Yamaha BB Basses: Everything You Need to Know

Yamaha has been doing amazing things with basses recently. The TRBX was the first to blow my mind with the addition of an LED on the battery compartment to let you know when your battery is dying. It’s such a small thing that you wonder why everyone hasn’t been doing it for years! Otherwise, a dying battery always happens to the same way, am I right? You plug it in, your playing, it doesn’t sound right. You check the amp, and the cables. You yell a little bit. THAT’S when you remember that your bass takes a battery and it’s probably dead or dying.  Thankfully, we had Andy Winston from Yamaha to take us through the amazing line of BB Basses that Yamaha is producing. Andy is awesome to watch. He’s an entertaining player and speaker, and he gives you all the information you need to know in a nice succinct package. He started us off with the stunning BB435. So,  let’s have a look, and check it out!

Yamaha BB435: The Overview

Takeaway Features:

  • YGD Pickups in a Standard Pickup Route
  • 5-Ply Mahogany/Maple Neck
  • Strings enter at 45º Degree Angle to the Bridge
  • 6 Bolt Neck
  • Multiple Finishes
  • Rosewood Fretboard

 

 

Next up, Andy took us through the BB234 bass. A great 4 string option that offers amazing tone even on a budget. Let’s check it out!

Yamaha BB234: The Overview

Takeaway Features:

  • Alder Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Rosewood Fretboard
    • P&J Style Pickups
    • Easy on Smaller Hands
    • 34″ Scale with Medium Fretwire

 

Yamaha BB734A: The Overview

Andy concluded his visit with a look at the Yamaha BB734A, a bass with as much style and flair as nuance and tone. Let’s check it out!

Takeaway Features:

  • Alder Body
  • Maple Core Center body
  • 2 Ways to String the bass
    • YGD Alnico 5 Pickups (Standard Pickup Route)
    • Active/Passive Switch
    • 5-Piece Neck

Conclusion

Yamaha has done an amazing job at keeping their electric bass line up to the standards of the modern player. They look incredible, they sound amazing, and they won’t cost you an arm and a leg. No matter your experience, music style, or budget, Yamaha has a great bass for you.

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Dave Stutts
Dave Stutts is a native of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Theory & Composition from the prestigious Christopher Newport University music school. He is a music composer living and working in New York City. He specializes in orchestral/symphonic work as well as pop and digital music. His scoring work has ranged from Chamber Ensemble pieces (String Quartets/Brass Quintets), larger ensembles compositions (Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra), as well as short film and video game work.He is also a songwriter and a regular gigging musician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He refers to his style as Pop/Rock and Blues. His musical career began when he started playing guitar at age 5. He later progressed to Bass in middle school, Drums in High School, and finally Percussion and Piano in college. When asked, he has cited Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams as his major film and video game inspirations, and John Mayer as his primary pop inspiration.