#1
I was looking at these basses:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-RBX375-5String-Bass?sku=519039X

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-RBX374-4String-Bass?sku=519038

For a starter, as compaired to an epiphone thunderbird or a squier jazz bass. (afinity, alder)
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#2
you know, i looked at those basses originally when i was in the market for a new bass a few months ago but i decided against it. i found the ones that i tried out to be rather heavy. i instead went with the Ibanez ICB iceman and it has served me well. personally, i would go with the thunderbird.
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#3
From what I gather, they are both the same model, except 1 is 4-string and the other is a 5-string. I'd go with the 5-string; it's a better deal, and the 5th string doesn't hurt.

A lot of famous people use Yamaha basses. John Myung and Billy Sheehan do if you are a virtuoso fan, and Abe Laboriel does if you're a slap fan.

Micheal Anthony uses Yamaha too, but we shouldn't hold that against them.

They make some decent basses at a good price.
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you know, i looked at those basses originally when i was in the market for a new bass a few months ago but i decided against it. i found the ones that i tried out to be rather heavy. i instead went with the Ibanez ICB iceman and it has served me well. personally, i would go with the thunderbird.


Its not the weight that buggs me. I've played them and they feel good. MY thing is the electronics, abeucase im a gutiarist I've no real ear for bass tone yet...
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#5
Yamaha make nice basses. I was looking to get the RBX374 for christmas, but, thanks to boxing week sales, I got an Ibanez SR500 instead.
#6
If a bass is too heavy, get a proper bass strap. 2" straps are for guitar players.
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If a bass is too heavy, get a proper bass strap. 2" straps are for guitar players.


Haha, I have a guitar strap wider then my hand, so thats no worry for me.
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#8
i have a yamaha bass. rbx200. its pretty sweet. it hasnt given be any problems sounds good and stays in tune for a while.
#9
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Haha, I have a guitar strap wider then my hand, so thats no worry for me.


Good. My Precision bass is at least 13lbs and was unbearable with a 2" strap. With my Planet Waves Padded Comfort Strap, I barely notice that it's on.
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#10
Those Yamaha basses are great. Nice feel on the neck, and good tone from the pickups.


The T-bird is very subjective - you either love it or hate it, mostly due to the stupid neck/headstock problem.
#12
I have an Epiphone Mandobird VIII and I have no neck-dive problems whatsoever. Finding strings for that thing just isn't possible, though.
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#13
I have also been looking at the RBX374. Is it good for people that are intermediate to experienced?

Oh and how are they for metal/rock styles of playing?
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#15
My first bass was a Yamaha RBX170 and its a great bass! I tried the 4 string version of the ones you are looking at and it played very well.
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I have a Yamaha RBX360 that I got used at a local music shop and I couldn't be happier with it. It has a small body thats great for sit-down playing and a deep cutaway so you can reach those high frets. Great all around bass.
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#18
I have an RBX374 and it is ****ing beautiful. SO much better than any Fender IMO

I've had no problems at all with it over the 2 years I have had it, and it plays most styles really well. Love it
#19
I like yamaha RBX775. so beutiful bass. monorel tremolo,neck wow
#21
Id go for the four stringer
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#22
correct me if i'm wrong but isn't john myungs bass a 6 string version of this yamaha
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correct me if i'm wrong but isn't john myungs bass a 6 string version of this yamaha


Yep
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#24
yeah and doesnt myungs bass have a Duncan pickup? yeah the 374, i love their BB3000 bass though...kick ass piece of wood
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