Yamaha SB50 from 1972

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AaronVonRock, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    This bass just popped up on a local Facebook page that sells gear. I've never heard of or seen one of these basses before. Comes with original case, selling for around $US650.

    Anyone know anything about these? I'm kind of interested in it.
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  2. ric4682


    Jul 2, 2008
    I don't have any info for you, but I'll bump this since that bass is so rad!
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  3. Hidesert


    Oct 7, 2011
    Santa Fe
    I have 2 Yamahas from this era, both SA70's with a short scale.
    Extremely well engineered, good hardware, and a high standard of construction. Both are extremely playable.
    The weak area would be the electronics.
    There is a very narrow market demand for these SA50's in the U.S. I see them on eBay occaisioally and they never seem to draw an enormous amount of attention or $$$
    That said, I think that this one looks all original, in excellent condition, and would make a great roots rock short scale thumper.
    If it was,in my area I'd buy it for $300 in person to make sure it was structurally sound and could be made playable.
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  4. lukatch


    Feb 18, 2015
    40 years ago I was jonesing for the red Yamaha SB30 (single pickup version) at a local music store. Wish I could find one in pristine condition to compensate... The German carve is awesome.

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  5. ToP fan

    ToP fan Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Waterloo, Ontario
    Sorry that I'm late to this thread.
    I LOVE these basses - I have 2 SB-50's already and am always on the hunt for more. I have the burst model that is mint and the solid brown with cream binding that's a little beat up but is my go-to short scale. The black one you pictured about is a beauty esp with original case - I hope you bought it at that price since it's very reasonable.

    If you did get it - enjoy..........or sell it to me anytime!!

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  6. avi


    Jun 14, 2017
    Just ordered the single pickup SB-30 for my daughter who is 11. Should be in tomorrow. She is super psyched. She loves the quirky look. Anyone know where a good place to find the bridge/pickup covers and knobs.
  7. Kevin Boor

    Kevin Boor

    Nov 1, 2017
    I have the same bass but it's missing the pickup cover and bridge cover (and that strangely pointless black plastic thing on the top right of the body). Seems they were only made in 1972 and are pretty rare (according to the one and only site I've seen listing one of these...FoundSound in Australia). That site has a pristine version listed for AUD 1199 (or around US$ 920). I know I'm late to the party but would love to know more about my bass. I bought it for about $120 in 1987 and wasn't even sure it was a real Yamaha until today. Imagine my surprise when a Japanese Vintage Guitar forum on Facebook points me in the direction of 70s Yamaha SGs (and SBs). Found Sound || YAMAHA - SB-50 Bass Yamaha SB50 Bass.jpg
  8. Kevin Boor

    Kevin Boor

    Nov 1, 2017
    I have the same question about parts...can't find any anywhere
  9. avi


    Jun 14, 2017
    Update - Yes. Looking for parts as well. Ours is missing the Covers and thumb rest. Sounds great though. What a fun bass. My daughter is loving it.
  10. avi


    Jun 14, 2017
    Oh yeah. Need one knob too. What a great little bass though. After having it for a year now we can really appreciate how fantastic it sounds.
  11. Skillet

    Skillet Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
  12. Looks very similar to Gretsch Junior Jet.
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