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Yamaha RBX170 Bass Old Violin Sunburst 

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  • Solid agathis body
  • Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Chrome tuners and bridge
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      Yamaha's most affordable bass!

      Yamaha crafts the RBX170 Bass with a solid agathis body, versatile electronics, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, chrome tuners and bridge, dual classic-style pickups, and passive tone controls. Case sold separately.

      Features
      • Solid agathis body
      • Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
      • Chrome tuners and bridge
      • Dual P/J-style pickups
      • Passive tone controls
      • Yamaha's lowest-price bass
      • Limited lifetime warranty
      • Case sold separately

      This is the perfect starter bass. Order today and get started.

       
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      YamahaRBX170 Bass
       
      4.6

      (based on 199 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (138)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (48)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (9)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (3)

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        (1)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good feel (9)
      • Fun to play (7)
      • Good tone (7)
      • Solid electronics (6)
      • Good pick up (5)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming (9)
        • Practicing (9)
        • Recording (6)
        • Rock concerts (4)
        • School bands (4)
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          • Experienced (8)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        A great value for a starter bass

        It all comes down to the type of person you are. If you think you might want to play bass and youre a dive into the pool before looking then take out a small...Read complete review

        It all comes down to the type of person you are. If you think you might want to play bass and youre a dive into the pool before looking then take out a small loan and get an American made Fender and some huge bass amps. When they collect dust because you did not take it seriously feel free to kick yourself for not taking the smart route.

        This is an excellent bass for starting out and I know a few guys that still use it in there gig rotation. It has a decent sound without any accessory and for the price you cannot go wrong. If you or the person you are getting this for does not decided to stick with it its a small investment you can get back because everyone is looking for a smart, affordable investment for their first instrument.

        This is well built, light, great action, easy to play and has a good sound. Like I said, if your just starting out or considering playing bass you would be a fool not to try this out first before you go out and drop price of a used car on gear you might not even play constantly.
        This model has all the basic necessities to get you started down the road of playing bass. If you like a poppy slap bass sound or more of a muted heavy sound this bass can do it without accessories.
        I have had this bass for about five years now and it is faring better than a BC Rick Warlock or Lotus bass I picked up at a pawn show. The bass is put together nicely and has held up to wear and tear and a young toddler who thinks she is flea.
        This is an excellent value for the product that youre getting. If youre considering getting a bass or know of someone who wants to try and play bass this is the model for you. It is functional enough to handle a wide range of styles of music and is very durable. If you dont have the cash to drop on an expensive bass and are not ever sure if this is going to be something for you or someone else this is a GREAT investment.

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        Ok bass

        It's a good bass for like SUPER beginners (children between the age of 6 and 10 that are stupid enough to think playing bass is easy enough 4 them) because the bottom cutout like...Read complete review

        It's a good bass for like SUPER beginners (children between the age of 6 and 10 that are stupid enough to think playing bass is easy enough 4 them) because the bottom cutout like STABS into my leg when im playing sitting down. besides that, the wires broke alot because of some problem with the knobs which after it happening about 6 times it got really annoying, the action was mediocre and the sound is way too loud on the lower stings when ajdusted to the j bass style pickup. A better and just as expensive alternative would be the nicer looking better action Ibanez.

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        4.0

        rbx 170

        By sparky

        from cincinnati

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Minor Flaws

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

        nice bass, few attention to detail flaws. Had older model 174 (P style) rbx, really like J pick up

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent entry level bass

        By SPYjammer

        from southern cal

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

          Overall this is an excellent bass for the money. Very playable and build quality is outstanding. My only complaint is the volume controls have an excessive audio taper and don't really kick in until about 6-7 (out of 10). I play guitar primarily and bought this to get out of a rut and try something different. Very happy I did.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A cheap bass with great bones

          By JimmyBigLoop

          from Hamilton, Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Great Neck
          • Superb Value
          • WELL CRAFTED

          Cons

          • Some Cheap Components

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

          I'm a singer/songwriter who was looking for a bass for home recording, jamming and playing around with and when it came down to brass tacks, I couldn't beat the price/performance of this baby. I was comparing to slightly more expensive models from other seond line brands (Squire, Epiphone etc...) but beyond a few little quirks I didn't see any reason to spend more and get less.

          I set up the bass, plugged it in, and was surprised at the playability of this instrument. The neck is fast yet strong and the body shape lends itself to sitting and pliddling around with it. I had to set the intonation but the string height was set near perfect from the factory. Intonation was so close that I could have left it, but I tweeked it to perfection anyways.

          This bass is light - much lighter than the Fender Jazz I've used on occasion.

          Why is it so inexpensive?
          1) The Pickups
          I will be swapping the bridge pickup out at some point, it is marginal, but adequate for jamming etc.. It's not as dynamic as I want and is a little noisy. The split pickup sounds decent - though I'll probably swap both out for the sake of completeness. There is NO RUSH for this though. The cheap stock pickups are fine.

