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thinking yamaha for new fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Si-bob, Nov 26, 2002.

  1. Si-bob


    Jun 30, 2001
    Hemel Hempstead, UK
    Focusrite / Novation
    i'm interested in the TRB-II 5F, but theres a couple of things that bother me, some people say that the pickup sizes are odd and replacing them can be difficult, if i wanted to drop some bartolini's in it, would that be a problem? and also in the yamaha brochure it said the TRB 5 fretless' fingerbaord is rosewood, what is reosewood like for a fretless? is it somewhere in between ebony and maple in sound?


  2. BlacksHole


    Mar 22, 2000
    Rockville, MD
    I know that there are inconsistencies between each individual bass, but I played a TRB 5 string fretless that was really nice. Very punchy, good B, ...
  3. 1964


    Mar 26, 2002
    Too Close To Hell
    > "what is reosewood like for a fretless?"

    It's used commonly enough on fretless.

    > "is it somewhere in between ebony and maple in sound?"

    No. Ebony and maple are very bright tonally. Rosewood is warmer sounding.
  4. QUSP


    Aug 8, 2002
    Hercules, CA
    I actually have a Yamaha TRB 5F. Very nice fretless bass. Beautiful bottom end and very easy play. Dropping some barts in it should not be a problem, but you might not need too. Rosewood is commonly used on a fretless. I say go for it.

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