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2 hours ago, AndyTravis said:

Looks cheap/boring - not as nice

I've always found the pickup surrounds add a touch of class. The BB basses used to be far more elegant than fenders. It's a shame they've mutated the design to be more Fender like.

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6 minutes ago, TheGreek said:

Can anybody tell me what the model numbers mean?

 

For instance are the lower numbers "lesser" models? Are the 615/625 upgrades on the 415/425?

625 doesn’t exist…

 

414/415 were passive

614/615 active 3 eq, no passive mode

 

414/614 then replaced by 424/1024/2024 - all passive, different country of manufacture, various wood treatments and pickup variants (all based on p/j though)

 

modern day equivalent 

 

434 = 414/424 (passive p/j)

734 = 614 (active p/j)

1024/2024 - bp34 (passive p/j but “posh”)

 

414/424/614 all 4 string

415/425/615 all 5 string

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13 minutes ago, Reggaebass said:

Is there much difference between these two Andy 

To my mind - not enough to justify the huge gulf in price - I’m pretty sure the 1024 was about £600/£700 new and the 2024 was about £2000…

 

the 2024’s I played never disappointed but also never made me giddy…at current used prices though (think there’s a nice sunburst one about £1500) you’d be very hard pressed to get better.

 

The 1024x I had was a beauty - I absolutely regret not keeping it - but I will say, the rough and ready sound of the 424/414 suits me better - the extra refinement of the 1024/2024 would be a waste on my skill set - like giving fine wine and caviar to a chimpanzee.

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2 hours ago, AndyTravis said:

Thank you to our very own @MoJo for re-stocking my sucked sweetie control knob pile…I get stressed when I run out…

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There's a seller on eBay selling these in a multitude of colours. 

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Red all night tonight - was due new strings for 5 basses and “next day” obviously means “not within 3 days…” but it seems the strings I kept as spares to put on the red one still had enough snap for one rehearsal…

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BB615 just arrived ...it's nasty outside so I'll wait till the weather clears up before getting some photos done..

 

I contacted Yamaha customer service about the truss rod issue. Their rep spoke to their luthier who confirmed a couple of washers would resolve the issue and they're putting some in the post. 

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If you don't have 30 mins to spare, then you could do worse than dive in at 17.35 to hear a classic Yammy BB "punchy growl" on the 735A on @such's video link. Great tone!

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