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I've had a chance to play it now and it certainly has the 1200S DNA. But it does have it's own thing going on.  I have had 3 1200S basses in the past so I am working off my memory but it does have a lot of the sparkle of the top end of that bass.  I find the bottom end is very different though in that it doesn't have the 'hollow' sound of the 1200S and is more round.  Without playing this in a band setting I think hitting that E string might blow the roof off, that didn't happen with my 1200S basses.

So I would say it is different enough from the 1200S to be it's own thing.  The feel of the neck is amazing and it is very fast.  It is certainly not the 'tank' the 1200S is, but that is probably down to it being so much lighter.  The sustain is amazing for a bolt on, that is a huge achievement.

I have never played a 734 so can't comment on that, but this is a workhorse bass with a solid feel to it.

The only thing I would be critical of is the knobs seem a bit on the cheaper side and are too small/fiddly, the inlays are plasticky, and the fretboard is too light against the rest of the bass.

But for £899 it's an absolute steel and a top bass.

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24 minutes ago, marleaux62 said:

Peter Hook is saying that the neck profile is the same as his bb1200s.

There are others who will know better than me on this forum, but I think the neck feel is similar but is narrower from front to back.  But I am working off my memory when I had a 1200S.

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15 minutes ago, Sarlscharisma said:

...The feel of the neck is amazing and it is very fast.  It is certainly not the 'tank' the 1200S is, but that is probably down to it being so much lighter.  The sustain is amazing for a bolt on, that is a huge achievement.

@Muzz - sounds like it's getting pretty close to what you've been looking for?

15 minutes ago, Sarlscharisma said:

The only thing I would be critical of is the knobs seem a bit on the cheaper side and are too small/fiddly, the inlays are plasticky, and the fretboard is too light against the rest of the bass.

@marleaux62 - Mick had exactly the same thoughts (great minds and all that?) and has come up with a cunning plan for sorting! If it works, I'll leave him to share.

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1 hour ago, Bassmurf said:

Apologies if this has been posted already!

Defo no need to apologise (can't have too much of Hooky can we? 😊) and welcome to the Yammy thread if that was a first post from you on here (and my turn to apologise if I missed any of your earlier posts!).

Are you a current / former Yammy owner - if so, please spill the beans! 

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1st post from me on this thread and Hooky still underrated imho.

Am a former owner of a RBX550M in blue - was a massive Billy Sheehan back in the ‘90’s so got this video, saw what he had on the cover and well - had to get a Yammy!

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My mate has a BB734A which if he ever wants to sell it, could give it a good home...

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6 hours ago, Sarlscharisma said:

There are others who will know better than me on this forum, but I think the neck feel is similar but is narrower from front to back.  But I am working off my memory when I had a 1200S.

The neck is thinner front to back... and the nut is 40mm instead of 43mm on 1200s...I have to say the neck on the BBPH does feel quite nice...

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8 hours ago, gobasserk said:

How do I embed a youtube video so that you can see it as above? I only can do links 😜 

You mean like this? 😉

 

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47 minutes ago, gobasserk said:

Yes that's what I meant .. 😉 

If you copy the http address you'll share it as a link. If you click on "share" and copy that, you can embed the video. 

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23 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Satin black B stock 735A for £631 inc. P&P including a Yammy gig bag - so around £559 for the bass itself, £60(?) for the gig bag and £12 delivery:

Yamaha 735a Satin Black B stock for sale, UK eu, on offer, Bass Direct warwick, Birmingham, London, Manchester, USA

I’ve been trying very hard to not pull the trigger on that one.

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10 minutes ago, Lozz196 said:

I’ve been trying very hard to not pull the trigger on that one.

Why? 😊

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48 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Why? 😊

I’ve got far more gear than I need, have stacks to move on, so trying to be a little more sensible than usual. I’m hoping I’ll succeed......

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Sorry to go back to the BBPH again, but from about 6 minutes onwards here it's sounding great. 

Why do I keep torturing myself? 😄

 

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OMG - he's using a music stand - haha! There's clearly hope for us mere mortals yet 😁

Btw @gobasserk well done for nailing his tone so well! 

Kinda amused he's running out of fretboard - my only gripe with the Yamaha BB range (except the NE2) is that they are 21 frets and not 24.

Just spotted that the Warwick Thumb played by one of my bass heroes (Jack Bruce RIP) has 26 very accessible frets - that's insane!

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Well I think it is not really difficult to recreate the sound without a BBPH bass. But the 1000MA has the same revearsed p-pickup ..which I like better than the normal way. A key reason for me to love the MA-BBs for so many years. I had several BB's but after Ii got used to the tone of the MA pickups the normal position is too boomy, to bassy for me. 

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Yup - that's supposed to be the key benefit of the reverse P ie a tighter low end (and a mellower top).

Shame Yammy don't offer that option more widely. 

Although I guess with a judicious use of EQ and / or HPF you should be able to get a chunk of the way there, particularly in reducing any boominess. 

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Just was thinking about what I could do next .... 👩‍⚖️

Option 1 : buying the new BBPH                                                      999,-

Option 2: a new finish for one of my BB1000MA'S                       600;- ???  (metallic cherry red) 

Option 3: buying a 434m and upgrading it                                     500,- plus ...300,- ? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Actually, I am more into the "new finish" option... I do have two superb 1000MA's and they do exactly what I want. Of course the BBPH would be wonderfull to have! 🙂 

But 1000 bucks for another BB... man, I work hard for my basses...

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