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YAMAHA BB1500A?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RealBK, Aug 26, 2002.


  1. RealBK

    RealBK

    Feb 8, 2002
    Hi, Can anyone give me some feedback on the Yamaha BB1500A? What is the neck like? Precision like? is it a thin neck? What about the sound?

    Better yet can anyone post a picture of there's?

    For some reason this seems to be a very hard bass to get hold of, compared with other Yamaha bass lines.

    Anyone got a wine red one up for sale in the U.K.?
    Anyone now a shop in the U.K. Stocking them?
     
  2. RealBK

    RealBK

    Feb 8, 2002
    Hi, Thanks for the info, but i'm looking for feedback from someone out there who has tried the bass
     
  3. I own one (natural) and it is a great bass, the neck is oiled, about as wide as a p but seem easier/faster to play to me. Soundwise it is very versatile and not noisy (except with the treble turned way up or an almost empty battery). The only negative thing I can think of is that it is slightly neck-heavy, just like any fender style bass I tried.

    (In the real world the inlays also look pretty nice)

    Maybe I'll post an image of mine sometime
     
  4. Hilikus

    Hilikus

    Jul 29, 2002
    Wales UK
  5. RealBK

    RealBK

    Feb 8, 2002
    close up on £600 at regentguitars seems a wee bit of high price for this bass. It would be great if i could find a secondhand one.
     
  6. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Well, you could check out www.thomann.de , I think they had good price on 1500A, plus they're quite good store too.
     
  7. Every post you'll find on these seem to be good. Sounds like a cross p/j with active p/u's. Been around in various forms for some time. Bet it's better than a Fender at the same price - if you can live with it being a yamaha - Nahan East manages so what the hell. Looks like the kind of bass you buy and always keep - but not one you would show off with - but just the one that would earn you all the money with - your best friend. Bit like getting married

    Note to myself - get one soon.
     
  8. Hi there,

    I own one and I just love this bass !! It plays very smooth .. has great tone .. and looks great ..
    The only negative thing I can think about is that it's a little bit too heavy ...

    On my Ampeg (SVT3pro) I get a nice, round and little distorted (which I really love) sound .. I own also an Ibanez 5 string, which isn't half as good as my Yamaha ...

    Tactician was right ! This bass is worth his money and once you have one it's forever ! ! !

    Wim
     
  9. I'm like everyone finding it difficult to try one as there are so few in the shops. Does this do the Precision / Jazz sounds OK. I'm in a Blues, Rock band and need to get more real bass than I'm getting at the moment from an Aria with ESP clone pick-ups. I juts can't nail a good solid bass sound - it's difficult the really here what note is being played on the E string - it's juts bassy - or I use the bridge pick-up and it's sort of wooden thudding. I think the Yamaha looks like the next bass for me and will do the job at the right price to make some money from playing as well (I'm not a specialist bass instrument investor, as some seem to be nere at Talkbass - I work at my playing and would like some return as well as really enjoying playing)

    This bass looks like it does the job AND can do some modern tricks as well AND look traditional. Please tell me I'm on the right track Wim
     
  10. BTW the Yamaha BB1500A is NOT a p/j bass it's an active jazz bass, but being active it manages the precision sound quite well (especially because it has semi-parametric eq WARNING: you have to open the bass to change the center freq), of course it doesn't quite nail the p sound, but you can get close enough IMO but I have to admit I prefer the sound of a jazz bass.

    and yes IMO it does it's job almost perfectly and can do some modern sounds and looks semi-traditional.

    EDIT: as Godcreep said it might be a bit heavy, but personally I don't care about that.
     
  11. Yes - I knew it was active - juts looking for an active bass that could get close to a Precision AND could do the active boost/cut thing as well. As many have said here on Talkbass, the passive era seems to have passed now and we are moving to 18v active (I have no experience of that only 9v - guess 18v is even more EQ(?)) Most of the basses here that seem to get the most enthusiastic support seem to be active. Although thre is also a very strong feeling that everyone should have a Precision - but are poeple actually playing these on gigs or just collecting them because.....well it's the first real bass guitar design. Hardly in the Stradiveriuos (OK, OK, the spellings a bit off) class, but whatever gets you going!

    Isn't the brand verses cost and playability one that gets addressed differently by part-timers and pros. Brands seem to mean more to part-timers and pros only go for brands where they need the added image/kudos of playing a classic? I only did a couple of yaers as a pro and all I wanted was a good looking/playing guitar that wouldn't get stolen because it was a real high value / difficult to replace tool - see what I'm getting at?
     
  12. well, i'm no professional, but I don't really care about brand name, but partially also because I don't have the money to care :rolleyes:
     
  13. Clyde_sider

    Clyde_sider

    Jul 9, 2012
    Hi there,
    I came across this forum as I was looking for info on the BB1500A. I know a few members own or have owned this bass. I've been playing guitar for a while now and I'd like to take up bass so I'm looking for a decent instrument at a good price for a beginner. I'm primarily looking for vintagey looks, jazzy sounds and a comfortable neck ( I've got small hands). I tried a few brand new basses so far (Ibanez, "Vintage" jazz bass with upgraded pups, schecter diamond P to name a few) but nothing really did it for me and I think I might as well go for a second hand instrument anyway. For some reason, I got curious about Yamaha's BB range. As it turns out, I found a BB1500A for sale near where I live in France but I don't know if the price is right (£360). Could it be what I'm looking for?
    One gripe I have about this bass is that it is active only; are the electronics reliable? Is it possible/easy to mod the bass so as to bypass the preamp, for instance if it dies?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.