Yamaha TRB or RBX?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassduder, Sep 26, 2001.

  1. bassduder

    bassduder Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Canada, GF-W

    Can someone tell me anything about these basses in terms of technique, like is either one good for both slapping and tapping or one is only good for one or what?

  2. Chris J

    Chris J Inactive

    I have an RBX765 and I like it a lot. Feels great. Good construction and price. BUT...you mentioned slapping. If this bass has a good slap tone, then I haven't found it yet! I can honestly say I don't like it's slap tone one bit. Also as the strings age it's a lot harder to find a good sound. Try 'em out. They're great basses. Especially for the price too.
  3. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda Guest

    Jun 3, 2000
    It's all in what you are interested in. Both of them are fantastic basses. Try them out.. see what they feel/sound/play like and pick whichever one you prefer.. I think the TRB has the bigger neck if i remmeber correctly.
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    TRB does have a good slap tone.

    Both basses have 3/4" spacing at the bridge, which is also great for slap.

    And even though the neck are wide, they are very flat with a thin profile. Very comfortable.
  5. bassduder

    bassduder Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Canada, GF-W
    i was thinking the TRB, but im also considering the BB series, not too sure...but i really like th TRB!
  6. Oysterman

    Oysterman Guest

    Mar 30, 2000
    I ass-u-me we're talking the cheaper TRB's here, and not the "boutique" models.

    The biggest differences are 3-band EQ (TRB) vs. 2-band (RBX) and Ash body (TRB) vs Alder (RBX). I own a TRB, and with a proper setup, it's terrific for both slapping and tapping techniques. Overall very playable. Slap tone is very crisp, focused and bright, quite unlike other favoured slap-instruments such as Fender Jazz or MusicMan basses, which have more "chunk" and "meat". (Lately I've gotten the feeling that I'm the only one who understands this kind of talk. :rolleyes: )

    My only gripe with Yamaha basses is their quite lousy electronics. No Bartolini-quality here. If only... :(

    EDIT: Oh yeah, the TRB is a 3-piece neck, I think RBX'es are 1-piece.
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I had a through-neck TRB6P with piezos in the bridge and the electrics were pretty good - custom circuits developed specially. But there is no comparison between these and RBXs which to me are budget basses, while the best TRBs are used by quite a few experienced pros and are of a very high quality all round.