was essentially a BB3000 subdivided for five-strings. They widened the head for the G tuner, engineered the first 3+2 P pickup, widened the blade pickup, and added a simple, bent-plate five-string bridge. Tight fingering (!) down at the nut, but you got used to it. Volume, tone, and 3-way pickup switch.

    The BB5000A was this same axe upgraded to active electronics and pickups. Still in the brass surrounds, they had solid black covers, no pole pieces showing. 4 pot controls, volume, balancer, treble +/-, and bass +/-. Same hardware. Most look exactly body-wise like the first, but there were some later transition models that the body shape starts to look RBX-ish. I had the former, and was my favorite of the three. These have the overall look and shape of rockdoc's basses in the preceding post.

    The BB5000AII was the final iteration, and a completely different axe than the first two. Much bigger bass, with a w-i-d-e-r fingerboard (somebody REALLY got to Yamaha about fingerboards needing to be wider for slapping, and from here on, their fives and sixes began to mimic diving boards in width!), completely different body shape, and essentially the same pickups and electronics (minus the piezo system) that would show up on the oncoming TRB's. Built in Yamaha's new (and since closed) Taiwan facility. Quality just the tiniest hair less than the MIJ's.
    These featured the engineering marvel of the Gotoh locking bass bridge. Adjustments for height, string length, string spacing, and then a locking screw to freeze everything once adjusted to taste. I made the mistake of field-stripping this thing to polish and lubricate, and it turned into a 3-hour job, like building a watch. Geez . . . . .

    They were all wonderful axe, and like all 80's MIJ BB's, we won't see their like again. A difference in culture: In America, we'll build Jazz Basses and Precisions till the Second Coming. The Japanese have a completely different view of consumer trends, almost as if new and different MUST replace a familiar product. So they replaced those BB's with RBX's ! Obviously, I'm gaijin and never understood that. Still don't . . . . .
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018
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  18. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    it seems you can't go wrong with YAMAHA, they merely have varying degrees of success in whatever they put out as my NBD (just an hour ago) proves with this sculpted '90-ish Indo P bass that sounds and feels just like a fine old Fender should. really, only the headstock and neon finish gives it away. $150 for the solid RBX-250 with a Jazzy neck, a Traynor Bass Mate 10 amp (likely to be abused in search of Felix-esque distortion), strap, cord, and original leathery YAMAHA gig bag.
    (seller's pic)
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  19. Replaced with RBX??? You don’t like bb414, bb415, bb424, bb425, bb1024, bb1025, bb2024, bb2025, bb234, bb235 bb434, bb435, Bb734a, bb735, bbp34, bbp35? These are the models that have replaced bb800, bb1000, bb1200, bb2000, BB3000, bb300, bb200, bb350, bb400, bb450, bbvi, bbvii, bbviii, bbx, bb1000s, bb1100s, bb1200s, bb1600, bb5000 and all the other a, s variants etc etc etc. RBX is RBX. There has always been a BB.
    New Yamaha BB series
    From yamahas website:
    The latest in Yamaha's BB series delivers the superb sound and build quality that BB is known for, in a smaller body with even better playability. Featuring custom-wound pickups that achieve higher output gain while retaining the classic BB voicing, the new line-up of BB basses are a testament to Yamaha’s commitment to musical excellence.

    The new line-up has undergone a significant redesign with subtle contour changes and body weight reduction made out of consideration to playability and comfort, while still retaining the classic silhouette of the BB design. The new models also feature standard sized pickups for the first time in a BB, for more convenient customisation, and Maple fingerboard option on mid-range models. The 700 Series BB offers active/passive pickup switching for even greater sound flexibility.

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