Model Year: 1987
Price: $310.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local instrument store
It's Absolutely EVERLASTING. I defretted it, used it for violent playing from punk to cross over, but it hasn't change in nothing!
I looked at new Yamaha RBX 170s and I decided to go with a used one to save some money. I trust the Yamaha name...I have always played piano on a Yamaha upright, and more recently on a P-200 digital piano. I also have a Yamaha clarinet and my fiancee, plays a Yamaha trumpet. Not even one of these instruments have EVER given us a problem. I guess the bass would be better if it had higher quality pickups and/or active electronics, but I knew all this going into the purchase. I was looking for a reliable, decent sounding beginner's bass, and that's exactly what I got. I dig how light it is, too. I guess the worst aspect would be that the truss rod in my bass's neck is a little messed up; when I adjust it, one side bows more than the other. But that's probably from age and whatever. It works just fine for me. I would highly recommend this bass.
Where Obtained: ebay
Japanese made, I would assume, like all other Yamaha instruments; 24 frets; 4 strings; volume and tone control; 2 single coil pickups, I think; passive electronics; black finish.
The action is fine, and easily adjustable; it's nice and light compared to some other basses I tried. It sounds good too.
I use a Behringer BX600 (60 watt) amp. I'm learning jazz and blues, and this bass sounds good to me for these styles, but I don't have a lot to compare it with, as I am only a beginner. I've heard the RBX line works well for rock players. It doesn't sound as good as a fender J-bass I tried, but for the price difference, that's to be expected. I figured I could work up to a better bass at some point. But I think this is suprisingly good sounding for an entry level bass.
I tune it every day, but it doesn't need it. I just want to make sure the thing is always perfectly in tune, or else it bothers my ear. It was shipped to me from New Jersey (I'm in Oregon) and it seemed to handle the climate change fine.
I didnt look at a lot of other basses but out of the ones I looked at this was my favorite one. If this bass was stolen I would probobaly buy it again. If this bass was a 6-string it would be better. My favorite asspect off this bass is that it is a cool bass. My worst aspect is that it scratched some. This bass is one of the best basses that I've ever played since I've been playing.
Where Obtained: Pawn Shop
It was made in Japan.It was made of maple.Its a 4-string 24 frets.It has one p-style pickup with volume and tone knobs.It has passive electronics.Its has a blak high gloss finish.It has a precision style body.Non loking tuners.
I can get the sound that I want from it. I play all forms of rock. The neck doesn't effect my playing much but it makes my bass sound really good. It plays as good as most of the other basses I've played.No flaws that I no of.
I use a DOD bass 30 processer and my bas sounds great. I have a Gallien-Krueger Backline 250 amp head and a Backline 4x10 speaker and it sounds great to. It is well suited for any kind of rock.I play all types of rock.This bass fis good with the type of music I play. It has a full sound.The sound is about as good as the other basses I've played.Its not noisey in any situation that I've been in.It is better for stage.
It is reliable enough for onstage playing.The truss-rod doesnt have to be ajusted a lot.The hardware holds up great. It fares great during climate changes.