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NBD: Yamaha BB2025x (Extremely Rare Black and Maple Prototype)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stingray69, Jul 18, 2019.


  1. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    I'll try to be as brief as possible but this bass is apparently a very rare Yamaha BB2025MX model and I am extremely fortunate to have quite literally stumbled upon it.

    Back story:

    I'm a huge fan of the Yamaha BB "X" series basses. The hierarchy of the 5-string, X Series is BB425x, BB1025x & BB2025x (the 2025x model being the handcrafted in Japan, flagship model).

    I've owned several Yamaha BB425x instruments, but I've heard so many good reviews about the 1025x (step up model from the 425x series) that I thought I would sell off a couple of lesser-used basses from my collection and use those funds towards a used Vintage White BB1025x that I had my eye on - on a website other than Guitar Center. Because I had originally check GC's website for both BB425x and BB1025x, but they had neither. So my plan was to just take in a couple of basses, get some cash and buy elsewhere.

    So last Sunday I took a couple of instruments down to my local Guitar Center - they actually gave me a great price for both of them. As the sales guy is crunching all the numbers, I'm standing there and I started fiddling with my phone out of boredom, and I realized I hadn't searched GC's Used Gear section for the phrase "BB2025x". I thought with a smirk, yeah right - fat chance of that happening, lol. I typed it in and got 1 result - a BB2025x for an amazing price ($1,249 w/Yamaha hardshell case). My eyes bugged out of my head and I scoured the page thinking surely, this is an old listing or something I'm looking at - but no, it was just sitting there waiting to be bought!!!

    I asked the salesguy to confirm it, and he said yes - it's currently in the Used Gear section for purchase. I almost fainted, lol. Something else that I couldn't understand about it was the Maple fingerboard - I'd NEVER heard of, nor seen, a Maple fretboard on a BB2025x. But no time for that - I ordered it on the spot immediately after receiving my trade in money.

    So I ordered it and went back home and I started Googling things, trying to find out all I could about this rare maple fretboard version and to my knowledge there is only 1 website on the entire net that even makes mention of this Maple neck BB2025X. A place called Centaur Guitars - they called it a Prototype model and maybe it is - but whatever it is, it is extremely rare. The sticker on the back of the headstock says BB2025MX. I'm assuming M = Maple of course. So I've been staring at those pics on the web for the last few days, hoping mine would look as good as that when it arrives.

    The funny thing is, it turns out the pictures on the Centaur Guitars website ARE MY EXACT Bass. The reason I can tell is that there is a very odd, tiny little red mark on the fretboard near the Nickel-Silver nut. Today when I picked up my bass from GC and opened the case at the store, I noticed this tiny little red mark on the fretboard and immediately recognized it from this Centaur Guitar's website that I had been staring at for the past week. So apparently this instrument was at one time sitting in Centaur Guitars in Oregon, was sold, and eventually landed in a Jacksonville, FL Guitar Center until I stumbled across it by EXTREME luck.

    Condition:


    The instrument was in very good condition - although there was a LOT of crusty, dried-on grime on almost all the chrome parts, except the tuners - hated to see that on such an amazing high quality instrument. Fortunately, some Mother's Mag & Aluminum polish, TLC and elbow grease did the trick. It cleaned up REAL nice!

    There is some minor beltbuckle rash on the back but it's so light, I'm not sure if it will show up on pics. I'll probably give it a light coat of Meguiar's Scratch & Swirl remover just on the back side and all will be good. I don't mind a tiny amount of mojo on the back for this amazing beauty of an instrument.


    Anyway, enough of the boring backstory - here are a boatload of pics:

    Before cleaning:

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    After cleaning pics:

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  2. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Not sure what to make of the tiny little red mark I mentioned earlier - I've never seen anything like this. I'm tempted to use a melamine sponge on that little spot to see if it comes off, but then again I think it adds a bit of character. I could definitely tell this was my instrument if heaven forbid it was ever stolen.

