Jump to content

The Yamaha BB mega-thread


Al Krow

Recommended Posts

This is the difference in pickup locations. 

The reverse P is on top of the old plate. 

 

The EA is only around half a pickups width back from the neck and DG is about one and a half a pickups width nearer the neck. 

 

Hopefully a good balance. 

6TzQ9nQ.jpg

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

49 minutes ago, Maude said:

This is the difference in pickup locations. 

The reverse P is on top of the old plate. 

 

The EA is only around half a pickups width back from the neck and DG is about one and a half a pickups width nearer the neck. 

 

Hopefully a good balance. 

6TzQ9nQ.jpg

 

If I've not got my brain in a twist, your spot is about halfway between where a standard swapped around P is, and where the reverse P on a Mark Hopper is

 

Screenshot_20210223-134612_Gallery.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Ricky Rioli said:

 

If I've not got my brain in a twist, your spot is about halfway between where a standard swapped around P is, and where the reverse P on a Mark Hopper is

 

Screenshot_20210223-134612_Gallery.jpg

 

Yes, probably. The BB P pickup is nearer the neck than a standard P bass, and I've reversed them and moved the whole unit towards the neck around a further 10mm. I did work with it out further back in this thread but I think the EA is still nearer the bridge than a standard P bass, I can't remember. 

There's been no big plan really, just that reversing the BB P made it too close to the scratchplate so I moved it forwards a bit. 

The Mark Hoppus looks to be a lot further forwards. 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

While I like the sound of the ABM with the 4x10 cab a lot, my heart goes BOOOOM with the additional 2x10. Nothing beats a 6x10 or 8x10 bass rig with an old fashioned transformer head! 😍
2 kg amps suck tonewise and every skilled sound guy will tell you. But it is like with vinyl... young people that never heard a record on a good payer will believe, mp3 is the best possible audio format. 
But I just can't compromise, I know the tonal difference and can tell within seconds (in terms of listening to a bass rig) 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, gobasserk said:

Testing new live cab combinations. Neighbors are thrilled ! 😄 

Ashdown5.jpeg

 

Yep, I love it when they join in with percussion. I do sometimes have to play a bit louder so they get in time.

  • Like 2
  • Haha 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

So I finally sent back the Tech21 DP pedal because during testing some of my pedals I discovered that my old (and forgotten) Hartke VXL Attack does a better sound than the dp. At least for the things I want it for. 
Here now a recording of the Hartke vs. my YYZ . Even here I like the Hartke better. Strange and funny 😛  Recoded the way Andy likes it: Bass-pedal-littel 25 watts combo- smartphone. 😉 

 

BB1000ma_HartkeVXL_YYZ
 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Gigged a BB424X today. Tamed the low end via my Basswitch and subtle cuts on the provided Fender Rumble combo. It’s a nice alternative to my jazz and comfortable to play. Not as skinny a neck on my jazz and a wee bit thicker than my p bass but overall pleasing! The P bass has the “B” neck which is probably the neck profile which really is a best fit for me. 

I’ve been told if you search on Facebook for ‘ EH32 Live ‘ you’ll see a clip!

Edited by krispn
  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

All back together ready for restringing and a set up. 

Although in these pictures I noticed the fretboard wood could do with a tiny sand with some micro mesh and a buff up. I gave it a fret dress and although I didn't notice it in the flesh, the pictures show the wood is slightly dulled. 

It's got some lovely grain on the fretboard. 

 

hYt8kWH.jpg

 

VxXOzhK.jpg

 

I'm glad I opted for a single ply black, it's slightly different from the norm and I like it. 

GqO8rW6.jpg

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, gobasserk said:

So I finally sent back the Tech21 DP pedal because during testing some of my pedals I discovered that my old (and forgotten) Hartke VXL Attack does a better sound than the dp. At least for the things I want it for. 
Here now a recording of the Hartke vs. my YYZ . Even here I like the Hartke better. Strange and funny 😛  Recoded the way Andy likes it: Bass-pedal-littel 25 watts combo- smartphone. 😉 

 

BB1000ma_HartkeVXL_YYZ
 

 

Is the Hartke first in that clip? If so I might have to look out for one!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A fact that I like is that the Hartke has so much bass. With the "SHAPE" and the "BASS" knob there is so much bass to dial in... it has defenetly more than enough to dial into the signal! 

