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Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar  Natural 

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The TRBX174EW represents a price breakthrough for the TRBX range with exotic mango wood.You're the bedrock of your music. You need an instrument with...Click To Read More About This Product

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Exotic looks. Modern sound. Unbeatable price.

The TRBX174EW represents a price breakthrough for the TRBX range with exotic mango wood.

You're the bedrock of your music. You need an instrument with the strength and power to perform. That instrument must give you the freedom to innovate, to create and push the boundaries. You need a bass where everythings just right. Sound, feel, looks nothing comes second.

With Yamaha's unique combination of advanced design, precision engineering and time-honoured craftsmanship, the Yamaha Guitar Development team have created the perfect instrument for bass players who aren't ready to compromise. It's an instrument that seamlessly blends the powerful sound you need to underpin your performance with immense flexibility so you can create and define your own tone; an instrument that offers unparalleled comfort and playability combined with construction you can depend on - show after show, session after session; an instrument designed and built to be the core of your music.

FEATURES
  • Scale Length: 34'' (863.6mm)
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Sonokeling
  • Radius: 10'' (250mm)
  • Nut Width: 40mm
  • Body: Mango
  • Tuners: Covered
  • Bridge: Vintage Style

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YamahaTRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Giggable and great value

By Bass Desires

from Northern California

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      Other reviewers' complaints about the front veneer are specific to this color (you can see the odd 2-tone effect in the photos). This model also comes in "root beer," tobacco burst, and translucent black. Those finishes all blend the front veneer pretty seamlessly with the mahogany back, while still showing some nice front grain (very subtly in black).

      Yamaha's Indonesian-made 174 series mixes together fairly unbeatable features and tone in this price range. They aren't the world's fanciest basses, but they make no serious compromises. Necks are 1-piece maple (no 5-piece matchsticks). Bodies are made from real tonewoods: 3-piece mahogany (174EW) or 3-piece alder (174). The P/J pickup combination offers a wide range of tones, with solid electronics throughout.

      Nice touches: The neck is skinny (like a Jazz Bass') but extended to 24 frets. The downsized body is really lightweight, while substantial enough to be resonant. With the right EQ, these can really punch.

      Only downsides: I played 2 of these at my local GC, and noticed a real difference in tone. So I'd recommend buying from a local store where you can compare 2–3 copies. Also, the neck's satin finish feels a bit coarse to me. (I love satin finishes, but like them smoother.)

      While priced like a beginner's bass or impulse purchase, these are well-made, viable, giggable instruments. I've had my similar RBX270F fretless for years, and love it. (Especially since Victor Wooten signed its headstock.)

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fun and responsive to play!

      By Lady multi instrumentalist

      from Canada

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Shorter body makes for ease of play.
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        Unbelieveable quality in build and sound for price point. Yamaha makes great products. The mango wood is a nice touch! Love the stylish tuners that are attractive and conservitavely sized. I put Elixir strings on mine for my own playing preferences.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great bass, even better price.

        By Hiramuv

        from Gainesville, FL

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          I play at my church, and it sounds great a clear.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Decent instrument

          By Stormy Monday

          from Path of Matthew

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Neck
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Light

          Cons

          • cheesy plastic knobs

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          This is a secondary instrument to my guitars. Plays good and sounds good. The neck has an almost unfinished feel to it. Nice. The control knobs are a cheap looking and feeling plastic. The body has a veneer that just looks ok. Yamaha would have been better off not putting the veneer on because the rest of the body is finished very nicely.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good backup bass

          By Stormy Monday

          from Path of Matthew

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          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • cheap plastic knobs
          • cheesy veneer

          Best Uses

          • backup bass
          • Jamming

          Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          I bought this as a backup bass. I play guitar but seem to have been elected as the backup bass player in the band.

          This guitar play good. The neck is finished very well. Doesn't have any sharp fret ends. It's light. Doesn't have a lot of neck dive. Sounds good.

          Things that are meh, is the veneer on the body. They could have left that off and still had a good looking guitar. The volume and tone knobs look and feel like cheap plastic.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Killer for the price, but not perfect.

          By PeterC

          from Dallas, TX

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Tuners
            • Small frets

            Best Uses

              Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

              As the title suggests, it's a very nice bass for the price, but two things could be improved. One, the vintage-spec frets are tiny, and seem unsuited for a 24-fret modern looking bass. Two, the machine heads feel cheap and are rough to turn, and the closed-back design makes it impossible to get any lube in the gears.Otherwise, its a great looking and playing bass, and can't be beat for the price.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Bass

              By Roy M

              from Millstone Twp, NJ

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording
                • Rehearsal
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

                I'm an experienced bass player and this is beautiful with an great sound. I just love the tone. Neck is smooth. The prices was great too. Great bass for slap. Only down side is I'm tall and this bass is 3 inches shorter than my P-Bass so it looks a little tiny on me. But again, I'm very tall. Yamaha always makes quality stuff and this is my 3rd Yamaha bass. I would highly recommend this bass. BTW, some call it a beginner bass, it is not.

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