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Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar   

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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. ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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YamahaRBX374 Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 37 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

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

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the owners manual is not specific to this model. It has no info on the equalizer, so I had to learn by trial and error.It also has no info on unplugging the guitar to...Read complete review

the owners manual is not specific to this model. It has no info on the equalizer, so I had to learn by trial and error.It also has no info on unplugging the guitar to extend battery life. I had to learn that from other players. Yamaha is lazy about customer care.

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(7 of 7 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!

      (5 of 8 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.

      (4 of 4 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.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I Love This Thing

        By Jaceb79

        from Illinois

        Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

        To all of those who hate on Yamaha because of their school band reputation, think again. Where you see a crap band instrument brand, I see a brand that made basses for so many good bassists, including Billy Sheehan. While this is no Sheehan Attitude 4, it definitely sounds and plays very nice for its price. I payed more for my Sammick Cobra Bass. While I have no problem with the sound of my Cobra, there is no doubt in my mind that the neck plays much faster. I love it. I honestly for once am proud to say I own a Yamaha instrument.

        (4 of 4 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

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Something Great With a Problem.

        By Craig Yoder

        from Boca Raton, Florida

        Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

        I got this bass somewhere else because it was sold out here. It was wondeerful. First thing I noticed was the constant flow of dying 9-volts. I emailed Yamaha about this and they told me how to fix it. The two ground wires on the output jack need to be switched since they have the battery on the permanent ground. Fixing it wasn't hard, but email Yamaha about it and they should give you a PDF file that gives you the intructions on what to do. As long as you can solder, you can do this. Back to the bass... It's got great sound and a nice feel for the price. It's worth every penny once you get it fixed.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Bass/Great Price

        By Roy M

        from Millstone Twp, NJ

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        Pros

        • Feels Like Good Quality
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great Bass
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Back Up Bass
          • Used For Tuned Down Songs

          Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

          Bought this as a back up bass and my tuned down bass for gigs. For the price, it is a great looking bass with good sound. Actually feels like a much more expensive bass. Even has some weight to it unlike my other back up bass which is too lite. My goal is to replace pick ups but the ones included are still good.I love the thumb cut out on the pick ups.

          Overall, a great looking bass with a nice sound for an amazing price. Even if you buy this as a starter bass, you will keep it around for many years.

          I play in a gigging band and use it on stage already.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Want more info

          By Mark G.

          from Visalia

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

              the owners manual is not specific to this model. It has no info on the equalizer, so I had to learn by trial and error.It also has no info on unplugging the guitar to extend battery life. I had to learn that from other players. Yamaha is lazy about customer care.

              (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.

                (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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