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Yamaha BB1000 Fretless - question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Slappin'Da Bass, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Slappin'Da Bass

    Slappin'Da Bass

    Feb 5, 2010
    Going to check out an old Yamaha BB1000 fretless today. What should I offer him? (Hopefully this isn't against the rules, in a bit of a rush).

    His ad asks for $300.
  2. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    How old? If its a late 1970's / early 1980's BB1000S fret less and it's in decent original shape, that's a great deal! The BB1000s was a neck through bass that was nearly identical to the BB2000. The primary differences were a rosewood fretboard on th BB1000s versus the ebony board on the BB2000 and the bridge pickup. It was a rail pickup on the 2000 - a pole pickup on the 1000s.

    I gigged them for years - both fretted and fretless BB1000s basses. Fretless versions were rare. Fair value is in the $550 - $700 area.

    If its a bolt on neck BB1000, then $300 is about right. Yamaha reused the BB1000 model number on a series of basses endorsed by Michael Anthony in the 1990's. They were decent basses - as are most Yammies. But they were no where near as good as the vintage BB1000s neck-through versions.

    Hope that helps. Let us know if you pull the trigger on this one.

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