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Yamaha BB424 vs Yamaha TRBX504

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Enrico Hendro, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Enrico Hendro

    Enrico Hendro

    Jan 3, 2014
    hello there,
    I currently own a yamaha bb424, and the other day I heard Yamaha launched the TRBX series...so I'm wondering which bass is better the Yamaha BB424 or the new Yamaha TRBX504??
  2. 4StringsEnough


    Mar 9, 2008
    I'll try my best.... Both are great basses. The BB424/424X is a fantastic bass that will out-P-bass any Mexican Fender. It also has the option of adding in J-bass tones from the rear pickup. 100% passive. Great, aggressive PJ.

    The TRBX504 is equally good, just different. The active tones on it are brilliant. The passive tones are just as nice. It will get very close to a P-bass tone in passive mode but it's not exactly the same. Less aggressive than the BB424.

    The TRBX can get close to what the BB does but not the other way around. If you always use passive tones, get the BB. If you need more versatility get the TRBX.

    Both basses outperform instruments costing twice their price. They're both fantastic so you really can't go wrong. Though the right answer really is........buy both! :p
    BaltoNealio and Nikol4ik like this.
  3. Tubbers


    Jan 21, 2014
    Was thinking about getting the TRBX myself! Looks fantastic. I've never had/played a bass that can be switched from active to passive. When switched to passive, is the battery still needed?
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  4. 4StringsEnough


    Mar 9, 2008
    The battery is not needed in passive mode. But don't think of the passive mode as some 'get me out of trouble if the battery dies'. It's there as a tone choice and is equally valid as the active tones. Besides, there's a low battery LED so there's no excuse for the battery dying on you anyway!
  5. jjk2007


    Apr 16, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: DNA Bass Systems
    I've been liking the looks and sounds of the TRBX since Yamaha started promoting it last April. The price tag helps fuel the GAS fire as well.
  6. Is there a Yamaha bass that is close to the Fender Jazz?

    I own both a P and a Jazz and I always gravitate towards the Jazz for the neck.

  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    And the word "better" in this context means exactly......?
  8. Mikle


    Sep 20, 2015
    Hi, I had a Trbx 304 and I can say that I didn't like. First of all the sound is too much "cold" from my opinion. No soul in it. Second, it's an active bass and it's too many buttons to find a sound that you want. I sold it 2 days after I get it to buy bb424. So...
  9. MonTheNicol


    Apr 16, 2015
    I've tried the new TRBX504, Its a good bass, but I still believe the BB range is the best of the Yamaha range. Wish I had the money to get a BB2024x. But unfortunately my lottery numbers won't come up...
  10. invalidprotocol

    invalidprotocol Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    You nailed that description. It is cold and dark.
  11. invalidprotocol

    invalidprotocol Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    What about a 1024X? I was impressed with the quality of a 1025X in comparison to the 400 series models.
  12. Nikol4ik


    May 7, 2017
    Hi,there I own these two bases BB424X and TRBX504.What I can say is that I love them.Here's a track I made using BB424X www.soundcloud.com/savannaviolenta/treip and TRBX504 used on this one www.soundcloud.com/savanaviolenta/Africana .I use a bass preamp to shape up the passive tone of the BB bass and the passive tone of the TRBX504 when in passive mode.Soon I'm getting the new BB734A and my family of Yammi basses will be complete .I mainly play at my church ,and process all the signal trough compressor and pre amp,in my DAW I use a lot of plugins to master the final tone.Cheers to all!!!
  13. Nikol4ik


    May 7, 2017
    424 and 1024 sound very similar.You can get the 424 to sound 99% close to the 1024 if you use a bass preamp and play with the mid frequencies( it's what those Alnico V pickups are eq-Ed to have that warm round full tone) and save your money for the new BB series if you're interested in ofcourse( I am).
  14. Nikol4ik


    May 7, 2017
    They're both great basses.I have them both.They sound very different that's why I bought them to widen the range of tones I need for my recordings.If you can afford to buy both go for it.Im waiting for the new BB734A to show up and I'll be ordering it.These three basses will be enough for my studio needs.Anyway I can get many sounds of these basses ,I mainly use compression and pre amp.