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Yamaha TRB1005 5-String Electric Bass

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The Yamaha TRB1005 is constructed to meet the demands of bassists looking for a bass that plays, sounds, and looks beautiful. It's a top-of-the-line ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A modest investment gets you appointments and electronics usually found in far more expensive basses.

The Yamaha TRB1005 is constructed to meet the demands of bassists looking for a bass that plays, sounds, and looks beautiful. It's a top-of-the-line instrument constructed from premium-grade woods and versatile, active electronics. The 35" scale neck is constructed from three pieces of maple and has dual truss rods for extreme stability. The neck is topped by a solid rosewood fingerboard with 24 frets and mother-of-pearl inlays. The contoured alder body features a luscious quilted maple cap. The TRB1005 is fitted with custom-designed alnico magnet humbucking soapbar pickups, an active 3-band EQ, and a pickup pan pot. Black nickel hardware, including a solid brass bridge, is the finishing touch.

FEATURES
  • Alder body with maple top
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • 35" scale
  • 24 fret rosewood fingerboard
  • 19-11/16" fretboard radius
  • Solid brass bridge
  • 2 alnico-magnet humbuckers
  • Master volume, pickup pan, and 3-band EQ controls
  • Yamaha limited lifetime warranty
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4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass! Excellent Value!

By Veeman-Rsc_P

from Michigan

I have been playing bass for over 30 years and have quite a few basses. I had some other 5 strings and found the string spacing too close. This bass has roughtly the same string spacing as a 4 string and allows for much cleaner salp bass. The variety of sounds it is cabable of is amazing! Very high quality for a very reasonable price. I love the 35" neck - really great sustain on the low B. It's my primary live bass and sounds great in the studio too! I would buy another one in a heartbeat! One of the best purchases I ever made....

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Happy thumpin'

By Barn Burner

from Upstate New York

I started playing bass in 2000 after many years of playing guitar. After several years on a four string I decided it was time to enter the world of the low B sonic boom. Being a family man on a budget I needed to find an instrument that was affordable but not "cheap"....Not an easy task. I was able to try out Ibanez and Schecter and MTD models at my local music store. I wasn't really sure what to think of them and I wanted to try something else, so I took the chance and ordered the Yamaha TRB10005 in July 08'after reading several reviews and falling in love with how it looked on the web site. I was not disappointed. This thing plays great. The action is low and even and the string spacing is close enough so my not so large hands can get around just fine. The 35 inch scale really makes the low B clearer than some 34 inch scale ones that I tried. The pick ups and 3 band eq are very flexible and responsive and allow a wide range of tonal qualities. The sound is even on every string up and down the fretboard. I play through a GK Backline 600 through an old peavey 4x10 cabinet and it sounds great. My bandmates are totally impressed at the sound especially at the modest price I paid. Get it, you'll like it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful instrument!

By BassFace-wAjRj

from Evansville, Indiana

This bass just oozes quality. It's very solidly constructed and beautifully finished. The neck feels slick and comfy in my hand, being quite narrow at the nut (1 5/8", same as a 4-string P bass) and widening to a nice spacing (18mm) for my plucking hand. The fretwork is flawless, and very low action is possible. The bass balances nicely on a strap or on my leg. The pickups are high fidelity, and the preamp is powerful and effective. A tremendous variety of usable tones is available at my fingertips. With the controls set flat, the tone is bright and full, and sits perfectly in a band mix. The B string is solid, and is well balanced with the other strings. All the hardware looks and feels like high quality stuff. I've been a Fender devotee for many years, but this bass has won me over. It's a work of art! Great job, Yamaha!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Awesome

By Bass4Worship

from HOLLIS, NY

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Had this bass about three years now and I'll never let it go. I play this bass more than any other bass I own and for a good reason. This will melt in your hand and is one of the best playing basses around. The neck has just the right feel to it. and the action can go very low. It's has a fast neck with a good feel. I've change the pickups and the preamp but the ones that come with the bass was very nice too. I would recommend this bass if you're looking to get a well made bass at a good price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Mixed thoughts

By Fretlessfloyd

from Metro Detroit

I went and played this bass before thinking too much about purchasing it and I'm glad I did. The bass played well and sounded good but I just couldn't get past the heal that prevented access to the upper frets. Granted, as a professional bass player for 35 years I realize that you don't spend that much time in the upper fret area but I just couldn't plop down my money for a bass that has this design flaw so I had to pass. Other than that I liked the bass a lot. Sure was a pretty bass too.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this bass

By melprin

from Maryland

I read on 2 other reviews previous to mine that this is a bass guitar better than Musicman, Warwick and Fender. I do not completely agree because those three brands make good basses too. However, this yamaha can do the tonal quality of all those 3 basses at so reasonable price. I used to carry those 3 basses in my gigs to get the tonal quality required for the songs, now I only need to carry my yamaha because it can adjust to any type of music. So funny is that it is the least expensive guitar in my rack but it's now my primary for both live and recording. Excellent job yamaha.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing

By BassIsFun17

from Atlanta, GA

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Though i do not own this bass, i have played it many times . It has a great sound, it can get really deep or really high. It is a very comfortable and light body. the neck is awsome in my opinion. I am set on getting this bass one day.I highly recomend trying one or ever buying one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This bass is terrific.

