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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Camel_spit, Nov 13, 2001.

  1. does anyone have a Yamaha BBN4 bass? I am thinking of getting one, it will be my first bass coz I have been borrowing one for a while. I am about intermediate level and I was wondering if someone who has this bass could tell me what it's like and whether its good.
  2. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    I have BBN4 fretless, and yep, it's a good bass for the money.
  3. APouncer


    Nov 3, 2000
    Lancashire, UK
    I have the fretless BBN4F and I like it very much. If I had my time again, I wouldn't consider any other new bass for the money spent (or even a little more money spent) but with my (6 month) wiser head on, I may have looked for a different 2nd hand bass.

    I think the tone is lovely and rounded and quite versatile. The way the whole thing is made appears sturdy and reliable. It is a good weight but not too heavy and perfectly balanced on the strap. A beautiful piece of wood for the body. The tone control is a gradual change and doesn't weaken the tone too much when turned down.

    I went for the plain wood finish, the varnish appears a little soft though, and there are finger marks in the finish after only 6 months of having it. I imagine if you "slap and pop" the finish could look quite battered.

    All the best in your decision!
  4. Camel, I have a BB5NII, and haven't stopped raving about it since I bought it in June. I've played the 4 too, and if you want a nice growly Jazz type sound, this is the bass to get. I don't know how Yamaha does it for the price. Can I persuade you to try the 5? The neck's only a little wider.

    Good Luck whatever you buy.
    Mike J.

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