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Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar Natural

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Product Price $224.99
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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

Available 06-08-2018

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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
Pickups: Split Coil x 1, Single Coil x 1

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YamahaTRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9)

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(10 of 10 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.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Bass

    By RoyM

    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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great bass, even better price.

      By Hiramuv

      from Gainesville, FL

      About Me Novice

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      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.

        (5 of 5 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.)

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Decent instrument

            By Stormy Monday

            from Path of Matthew

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            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.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Killer for the price, but not perfect.

            By Tx Pete

            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.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice bass!

                By AMiller

                from Medford, MN

                About Me Novice

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • School Bands

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

                  This was my first electric bass, but I've owned several acoustic stringed instruments over the years, and I've played drums for like 30 years. I feel like I know a little about instruments in general, but I'm not qualified to comment on the electronics.

                  For the price, this thing is a steel. It plays very nice, and was easy to setup. The tone sounds very nice to me, with tons of options between the two different styles of pickups and the tone control.

                  The bass feels very solid, but without being heavy. It has a good 'feel' under my hands. The neck is thin without being wimpy. Frets could maybe use a -little- work, but it's not bad.

                  I appreciate that it looks different. This isn't the usual red/white or black/white Fender Squire, you know? The natural wood looks great, and I appreciate that the headstock isn't bare. The mango wood veneer is... interesting. Not bad, but it does look a little like it was salvaged from a flood! It's unique and different.

                  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to any beginner or novice player. It should be enough for practicing, jamming and playing clubs.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Cant believe the price for this quality

                  By Malba

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • 2 - tone is odd mix
                  • Cheap tuning knobs

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

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

                  Blown away at the quality of this mass produced instrument...the neck is amazing for this price. The body is solid as well. For the money its excellent and you can always build on it.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Bass for the Price!

                  By Mykel's 35

                  from York, PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I'm a lead guitarist but wanted a bass for recording my originals. I wanted something simple and straight forward and not too costly. This fit the bill perfectly! Easy to play, sounds good and looks kinda cool and unique too. For the price I couldn't find something else better without jumping up a hundred or two more. Great bang for the buck!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Mangomatic, baby

                    By Dennisio

                    from Summerhill, PA

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up

                    Cons

                    • No cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All-around GREAT bass

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

                    Beautiful finish. Well set up right out of box, tighten strings and away you go.

                    Yamaha reputation remains secure, a fantastic buy. Passive pickups, no battery needed, another plus because the tones are there.

                    A truly great value and very comfortable playing.

                    Rock on.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing Product.

                    By Bruce

                    from Bangalore, India

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts

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

                      I feel this is one of my best purchases. The bass sounds really nice and being able to blend the tones gives a wide variety of tones. This bass can handle anything that you throw at it. At the end of the day it depends on how one plays too. Quality craftsmanship and a balanced and comfortable design.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great looking and sounding!

                      By Allen

                      from Arizona

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                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Small Venues

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

                        Very nice bass.
                        Tone woods that look great as well.

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