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Was looking for Yammy BB vs Fender P comparisons and came across this. There’s not a huge amount in it but I do think the BB sounds a tiny bit more characterful. They’re both strung with flats, though not of the same brand so that in itself will have some impact. Not to mention all the other variables...

 

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8 hours ago, dave_bass5 said:

New day, fresh ears etc, and I’m loving the P34 a lot more today. I think its staying put. Ive got my head around the fact that its not a Fender P bass, and its voiced differently. This was the issue yesterday. Now i get that its not going to sound like my Fender ive accepted it more. The P34 seems to lack the low end heft i get with other P basses, but i have a feeling this will mean a cleaner low end when i play live. Not quite got the Fender P character, but again, its different so ill just get used to it, and embrace it. 

Its so easy and inspiring to play. Been doing loads of runs i could never quite achieve on my other basses, at least not as cleanly. Not sure why, but it just feels easy to play. Might even be those stings as they feel very tight, which i like. No fret buzz anywhere, and ive not touched the set up at all. Normally by now ive made at least one or two adjustments to a new bass. 

I love how the bass isn’t dictating what note i play and where. With my other basses (especially P basses) playing on the E string around the 8th fret and above gives a more wooly tone, so i tend to avoid that area. All the notes on the P34 seems to have the same volume and clarity (within reason)and means i dont feel restricted. A pleasure to play. 

Glad it's working out for you, I don't have the P34 but I do have a BB734, I was getting a bad sound from the E string (very dead thud) I  turned the saddle around to work in the same way it's setup on a 5 string and now I have great sustain and sounds a lot better.   I played a Music man since 1980 and it took a while to adjust to the Yamaha, but I must admit it's a great bass to play and a lot lighter on the shoulder after a two hour gig lol, happy days.

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Thanks, I’m more than settled with it now. As you say, sometimes it needs a bit of adjusting to. 

Funnily enough, I almost got a 735a a couple of months ago, I’ve not been a fan of the way Yamaha basses look, especially the pick up surrounds, but the 735a really  appeals to me, especially that lovely back finish. I tired one out briefly in the Yamaha shop but wasnt too impressed with the  neck felt. I needed up getting a Sire P7 instead but that had issues so went back. 

Now I’m a confirmed Yamaha lover, although i think thats my lot now, no need to get anything else. 

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Funny I have a Sire V7 4 string here I only gigged a few times and I'm looking to sell, as it didn't work out for me either ! 

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32 minutes ago, whamni said:

Funny I have a Sire V7 4 string here I only gigged a few times and I'm looking to sell, as it didn't work out for me either ! 

I should add, ive had a Gen 1 V7 5 string since they first come out, cant fault it other than the weight. A bass i will never sell, but probably wont ever gig again either.

The Gen 2 P7 i brought had a faulty bridge pup, so thats why it went back. It was a lovely bass to play, but i never wanted an active bass (hence not getting the 735a either) in the first place, so i was never 100% on it. 

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Just weighed my two Yamaha’s. 

The 425 came out at 10lbs and the P34 at 9.2lbs. My Fender P weighs just 8lbs, but i like the feel and weigh of the P34 better. I like a bit of substance to make me feel like ive got my money’s  worth lol. 

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10 minutes ago, dave_bass5 said:

Just weighed my two Yamaha’s. 

The 425 came out at 10lbs and the P34 at 9.2lbs. My Fender P weighs just 8lbs, but i like the feel and weigh of the P34 better. I like a bit of substance to make me feel like ive got my money’s  worth lol. 

Ah, in which case I now totally understand why your 425 is your favourite bass of the lot! 😂

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Well the Sire is heavier, and white so technically.........😃

The only time weight bothers me is when I’m crying the bloody things. Playing them is never a problem 

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4 minutes ago, dave_bass5 said:

Well the Sire is heavier, and white so technically.........😃

The only time weight bothers me is when I’m crying the bloody things. Playing them is never a problem 

Did you get some steel shoulder implants by any chance? I hear they were all the rage in the 70s with the advent of metal. 

