the uniqueness of a yamaha bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by draginon, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. draginon


    Oct 4, 2004
    I was at GC today and was trying out a variety of 5ers. The tone I had in mind probably cannot be found at a GC but I ran into a 5string yamaha TRB. I can't describe the tone, but it was soo different. WHen I come to think of it, many yamaha's, past and present seem to have had totally different tone compared to other basses?

    With all the foderas, smiths, and mtd basses on this forum, does anyone enjoy a yamaha? If so what model?
  2. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    There was a Yamaha Appreciation thread on here not too long ago. Maybe do a search on "Yamaha Appreciation". Lots of people seem to think highly of Yamaha. I do.
  3. And so does John Myung :D :D :D

  4. As do Michael Anthony, Philip Bynoe, Nathan East, Tony Kanal, Abraham Laboriel, Will Lee, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, John Patitucci, Doug Pinnick, Billy Sheehan, Lee Sklar, etc... :D
  5. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    TRBs are exceptional basses. They are very popular outside the pop scene.
  6. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    I have a custom made 4 string Yamaha fretless with an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp that was custom made for a friend of mine. It's very nice...and a true one of a kind.
  7. Lowner


    May 14, 2005
    Over Here
    I have this Yammy 4 string and yes it does have quite a unique tone which I love. Its has active electronics and its not really boomy like my Fender Jazz with active electronics is. But the really cool thing is that its one was a "pawn shop prize" and its around 20 years old so I guess its a vintage bass. I love this bass and most every bass player who I know tells me the tone is sweeet. Infact someone wanted to borrow ir to play in a christmas production at their church. But unfortunatly its starting to show its age. The tuning peg gears are wearing out one by one. And the battery cover was missing when I bought it. Duct tape hold the battery in now.
  8. Well my old 85 BB300 with SD 1/4lb is probably the best P sound Ive ever owned and I have several. maybe b/c the low and high split p pups are reversed compared to a normal p bass, giving it a little more focus down low? But really the hardware on this bass was not the greatest, all of which Ive replaced tuners, bridge, pups, hey it was a lower end bass at one time. But the bodywood, neck and overall construction is exceptional. I take my hat off to Yamaha with there sound and highley underated quality. i bought this bass recently for $100 on ebay and put about another $200 into it. For $300 bucks I will put it up against any P bass by fender! I just wish I new about there basses 20 years ago, my coral would be full of yamaha's insted of fenders. And as for the newer ones Ive tried in stores for the price are really hard to beat!
  9. they are ok, personally i like ibanez more than yamaha (i consider them to be about the same because they go from starter basses to high end ones). i have only played a few yamaha's tho

  10. One of my friends has an old TRB6P that is absolutely wonderful.
  11. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    My only bass (at this moment) is a Yamaha BB605 five string that I put a Bartolini preamp and pickups in. It's a great bass. It was even before the Barts. I play a BB414 passive P/J when I teach. I love it. The new active 5 is very nice as well. Th eTRB's and Nathan East models are also very nice. Yamaha is an under-appreciated company. Their pro audio is also killer.
  12. draginon


    Oct 4, 2004
    I'm definitely leaning towards a TRB 5 string. The electronics see, absolutely DREAMYYYYY.

    People say it takes a long time to adjust to more strings but I've never had a problem jumping to a bigger string bass. My eyes may get lost occasionally on a 6 but I rarely if never at all mistake the strings and hit the wrong one. I was able to test out the TRB I played pretty thoroughly. I plan on getting one around march.
  13. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    The only Yamaha I really dig is the Attitude...the TRB series really doesn't wow me. But the Attitude, for me, saves the brand!
  14. After watching a million Dream Theater videos from, I am definately interested in a Yammy 6er... Wait, did I just say I was interested in a Yamaha??? whoa, never thought I'd ever say that!

    Anyone know how much John Myung's RBX retails for??? Or have any opinions of the RBX series???

  15. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    RBX...I really don't like John's's mediocrity killed it stone dead for me! :rollno:

    Especially since I have seen the glory of his Tung basses...

    Mr Tung, plese come back to making basses... :(
  16. Lewi_wilko


    Mar 24, 2004
    the only yamaha ive played is a one they have at my school, i love it and i like the slap tone aswell, im thinking of getting a yamaha 5er now
  17. Yeah, I kinda want one now, but for my next major bass purchase, I really want a six string, and the only Yammy 6 is the Myung model. I can't justify that kinda money for a bass right now though!!!!

  18. The TRBJP2, TRB1006, and TRB6PII are all sixes. All excellent, as well, and the 1006 isn't terribly expensive, iirc.
  19. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
  20. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I have this TRB5P-II, and it has a fantastic range of tones. The fit and finish are second to none of my other high-end basses, including Sadowsky, Lakland and Pedulla. The only thing that keeps it off the stage is its weight.

    It's a beaut, with ovankol top, ash body, ebony 'board, piezo pickups, abalone dots. It looks and sounds completely bitchen.