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What Yamaha is this???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DanBass, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. DanBass


    Jan 27, 2003
    Gainesville, FL
    Can anyone identify? I am getting next week.. It's a Yamaha, looks good..

    Any idea of the model?

    View attachment 245385

  2. MrWalker


    Apr 3, 2002
    It looks like a Yamaha BBG4S, but the electronics don't look to be that... maybe a passive version that isn't listed on Yamaha's page? The shape looks identical to the BBG4 basses anyway. :) Congratulations!

    The electronics look more like the BBN4, though... hmmmm
    It's the two knobs that puzzle me. :) As the BBG4 had 4 knobs (for the preamp) and humbucker pickups, and the BBN4 had jazz pickups and three knobs. This looks like a cross over (The BBN5A had three knobs and humbuckers, but I don't know if there was ever a BBN4A, and it would require one of the knobs on your bass to be gone). :)

    BBG4S - Guitars & Basses - Product Archive - Yamaha United States

    This is close:

    But again, three knobs... not two! But it's definitely in the right product series! :D
    So probably a BBN4 of some variation.
  3. MrWalker


    Apr 3, 2002
    Studying the picture, isn't that a knob missing on that one? Hard to say in that photo, do you have higher res photos? :)

    I think my conclusion is that it's a Yamaha BBN4 III, like this one, only with a missing knob. :)

  4. Marihino


    Mar 25, 2010
    yeah, I think it is, there seems to be a potentiometer shaft, only without a knob. Good bass. One of these (but a 5 string version) is Mike Mondesir's main bass, and it has been for years.
  5. DanBass


    Jan 27, 2003
    Gainesville, FL
    I think the knob missing theory is accurate! I don't know much about Yamaha basses to be honest, but I saw it and liked it, and the price was (or seemed to me) to be right! Actually better than right.

    So if I say I scored for less than $200 I can assume I did very well?
  6. gigslut


    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    Looks like my BBN5 five string. Got this at a pawnshop for $150. Got some buckle rash on the back and a few nicks and scrapes, but a great player. That's a good score. They are at least as good as a MIM Fender, and I like the string spacing on this five better than on Fender fives.

  7. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer Supporting Member

    May 4, 2002
    New Mexico
    I have the BBN4F-II fretless version of this bass and it is my favorite fretless! It plays and sounds incredibly good! I paid $350 new and have no intentions of selling it. As a matter of fact, and I expect to get verbally abused for this, I am still trying to get my US Lakland 4-94 Fretless to sound like this does! I get close, but still not the same. Of course this is not a fretless but it will give a nice Jazz bass growl. Try putting the neck Pickup on about 4 and the bridge up full with the tone control at about 4.
  8. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Yamaha BBN4III.

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