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17 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Guess you've already seen this?

 

Ah, so thats who it is. I saw this on FB as well.

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I joined the yamaha BB club last week... genuinely blown away by both the build and tone, at any price point let alone a smidge above the price of a mex fender!

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That's one awesome rig to go with a very tasty bass!

Welcome aboard the Yammy club! Did you buy new or manage to pick one up used? 

But with reactions like yours to the BB range, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that we've just snuck passed 3,000 posts on this thread (and can't be more than 2,500 of those down to me and Andy T 😂).

I think I'm correct in saying that's the first ever bass focussed thread to pass that particular milestone in BC's history. Here's a glass raised to Yammys :drinks:

 

 

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2 hours ago, thisisswanbon said:

I joined the yamaha BB club last week... genuinely blown away by both the build and tone, at any price point let alone a smidge above the price of a mex fender!

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A noble beast. I actually traded my matte black BB735a to Skinnyman of this parish a couple of months ago but I suspect I’ll own another at some point. I can’t think of a better bass for the money. 

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Just a quick update on the reunion gig which I'd bought my white 414 for...it was a blinding success, and the 414 was perfect. The best bass (for the money) I've had since my old £75 BB300 back in the day (which, ironically, was my backup bass for the BB3000A I had in the band 30 years ago).

We've got some more gigs on the back of the reunion one, so I'll be needing a white BB for some time to come. I'm just wondering what I might upgrade the 414 to (I tried a BB1024, but didn't like the neck as much as the 414 (too big), so it got sold), and if I really need to... 3000As are now daft(ish) money, and I'm not sure about the neck profile of the 2024s...

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2 minutes ago, Muzz said:

Just a quick update on the reunion gig which I'd bought my white 414 for...it was a blinding success, and the 414 was perfect. The best bass (for the money) I've had since my old £75 BB300 back in the day (which, ironically, was my backup bass for the BB3000A I had in the band 30 years ago).

We've got some more gigs on the back of the reunion one, so I'll be needing a white BB for some time to come. I'm just wondering what I might upgrade the 414 to (I tried a BB1024, but didn't like the neck as much as the 414 (too big), so it got sold), and if I really need to... 3000As are now daft(ish) money, and I'm not sure about the neck profile of the 2024s...

You seen Paul's white BB1100S in the FS? Dunno if that would fit the bill of what you're looking for? If it had an extra thumb rest string I've have bitten his hand off...I do like a white Yammy :) 

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2 minutes ago, Muzz said:

Just a quick update on the reunion gig which I'd bought my white 414 for...it was a blinding success, and the 414 was perfect. The best bass (for the money) I've had since my old £75 BB300 back in the day (which, ironically, was my backup bass for the BB3000A I had in the band 30 years ago).

We've got some more gigs on the back of the reunion one, so I'll be needing a white BB for some time to come. I'm just wondering what I might upgrade the 414 to (I tried a BB1024, but didn't like the neck as much as the 414 (too big), so it got sold), and if I really need to... 3000As are now daft(ish) money, and I'm not sure about the neck profile of the 2024s...

If you're loving the 414, a 434 would be worth checking out! I have a 435 and it's blown me away in terms of feel and tone, I think they've really stepped it up on the new range! The pickups are essentially the same as in the high end models, the only real difference is the body construction (although it's solid Alder which is pretty standard), and the bridge is BBOT style, but I've had no issues with it. Highly recommended! 

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I'd forgotten the 1100S came in white - sadly (tho I have previously admitted to being as shallow as a puddle in this regard) the aesthetics are as important as anything in the selection of any possible upgrade, which rules out all the new range, but I'll have a look at that 1100S...it'll be dependent on weight and neck profile...

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18 hours ago, Al Krow said:

Guess you've already seen this?

 

thanks for the tip! it would be fantastic but I live in Italy and therefore it seems complicated to me. shame because it would seem interested also in a bb734a

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3 minutes ago, Corto14 said:

thanks for the tip! it would be fantastic but I live in Italy and therefore it seems complicated to me. shame because it would seem interested also in a bb734a

Understand. I recently received a bass from Germany from a retailer, which was significantly less well packaged than I would do with the basses I've sold, but it still arrived in A-1 condition, so I'm feeling a bit more confident about European shipments. I would of course get everything insured, just in case! 