          2) Other Cheap Outs
          There are a couple of plastic covers that give a feel of cheapness to this bass, but this is only cosmetic - so far. The cheap tuners seem okay, nothing to write home about, but they're not on the upgrade list (yet.) There is a bar (not sure what it is called) just beayond the nut that keeps the strings down for the tuners, it is held with two tiny wood screws. I've had no problems, but the arrangement makes me nervous.

          Basically this bass has VERY GOOD bones, and for anyone who is used to maintaining a guitar or bass, (doing upgrades and repairs) or is looking for a good starter bass, this is the one.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Only 1 I have

          By Xaky_bass

          from UB MGL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

            I own one, it is my first and only bass for now. I sold my other basses and i stayed with it. i have played many bass guitars, including Thunderbird IV, fender P & J basses, Maison, other Yamaha basses and Chinese unknown brand basses. this one feels so good and so right. it has slightly thinner neck and lighter body which is made of agathis,stays in tune and good tone

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Decent bass

            By Luke

            from Ohio

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Mediocre Electronics

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands

            Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

            This was my first bass and ive had it for over a year now. my only two problems are the ammount of fret buzz whitch gets pretty annoying when I try to record anything, but it can be helped if you play with you eq. but this bass is lightweight and has a great tone and feel for the price. now as im getting into more recording with my band and small venues i put some D'Addario prosteels on it, play it on a fender rumble 150 amp and it sounds like a 3 or 400 dollar bass. should hold nicely till I get my hands on a p-bass or something

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Bang for the buck

            By Ibanezae

            from Brandon, FL

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

              I bought this bass because I need a bass to gig with. I picked it out at a local store then bought it on MF. My budget was for $300 or less, which does give a fair variety. Though I had the coin for a more expensive bass I kept coming back to this one. With the deal that MF had and free shipping I couldn't be happier. Stayed WAAAAAAAY below my budget and even got a good case (purchased seperately)
              Finish is OK, mine is the violin sunburst which I feel makes it look a little more classy. I had been playing with some Taco fenders, Epihpone T-Bird, Ibanez and Chinese Sting Ray and this bass had better feel and sound than all of them.
              I do get a low hum but not enough to notice when playing in a band, only a slight background noise when practicing.

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              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              great sound for price

              By BassPlayer

              from Jackson, MS

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

                  I do not own one, but picked this up and played at my local music store, right after playing the 424X. It sounded very, very similar. I can't speak to the build quality over time, but in the 15 minutes I played it, it did not buzz and the action was fair. The thing that stuck out to me the most, though was the tone. Great, well rounded. Not too deep, but with good clarity. I played through a Fender Rumble 350 head into a small Fender cabinet with all controls flat.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  a cheap bass? yes but very good!!

                  By Mayhem

                  from lancaster pa

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

                    i see alot of folks complaining about the loud volume on the lower strings now sure thats the way the bass comes however just simply learn how to adjust your pick up height and youre golden!! ive been playing bass for almost 25 years and yes this is a cheapo of a bass but once you set it up properly to your playing style its an awesome bass to play very versatile this is one of my main bass guitars i went and put a set of dr black beauties on it 45-105 and this thing rocks great bass for all music yes i would recomend this bas to anybody starters and seasoned pros as well.... GREAT JOB YAMAHA MY HATS OFF TO YOU

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great bass for the price

                    By Brad

                    from Baton Rouge, LA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Cheap Price
                    • Nice finish
                    • Stays in tune

                    Cons

                    • Tuner Knobs Feel Cheap

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

                      I was really surprised at the quality of this bass for the price. Nice finish (I bought the blue), playable neck, stays in tune, string changes are really simple. The included strings sounded a bit dull but changing them to any decent name brand string will greatly improve the sound. As others have mentioned the tuners do feel a little cheap but I haven't broken any yet. Just be careful with them. Overall a great bass for under $200 and I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn without spending a fortune.

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                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      incredible bass

                      By Troy

                      from Oklahoma

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts

                        Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

                        If you're on the fence about this bass my best advice is to just get it. I bought this bass from Musicians Friend many years ago and played in a band for a long time with it and it never once let me down.

                        We cut several cd's and used it for the recording as well. I have played other basses like peavey and they don't even come close to the feel and quality of this one. The action is perfect and the tone is beautiful.

                        I really like the body shape, it has a longer top that makes it very balanced when hanging on you. The workmanship is right with the high end $1000+ guitars. The versatility of the pickups makes a wide range of sounds.

                        Sounds great at home, in the recording studio, and on the stage at the big events. Extremely easy to play.

                        If this guitar ever got broke I would replace it with the exact same one. I have not one single bad thing to say about this bass. Not even a small complaint.

                        Also because of where the 1/4 inch plug is located, if you want to play it while sitting on the couch buy a cord with an angled tip and then loop the cord back up around the back strap peg. keeps you from pulling it out and popping your ears. also just out of the way. Just a small thing I learned.

                        Just get this bass. You will be very glad you did.

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