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Yamaha RBX P/J configuration

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Flyingfrets, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. Flyingfrets


    Dec 25, 2011
    Hey guys,

    Question: Anybody have any experience with the Yamaha RBX170 (the one with the P/J pickup configuration)?

    My current basses are a '76 4001 & a Rogue Viola (both setup for a Beatle cover situation - my main gig).

    Boss at my day job & I have been talking about putting together a little part-time combo to play steakhouses & local pubs (Buffet, country rock and a few classic rock tunes).

    Need something that will cover a little more sonic ground than my current instruments (not messing with the setups or changing strings - they're perfect as is for their intended use).

    The P's & J's (or P/J's) see a lot of use in these genres...but I'm NOT a Fender guy AT ALL. Just wondering if the Yamaha is pretty close tone-wise with the P/J pickups? In the ballpark? Different animal altogether?

    Thanks for any input...
  2. LoTone

    LoTone Leonardo please... behave yourself! Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    That was my first bass. OK, not spectacular. It is more of a beginner's bass. As for the Fender sound, well it is a PJ but Yamaha uses ceramic in their pickups for this model. To my ears, it does not sound like a Fender. For the same amount of money, I suggest you look for a Squier.