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  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
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    $479.99
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      A rock-solid value on a fine-playing, great-sounding instrument.

      The Yamaha RBX374 bass guitar features a muscular, contoured double-cut alder body with 24-fret maple neck and 3-D headstock design for flash looks. High-output ceramic humbucking pickups with 2-band active EQ and pickup blending pot let you dial in a wide range of thick tones. Case sold separately.

      Features

      • Alder body
      • Maple neck
      • Rosewood fingerboard
      • High-output humbuckers
      • Pickup blend
      • 2-band active EQ
      • Case sold separately

      Yamaha has the a well-earned reputation for providing the best instruments in their price range. We guarantee you'll love this bass. Order today!

       
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      YamahaRBX374 Electric Bass Guitar
       
      4.7

      (based on 35 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (29)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      60%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Fun to play (3)
      • Good feel (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (3)
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          • Experienced (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Looks great. Sounds better.

        Before I start, I need to point out that a lot of the reviews talk about poor battery life - This is a result of the USER and not, in fact, the guitar...Read complete review

        Before I start, I need to point out that a lot of the reviews talk about poor battery life - This is a result of the USER and not, in fact, the guitar itself. The reason the battery does not last is due to the user leaving the jack plugged in.

        I picked the axe up about a month ago on sale as an impulse purchase and have not been disappointed. Although I am relatively new to the bass scene, having a little over a year band experience playing bass, I have been playing guitar over 10 years.

        At home, I found the stock set up almost perfect, especially for a near entry-lever bass. The action was at perfect height and the heavy D'addario strings were excellent. Whilst I prefer Elixir strings, I have no intention of changing these until absolutely necessary. However, I found the pickups a little too high when slapping and plucking hard on the E and caused an undesirable pop when the string made contact with the pickup elements. This was easily adjusted.

        I found the neck very smooth, much like my favourite guitar, an Epiphone Gothic Explorer. I dislike most Fender or Stratocaster-esque shaped bodies, as they feel uncomfortably large. The RBX model is slightly larger than the Warwick models but smaller than the Stratocaster style and fits well within my comfort zone.

        The biggest disappointment about this model was the placement of the battery. Giving the battery its own housing is great if you leave your guitar plugged in and find yourself having to swap it every week because you lack the concept of active pickups and the ability to care for your instruments. I found it quite annoying as it limits the ability to add and extra 9V to the series to give that extra punch to the preamp. I've done this to a couple of my EMG mounted guitars the difference is phenomenal. As it stands, I might try to jam it under the plate access to the tone knobs.

        Obviously, if you have the cash, go for a Warwick (I have a bit of a thing for them). But if you are looking for a rig under the one thousand mark you seriously can't go past the Yamaha RBX374. I only wish I'd bought the 5-string model instead - perhaps someday in the future.

        Cheers!

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        good not great

        I changed two batteries in two weeks, I thought it was broken, so I called musiciansfriend for an exchange, and two weeks later I got a brand new guitar, same type, however,...Read complete review

        I changed two batteries in two weeks, I thought it was broken, so I called musiciansfriend for an exchange, and two weeks later I got a brand new guitar, same type, however, the problem still there, then I googled the issue, found out lots ppl have the same problem, turns out it will burn out the battery if you plug it into your amp, even you power the amp off. Anyway I will keep it, sorry MusiciansFriend, not your problem, it is the product itself. P.S. MusiciansFriend provided great service.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Looks great. Sounds better.

        By ThatYodaGuy

        from NT, Australia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

            Before I start, I need to point out that a lot of the reviews talk about poor battery life - This is a result of the USER and not, in fact, the guitar itself. The reason the battery does not last is due to the user leaving the jack plugged in.

            I picked the axe up about a month ago on sale as an impulse purchase and have not been disappointed. Although I am relatively new to the bass scene, having a little over a year band experience playing bass, I have been playing guitar over 10 years.

            At home, I found the stock set up almost perfect, especially for a near entry-lever bass. The action was at perfect height and the heavy D'addario strings were excellent. Whilst I prefer Elixir strings, I have no intention of changing these until absolutely necessary. However, I found the pickups a little too high when slapping and plucking hard on the E and caused an undesirable pop when the string made contact with the pickup elements. This was easily adjusted.

            I found the neck very smooth, much like my favourite guitar, an Epiphone Gothic Explorer. I dislike most Fender or Stratocaster-esque shaped bodies, as they feel uncomfortably large. The RBX model is slightly larger than the Warwick models but smaller than the Stratocaster style and fits well within my comfort zone.

            The biggest disappointment about this model was the placement of the battery. Giving the battery its own housing is great if you leave your guitar plugged in and find yourself having to swap it every week because you lack the concept of active pickups and the ability to care for your instruments. I found it quite annoying as it limits the ability to add and extra 9V to the series to give that extra punch to the preamp. I've done this to a couple of my EMG mounted guitars the difference is phenomenal. As it stands, I might try to jam it under the plate access to the tone knobs.

            Obviously, if you have the cash, go for a Warwick (I have a bit of a thing for them). But if you are looking for a rig under the one thousand mark you seriously can't go past the Yamaha RBX374. I only wish I'd bought the 5-string model instead - perhaps someday in the future.

