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Yamaha BB415 5-String Bass

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Yamaha's fame in the world of electric bass began with the BB series. This updated BB bass is rich in that heritage with unwavering attention to deta...Click To Read More About This Product

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The bass that started it all.

Yamaha's fame in the world of electric bass began with the BB series. This updated BB bass is rich in that heritage with unwavering attention to detail and quality construction. It comes with a solid alder body; maple neck; rosewood fingerboard; vintage-style tuners; alnico split-coil and single-coil pickups; and a and a specially designed vintage-style bridge that extends the number 5 saddle for more string tension.

  • Alder body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • 34" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 21 frets
  • 23-5/8" fretboard radius
  • Original BB-style inlays
  • Original BB-style pickups
  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage-style tuners
  • Vintage-style bridge with extended 5-string saddle
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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Great Bass But Not Versatile


from Houston

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If you plan on picking or fingering the strings, the playability of this bass truly cannot be beat. It plays faster than basses that cost three times as much. If you play funk and enjoy slapping, this is probably the worst bass you could ever buy. There is absolutely no response at all from any slap and doing so sounds like garbage. The cheap DEan basses have better slap response than these do.This bass is not versatile at all. However, if you only play rock music and don't require alot of versatility, this bass cannot be beat. The quailty of guitar itself is outstanding. You would be hard pressed to find a better quality guitar for the price. The passive pickup also lets you get great response from any effects you may use.It plays an awful lot like a Precision bass. When I cover songs from bands like Tool and Nirvana I use this bass. If I am playing something like Red Hot Chili Peppers or Stone Temple Pilots, I get this bass as far away as possible and use my Ibanez Soundgear.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


One of the best 5 stringed

By Sog

from Stockholm, Sweden

I've been looking for a new base for quiet a while now and have been especially looking on 5 stringes. I'm sure there better ones out there but this is the best I've played so far. The ibanez is good too but I like the look of the yamaha better. Also the b string isn't as floppy and loose as most others and it sounds great trough my amp. The only thing that is bad is that it only controls volume and tone for both pickups at the same time and not seperatly.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Yamaha BB415 - WHAT A BASS!!!

By Fendermaniac-J..-4

from Anderson, SC

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I had this bass once before and traded it in for a Schecter Stiletto active bass, which by the way I hated. Then I found myself wishing that I had this bass back so I sold my Schecter and bought another one. This time around I bought one in the orange metallic finish and let me tell ya the pics on the website don't do it justice, in person the finish looks awesome and it was like sparkling glass with those beautiful metallic flakes. Then to boot it was setup perfect, all I had to do was change out the crappy strings with some Ernie Ball Regular Slinky 5's, and set the intonations and I was off and rockin'! I never realized how much this bass sounds just like my American P-bass and Jazz Bass rolled into one. Yamaha really captured the essence of both of those basses! The instrument was flawless not a scratch in sight, and the hardware was top notch, the fret job was impeccable, and after I tuned it, it stayed in tune for several days and the neck was very stable and like a rock. All I had to do was some minor adjustments to the truss rod because my new strings were stretching out. But all in all I'm very happy to have this bass back. And Kudos Yamaha!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


An Amazing Bass

By OuQ23u9Ve

from South Carolina

I have had this bass almost a year now and it has been the perfect bass and will be for many years to come. Even though I am looking/about to buy a new ACTIVE 5 string the yamaha will still be played pretty regularly. I love this bass and will use it for many years to come. It has the growl that i love too for fingerstyle.


Go for it

By Foxtrot

from Tehrna- IR

Brilliant bass for darker ends of the rock genre. I have strung mine with DR Spider (DGCFC)and I run it through a Digi comp, a TC phaser, and into a boss DI. Beautifully shaped tones, rich, full, clear...
This model is no longer in production, if you ever see one on sale I suggest you buy it. I would not trade mine with two US Fender Ps.

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Yamaha BB415 5-String Bass

By Shelchan65

from POS, Trinidad

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I own this bass for about a year and I must say ithasn't failed me..used it for a recording and for a passive bass it stood out in the mix.My only gripe is that you can't do too much slapping on itas the strings seems to hit the jazz pickup therbycreating this pop sound,but can be rectified.If I want the sound of a active bass,I'll use my NE-1 Parametric EQ or the Seymour Duncan Paranormal DI EQ Box..Give it a try and you'll see what I mean..Another great form Yamaha,they never fail me.


all you need is........

By bassman1403

from LA

All you need with this bass is:1.Fat strings! For hard(fat)rock sound, more growling and nice slaping sound...your choice:(45,50,55)2.Big amp!(trust me,J destroyed few:)) or good processor (for studio) and you are ready to play... blues, jazz, funk, rock, metal, hard core...AWESOME BASS!

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