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Yamaha 5-string BB-bass blowout sale for $299


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http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/yamaha-bb425-5-string-electric-bass-guitar?src=3TP1L5C

 

This is slightly different from my model but should be just as good, and at this price it's a steal.

 

Highly recommended for the 80's and even 90's sound, as well as overall versatility and a solid "B" string. The "B: string is offset a bit for a longer scale, but not using the Novax slanted fret system like Dingwall.

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It seems to differ from my BB415 mostly in having through-body strings.

 

Haven't seen one so can't comment. Maybe it sounds like a bit like a Ric? :-)

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http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/yamaha-bb425-5-string-electric-bass-guitar?src=3TP1L5C

 

This is slightly different from my model but should be just as good, and at this price it's a steal.

 

That's an incredible price.

 

The "B: string is offset a bit for a longer scale, but not using the Novax slanted fret system like Dingwall.

 

I can't imagine how having the B string slightly longer is going to work at all with the frets in the normal places. It seems as if that would make most of the notes on the string out of tune.

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Well, the new BB's that started cropping up three years ago are the best-built since the 80's and a return to form. I didn't like any of the ones I found in pawn shops that dated from the 90's or early 2000's. They neck-dived, had crappy components, and weren't very versatile sonically.

 

As for the slightly offset "B" string, it's well less than half an inch. Jeremy, our mutual guitar tech (Stephen White) was amazed by this bass -- he said it has some of the best components and build of any bass he's seen in the budget category.

 

It does appear that this model is based off of the BB-415 and mostly just switched to through strings, which might make for an even more solid sound but of course could involve some sonic trade-offs like every design decision does.

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I bought a 614F, active fretless. Same shape and body, but light bridge, no string through. I bought it in a whim, as second bass and to have something different from the main bass. It actually has surprised me a lot with a deep round sound with clear mids with a good mixture of P and J personality. Excellent pickups.

I also tried briefly a 415 passive 5 string that was surprisingly growly and aggressive.

All in all I would by a fretted Yamaha if I really wanted one more fretted bass.

The only thing I would change is the neck. Very comfortable, but I am so in love with the neck of my primary bass which is markedly narrower and thicker of the Yamaha. I think I like heavier necks, but it is a very minor gripe.

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http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/yamaha-bb425-5-string-electric-bass-guitar?src=3TP1L5C

 

This is slightly different from my model but should be just as good, and at this price it's a steal.

 

That's an incredible price.

 

The "B: string is offset a bit for a longer scale, but not using the Novax slanted fret system like Dingwall.

 

I can't imagine how having the B string slightly longer is going to work at all with the frets in the normal places. It seems as if that would make most of the notes on the string out of tune.

 

I have a BB415 with the B extension.

 

This extension is only about 1 centimeter & is beyond the bridge. It is designed to give extra space for the intonation of the B string, which in this case, is necessary as without it the break angle over the bridge would be very steep & possibly break the more brittle brands of string.

 

I got this BB415 pretty cheap from a colleague. I have modded it by having a John East U-retro pre-amp fitted with a side jack. This necessitated the opening-out of the cavity & the resulting new cover pate. An 18V battery box was fitted at the same time - all beautifully done by The Bass Doc in Newcastle, UK.

 

The BB414 & 415, also the BB424 & 425 pretty much cover the P bass & a lot of the J bass sounds & the combination of the pups is very smooth. They also have a slim neck at the nut & almost full spacing at the bridge, making them very easy to play.

 

At that price I'd say grab 'em while you can!

 

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Hi Jeremy,

 

It's a Burns Double Six. I've had it a few years - it's the modern re-issue version, & plays magnificently.

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v213/geoffbyrne/Sale/PA050166.jpg

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v213/geoffbyrne/Sale/PA050167.jpg

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v213/geoffbyrne/Sale/PA050169.jpg

 

The original was also available with a special set of strings which tuned an octave down & effectively gave you an octave-12 bass. This can be heard being played by Hank Marvin & The Shadows in the film 'Summer Holiday' with Cliff Richard - actually, here it is:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVNWBbYRJ5U

 

There! Wasn't that Dire?

 

But an interesting instrument nonetheless. Mine is strung with EB Slinky 10 - 42s.

 

Any more, just ask.

 

G.

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