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.
  2. Scott Cutrer

    Scott Cutrer Guest

    Aug 21, 2000
    Richmond, VA
  3. Cogno

    Cogno Guest

    Jun 11, 2001
    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.
  4. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO 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.

  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. Goretopsy


    Feb 19, 2002
    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