Yamaha basses for jamming and gigging

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ted Mowery, May 11, 2020.


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  1. Here are some of my options:

    Used 2014 Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar V $260 (local)
    Used Yamaha RBX375 ~$250 (5 hr drive, each way)
    Yamaha trbx305 $320 (after tax, new)
    Yamaha trbx505 $450 (reverb, shipped)
    PRS Kingfisher or Kestrel $425-450 (reverb or a 6 hr drive, each way)
    Yamaha 605 $450 or 500 (local, 1 hr drive)
    Older used Yamaha 765a ~$300-350

    Any particular one of these you'd pick over the other, and why?

    #1 would prefer a 24 fret bass
    #2 Dont require a 5 string although it would be nice for some applications
    #3 Yamahas- I've owned and rbx375 previously, unfortunately i gave it to a family member a few years ago, and i thought it was a good bass.

    *To me, the RBX375 & RBX765a feel like the best buys, bang for the buck-wise. Any particular reason the 765, despite being older is a much bett3r bass?

    I see a lot pf people gushing on here over the BB series, but those dont have 24 frets and are more expensive, apart from the very lowest-end model(s) or ones that are damaged (they also look like a Fender knockoff imo).

    I do own a PRS Std SE 24 guitar, and its AMAZING in pretty much every way. Sadly, I don't think they make a 5 string bass, at least not that I've seen.

    Fwiw, amps/Rigs:
    Hartke B60 practice amp
    GB gbe400 head + GK neo 412 cab

    Thanks!
     
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