Price paid: £ 100
Purchased from: Second Hand
Sound — 10
You can just get any sound out of this. It's great for slap and pop, and really great for fingering, with the thumbrests. I can get from straight down jazz and funk to hardcore metal with this bass, it's so versatile. I use it with an Ashdown Five Fifteen, which gives it a really warm sound, and for distortion I use a Boss OS/2. Completely silent bass even when turned up all the way. Get a decent set of strings on this bass and it will sing your basslines loud and clear.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall this is a great bass. One of the best I have played. Only flaws is that the pickups could be easier to adjust, and that the neck could be slightly thinner, but this doesn't bother me.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Battery doesn't go too often, it seems to be great for live playing with its' huge sound, and it can withstand a few knocks before the paint comes off. Depend on it for sure, just not without a battery.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
No flaws with the action and finish, haven't had to change it, although I had to lower the pickups which actually prove difficult, as I was hitting the open pickup poles when I slapped. Apart from this, all of the hardware seems great. The neck is just one of the best I have played on, the smooth black finish on the back, it's really nice. The neck is quite large at 10", but it's very playable.
Features — 9
This bass is a China 2003 model, looking from the serial number. It's got 24 frets, of which all are usable, due to the huge cutaway. The body is quite a heavy alder, and the neck is maple, with a smooth rosewood fretboard, which is a treat to play on. The finish a deep red, and this whole bass seems to be Yamaha's take on the MusicMan stingray. The pickups are Yamaha active pickups with a thumbrest which is really comfortable to play on. The preamp is active, and you can get any array of sounds from it, from a P-Bass to a jazz bass. You get a Pickup control, blending the two together, a bass boost/cut and a treble boost/cut, as well as master volume. All of the controls have a nice defined indent when they hit the middle. This bass stays in tune forever.