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Yamaha BB414 4-String Bass   

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Yamaha's fame in the world of electric bass began with the BB series. This updated BB bass is rich in that heritage: attention to detail, quality con...Click To Read More About This Product

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The bass that started it all.

Yamaha's fame in the world of electric bass began with the BB series. This updated BB bass is rich in that heritage: attention to detail, quality construction, alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, rock-solid tuners, and vintage-style bridge.

  • Alder body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • 34" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 10" fretboard radius
  • Original BB-style inlays
  • Original BB-style pickups
  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage-style tuners

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Nothing Budget About It

By Mark-.XyK4

from Seattle

Having started out on an Ibanez Roadstar II and then a Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass and having spent a goodly amount of time on a Stingray 5 I believe I have a fairly well rounded idea of what constitutes a decent bass. No, the BB414 is not in the league of a Roscoe or a Dingwall or even a G&L or an EB but for pure value and playability the Yamaha BB 414 can not be beat! You won't have to replace anything other than maybe the jack and or pots (when they wear out)and the tones this baby puts out will cover any style of music your heart desires. In short, the Yamaha BB 414 is the "Best of all Worlds" entry level bass that a Pro could make a good living with without compromising tone and comfort.


punchy punchy punch punch

By Punch

from Cleveland

Great punchy bass with solid deeps. plays smoothly. the pickups give you a ton of tone options. the strings that come on it are average, but you should probably know how to fix that. sounds great clean, but will overwhelm cheap pedals, gotta go big. good for everything I do. Did i mention the punch?


My favorite bass.

By Pocketknife-nesYO

from Oklahoma

I have 23 years experience playing bass. I've played them all. I wanted a Fender sound but didn't have enough money. I researched and found this Yamaha BB414. Of all the basses I've played, this one is my favorite. Very punchy with 10" speakers. Great with 15" speakers.


sick bass for the money...

By seipster

from kingsville, canada

First and foremost I'm not a bass player.I bought this strickly for recording and it shines.I got a b-stock model and got a screaming deal and its much better than my buddys fender p-bass.slim profile neck and the tuners are actually better than I expected.it was perfectly intonated outta the box and even the stock strings didn't sound too bad.one of the smartest purchases at this price.as long as you can get by the "made in indonesia" bit.which honestly doesn't bother me.it's all in the quality control department not the country.don't forget to hook this up to a tech 21 bass driver.no more worries in the bass department.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


OK Bass

By Bassmasta15

from United States

I have had this bass for about two years now, it's the first bass I have owned. Everything is great except the quality of the strings which have a fuzzy sound to them and make a rattling sound when I play them sometimes. But in the end i don't think i would pay the money for this bass. Gotta love the color though.


Incredible for the price

By Michael M.

from Lafayette, Louisiana

This bass is very easy to play, even if you have not played in while it does not leave your wrists with cramps like some other bass guitars I have played. The sound quality is great for the price one pays and has the sound of some of the more expensive bass guitars. Definately a stage instrument, price is not always an object with guitars; sometimes you find a medium priced bass with high priced quality and the BB414 is that bass.


Fantastic bass for the price

By IrishBass

from New Jersey

The bass is a fantastic value. The sound goes anywhere from warm to slightly growly. I play this bass through a Hartke 410XL and Hartke 350. Construction seems solid so far, the bridge looks a little weak, but so far no problems.


rockin' bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have had my eye on this bass for a long time and bought it in late july of this year. The sound is amazing and the architecture of it goes fluent with my styles of playing. The only problem present that is fixed is buzzing on D-string and G-string 1st frets. I love this bass (for it being my first bass ever owned) and hope to buy the Yamaha BB415 5-string, the identical twin of this amazing instrument.


Too much of a Bass

By Zayas

from Outta Space

I have had this bass for almost a year now and every cent I payed for it has been worth it. Its tone and sound is extremely nice. It has a lot of versatility and you can play a lot of different styles. I got the Metallic Orange and its finish is just beautiful, the arm, fretboard, everything is very cool and well done. Its quality is superb.This is a very nice addition to anyone who would like to have a very nice bass. Previously I wanted a Fender P Bass (which I still want) but for the purposes I wanted it I think this is enough. I am going to buy a Fender (but a Jazz Bass) for other kind of music as well, but this Yamaha BB414 is one of the best basses. Its price is very low for its quality as well.

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Beautiful Tone

By Chocolate Rain

from Deep South Texas

Seriously the tone on this thing is astounding. Use the "P" pickups for slap and the "J" for just about everything else. The selector switch is very user friendly and fast. The bass itself is just absolutely gorgeous. No skunk line, the hardware is great looking, and the chrome trim around the pickups gives this bass a really unique look.The only complaints I have are one: I get fret buzz on on the 17th and 18th frets of my D string (very slightly though, but quite annoying) two: the wood used seems to but much more delicate than my old Ibanez, I used to throw that one all over the place with no problem. But this one has several dings on it. Overall an excellent bass, I highly recommend.

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