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Yamaha TRBX174EW? Interesting

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassa Nova, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. IMG_4283.JPG I happened to be killing some time at my local GC and picked up a Yamaha TRBX174EW.

    My next bass is likely a PJ so out of curiosity picked up the cheapest one in the shop. It was super light weight, set up nicely, had a nice neck and had surprisely nice tone from these stock pickups. The p pickup was beefy and blending in j bridge pickup added sufficient growl. I am sure playing through a Markbass Mini CMD 121P did not hurt.

    All in all it felt like a much more expensive bass.

    It has a rather "exotic" mango wood top which does not look cheap.

    I think you can walk away with these for about $170.

    If I were in the market for a nice starter bass or a decent backup, I would strongly consider this.

    It was very fun to play!
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2017
  2. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    it looks great! athanks for sharing your experience. if i was in the market for an inexpensive fretted instrument i'd probably snag one. i like the two octaves! :thumbsup:
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    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Yes the wonders of the modern age. Yet another credible entry into the affordable bass market.
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  4. TrustRod


    Mar 13, 2016
    Great, Yamaha has released a bass named after my bank password!
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  5. Dan_reeves


    Jun 14, 2013
    These actually play and sound great. I sold mine only because I purchased one of the heavier ones and it was killing my shoulder.

    Serious question - does Yamaha make anything that isn't quality?
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  6. The one I played was surprisingly light. No idea if that is a rarity or the norm.

    As to Yamaha, I am more of a Fender freak, but I have always heard positive feedback on Yamaha. I may have to buy one one of these days. I like the BB series.
  7. Dan_reeves


    Jun 14, 2013
    Ironically, when I returned my Yamaha it was replaced by a Fender Jazz.
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