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Yamaha BB5000 ?'s

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Scott Cutrer, Nov 11, 2001.


  1. Scott Cutrer

    Scott Cutrer Guest

    Aug 21, 2000
    Richmond, VA
    I remember my buddy had one of these back in the late 80's or early 90's and I know it was a nice bass but I have some speciffic questions that I would like to ask. So if you have one, had one or even if you are fairrly familiar, please help. I am suure that not many folks still have these basses out there but I have an opportunity to pick one up. My questions are:

    1.)How does the B string respond for a neckthrough 34 inch scale bass?

    2.)Does it have a good slap tone?\

    3.)Are the controles Volume, Tone Selector Switch?

    4.)What are your thoughts on the quality of these older Yamaha Basses.

    I had a 94 TRB 6P and it was the best bass I ever owned next to my Modulus Q6, I am just rather unfamiliar with the BB series.
    Thanks
    Scott
     
  2. Cogno

    Cogno Guest

    Jun 11, 2001
    South
    I use to have one. I played it as my main bass during the 80s. It really had a lot of punch and the b string was good. Not as punchy as a 35, but acceptable.
     
  3. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I would call the quality of the eighties Yamaha BB series basses better than average and the overall value excellent.

    I would argue that they were/are equal or better in quality to the Fenders of the same era.

    As for the 5000, I have never played one, but being the top-of-the-line for that era and the fact that it is neck-through and Japanese made, I would expect it to perform well.

    Chas
     
  4. Scott Cutrer

    Scott Cutrer Guest

    Aug 21, 2000
    Richmond, VA
    Thanks Cogno, I didn't think that it would be as tight of a B as my Modulus, but I think it will be better than a lot of bolt on B strings. I had a TRB 6P and it had a fabulous B.


    How bout the Slap Tone?
     
  5. Scott Cutrer

    Scott Cutrer Guest

    Aug 21, 2000
    Richmond, VA
    Chasarms, I agree. I remember having a few 80's P's and J's. They were heavy but I thought they were very well built. Maybe it is nostalgia, but I recall many of the basses that I owned in the 80's being higher quality instruments than much of the stuff being put out today by the same co's.
     
  6. Goretopsy

    Goretopsy

    Feb 19, 2002
    il
    im not really a fan of the slap tone on mine seems a little too clicky but it might be the brand new strings maybe after a few more hours itll be better but its got a pretty tight string width for slaping sounds good in everything else though