I just traded my beloved Washburn 5 string for this Yamaha BB415. I had been looking for a P-Bass or a Jazz and never even thought about a Yamaha. I owned a Yamaha BB (200?) years ago and I loved it. While I loved my Washburn, I had taken the preamp out and wired the pups direct to the jack to get a more "vintage" vibe going with it. It did that, but not enough for what I was after. I still wanted a 5 string though. I know the word vintage gets tossed around a lot, but I was really looking for that classic rock tone. I don't really care much for the "modern" active bass tone. My three favorite basses (in order) always were the Precision, a Rickenbacker 4001 and a Jazz. So what do you get when you cross a P-Bass with a Ric and a Jazz? Apparently a Yamaha BB415. The Yamaha has very hot pickups for a passive bass. The P-Bass pickup sounds just like a classic P-Bass with it's own strong mids and punch, only hotter. When played with a pick it has that Dave Hope clankiness and depth. The Jazz pickup has that classic "burpiness" to it and when played near the bridge fingerstyle it has that smooth, clear burp Jazzes are famous for. When both pickups are combined and played hard (finger or pick) it really has that snarly Rickenbacker growl (think Squire or Geddy). I'm amazed at just how versatile this Yamaha is, yet not in a modern kind of way. It has a seperate volume control for each pickup and one tone control. Between those controls and using either fingerstyle or a pick and where you play, the combinations of classic tones is just stunning. It really is like having those three basses all rolled into one. If you notice in the pics, the bridge has an extended part for just the B string. Not sure if it is just for ease of stringing or if it helps with the sound of the low B, but the low B on this bass is just about the clearest B string I've ever heard. It sustains well and the note played is very distinct. Every bit as one played on the E string. The sound from the strings (strung up with DR Sunbeams...my rounds of choice) is very even all across. Wonderful clarity and sustain. The D and G strings have bite and punch without sounding thin. A beautiful yet aggressive sounding instrument. And the classic black and chrome looks absolutely stunning to me. But I really like that look. OK, enough of the raving about it. The downside? Not much, but it is a bit on the heavy side and the classic Fender style headstock (with the added string and tuner) makes it just a bit unbalanced. But it isn't terrible to deal with. It isn't as if it takes a nose dive if you let go, but you can feel it a bit. Since I'm not some melodic jazz soloist, but just a classic rocker, it isn't that much of an issue. The neck is a bit chunky, but there is a lot of string spacing so while it isn't a tiny Jazz style neck, it is quite easily playable. Anyone else own one of the Yamaha BB415 (or 414) basses? Feel free to chime in on your thoughts. Obviously it is an older bass but that's part of it's charm...it isn't a modern instrument and has all the character of my three favorite basses, all rolled into one.