By zildjian player

from australia

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This bass plays like melted butter. Yamaha is known for making some nice gear but this bass just floors me. I havent touched my pedulla mvp or KenSmith in weeks. The fretboard is so beautifully fluid and smooth that your fingers can simply concentrate on being creative rather than fighting against the action. This bass came direct to me with an absolute perfect intonation job and setup. You know a bass is going to be good when you take it out of the case for the first time and it is actually in perfect tune after shipping. Everytime I sit down to tune-up I have very little work to do. These stock tuners are killer. Lots of tonal capabilities, superb neck. I cannot believe what I payed for this. Everything on this bass is pure quality. The only thing I would change is the bridge which could use a beefier unit to increase sustain but overall I cannot keep my hands off this thing. I've now played 5 shows with it and I am seriously impressed with the bass through the front mains. The sound guy told me," Wow, that sounds pretty damn good." My wife even said "Holy S***" When she saw it the first time. I am now a serious yamaha bass fan. KILLER!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect bass

By BassClefAlbert

from SouthFlorida

This bass has served me well for the past two years. Sounds perfect, nice thick tone or whatever tone you want. with bright strings it's definititly A slap bass. good for everything though. flawless

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

notthing like it

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own this bass, it is a great bass for a great affordable price. No regrets buying this bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Investment

By BigD7

from Dallas, TX

My Yamaha TRB1005 is the best value as far as basses go. Mine has been gigged to death and is 3 years old now, but is still the only bass I pick up. The EQ on this bass is very HOT! With a new set of bright strings, this bass is very active. Get this bass set up with the strings you like, and you're ready to rock for years to come.

 
5.0

Smooth Playing.

By Bass4Worship

from HOLLIS, NY

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The Yamaha TRB1005 is a well made bass. The bass has a bright tone so it good for slapper's. I would have like a deeper bass but I'll have to find the right set of strings for it. It's still a great bass and not that heavy so you can play the whole gig without your shoulder hurting. Overall I like bass and will use it as my church bass.

 
5.0

Excellent Quality for a fair Price!

By Block 99 Bassman

from Sugar Land, TX

After playing on a 4-String Fender Jazz Bass for the last few years, I decided it was time to upgrade to a 5 String. I was in the market for a bass that was in the $500 to $800 range. I sampled several varieties, including the Ibanez SR505 and the Schecter Stiletto Studio-5. Then I came across this beauty. None of the other basses I tried could produce the quality and clarity that the Yamaha possess. The highs and lows of this guitar are clear, crisp and yet have thunderous booming ability. The active EQ really adds a lot, but be sure to unplug your bass when not playing, as the 9V battery will drain quickly. The neck is not so wide that it would create any problems for smaller hands. It fits and feels very comfortable and is everything I was looking for. I play thru a Gallien-Krueger setup that utilizes the 410 SBX cabinet and the 400 RB amp head, but I have plugged this guitar into a small Fender Bassman practice amp. Whether you have a big or small amp setup, this bass does not disappoint. It has a lot of ?bang for your buck? and I do not believe that a more expensive bass could be much better. I purchased this guitar in the ?Natural? color and combined with the black hardware it is one of the prettiest guitars I have ever seen.

 
5.0

Killer Bass

By CJ-TA4Wk

from Prior Lake, MN

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I have been playng bass for just about 18 years now. Every bass I ever owned was from the $200 - $300 range, and yeah I got what I paid for. I have played may different brands from Fenders, Ibenez, and an old BC Rich Warlock and all of which were 4 strings. But I wanted so badly to move to 5 or even 6 strings to further explore the possibilities. The Yamaha TSR1005 delivered this to me in spades. The action is incredible (it does take some getting use to if you've played a 4 string for years), the neck is slender and the sound is amazing. I am playing through an Ampeg 220 in my home studio, and it is such a compliment.You can't beat this quality for this price. Most basses of this caliber are double or almost triple this sticker shown (seen this first hand). Watch that 9 volt battery, or you'll hear lots of crackles and pops.

 
5.0

Best-value fiver on the market

By Liko

from DFW

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I bought this as my first fiver. I was getting tired of down-tuning, so I wanted the low C and D primarily, but because I'd played nothing but four-strings, I needed something that felt very natural. And of course, I was on a budget. Enter the TRB-1005. The first thing I found on picking this thing up was that it felt lke a four string. The neck is substantial, which makes you forget it's wider, and yet it never gets too thick. It's wider, to be sure (the string spacing is vaguely Jazz-ish, which again makes it easy to get used to), but I have long fingers and it's not much trouble moving around even in the upper half of the board. The sound is beautiful, and very versatile; the three-band EQ is very user-friendly and allows you to dial in a wide range of tones from smooth R&B to scooped slap to midrange jazz burp to dark thumping rock. The only things that I think could have been done better are the neck joint (they could have sculpted the joint a little better to make it more comfortable on the highest frets) and the panpot (panning too far to one pickup or the other introduces some hiss to the sound). Mine also had a low first fret, causing some buzz (a luthier fixed it). All that said, this bass plays better than a Warwick or Stingray5, for half to a third the cost. Without a doubt this is the best investment I've made towards my bass playing.

 
5.0

Best I Have Ever Played

By HePlaysBass

from Laconia, IN

I LOVE THIS BASS! The sound of the Yamaha TRB1005 bass is absolutely superb. I play several styles and the 3-way eq band allows me to dial in the tone I need whether it be a metal song for a talent show, jazz for the jazz band or even the worship group at church. It sounds great even through my peavey ka300 keyboard amplifier and I?m sure will sound better through an actual bass rig. After comparing it to Peavey, Warwick, and even Tobias, I thought that this was an excellent bass. I give it 2 thumbs up:)

 
5.0

TRB1005 Amazing Bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I always thought that I would be a 4 string guy until I found this bass. The low end is clear and amazing. The spacing, neck and playablility is perfect. I had looked at 5 strings before but the only ones that I liked were $2500 plus. When I bought this bass, I compared it to the Warwick and Musicman. Not only did it hold its own sound wise, I thought the neck had a better feel. And, considering that you can buy 3 of these for the price of the Warwick, you can't go wrong with this bass. D. Welch

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