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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. ...Read More

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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 38 reviews)

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    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • 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

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

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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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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass/Great Price

    By RoyM

    from Millstone Twp, NJ

    About Me Experienced

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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.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Want more info

      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.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Bomb Diggity

          By Booger B

          from Ringgold, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • Stays in tune

          Cons

          • Rough Fret Edges

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Yamaha RBX374 Electric Bass Guitar:

          I have been playing for a little over seven years, and this was my first bass guitar. First, it has 24 frets so you can achieve three octaves per string. Second, the pickups have groove in either side for comfortable thumb resting. Third, it has a composite neck so you won't have to worry about anything serious happening.

          I loved this bass and finally sold it in late June. It was a hard decision to reach, but I needed the money. I learned how to play on this bass, use a plectrum, slap 'n pop, and tap. This is the perfect entry-level bass guitar on the market. Yamaha may not have the best of the best by way of electronics, but their build quality is unmatched for a bass guitar worth a couple hundred.

          Don't hesitate. Buy this bass guitar!

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          (6 of 6 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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              (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.

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                (1 of 8 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.

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                (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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                  (1 of 9 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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                  (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

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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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