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Yamaha 414/614

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Human Bass, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    So they have them for lefties!! Please, please...tell more about them, quality, construction, etc. I saw that the heel is sculpted what is a great thing already. And Im in doubt between passive (414) or active (614), but Im thinking more in get the passive, a more natural less hi-fi tone.
  2. i played a 415 a couple of months ago...I'm not a 5 string player...but I LOVED this bass...

    the bass has a great funky growlly tone with the bridge pickup mixed in...it's a good slapper and does fingerstyle nice...I thought the p-pickup was a little bit on the boomy side, but I didn't do a lot (nothing in fact) with the amp EQ.

    I played this thing for like 1/2 hour in the music shoppe.

    The build quality is very solid, as is with almost ALL Yamahas...I just dig this bass, I don't know how to describe it.

    A BB415 WILL be a serious consideration for my first 5er...(whenever I'm willing to make the move)
  3. Humanbass -

    My affection for the Yamaha BB's is becoming well known on TalkBass. To see a pretty good thread on them, check out this link: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=222112
  4. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    Thanks!! the Winston guy said that the 414 has a beefier neck...what i prefer since I have big hands. Im thinking after buy it in replace the bridge for a BadAss 2, it uses the same screws right?
  5. winston


    May 2, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    Yeah, the passive BB414 had a more Precision-bass style neck (felt exactly like the 4-string '80's BB necks I remember) and the active BB614 had more of a narrow Jazz-bass feel. Not sure about the BadAss 2/screw situation...
  6. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005

    This bass claims for a BA2 !! And I love the jazz pup pole in this blade shape
  7. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA

    I played a passive 4 and loved it. What a great sound out of such an affordable bass.

    The only thing I would do is swap out the bridge for something with a bit more mass. Other than that, a great bass for way less than $500.
  8. Robear22

    Robear22 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Beach Park, Ill
    I am getting the 5 string active model next week. I tried the 4 string passive one and it blew me away also. They were selling it for $360. That is unbelievable for a bass that is constructed so well and sounds so good.
  9. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I think SteveC has a 414, maybe he'll see this one and chime in on it.