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Yamaha RBX 1000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by setekh, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. setekh


    Jul 4, 2006
    Anyone ever owned one of these babies? How did it play?

    I was looking for a cheap backup bass, and saw this one...but I'm not too sure about specs (cant even find them on the web...is the model that old? :)) anyway, I noticed its got P/J pickups...but it isnt too clear whether its a P or J neck...and thats pretty much what I've found out...can anyone lend me a hand? :help:

  2. i have an RBX 170 and its great. i'd expect that the 1000 would be just as good :)
  3. setekh


    Jul 4, 2006
    any idea how the 170 compares to the 1000? :bassist:
  4. I also have a (10yr old tho') RBX170. Since then I've modified it a bit, but the neck hasn't changed. Lovely bass. I've got great respect for Yammy gear.

    I haven't tried out a 1000 in my hands yet tho........
  5. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Interesting. I didn't recognize a 1000, so I checked the website. I don't see it there. Maybe it's an older model, or something only marketed outside the U.S.

    My main gigging bass these days is an RBX-170 in a P/J config.

    I expect it to be my main bass for a long time. I'm glad I took a chance looking at that bass. There are many good low end basses out there these days, but, from my experience, that RBX-170 is the very best of the low end. And, if it gets bashed at a gig, you can pick up another for the cost of a good meal out. :)
  6. DivXovore


    Mar 24, 2006
    Seville, Spain
    I think the RBX1000 was the "flagship" of the first batch of the RBX line. Sorry, i don´t know it´s woods, but i can tell you it´s not cheap at all: once i saw an ad about it, an it was 800€ or so. In the other hand, i can tell you it has P/J config (with Yamaha pickups) and active electronics.

    If you can get it for cheap, do it! It´s a whole lotta bass.

    Otherwise if you are looking for the "beater" kind of backup, get a RBX170/270. It is passive, so it doesn´t eat anything, and is a sweet, sweet bass (and not only for the bucks) wich can be easily improved or replaced.
  7. setekh


    Jul 4, 2006
    I have actually never played a Yamaha...(not that I have anything against the brand...just never happened) so I'm curious to know how it sounds :)
    yeah, the 1000 is pretty old...I've traced it all the way to 92...(as old as my little brother hehe).

    well, judging from all the fuss around the 170, it seems I'll just have to pick one up and find out what's so good about them ;)

    I was thinking of a budget of around €300...I might pick it up for that much :) so you'd suggest the 1000 over the 170 right?

    also, what kind of amp do you guys use with your yamahas? any particular recommendation?
  8. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    The RBX 1000 was still being manufactured in 1993. I'm not sure when they stopped making them.

    They had a Precision-style ash body, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret Rosewood fingerboard, pearl dot inlays, fixed brass bridge and 4 on-one-side tuners. Chrome hardware, P and J-style pups, volume/2 tone/mix controls, active electronics.

    They were available in natural satin, black and translucent violet.

    In 1993 they went for $1,030 new. Used you could pick one up for about $300 in those days.
  9. DivXovore


    Mar 24, 2006
    Seville, Spain
    As a fellow bassist (and let´s assume it, Yamaha aficionado) i strongly encourage you to try some Yammies (particularly the "bottom line" RBX170/270, the BB414/614 and the RBX374. Great basses for not great money! :bassist:

    Definitely yes. It has the added value of be a collectors item. :smug:
  10. Jordano


    Aug 8, 2010
    I've been playing a RBX-1000 for about 15 years, and I love it. It has lots of tonal variations, it's lightweight and fun to play. I usually put flatwounds on it, and I keep them fresh - replace once a year. For serious gigs I take my G&L 5-string, but I've done plenty of shows with this one. It sounds great through my Ampeg 1-15 and my Ampeg 4-10. I've never been able to learn anything about it, so I appreciate Dean's post, above. Guitar Center was baffled when I took it in for appraisal. If anyone has any further info, I'd like to know more. Mine is S/N 4005021.
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  11. edbass


    Nov 8, 2004
    I bought this RBX1000 new in I think 1992, maybe 1993;


    Built like a tank, 6 bolt neck, between a P and a J to my hands. I paid around a grand for it. Made in Japan, and yes it was the top of the line Yamaha in those days.
    I'm not kidding about the "tank" thing. I Gigged it 5-7 days a week for about 5 years. It has been knocked over, thrown in and out of countless equipment trucks, subjected to extreme cold and heat, fallen to the floor off of the strap; I once even dropped it off a 6' stage in an unlatched case, it hit hard, bounced out and skittered several feet across a polished cement floor. Never failed me, except once when a stage hand knocked it over flat on it's face and the nut shattered.
    The factory PU's sound great, but I had Bartolini's put in in around '97 to get a little warmer in the mids.

    Still have it, but it hasn't left my house in about 10 years. When I found this post I opened the case for the first time in maybe 4-5 years, the well worn Roto RS66LD's were still in tune.
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  12. diamondsplit


    Jan 13, 2012
    I just found a nice black one at a local music store for 249.00 it's black and in decent shape but it plays and sounds great. I 'am also looking at an old Westone SPB 102 they look Like a P Bass with one hum bucker.for 195 bucks and an old 1983 Hondo p bass it is really nice it is in mint shape for 125 bucks. I hear the old Westones are great and the Yamaha RBX 1000 are really nice i actually like them better then the 1st edition billy Sheehan Attitude bass I think they were made in 91 or 92 and I owned one it was not nearly as nice is the newer ones
  13. no comparison! difference between a camaro and a 911
    Super high quality $1100 in 1991 dollars. I have 2 and I am always on the hunt for more of them
  14. Garbonzo daddy

    Garbonzo daddy

    Jul 16, 2016
    Hey Revv - I've got a RBX1000 in blue stain satin. Late 80s. Something you might be interested in?
  15. Do you still have the Bass? I don't have one in that color. There has been floating on ebay but it looks to be repainted, let me know. I'll check back.. upload a few pics
  16. They made them 91-93 only I was a dealer for them and bought it new first year in 91, The previous model was the RBX800 which was very nice. I like the bridge in the 800 better. it is a little beefer. My main squeeze is violet with shallar bridge and EMG 18v BQRS preamp.. Really hard to find a better quality bass. We carried the full RBX line for 20+ years that RBX and the 800 is something special.