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Yamaha trbx 305, good 5 string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nyangsw, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. nyangsw


    Apr 26, 2012
    I am finding a 5 string bass under $400. I need a tight and clear low B, 24frets, wide string spaing(18/19mm).
    The Trbx 305 looks like fit all requirements.
    Anyone played one? how's the low B and overall quility?
  2. nyangsw


    Apr 26, 2012
  3. CGremlin

    CGremlin Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    I've had mine for several months, and I've been pretty happy with it. No complaints with the B, and the build quality is quite good. The strings that come with it aren't the greatest, but they're not awful either. In general, it's a really nice, low cost 5-string. The only criticism I have is that my playing position often results in my fingers touching the pole pieces, which gives a slight pop when it happens, so I may end up putting some clear nail polish on them to try to minimize that.
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  4. jjk2007

    jjk2007 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: DNA
    I had one. I didn't find much use for the selector switch but it had a solid tone and the B string was decent. Here's an old clip of me using mine.

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  5. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Yamaha basses are great. I almost bought a couple at various times because of the high value to cost ratio. But they are wide spaced and in the end that ended up a deal-breaker for me. I can play wide spaced. It's not like I can't, but all my other basses are narrow spaced and I like them best. If you like wide spacing they are a great buy.
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  6. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Yamaha provides incredible value at all levels. However, don't overlook the BB425X, as demo'd quite nicely here:

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  7. nyangsw


    Apr 26, 2012
    BB series is good bass, but I tent to some modern like active electrnic, 24 frets... etc.
  8. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    The yamaha trbx305 is a great sounding bass. I own one in a black finish and it has a nice beefy sound. this bass has a unique feature. and that is the 5-way tone switch. it's a tone selector switch that has pre-eq settings for certain types of playing. from top to bottom, there's slap, pick, flat, finger, and solo. for the price, it's quite versatile. and the low b string is pretty good. not to mention it has pretty good sustain. I would recommend it if you want a beefy punchy sounding bass.
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