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14 minutes ago, Corto14 said:

thanks for the tip! it would be fantastic but I live in Italy and therefore it seems complicated to me. shame because it would seem interested also in a bb734a

I'm happy to consider shipping to Italy. Have sent a couple of basses overseas down the years.

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On 12/11/2019 at 20:14, Al Krow said:

That's one awesome rig to go with a very tasty bass!

Welcome aboard the Yammy club! Did you buy new or manage to pick one up used? 

But with reactions like yours to the BB range, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that we've just snuck passed 3,000 posts on this thread (and can't be more than 2,500 of those down to me and Andy T 😂).

I think I'm correct in saying that's the first ever bass focussed thread to pass that particular milestone in BC's history. Here's a glass raised to Yammys :drinks:

 

 

Sorry for the delay, Al! It was bought brand new from Bassdirect for what I thought was a very reasonable price, especially when I had the bass in my hands the next day and realised the quality! You're right though, I can't imagine ever letting this go, I imagine It'll replace my Sandberg and spector as #1.

Appreciate the kind words about my rig as well, it's taken a few new amp days to come back to my first gigging head (literally the same amp I sold, bought back years later)... oops!

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10 minutes ago, thisisswanbon said:

Sorry for the delay, Al! It was bought brand new from Bassdirect for what I thought was a very reasonable price, especially when I had the bass in my hands the next day and realised the quality! You're right though, I can't imagine ever letting this go, I imagine It'll replace my Sandberg and spector as #1.

They are genuinely excellent basses at any money - The fact it took basses 5 times the cost (at least) to dethrone my BB735a speaks volumes. 

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Entering beta-test phase for Project Pickguard (scheduled while awaiting delivery of pickguard attachment screws from the far East). Decided to go with the stock Yamaha part as it only cost me £14 including shipping from BTN and it only took a few days to arrive!

I did lightly scrape it with a scalpel as the 'guard is designed to join onto a metal plate that covers the controls (as on a jazz bass). That part of the pickguard is cut straight so I just needed bevel it slightly. Not necessary but I think it looks a bit better.

 
Currently held in place with double-sided tape and the little plastic truss-rod access doodad. Realise the jazz-style knobs are non-standard but I hate the way I can't see how the stock ones are set. I think they look OK, particularly with the black 'guard which I think, rather like The Dude's rug, really ties the bass together. Overall, I like the look and think I'll stick with it.

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Those jazz style knobs work well IMO. I'm completely with you in wanting to be able to see where the dials are set - I resorted to a much cruder set of white stick-on markers on my former 735A!

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On 05/07/2019 at 22:41, AndyTravis said:

Don’t you fu*king start. Colour blind asshat @bigsmokebass does my cornhole in with his “hur hur, brown bass” comments.

He’s just jealous of my pink one...

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I get this all the time with my salmon pink bass. 'ooh the orange one' they say. Colour blind asshats. I'm having that. 

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So why am I browsing this thread, looking at Andy's orange one? 

Well I have managed to sell a bass which I put up when in desperate need of funds. I sold a few other things and cleared the debt so technically I don't need the money any more. So guess what I'm doing with it? 

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1 hour ago, stewblack said:

So why am I browsing this thread, looking at Andy's orange one? 

Well I have managed to sell a bass which I put up when in desperate need of funds. I sold a few other things and cleared the debt so technically I don't need the money any more. So guess what I'm doing with it? 

This perchance :) 

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9 hours ago, Al Krow said:

Those jazz style knobs work well IMO. I'm completely with you in wanting to be able to see where the dials are set - I resorted to a much cruder set of white stick-on markers on my former 735A!

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I think they look absolutely fine. I did try something similar but the 614 has much more rounded controls so it's not easy to get anything to stick. Also they have some kind of rubber band washer type things to aid grip, so any kind of marking down the "barrel" of the dial was a non-starter.
I was surprised at how heavy the stock controls were. Can't remember exactly but it was a few ounces and the new ones have taken the weight down to under 9lbs so that's another win, albeit slight.

 

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8 hours ago, stewblack said:

.... maybe 🤓

I’ll sue if you get white pearl Pickguard 😂

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4 hours ago, AndyTravis said:

I’ll sue if you get white pearl Pickguard 😂

Don't panic. I'm getting tortoise shell. 

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