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Yamaha TRB5PII

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mr P, Nov 5, 2002.

  1. Mr P

    Mr P

    Feb 13, 2002
    Finland, Tampere
    Hello !

    Does anyone have experiences with yamaha TRB5PII? I got American Jazz Bass but I feel like I´m a Neck-Thru man after all. It´s a bit expensive but it´s only money. Opinions?
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I've tried 2 or 3 examples in shops in London and they are great basses - fantastic sound and great to play. Maybe slightly heavy - but not too bad.

    All the basses I tried were well made and looked great - they play very well in the higher register for soloing and the B string is great - I think the split bridge works very well and the piezos add clarity.

    I know that Jamiroquai's bass player Nick Fyffe is using one and I saw him on UKTV getting some great tones out of it - just like Stuart Zender's sound on old tunes and his own take on funk for the newer tunes.

    One of my favourite UK Jazz bassists has also started using one - Laurence Cottle - and I saw him play it at close quarters in my local Jazz club. He played some great solos and really grooved throughout, with this bass played straight (no effects) and flat through Euphonic Audio gear.
  3. steve_man

    steve_man Supporting Member

    May 15, 2002
    I've played one recently at a music store.

    It plays very nice. Very fast!!! also has a really nice feel for plucking. I can see why abraham laboriel likes TRB's. It's fun on the fingers.

    Good amount of sustain.

    In my opinion would have a 3 band eq on it though but hey what can ya do. or maybe a different type of preamp or somthin

    The 12th fret harmonics I found a little hard to get out of it but it may be because it needs a setup.

    fret board is really flat and if you're into tapping this bass is a winner.

    I didn't use the peizeo's much but hey it's a matter of opinion.

    As for switching from an american deluxe to a TRB it's a big change!!!:oops:
    You're talking about apples and motor oil! totaly different scenario!

    both have in my opinion a great bass tone for slapping but I think the trb is geared towards technical jazz, while the fender is an all round bass
    geared to a vintage tone (this would include jazz but on a less technical, I also say this is a good rock bass!) the reason why I say this is because there is a lot less effort for playing the TRB meaning you can play more.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    The TRB5PII does have a 3 band EQ :


    Body Ash
    Neck Five piece Maple/Mahogany
    Fretboard Ebony
    Pickups Double-coil Alnico
    Hardware Gold
    Controls Pickup mic, balancer, piezo volume, master volume, 3-band EQ
    Frets 24
    Bridge Individual Solid Brass
    Scale 34"
  5. superphat


    Sep 30, 2001
    my friend has that bass.
    he used to hate yamaha's until he played that bass.
    i LOVE it.
    i think dialing in some of the piezo makes it sound extra nice.
    beautiful bass. very playable.
  6. Esteban Fonseca

    Esteban Fonseca

    Feb 21, 2016
  7. It would be a huge change.

    These TRB's are some of the few Yamaha Music Craft products (actually Made in Japan, unlike a lot of Yamahas) for sale in the US, so the construction, hardware, and electronics would be top-shelf.

    However, after a Jazz (4-string particularly), this is a MUCH bigger axe, 35" scale not withstanding. Yamaha since the 90's has adopted the philosophy to build wide fingerboards as a nod to slap style, with a big radius, so it feels almost flat, like a giant nylon-string classical guitar. They're certainly not alone in this idea, but bear in mind this will feel a lot bigger than a Jazz. I always get a laugh at this, as Stanley Clarke's Alembics are short scale, running tiny necks, as small in profile almost as a Hofner Beatle Bass, and he slaps pretty well . . . . .

    While the general impression is that neck-thru imparts more sustain, I find the difference negligible vs. a well-built bolt neck axe. At moderate volumes with fresh strings, much less on a loud stage, you have no real sustain issues. The real difference is that since the strings are vibrating along a one-piece assembly (I know there's many laminates, what I mean is there's no neck joint to interrupt the vibrations from nut to bridge) is that you tend to hear the first or second or third harmonics. On a good neckthru with a low B, you can hear a grind, almost a beat at the bottom of the note, if your amp and ears are that good. Then the laminates can add a more sophisticated tone vs. the usual 'white woods' recipe of Fender-ish axes. And the ebony fingerboard will add some zing that you don't hear from rosewood or maple fingerboards.

    And with the above, do not be surprised if the amp that was fine for a Jazz may miss a little something with an axe like this.

    It's a first-rate bass, but very different for the above reasons from a Jazz, and it would be a completely different set of tones to add to your kit. In the 80's, I played lots of 'JDM' Yamaha BB basses, and would expect this would be a wonderful axe.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2017
  8. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    Zombie-Thread Alert!!

    Wow! A 15-year-old thread, Plus the OP hasn't been on since '05...

    Still, those Yamaha's are pretty sweet.
  9. So now this is TWICE I'm caught out by a post from a King Tut. GOT to start checking post dates . . . . . . nitwit noob, what can I say ? ? ? ? ? ?
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  10. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    No worries, bro. It's just funny. You've been here for a day, you are forgiven...LOL!

    Welcome to TalkBass. Hope you enjoy your stay. Be prepared to go broke. There are some HORRIBLE enablers around this joint. They will help talk you into EVERYTHING you think you might want to buy, LMAO!

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