NBD!!!! TRB-4P

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Josh Gone, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. Josh Gone

    Josh Gone

    May 28, 2015
    I always wanted a Yamaha TRB 4P back in the 90's, but I wasn't ready to cough up the $$$. I had noticed over the past 10 years or so now that I never see them for sale on the used market. Then just before the pandemic, I walked into my local music shop to find this exceptionally well kept example. I had laid it away to spend my gig money on it, then I didn't have any gigs and it was trapped in the music shop. Just got it last weekend. I think this will replace three basses.
    I consider myself fortunate.
  2. Best bass photo of 2020 right here! Congrats on your NBD!
  3. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    Lovely bass, though I tut-tut your lack of a proper flotation device. That grass looks deep.
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  4. Peteyboy


    Apr 2, 2018
    Los Angeles
    You say this deal was fortunate but looks to me like you really took a bath.
  5. Josh Gone

    Josh Gone

    May 28, 2015
    The guitar player/band leader has a great eye for, and never passes up a photo op. He said to me "Hey, hop in that tub, and act like you are paddling it with your bass." This is what he sent to me. He'll use it for an event post/poster at some point.

    Bass dates to 1995-1999. Neck through, MIJ. 35" scale is ever so slightly big for me, but I absolutely love it. I like to roll the blend 1/8- 1/4 to the jazz pickup and bump the bass up a tad. I really like the usable difference in tones between resting my thumb on the P pickup, and resting on the J. More noticeable, and enjoyable sounds on this bass vs the Ibanez SR750, or Sterling Ray34CA I'd normally play.
  6. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Rad axe!
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  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Great looking bass. Cool pic.
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  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Congratulations on getting a dream bass.
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  9. Beautiful! :) That was a favorite of Leland Sklar and Mike Rutherford if I remember correctly?
    Stay healthy!
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  10. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    You got the paddle, now you just need the T40 anchor. Well scored.
  11. MaxSpinrun

    MaxSpinrun Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    Knoxville, Tn
    Congrats on the bass I know they are nice because I had TRB 5P. Just could never get the B string to sound good to me so I sold it. So I know the 4 banger version is awesome.
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  12. BB Brian

    BB Brian

    Apr 15, 2020
    West Texas
    So glad you got a bass you had wanted for so long! It looks to be in great shape and I am happy you like the tone.
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  13. SunByrne

    SunByrne trained monkey Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2019
    Pearland, TX
    mmm, gotta love those neck-through Yamahas. Plus that flamed maple top, just excellent.

    Sweet axe!:bassist:
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  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Great looking bass. Congrats. Glad I'm not the only one who takes a bath in the front yard.
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  15. who


    Apr 20, 2007
    Fairly sure these actually have a 33 and 7/8" scale. The TRB II basses are a 35" scale length.
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  16. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
  17. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i think the ax looks great --- nice that you have an ax that you've wanted, OP --- congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
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  18. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    Yamaha makes really good basses across the board, but the genuine MIJ (by Yamaha Music Kraft, currently the home of the Nates, JP's, and the top-line Sheehans) is as good as anyone anywhere. I was never crazy about these (they seemed an odd follow-up to the MIJ 80's BB's), but have no doubt to their build level. And importantly, not something you see every day.

    Congrats !
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  19. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    What creek ("crick" in this part of the country) are you paddling up? LOL....Nice score....enjoy.

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  20. Congratulations! One of my fellow church bassists has a TRB-5P and it works well for him. Enjoy it!
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