            Cheers!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good bass for it's price range

            By M.Fret

            from Puerto Rico

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

              I tried this bass at the store for a friend of mine that was looking for an affordable bass with an active preamp. This was nice for it's price. Ultimately he bought it for his bass playing sister as a birthday gift. The bass is pretty solid and it's a step forward. To the person that said that the bass eats batteries... you have to unplug the audio cable from the bass, not turn off the amp. That's a sure way to deplete your battery. As for fret buzz, a setup will help.

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              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              good not great

              By wvv

              from NY

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Nice Looking Handy

              Cons

              • Battery Issue
              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

              I changed two batteries in two weeks, I thought it was broken, so I called musiciansfriend for an exchange, and two weeks later I got a brand new guitar, same type, however, the problem still there, then I googled the issue, found out lots ppl have the same problem, turns out it will burn out the battery if you plug it into your amp, even you power the amp off. Anyway I will keep it, sorry MusiciansFriend, not your problem, it is the product itself. P.S. MusiciansFriend provided great service.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              First Bass

              By Sidewinder

              from South Jersey

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

                Decided to pick up the bass after wanting to for years. Tried a few cheaper ones, they had alot of fret buzz and simply felt cheap. This bass looks great and sounds really good too (even if I don't). It came out of the box well set up, just had to adjust a bridge a bit to get a tighter feel.

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                (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                hmmmmmm......

                By Mike2112

                from Canada

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play

                Cons

                • Flat Sound
                • Fret Buzz
                • Poor Pick Up
                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Recording

                Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

                Im starting to think this isnt the same bass ive got at home. I dont no if mine is somehow completly different, but the sound is terrible and i cant find oone good setting with any combinations of knobs. The neck feels awful too and any way the action is set is bad. The battery life is terrible and after a solid hour of jamming it needs to be changed. I wanted to get new pickups but the size is really wierd to and nothing fits the holes, and even if it did the string spacing wouldnt allow for any replacements. All in all its a somewhat good starter, but after a year of playing a recommend getting a jazz or p bass. This bass didnt do me any good

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Yamaha quality

                By Jay Norris

                from Texas

                Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

                Can't believe a bass this inexpensive looks, feels and sounds so good. I just wanted a little 4 string for outdoor hazardous duty to save my high dollar basses, but now I am finding myself using it instead of the others. My favorite thing is the little thumb rest molded into each pickup - handy and smart design. You can't possibly beat this for the price.
                My favorite thing is the little thumb rest molded into each pickup - handy and smart design. Strings are straight at the headstock, not at an angle which improves tone and tuning duration. Nice tuners, hot pickups and a fast, thin neck.
                For a bass in this price range, I don't think you are going to find higher quality. Yamaha has impressed me with all of its product lines. Their sound boards, monitors, guitars, basses - you name it, they are all of highest quality.
                None better

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Bought it to help a friend out with some money I h

                By rickerbass

                from Maine

                Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

                So i got it home....And i have to tell you ...love at first feel...and hear!!That is all my friends.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                One of the best I've played

                By Firel

                from Ontario, Canada

                Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

                I bought one of these used at my local music store for when I go to university. I already own an Ibanez GSR200, which I adore, and a Fender Jaguar bass which is great, but this easily beats both. For an average-priced bass, it plays better, in my opinion, than my Jaguar, and has a much wider range of sound, from growling lows to a more vintage, higher pitched sound. While this was a steal used, it is definitely worth the new price and then some.The only issue is, as I have seen mentioned before, the active pickups. They eat batteries for breakfast. That said, if you take the battery out if you aren't going to be using it for a while, it does wonders for their life. I can't judge the battery box as mine already has snapped off, but I would suggest looking into a replacement, as I am.In short, a great bass that sounds fantastic and looks sweet, especially in red.

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                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A joy to play, but...

                By Zygomorph

                from Seattle, WA

                Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

                I bought this bass in a music store after trying out all of the ones available. This one hands down had the best sound and best "feel" to it. It just seems to fit right. I'm currently using a old, secondhand Silverstone amp, but the sound is still perfect. The neck feels so smooth and natural, and my right thumb rests perfectly on the pickups.My one major complaint is with the active pickup. After leaving the battery in for three weeks, the bass would no longer play. Changing the battery fixed this. Since I wanted to make a single nine volt battery last more than a month, I started taking the battery out whenever I wasn't playing. This led to the original battery snap-on breaking off, so I had to solder a new one on, and as an improvement I included a switch.The construction and design of the batter setup leave me cold. They just reek 'cheap'. Don't get me wrong, I love this bass to death, but I just wish Yamaha had put a little more care into this very vulnerable system.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                its my baby.

                By jcooper

                from kansas city

                Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

                This is my first and only bass guitar and I love it. I've had it for almost two years and the only problem was the battery finally gave out-no biggie. I have spruced it up with Black Beauties and a studded strap+strap locks (all of which from Musicians Friend). Mine was slightly damaged when I got it because there were cosmetic flaws during shipping to the store and the nice discount got me sold. Those flaws actually make me love it more- it makes a nice vintage look.

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