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  3. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2004
    Great find!! Black Beauty. Black and maple is such a nice combo and the black markers really make it pop.
    This should be a keeper. Might be worth some coin someday. I’m sure it’s a one of a kind .

    White and black would have been nice too but this is so rare. Now you have to get a white one with ebony fingerboard and white markers for a dynamic duo.

    I’ve scored some great gear myself This week from GC. Almost like they are giving away great basses at ridiculously low prices .
     
  4. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Thank you so much - I'm literally shocked at my sheer dumb luck on how I stumbled into this find. Yamaha made a great call doing the inlays in black to match the body - totally agree, very classy. I'm literally all jittery, it feels like I stole this from them - like they're gonna call me up and tell me they thought it was a 1025x or something and priced it wrong. :D

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  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Crap!:woot: I am glad you saw this, I would have been tempted to do something I would regret!:bassist: Which GC was this? Bridgeton or Crestwood often get more cool stuff than Fairview Heights.
     
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  6. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    That's what I said Doc, lol.

    I was at the Fairview Heights store trading in a couple of basses when I saw this on their website (via my cellphone).

    This bass was actually in Orange Park/Jacksonville, FL Guitar Center and it was shipped up to the Fairview Heights store for me after I purchased it.
     
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I forgot to say congratulations on a wonderful, top of the line, made in Japan, BB series Yamaha!:bassist::bassist::bassist::hyper::hyper::hyper:

    Get that bad boy shielded and keep it a few years!
     
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Good, no local GAS temptation!
     
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  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Ridiculously cool!
     
  10. outoftune

    outoftune Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Pennsylvania
    Beautiful bass. I am also a fan of the X series. Super solid basses.
     
  11. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Thanks Doc - gonna keep it a lifetime, in fact. ;)

    I'm no stranger to a little bit of single coil hum from the BB series, but I'm doing okay for now with an ISP Deci-Mate, so no rush on the shielding for the moment.

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  12. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Yes indeed, the entire X series is amazing! :thumbsup:
     
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  13. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear

    Aug 14, 2000
    Colorado
    Killer basses! I had a 2025x - one of the only basses I regret selling.
     
  14. mbell75

    mbell75

    May 23, 2016
    Awesome! I have the BB234 and love the BB series.
     
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  15. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    I did find a cool serial number database website that seemed to have some info on my bass.

    Guitar Info

    Your guitar was made in
    Japan
    on April, 2010
    Production Number: 904

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  16. MattB88

    MattB88 Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2016
    Nashville
    Endorsing Artist: Alien Audio Basses, DR Strings, Warm Audio, Shaw Audio
    Shielding won’t eliminate single coil hum. Shielding helps with RFI/EMI interference. The infamous “buzzing” sound when not touching the strings so nice there is no ground shield to bleed off the noise.
     
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  17. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I no it would get rid of it, the idea is muffle it a bit.
     
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  18. MattB88

    MattB88 Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2016
    Nashville
    Endorsing Artist: Alien Audio Basses, DR Strings, Warm Audio, Shaw Audio
    I only stated that because he said he doesn’t mind a little single coil hum so he wouldn’t worry about shielding. I’m just clarifying shielding won’t help out single coil noise at all. It will however work miracles eliminating RFI!!! :woot:
     
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  19. You shouldn't need to shield that bass, or the 1025x either.

    I love my BB1025x, and honestly, didn't notice THAT much of a difference between it and the 2025x, Perhaps yours was a custom bass off the line. I believe Yamaha did do some custom BB2025x basses early on for some artists.
     
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  20. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    I installed a fresh set of Roto Stainless Steel strings on this instrument and easily dialed in an incredible setup. Whew! Oh my...

    This is beyond doubt a Pro level instrument. It's shockingly good.

    I've read all the TB articles debating on whether the 2025x is worth the money over the 1025X, is/was it overpriced in general, etc, etc.

    All I can say is if I had paid "normal" price for this when they were still being made, I would have been extremely satisfied with this instrument. At the used price I paid for it, I am extremely shocked and grateful to own it.
     
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