#1
Well, my band needs a bass, and the other potential bassist (he and I plan on switching off on bass duty, though he admits I' a better guitarist. He said he would be bass, yadda yadda, then says he isn't going to play bass on all the songs...) are looking at a friend of ours'/my next-door neighbor's bass. It's an electric blue Yamaha with three knobs (I'm not really a bassist but after him letting be borrow it for the day, I assume they're all volume) and three pickups (one being the two small split pick-ups).

Anyway, it's got some dents near the knobs and some weird scratches on the other side of the bolt-on neck (the metal part, if you can see on the picture, I put my hand behind it to shield glare), but nothing that screws up the finish. I've noticed that it buzzes, but it doesn't go through the amp I'm using (which isn't a bass amp, we're not bassists), though that could ust be my suck.

He wants around $100 for it, what do you think it's worth? Sorry, I can't find the model numberor anything on it. It looks like a starter bass. Here are some pictures:


Full Bass


Headstock


Pick-ups


Bridge


The Knobs (dents kind of visible here)


Back of Body


Back of headstock/tuning machines


Bolt-on neck (back, scratches fairly visible)
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#4
first, NEVER run a bass through a guitar amp. the low E string frequency is usually too much for the speakers to handle as they're not made for that low of a tone.

second, the bass looks worth it and really, can you argue with a $100 price tag?
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#6
It looks to me like an RBX170 in dark blue metallic - http://www.yamaha-europe.com/yamaha_europe/uk/10_musical_instruments/30_guitars_basses_amps/70_bass_guitars/10_bass_guitars/20_rbx_basses/80_RBX170/index.html

As shown in link above, except a different colour.

These retail new for about £119 which, according to google -
119 British pounds = 235.7866 U.S. dollars.

Btw, the scratches on the metal bit on the back are more than likely from a belt buckle.
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#7
Thanks guys. Yeah, I thought it was a reasonable price, I just didn't know how much he paid for it. And I know about the never run a bass through a guitar amp, I used my little crap Crate practice amp to make sure there was nothing wrong with the electronics.

So I think we'll buy it unless my friend finds another bass or something.

Out of curiousity, what the hell is that metal little circle for on the bass horn? I was playing around with it, and it spins around, but I couldn't see any use for it.

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It looks to me like an RBX170 in dark blue metallic - http://www.yamaha-europe.com/yamaha_europe/uk/10_musical_instruments/30_guitars_basses_amps/70_bass_guitars/10_bass_guitars/20_rbx_basses/80_RBX170/index.html

As shown in link above, except a different colour.

These retail new for about £119 which, according to google -
119 British pounds = 235.7866 U.S. dollars.

Btw, the scratches on the metal bit on the back are more than likely from a belt buckle.


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#8
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Out of curiousity, what the hell is that metal little circle for on the bass horn? I was playing around with it, and it spins around, but I couldn't see any use for it.



You mean the strap pin? Wut
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#9
I think it's a great deal but the pickups look weird, are they supposed to be on slants or are the springs under the pickups screwy?
#10
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first, NEVER run a bass through a guitar amp. the low E string frequency is usually too much for the speakers to handle as they're not made for that low of a tone.

second, the bass looks worth it and really, can you argue with a $100 price tag?


Guitar amps cannot handle the high frequencies either. Bass guitar produces lower and higher frequencies than a guitar.

That bass won't be amazing, but you can trust most of Yamaha's stuff.
#12
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I have the RBX170 and it is honest to god the best bass that retails at sub-£200. The neck is to die for, the pickups aren't anything groundbreaking, but they still provide more versatility than your standard beginner bass. It'd be $100 well-spent my friend.



I actually really like all the RBX series, the 774 being my favourite. They are really nice bzsses and the neck on every one I have played has been more than suitable.
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#13
Quote by bite_the_bullet
first, NEVER run a bass through a guitar amp. the low E string frequency is usually too much for the speakers to handle as they're not made for that low of a tone.

second, the bass looks worth it and really, can you argue with a $100 price tag?



mine handles it fine. i play a 5 string and it handles my low B fine. even when i was playing freak on a leash and i had the B tuned to an A. it could handle it.
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#14
looks like a good deal to me. I noticed the pick-ups being slanted as well, maybe need to level those suckers out. Yamaha is good gear. cool colour and I wouldn't worry about the scratches on the back or around the knobs as long as there's no cracks around the neck or anything and the neck isn't warped..then have at 'er!! And just a note, please, please don't run it through a guitar amp, no matter what anybody says, its not gonna end well. Cheers!!
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#15
The RBX170's go for about £180 new over here in the UK in a pack, I have a RBX270 and love it
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#16
Im not sure if its a good deal.... for 80 bucks more you get a brand new one. ($179.99)
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-RBX170-Bass?sku=511081

This one is prety damaged. Nothing real serious though but still... Also the pickups need serious adjustment.
If it was me i would wash some cars in the street to earn 80 bucks and get a new one.
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#18
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Well said.
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#19
offer him $50 and a case of beer!! see if he takes it
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#20
to the TS, $100 would be the most i would pay for this bass. btw, that is two p-ups, one split-coil neck(P) p-up, and a single coil bridge(J) p-up. the knobs are likely, volume (P), volume (J), and tone knob. i'd offer $50 to $75.
#21
for a $100? i'd buy it before he changes his mind.
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#22
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i'd offer $50 to $75.


i second that, 100 is too much as for 80 bucks more you get a brand new one.


Quote by blues_man
for a $100? i'd buy it before he changes his mind.


You sound like the guy who is selling it.
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