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Funny I weighed my collection last week and my Musicman is 10.21lb that's why it hangs on the wall now, my Sire V7 is 9.29 lb (it's for sale) the Yamaha 734 8.69lb that's my player

and the Gibson 335 is 9.7lb, I was just curious with that one lol 

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Just now, whamni said:

and the Gibson 335 is 9.7lb, I was just curious with that one lol 

Oooh you have a Gibson 335 😍

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Just now, Al Krow said:

Oooh you have a Gibson 335 😍

I do indeed, nice guitar it's not that old, think I got it around  2006/8 give or take 

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24 minutes ago, whamni said:

I do indeed, nice guitar it's not that old, think I got it around  2006/8 give or take 

My guitarist has a nice red 335. It looked cool when he used it and I used my red Jack Casady. 

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I was going to get myself a Jack Casady around the time i purchased the Sire, wish I had now lol

Way back about 100 years ago lol  I had a Wilson bass, it was styled on the 335 body and  built in England somewhere, loved it, and now they fetch big bucks, if you can find one 

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22 minutes ago, whamni said:

I was going to get myself a Jack Casady around the time i purchased the Sire, wish I had now lol

Way back about 100 years ago lol  I had a Wilson bass, it was styled on the 335 body and  built in England somewhere, loved it, and now they fetch big bucks, if you can find one 

I got mine on the spur of the moment. Only had it for about 4 months. Lovely bass but i had no use for it. 

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The way this thing just sits and supports a mix is incredible. Still super happy with my BB735A and it's heading off to Italy for a festival with me this week! 

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On 16/06/2019 at 14:34, dave_bass5 said:

My guitarist has a nice red 335. It looked cool when he used it and I used my red Jack Casady. 

Arrrgh.... when I bought my 734a it was a toss up between that and the red JC... you've made me lust after the red JC again now!!!😂

 

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9 minutes ago, hookys6stringbass said:

Arrrgh.... when I bought my 734a it was a toss up between that and the red JC... you've made me lust after the red JC again now!!!😂

 

Haha,  JC is a great bass but i found it quite uncomfortable to play, especially sitting down. I dont miss it at all. 

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4 minutes ago, dave_bass5 said:

Haha,  JC is a great bass but i found it quite uncomfortable to play, especially sitting down. I dont miss it at all. 

I know what you mean... mine used to dig into my forearm... but weirdly I found it ok to play sitting down...

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31 minutes ago, hookys6stringbass said:

I know what you mean... mine used to dig into my forearm... but weirdly I found it ok to play sitting down...

I must admit sitting down was uncomfortable but standing was more painful. As you say, it digs in to your forearm. Probably worse for pick playing as i rest my hand on the bridge most of the time. 

What a tone though 🙂

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6 minutes ago, dave_bass5 said:

I must admit sitting down was uncomfortable but standing was more painful. As you say, it digs in to your forearm. Probably worse for pick playing as i rest my hand on the bridge most of the time. 

What a tone though 🙂

Ha.... I was just thinking... maybe I  was being daft wanting to get another one (had a black one)...and you went and finished with...

"What a tone though" ..... bugger!

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25 minutes ago, hookys6stringbass said:

Ha.... I was just thinking... maybe I  was being daft wanting to get another one (had a black one)...and you went and finished with...

"What a tone though" ..... bugger!

lol, it had its uses but I didn’t think it was very versatile. More a one trick pony than a P bass IMO. 

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On 15/06/2019 at 22:26, whamni said:

Glad it's working out for you, I don't have the P34 but I do have a BB734, I was getting a bad sound from the E string (very dead thud) I  turned the saddle around to work in the same way it's setup on a 5 string and now I have great sustain and sounds a lot better.   I played a Music man since 1980 and it took a while to adjust to the Yamaha, but I must admit it's a great bass to play and a lot lighter on the shoulder after a two hour gig lol, happy days.

Yamaha BB734 Bridge.jpg

I've just switched the saddle back around on my 735A on the B and it's made a massive difference to its punch and clarity. Crazy! I'm debating switching them all over, but that might end up being a bit too much of a clank machine for my liking on the higher strings. How are people currently running the setup on their bridges? What are your thoughts on the reverse saddles?

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My 735 saddles are all stock (so the B saddle is flipped) and I have no complaints thus far. If I start feeling adventurous I may swap them all around to match the B as I like a bright/barky P tone

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