Received my new bass today..trbx 605..not real happy with it

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassnninja, Jun 12, 2020.

  1. Bassnninja


    Jan 5, 2018
    Finally after so long I got one. In trans black. I had to order out of state to get it.

    Unfortunately...its just not my tone. I tried new strings, pickup height, passive, active, you name it.

    I tend to finger pick a little harder than most, its almost a slap type sound but not slapping. The ergodyne handles it very well. I have never had a problem with the way the ergodyne sounds. I also drop the B to an A a lot, ergodyne handles that without problem, good string tension, mostly clear low A for a 34 scale.

    The trbx on the other hand seems to turn that into a thud type sound and muddles the notes, they all thud, instead of tone with a touch of click. The B on this thing sounds pretty good as a B if I don't hit it too hard, but when I drop it to an A...mud, whether I hit it hard or soft..frumpy..

    Maybe its because the pickups can go to passive with the flick of a switch, something with that that changes the tone even in active mode? I don't know.

    disappointed is what I I have to send it back up to WI, wait for the money to come back and shop some more.
    Thing is I have played one before, although that was about two years ago when i first got on this trbx kick...I don't remember it sounding like this though. I remember really liking it.

    Any thoughts? Not on how to fix the sound. It is what it is, but thoughts on another bass that I can check out.
  2. It sounds like both pickups might be a little too high. If you hold the B-String down at the 24th fret, you should have about 3mm from the bottom of the string to the pickup. Same thing with the G-String. Do that with both the neck and bridge pickups and it should open up a bit.
    Might as well try while you wait to send it back.

    Those basses are not what I'd call "thuddy" at all. They're not as bright as the old TRBs but they should be able to cut through even with a drop-A.
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  3. Sean150


    Jul 18, 2018
    Have you tried a different tension. Yesterday I hit the tone I’ve been looking for on my 4 string in drop D Using EB slinky’s. Pickup height is another good idea. I have never found mine muddy.
  4. Bassnninja


    Jan 5, 2018
    Tried that, pretty much the same, with a small lose in volume.

    String wise, I tried a new slinky set I had, and I even tried a cobalt set I was saving.
  5. Sean150


    Jul 18, 2018
    Was it new or used? Either way it could be an electronics issue but with Yamaha it is more likely if it was used. It could just not be the bass for you for that purpose. I think they are great but I know there are basses that I don’t Gel with.
  6. What are you listening to it through? Amp? Direct?

    If you want to try something else, there's the active Yamaha BB basses.
  7. Bassnninja


    Jan 5, 2018
    It was new..however Im pretty sure I see some pick marks on it.

    I tried:
    My Apeg porta flex 800, ashdown 4x10, Alpha Omega.

    Also from just the pedal with head phones, and then I tried through podfarm into reaper.
  8. sonic 7

    sonic 7

    Aug 10, 2011
    Queens, N.Y.C.
    I usually never really love a bass when I first get it. It usually takes some time for me to bond with a new bass.
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  9. bdplaid

    bdplaid Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    That's a shame. A couple of years ago I had a TRBX 505 and liked it a lot. I only returned it because it had a fret issue. Kind of wished I'd kept it.

    Well, Ibanez has a load of cool stuff these days.

    I'm on to Sandberg basses these days, but they are a good bit higher in price than Yamaha.
  10. Yeah i have a rbx170ew and its a good yamaha bass bit when i played the trbx I didnt really like it for some reason. I think some basses just arent for us some times.
  11. Ekulati

    Ekulati Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    I have the cheapie TRBX405 and I love it. It can be scooped but with a little tweak I can get a really grindy midrange. And other tones in between.
  12. Bassnninja


    Jan 5, 2018
    Yeah, its just not my flavor I guess.
    I did see an Ibanez SRMS 805 that sounded pretty good.
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  13. When I got my TRBX505 a little over two years ago, it didn't exactly blow me away after having gotten so used to the traditional sound of my two passive 4-string Fenders (P & J). It took me about a year before I started to appreciate and enjoy the unique tonal flavor and versatility of the Yamaha. It has now become my number one axe over the two Fenders.
  14. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    The SRMS805 absolutely a nice bass guitar.
  15. Bassnninja


    Jan 5, 2018
    So kraftmusic is being super cool about the return. I will have a return shipping label in the morning. I will just be out about 30$ in shipping.
    If anybody is looking for a trbx they have them, comes with a set of extras as well, stand, strap, cable, some other stuff. They were cool to work with just wish it worked out.

    So...I guess come this time next week I will order the srms 805. From what I have heard on you tube videos, it seems to have pretty similar tonal characteristics that my ergodyne has. I know I said GC sucks and they mostly do, but they actually have them in stock sooo...going to deal with the devil I guess. At least if I have to return it there is a store 3 min from where I live. Not to mention I will get it shipped to them demo it in store and if I dont like it I can immediately return it.

    Just out of curiosity, can anybody offer a reason as to why two bass guitars with the same scale have such differing B string tension? The only thing I can think of is its not just the scale but a matter of the bridge and the nut..but I don't know.
  16. Sean150


    Jul 18, 2018
    It shouldn’t unless the strings have different tension as far as I know; but I am having a similar issue with my Stingray 5. I love the sound but with slinky’s on (the stock string) it feels to floppy but the same set in on my TBRX 604 is perfect. Same scale length.