So i recently acquired a Yamaha RBX765a 5 stringer, however when it arrived I noticed that the neck had a substantial bow in it. No big deal i thought, I've a little bit of experience with setting my own basses over the years, so i broke out the Allen keys and started adjusting the truss rod. I found the rod itself stiff but it did turn, however no matter how much i turn the rod in either direction there was no noticeable difference. this has lead me to believe that the truss rod has possibly snapped. on further investigation I have found the the neck has a noticeable twist at the head-stock end. As it stands the bass is unplayable. the question I have now, is the neck fixable? if so, how would I go about doing so, or should i look to have a new neck made.
Any advice, feedback or help would be greatly appreciated.
At some point, funds permitting, I would like to buy a Markbass combo, probably one of:
- Minimark 802.
- Mini CMD 121P.
- Marcus Miller CMD 101 Micro 60.
- Micromark 801.
The purpose is to play jazz in small venues; I used to play with unamplified drums, horns &c. using a Trace Elliot BLX-130* and that was always sufficient to be heard, though lifting ~27kg was not pleasant.
When asking about these in a well-known bass shop I was told that the Micromark 801 is too quiet, the Marcus Miller a good choice but not as good as the 121, though that would be outside my budget. Apparently the Minimark 802 is not recommended, though that looks to me like a good choice as it is (barely) within budget and seems to have a reasonable power rating. Has anyone got one, or any of the others, and if so would you be willing to comment?
* There's a thread here where it was suggested I take the amplifier out and fit it to a lightweight cab, but I think I'd rather keep it intact (and probably list it for sale).