Vintage Yamaha Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by IotaNet, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. Is there such a thing as a "Vintage" Yamaha Bass? Probably not but if there is, I just got one! :cool:

    I was recently bitten by the "Yamaha Bug" after buying my BB415 a while ago. (TB'ers have all heard my spiel on this. Excellent bass, excellent construction, nothing flashy -- just a quality bass at an excellent price.)

    I have been on the lookout for a plain-ole P-Bass for a while and in my searching, I came across this bass. The seller told me that he is the original owner, it had basically been put away in a closet for many years and that the bass had been bought in -- get this -- 1977!

    He mentioned that he recently took it to his bass guy for a setup and was told that this was one of the most EXCELLENT examples of an older Yamaha bass he'd seen. And he was right -- it's in excellent condition -- especially for a bass that's so old.

    The details: This is Yamaha's 1977 interpretation of the Precision Bass concept. Volume & tone control. Split pickups. Solid as a rock without being too heavy (about 9.4 lbs). Excellent neck/fretwork including MOP inlays. Beautiful finish and GREAT TONE. It sounds like a P-Bass is supposed to sound! (It even came with the original, clean as a whistle, hard-shell case.)

    My next move is to remove the strings, give the neck a thorough cleaning/oiling, and re-string it with some TI Flats. From there, I'll call it a day. She doesn't need anything else.

    I'm not deluding myself into thinking that its going to drastically increase in value -- it was a mid-level bass when it was sold and unlike the BB3000's that came later, there really isn't a burgeoning market for these models.

    On the other hand, this 1977 bass makes a perfect "bookend" to my 2005 BB415 - she looks great, sounds great, and plays great -- I am tickled to death to have her in the arsenal! :hyper:

  2. wyleeboxer

    wyleeboxer Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Orange County, CA
    Very sweet, saw that one for sale I think? What did you end up paying? I have two BB300 which are very similar but with out the upgrade bridge, pick guard and neck inlays., However I did hot rod both of mine, my first one I got now has a bad ass ll, SD 1/2lb pups, schaller tuners, and new electronics. It blows the doors of my 1980 MIA Fender P and most other MIA Ive played. The tone knocks my guitar player out!The second BB300 I bought I put parts off ebay on it wilkinson tuners, Mighty mite bridge, and SD performer pups. This bass blows me away as well and I did it all for $200, thats including the bass! The MIM Fender stuff doesnt even compare.
    My next bass I want is a BB2000. I just got one for a friend of mine used at GC, I just set it up for him and I must say its one of the best basses Ive ever played for $400. They didnt know it was such a steal!
  3. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    That's a nice bass. Don't do a thing to it. They sound great.

    One of my students has one of the old Japanese made Ibanez P copies. It's another very good bass. very high quality work. With TI flats it's everything you need.
  4. Mark Moss

    Mark Moss

    Feb 28, 2005
    Redmond, WA
    Does your "new" yamaha have a bolt on neck or is it a neck-thru?
  5. Fellas -

    This bass is a bolt-on and I'm going to leave it bone-stock.
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Iota, I'm glad you got it. I think it is cool to won a closet classic. It's also alot cheaper than breaking the bank on the one everybody is chasing!:D
  7. sjleland


    Nov 12, 2005
    Nice one! :D Good to see you got picks up of that. Very P-bass looking, must be a good sound.
  8. Nice Dwayne, it looks like a cracker, same bridge as on my BB400S, you've got a great bass there, I wish I'd seen it first!! ;)
  9. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I don't really dig the shape of the pickguard but other than that it looks great, congrats!
  10. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Ooh, I like it.
  11. eots


    Dec 18, 2004
    Morris, IL.
    And it's got it's own looks to boot. Unique bridge engraving, pg shape, and even reverse pups.
    He shoots, he scores.;)
  12. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    Very sweet.I had a BB 2000,Yamaha makes some great basses,congrats.
  13. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Looks nice, although I'm not so much a fan of the upper horn being so...low.

    congrats man...
  14. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The more I look at that bass, the more mint I realize it is. I have seen new shopworn basses that looked much worse than this old Yamaha. IotaNet, you got one heck of a deal!:bassist:
  15. loendmaestro


    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
  16. Loendmaestro -

    That looks like an old Yamaha SB75. They went on the market in 1973.
  17. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    What a great-looking bass. That pickguard has style and flair. Great score!
  18. bass nitro

    bass nitro

    Feb 21, 2011
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  19. Hell yeah, dude! I have a black one like that and it rules. Totally a P on 'roids. Real aggressive tone & kicks butt for punk rock and metal.
  20. bass nitro

    bass nitro

    Feb 21, 2011
    Right.Amazing tone when use a plectrum.With fingers also sound great - i used to play direct in PA because of lack of money LOL and had no problem to cut through mix.Great bass.