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Yamaha BB615 Active 5-String Bass

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You get the original BB shape and style in a 5-string, crafted with a solid alder body and bolt-on maple neck. Plus you get versatile active electron...Click To Read More About This Product

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Classic tone and style with active versatility.

You get the original BB shape and style in a 5-string, crafted with a solid alder body and bolt-on maple neck. Plus you get versatile active electronics with 3-band cut/boost EQ and hot pickups to deliver the tones you want. A smooth rosewood fingerboard with pearloid oval inlays, rock-solid tuners, and and a specially designed vintage-style bridge that extends the number 5 saddle for more string tension.

Alder body
Bolt-on maple neck
34" scale
Rosewood fingerboard
21 frets
23-5/8" fretboard radius
Original BB-style inlays
Original BB-style pickups
9V-powered active electronics
3-band cut/boost EQ
Chrome hardware
Vintage-style tuners
Vintage-style bridge with extended 5-string saddle

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By Josh-UZP4z

from Federal Way, WA

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This is an incredible bass. Tonally diverse and incredibly consistent. This is what a bass should sound like.

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great bass!!!!!!!!!! :)

By worship-the-Mastodon

from Moorhead MN

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I went into the local guitar shop looking for a fender of some sort and saw this on the wall. I thought might as well give it a try. I played it through an ampeg and ashdown amp and it sounded incredible through both. When I got it back to my house I plugged her into my peavey max 450 half stack and she sound just as good as she did in the store. It is a very well built and solid bass. I have no complaints. I put some rotosound 665 ldstrings on and she just sings out. This bass is no my main bass. I say buy it or suffer looking for the "right" bass.

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Extremely Powerful and Versitle Bass!!

By fendermaniac-vzWZh

from Adrian, MI

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I'm very pleased with this bass, it is so versitle that you can dial in any sound you want for just about any type of music you can think of. I was a little skeptical at first about buying this bass, because I'm primarly a Fender man, but as soon as I plugged this bass into my Ampeg rig and turned it on my misconception's were gone! It sounded amazing and very LOUD too! Great bass I'd recommend it to anybody.

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Love It!

By Nucci

from Laguna, California

I needed a bass for studio work so it had to be versatile. I had a Yamaha RBX775 previously and sold it during a too many guitar moment and regretted it. So... I read the reviews and trusted the Yamaha name and ordered my BB615. I have been playing bass for 35 years, played and owned many. This thing is amazing. It has the Yamaha quality and the sound is exactly what I was looking for. It cuts through every mix and never sounds tubby or muddy. It can sound like a P or Jazz or it can be smooth. With a little distortion you will sound like Les Claypool. As far as the bridge, people say it's cheesy but the sustain and punch are killer so who cares.. it works (same for the tuners, I like em). Fit & finish are as expected from Yamaha, always near perfect. I also does extensive guitar work but I have not picked up a guitar all week. One of the other reviewers was right on, you will look forever in this price range to find this bass. We saved you the trouble.

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One word. . .Wow

By BKWrock209

from Pittsburgh, PA

Usually, I like hollow body and thunderbird style basses, but this bass really stood out sound wise. I went to my local guitar retailer and wasn't even looking at this bass or really even intrested in it until the owner of the store pointed it out to me. I picked it up thinking I'd maybe play it for ten minutes, but I sat there playing it for and hour. It's extremely comfortable to play and has unbelieveable sound. It's especially good for slap playing and jazzy stuff. In my opinion, it blows away gibson's thunderbird in tone quailty and is less than half the price. Extremely highly recommended.

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Tone to the bone

By Geo Fog

from Chicago

I just got my bb yesterday and was a little unhappy at first. I like my action low and susequently need a great neck and flawless fret work. While the frets and neck were perfect, I was having serious fretting out issues. The problem is this, the neck should be set in the body with a ever so slight pitch backwards. If your sitting with the bass on, look down where the neck meets the body. The deepest point where the neck meets the body should be recessed just a hair lower than where it exits the body. The fix is simple. In most cases simply loosen the strings, take out the 2 screws closest to the headstock and loosen the 2 closest to the bridge. Place a business card between the neck and the body. Make sure it is perpindicular to the neck, only under the 2 screws you have removed. Put your screws back in, tightening the rears first and, there you have it. The perfect amount of pitch. Break out the exacto knife and trim off the protruding edges of the business card. Plays like butter now. My only complaint could be that the active guts are maybe a little to hot. But thats easily handled. Buy this bass. Tone for days!!

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my first 5 string


from Erie, Pa

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I have played a 4 string washburn up until now and I wanted to try a cheap but decent 5 string. This was the cheapest 5 string model in my local music store so I plugged it into a Fender 100 Bassman amp and I was slightly disapointed by the sound of the low B string...mabye the action wasnt set right. It did seem extremely low, so low in fact that the B string was dangerousely close to buzzing on the first fret! But other than that no problem until I attempted some slap and pop style stuff...I have larger hands..Im built bigger..but any how I had trouble with the string spacing..I wasnt able to get a proper slap sound..for one thing after my thumb would come down on the string and follow through to the next string, the string I slapped would be muted by my thumb being so close to it...good EQ good sound..great pick ups..just bad for me to try some slap on! =[ Highly recommend for a musician on a tight budget..

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