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I was wondering why the split pickup on my 424 never makes a noise that reminds me of Precision, it seems more straightforwardly bassy. Turns out it's about a quarter of an inch near the neck. I'm going to take that as the explanation. 🤷‍♂️

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2 minutes ago, Ricky Rioli said:

I was wondering why the split pickup on my 424 never makes a noise that reminds me of Precision, it seems more straightforwardly bassy. Turns out it's about a quarter of an inch near the neck. I'm going to take that as the explanation. 🤷‍♂️

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My mate swears he prefers the p sound of my orange bb to his 97/98 p.

im inclined to agree, because…orange yamaha.

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I'm never going to come to terms with the fact that Yamaha dropped orange for the 424. 

The absence of a Precision-y noise from the neck pickup doesn't bother me, as I bought it for the sound of both pickups together. Perhaps that slight extra bassyness from placing the split a tiny bit closer to the neck was felt to give a better balance when the two are mixed together? At any rate, it does it for me.

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5 minutes ago, Ricky Rioli said:

I'm never going to come to terms with the fact that Yamaha dropped orange for the 424. 

The absence of a Precision-y noise from the neck pickup doesn't bother me, as I bought it for the sound of both pickups together. Perhaps that slight extra bassyness from placing the split a tiny bit closer to the neck was felt to give a better balance when the two are mixed together? At any rate, it does it for me.

I’m never coming to terms with that. Although I will say, the 414 and 424 are sat with me playing identically…and…yeah, orange 414 will be fine - if you can find one: they tend to be like busses

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I have had 3 “X” series basses now and feel the metal knobs on the big plate look silly…

Now, each time I’ve changed them to the traditional “sucked sweetie” knobs seen on BB’s the plastic knobs always seem to sit too high - too far off the plate.

Today when I’d decided the white 424x was staying, I went in my parts draw and retrieved the 2 knobs I’d taken off @lee650’s bb425 (he hates the sucked sweeties…) And pushed them on…

“FFS!” I exclaimed loudly…as ever, they’d sat way too proud - it looked stupid. My OCD wouldn’t let it be.

So I went looking for my “discarded looms and assorted shite box” and found two splendid spacers made for this exact purpose. 
 

Away we go…

 

Yes, I know. Sad, isn’t it?

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Wow you 8 or so PH owners on this thread, you're going to LOVE this bit of news!

4 hours ago, Eldon Tyrell said:

I guess it depends on what you are selling/buying. For example, a Yamaha Peter Hook Signature Bass that cost around £1k new just sold on ebay for more than double. BTW, it is a "standard" one, i.e. not one of the hand signed ones that PMT sold.  

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3 minutes ago, AndyTravis said:

I was discussing the BBPH (Signed) that @marleaux62 has and might sell…

There you go mate - EBAY!

Yeah 31 bids - so I'm guessing that there must be a few disappointed purchasers who didn't win that auction and a couple who would have just been just pipped at the post i.e. willing to pay close to £2k.

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9 hours ago, AndyTravis said:

I have had 3 “X” series basses now and feel the metal knobs on the big plate look silly…

Now, each time I’ve changed them to the traditional “sucked sweetie” knobs seen on BB’s the plastic knobs always seem to sit too high - too far off the plate.

Today when I’d decided the white 424x was staying, I went in my parts draw and retrieved the 2 knobs I’d taken off @lee650’s bb425 (he hates the sucked sweeties…) And pushed them on…

“FFS!” I exclaimed loudly…as ever, they’d sat way too proud - it looked stupid. My OCD wouldn’t let it be.

So I went looking for my “discarded looms and assorted shite box” and found two splendid spacers made for this exact purpose. 
 

Away we go…

 

Yes, I know. Sad, isn’t it?

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The post where Andy discovers washers

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Should anyone care, and I'm very dubious that anyone does, as far as I can tell from checking more photos, the pickups on the 434 are in the same spots as on the 424 / 2024, so the split is again slightly neckward compared with a P.

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22 minutes ago, Ricky Rioli said:

Should anyone care, and I'm very dubious that anyone does, as far as I can tell from checking more photos, the pickups on the 434 are in the same spots as on the 424 / 2024, so the split is again slightly neckward compared with a P.

434 centre of 12th fret to centre of P pickup 291mm, compared to 295.5mm for my Fender P bass and the J pickup is roughly in the 70s J position at 374mm

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12 hours ago, Ricky Rioli said:

I'm never going to come to terms with the fact that Yamaha dropped orange for the 424. 

The absence of a Precision-y noise from the neck pickup doesn't bother me, as I bought it for the sound of both pickups together. Perhaps that slight extra bassyness from placing the split a tiny bit closer to the neck was felt to give a better balance when the two are mixed together? At any rate, it does it for me.

Exactly! I love my BB's for the sound of the P/J combination. In my oponion Yamaha has "created" a very unique sound with the BB's. If you want a sound that is 100% like a Fender Precision...buy one. 

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