Edited by gobasserk
Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, gobasserk said:

So I finally sent back the Tech21 DP pedal because during testing some of my pedals I discovered that my old (and forgotten) Hartke VXL Attack does a better sound than the dp. At least for the things I want it for. 
Here now a recording of the Hartke vs. my YYZ . Even here I like the Hartke better. Strange and funny 😛  Recoded the way Andy likes it: Bass-pedal-littel 25 watts combo- smartphone. 😉 

 

BB1000ma_HartkeVXL_YYZ

I liked both clips a lot. The first clip with the Hartke is a bit more mid-scooped than the second, so my guess is that it will sound 'sweeter' solo'd but I suspect the second set up with the YYZ will cut through better in a band mix? Would you agree?

 

I've got a YYZ waiting patiently in a box from a fellow BC'er waiting to be opened - was too busy getting our set list material up to scratch for a wedding gig last night to unwrap it yet, but looking forward to giving it a spin. I had a really useful exchange with one of the chaps from Tech 21, on another thread, who recommended using the cab sim on all their pedals as they are voiced to operate with the cab sim engaged.

 

Must admit I'm kinda glad you've ditched the DP-3X; sounds like you've come to the same conclusion it wasn't working for you. Certainly the previous recordings you made with it were completely not my cup of tea at all and very much at odds to your other recordings which I'm a fan of! 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

50 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

@Maude - great job on that bass! If that reverse-P J option was available from Yamaha (on a 5er) I would be getting one!

Thanks. 🙂

I've just string it up and had a play, and the highs really sing now. 

It needs a proper set up tomorrow and balance the pickups, but first impressions are it will be a monster. 

 

It's like a long lost relative to my Variax now. 

U0bHpdj.jpg

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

39 minutes ago, BassApprentice said:

A pretty spicy looking BBNE2 has just popped up on Facebook.... 

Screenshot_20210829-232835.png

Very nice refinish! I wouldn't be so bothered with the cheesy LED's though.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

So if you'd like to provide a loving stable "forever" home to a BB that's been left in a loft, or no longer gigged due to basschat "Glass back syndrome". Contact Dr Travs, BB relocation and restoration service! A few months ago he very kindly took delivery of a vintage white BB425 from a very lovely man, which he stripped down and setup. And brought to live with my flock. He even fitted a BB1025/P35 bridge which a nice man on BC was selling.

 

Not two days ago he brought to live with me an 80s BB350f fretless in Pearl White (It goes pink in the sunlight, awesome) from a funny fellow in eBay land, that probably used it as a doorstop or something. he replaced a broken bridge and gave it his famous TLC, he even gave it a chance to be fretted, but it still wants to identify as a fretless in as world that isn't kind to fretless. So if you have it in your heart to love a BB that currently is about as popular as an excitable dog at a miss lovelylegs contest, please donate to Dr Travs and his team of magical elves.

 

So I present my two current BB'S

"The White Sisters"

 

BB425 in vintage white with an upgraded Yamaha vintage + bridge AKA - Jayne

 

BB350f in pearl White AKA- Luna

 

Another shout out to the lovely @Hacksawbob for tracing his 5 string pickguard, which means Jayne will be getting a new Tort frock 😁

 

20210827_181420.thumb.jpg.122b3bdaed7d9a2615f6deab8327887e.jpg

20210827_193342.jpg

20210826_110433.jpg

Edited by lee650
  • Like 9
Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 hours ago, lee650 said:

So if you'd like to provide a loving stable "forever" home to a BB that's been left in a loft, or no longer gigged due to basschat "Glass back syndrome". Contact Dr Travs, BB relocation and restoration service! A few months ago he very kindly took delivery of a vintage white BB425 from a very lovely man, which he stripped down and setup. And brought to live with my flock. He even fitted a BB1025/P35 bridge which a nice man on BC was selling.

 

Not two days ago he brought to live with me an 80s BB350f fretless in Pearl White (It goes pink in the sunlight, awesome) from a funny fellow in eBay land, that probably used it as a doorstop or something. he replaced a broken bridge and gave it his famous TLC, he even gave it a chance to be fretted, but it still wants to identify as a fretless in as world that isn't kind to fretless. So if you have it in your heart to love a BB that currently is about as popular as an excitable dog at a miss lovelylegs contest, please donate to Dr Travs and his team of magical elves.

 

So I present my two current BB'S

"The White Sisters"

 

BB425 in vintage white with an upgraded Yamaha vintage + bridge AKA - Jayne

 

BB350f in pearl White AKA- Luna

 

Another shout out to the lovely @Hacksawbob for tracing his 5 string pickguard, which means Jayne will be getting a new Tort frock 😁

 

20210827_181420.thumb.jpg.122b3bdaed7d9a2615f6deab8327887e.jpg

20210827_193342.jpg

20210826_110433.jpg

 

So good to see the bridge being used 🙂🙂. Lovely set of instruments 👍!

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...