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Yamaha BBN5 on eBay - Yay or nay?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nonfatmatt, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Having failed miserable at Warwicks I'm looking for a new 5 string, mostly something that isn't too expensive but offers some kick. I came across this number trolling eBay tonight...was wondering if TB could get me some late night advice on whether to pull the trigger.


    I wouldn't consider it if it weren't for the pickups in it, and the fact that I had a Yamaha BB415 that I really liked. The other option I'm looking at is a Yamaha TRB1005 - I'd really prefer 35" scale on anything, and the wider the string spacing the better (which is funny, I don't slap but go figure) but I don't want to spend over $500 on it, and will consider other brands. Anyway...let me know what y'all think.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Yamaha-BB-6...oryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem - Saw that too...
  2. Crabby


    Dec 22, 2004
    They play beautifully. I have a BBN5 (lefty) with the big passive soapbars and I love the bass, except for the pickups which are pretty bad.

    I had an Aquilar OBP-3 pre amp installed and although, an improvement, the pickups really need to be changed

    I believe the single coils on the wone you are looking at are much better pups and would likely make the bass sound a lot better.

    i always liked the feel of the neck on these basses and the build quality is very good for a lower end Yamaha.

    I dont think you could go wrong at all for the price with either one. The passive one with barts looks really appealing!
  3. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    I had a BBG5 for awhile. It had the cheesy photoflame style finish but it was a nice bass. I agree, the pickups aren't that great but that's easy to fix.
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I had a BB404, which is very similar to the BBN5. They are great basses for the money, as CB56 said, the pickups can be easily swapped if they don't work for you.:)
  5. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    I am not a Yamaha fan by any stretch but the first one might sound like a cross between a Lakland 55-01 and 55-02.
  6. bassic_element


    Sep 20, 2006
    there is nothing wrong with Yamaha, I would say yay!

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