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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stingray69, Jan 23, 2021.
Nice looking bass. Congrats and I’m happy that you’re enjoying it.
Demos sound amazing! I might have to get a new BB, they sound wonderful.
Thanks for the kind words!
I still love my previous generation BB's, and will be reaching for them when I want to go as warm/vintage as I can in my BB collection.
The BBP35 is the easiest playing and has the best P-tone (IMO) of any of my BB basses, so I'll be using it as my #1 BB.
Nice! I owned one...indeed a very impressive bass, especially for all-passive. It's got serious muscle. I, too, added a tort guard from Pickguard Planet. Enjoy!
I'm sure these are really nice basses, and I love my BB415 and BB300, but I just can't get with the aesthetics on these new ones (since the "x" models came out). The no pickguard and chrome pickup surrounds is kind of what makes the BB look.
Eventually I want to upgrade the 300 to a nicer vintage 4 string (and/or change out the pickup), and also maybe pick up fretted and fretless vintage 5 strings. The 415 DEFINITELY fights above its class. I think I got it for $300 used. Apparently it had been in the classifieds here forever and then the previous owner dumped it at GC. He obviously took care of it because it was in practically new condition and the setup was great. When I've gigged it I basically always get compliments on the tone and people thinking it's much more expensive than it was. And since it's orange, I call it "the Yam". I did have to take off the goofy clashing orange top hat knobs and put speed knobs on it (which is what it would have originally come with I believe).
To be honest, I used to feel the exact same way. I was not at all on board with the aesthetic changes they made from the previous generation. I had no interest in checking one out. I guess I just needed some time to pout and get over it, lol.
Slowly, I warmed up to the looks but I never played one. Finally, curiosity got the better of me and I ordered the BBP35. For me, the new aesthetic concerns went out the window pretty fast when an instrument plays this effortlessly and sounds this good!
I recall some of your pics & videos - even picked up the advice that Pickguard Planet already carries the templates for the newest BB's from your one of your posts.
Nice playing across all three of your demos, and the bass sounds great too. It makes me want to play one.
One my main basses is similarly a passive PJ-5 (Reverend Mercalli). Your BB sounds like it has a more open sound.
Great sound and playing, I totally agree.
Sweetwater lists the nut width as 1.692" for the BBP35 and the BBP34 as 1.131". I’m guessing that 5 width is close enough to 1.75 that you don’t feel much difference from other 5’s? Can anyone confirm the width for the 4 is correct? Man I’d love this in a 4 but that nut width scares me.
I normally hate tort pickguards, but that tort pickguard on that bass is frickin' great...
Thanks man! I've heard great things about the Reverends and I've always wanted to try one out myself! Specifically, the Mercalli 5, but I've never seen one locally.
The top end is more open by design in this generation - Yamaha wanted to make a more modern sounding BB and they succeeded quite nicely. It's got enough top end to cover modern styles, slap, etc, all the while still retaining the classic BB growl. The Tone knob can roll the high way back for a more classic, vintage BB tone. The midrange detail & bark when you dig in is what I was concerned about the most - and I'm happy to say it's still 100 percent present in the new generation of BB basses.
I think it looks miles better than the off-white stock guard & spruces it up quite nicely!
All the current 4 string BBs are 40mm nut, ~ 1.575" ~ 1 & 9/16 inch
The nut is 43mm (1.692") on the BBP35.
Feels like wearing a favorite pair of jeans to me, and the same measurement I'm used to with my other BB basses.
Shiny! You cannot go wrong with a Yamaha bass. I've never played a BB, always had TRBs but they are quality instruments and very consistent.
I had a TRB-5 a long time ago - I regret selling that one! Definitely a modern sounding bass.
But truthfully, the BB series with it's awesome passive tones is where my heart lies so I am thrilled with the BBP35!
One last clip - I realized I didn't really cover fingerstyle P-tone very well.
Why did you sell yours?
Neck was too wide for me, and the big body annoyed me when playing seated.
Also forgot to mention that I have DR High Beams (stainless steel) strings installed at the moment - probably adding to some of the brightness. Why stainless? I always found my "X" series BB's sounded great with the extra clarity that stainless steel strings brought. I like them on the BBP35 too, but probably not the first string of choice to play traditional/old-school demos with. But since I use them so much on my other BB's, I had a set or two laying around. I may switch back to nickel since this generation of BB has opened up the high end, not sure if I need any further help from stainless steel strings.
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