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NBD - Yamaha RBX375

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Skygoneblue, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Skygoneblue


    Nov 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Nothing special, but I've loved Yamaha's RBX line ever since I fell in love with Taproot oh so many years ago. Their bassist Phil Lipscomb used them for a long time, and I always liked his style and tone. It growled, but didn't overpower.

    PS - Musician's Friend rocks. They got this to me in one day, even when I selected standard shipping!

  2. BruceWane


    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Nice color.

    Those bridge saddles are pretty high though - might could use a shim on the edge of the neck heel to make the neck angle lay back just a tiny bit.
  3. Hawkbone


    Mar 23, 2009
    I have one. Unless they've improved the pre-amp, these basses sound much better with a passive conversion.
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Beautiful bass congrats.
  5. Skygoneblue


    Nov 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    I'm not sure on the pre-amp. Most of the reviews I read said that they're known for sucking batteries like lollipops, but most of those reviews referenced them having 18v. Mine only has one 9v slot, so they've definitely changed *something* about them.

  6. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Sure a beautiful color anyway:bassist:

  7. Hawkbone


    Mar 23, 2009
    It's a great color! Wish mine was red actually. That battery sucking problem was fixed years ago I think.
    Pre-amp is subjective anyway, some will love it some won't. It works well enough.
  8. Love me a good Yamaha. Such a nice string spacing on the 375s, you've really got room to play. Such a nice bit of growl in the low end, but with nice highs.

    Enjoy :)
  9. subdude67


    Jan 18, 2010
    congrats, you got yourself a nice bass there! i got the same model in 2010 and i love it.

    you might find that the pots in particular are not of very high quality but that can be fixed easy if they give you trouble.

    enjoy your new bass!
  10. I have the 4 stringer version and have thought about ripping out the active circut, replacing it with a vol-vol-tone-parrallel/series switch. I`m not keen on actives but love the bass otherwise. Have you converted one or played a passive one?
  11. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    Nice! I had a translucent green RBX765A that I (now regretfully) sold to a friend. The string spacing was perfect for me; such a comfortable, nice sounding instrument. Currently I have a bog-standard RBX270J, which is phenomenal, and a BB405 that does the passive Jazz V thing better than a Jazz V, IMHO. Gotta love Yamaha!

    EDIT: Come to think of it, I remember the Taproot guy being in the catalogue when the translucent RBXs came out (764A, 765A, etc.) along with John Myung and his six string RBX with the fancy-pants inlay. Early 2000s I think it was.
  12. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Nice looking bass. Congrats!
  13. Skygoneblue


    Nov 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Funny you mention that. I was just troubleshooting a crackling sound that I swore was from my amp, and it turns out, the pickup selector pot is dirty. Gotta rip the back off and get summa dat spray stuff in 'ere! ;)
  14. subdude67


    Jan 18, 2010
    yeah, something had to give for that really budget friendly price.
    but even if you have to swap some of the pots, it still is a really well sounding and handling bass.
  15. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Congratulations. Been using mine for six years now and I'm a happy camper.
    The preamp isn't perfect, but it gets the job done most of the time, though I'm planning to replace mine after so long just to
    try something new.
  16. Osztertag2112


    Jan 27, 2013
    Cool, to each is own i guess. I had one awhile ago. I got it in 2006, but after awhile it just wasnt doing it for me. It was a 4 string, but i found the active electronics were giving me too many problems, after every jam with the band i had to change the battery. And i the end the sound just wasnt as good as i thought it was. Ended up trading up for a p bass...anyways i wish you well, some people love thesee basses
  17. Doodaddy


    Jan 11, 2005
    West Monroe, LA
    Sharp looking bass. I've loved my 775 for nearly a decade now. :eek:
  18. Skygoneblue


    Nov 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    What's everyone's issue with the preamp? I've been playing for 12+ years and never been savvy enough to know a good preamp from a bad one.
  19. subdude67


    Jan 18, 2010
    in my experience, the issue with the pre amp is the quality of the parts.

    the sound you can get from the stock wiring is ok, it is just made from cheap components and is likely to develop issues like scratching pots etc.
  20. geoff_in_nc


    Dec 13, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    Can someone give me the RBX375's neck width at the nut, the neck thickness there and maybe like the 12 fret, and the string spacing at the bridge?

    I've found what I think may be a pretty good deal on an RBX375, but its kind of far away, and I don't want to drive an hour out there to find out my short fingers won't like it. :meh:


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