Excelent first bass which will probably stay with you for a long time.
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.soundslive.co.uk
Mine is a natural satin finish - I love the real wood look. I find the tone and pickup controls don't affect the sound as much as I would like - but overall the sound is fine anyway.
This was my first bass and it sounded fine to my untrained ears - but when some long time bass playing buddies tried it out, they were reluctantly impressed with the sound and fell.
It sounds fine - lacks slightly in the bottom end but over all it's a high quality sound.
Works well live but my strap did pop off several times - had to get a seperate lock - might have been the strap.
I chose this bass because everyone said that it is the best bamg for your buck bass out there. If it were stolen I would kill the f*%$#r who stole it and bing his body in bag and throw it at his families doorstep. This bass cant get get any better for this price. the Head bass guy at steves has a 1000$ five string he uses for gigs and he uses this bass a back up. this bass has no flaws, and i recommend any beginner to get it. (dont get the 370, it is an extra one hundred dollars because it is an active bass, so save yourself the $100 for buying new pickups of your choice) If U dont buy this bass and u are a beginner THAN YOU ARE ASLEEP!!!!!!
Model Year: 2004
Price: $320.00 canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Steves Music Toronto
This bass is made in japan, it has a alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, 24 frets, 4 strings, volume tone, pickup blend( with centre detent), one precsion pickup and one Jazz pickup(passive pickups). Mine is metallic purple with no string thru body bridge, just a standard fender style bridge, non locking tuners that are closed gear.
This bass is very playable, and will handle any type of music that you could possibly throw at it. I mainly play metal and hard rock but I regularly play blues, jazz,funk, slap, fusion and progressive and it handles all of them well. The action is something i didn't know about when I got it so i cant remember if it was good or not, but i have adjusted the intonation and action myself and it is perfect. This bass plays just as well as any other bass within this price range and is probably just as good if not better than basses in the 350-450 price range. It has no flaws except the knobs move a little too easily and the finish on mine has these weird lines but you can barely see them and they look pretty funky too.
The sound quality on this baby is amazing, and as i already said it will give you any sound you want out of it. This bass can reproduce any sound from warm and full to mid range percussive attack. I am a finger player and this can still cut through the mix. I play it out of my behringer bx300 30 watt practice amp and my eden nemesis NC410 320 watt combo. I have also recorded about four songs with this bass a fusion song, 2 classic rock songs and a fast thrash one as well, it sounded amazing for all of them. The studio I was at ahd a $900 godin freeway bass that didnt even sound half as good and the producer wants to literally steal my bass!!!
This thing has to be durable i have dinged it into walls about five or six times and it still doesnt even get scratched!!! Everything else is also good too.
If this Bass was stolen or lost, I would definitly buy another copy of it. This is the first Bass i've ever bought, and I'm quite happy with it. I scouted around quite a bit deciding on my purchase, looking at the Squier P-basses(yuck), ESP B-50s, and other "beginner" models. I decided to take a chance and spend $50 more then the other models on the RBX 270. Boy, am I so glad I made that decision... If you are looking for a good all-round Beginner bass that will last you into even the late intermediate stage, then this Bass is the one for you. Unmatched Value, and can easily beat out any other bass with around the same price range on the market.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $350.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Tom Lee
This bass's construction is superb. The one I bought was a natural finish body, and in apperance it looked very classy. Tuning isn't a problem at all...I've played gigs w/o needing to re-tune in intermissions or the like. Good quality low-action sound. Only downside is with the tone knobs...could have appreciated more versatility and features, but meh, the Bass's value far exceeds the price I paid for it.
The Bass is very lightweight and comfortable on my shoulders, but it still packs a growl. The neck is narrow, and whether that's a good or bad thing is up to personal preference I guess. For me I love the narrow neck... Overall this Bass has awesome playability. Only flaw with it I guess is that it's an beginner/intermediate level Bass...if you're an experience hardcore player then you won't be completely satisfied with this baby...but at that level you would probaly consider spending more then $350 Canadian for a Bass would you?
Without going in the details...the sound quality on this thing is pretty rad for the price. With the proper pre-amp/amp settings, you have a Bass with a versatile range of tones. Fret-Buzz is almost non-existant on this Bass. As I mentioned above the Action on this thing is a bit low...so it's not the best Bass for slapping, but in a pinch and with the proper tone settings it'll do fine. Overall the sound is great! Yamaha doesn't make junk, even in the "cheaper" range, and the RBX 270J reflects that qutie well.
While on stage during Gigs, i've always heard people say how good my Bass looks up there...too bad they can't say the same thing about me, haha...Anyways, the Natural Finish body I got really shined to the crowd, and I can imagine the other color selections(Mist Green, Red)looking quite well up there as well. Temperature change doesn't seem to affect this Bass also. I've been in many type of performances(Jazz, Rock, Oldies), and I can safely say this Bass can hold it's own well enough for years of stage playing.
A great value for a starter bass. Would consider buying it as a backup bass, but will likely upgrade when I start playing jazz.
Where Obtained: Bill's Music House
Made in Japan/Taiwan. 4 String Jazz Bass. Solid Alder Body with 24-Fret Maple Neck. Rosewood Fingerboard & Bolted neck. Dual P-Style + J-Style Bridge Pickups with Balance Control. Chrome Hardware and Plastic Control Knobs. Mist Green Body. Side-mount jack. Included a Lock Strap as I bought it used.
I've only been playing about 5 months, but here's my opinion. Action is set low, and may not be suitable for slap-bass. I do get some fret-buzz, but that may be somewhat attributable to my inexperience, as sighting down the neck does not indicate any curvature.
I use an Ibanez SW35 Amp. I intend on playing both Christian Praise music, as well some Jazz. I've noticed a considerable improvement in tone since replacing my cheapo instrument cable with a higher quality "planet waves" shielded cable. Balance control for P/J pickups provides a range of tone.
Appears to be durable, but Yamaha really ought to consider putting on metal control knobs, as all other materials are sound.
This really is a great bass for beginners and intermediate players. Having never been an "advanced" player I can't really say but it seems like it will last me a long time in terms of durability and sound quality. If you can afford it it may be worth looking at some of the more expensive models for better quality pickups etc.(not that there is anything fundamentally wrong with these) but other than that I would reccomend that anyone tries this out.
Where Obtained: Kingfisher Music (Fleet,England)
"Mist Purple" finish
Volume,Pan and Tone pots
Beautiful neck-gradually flattens out towards the body and has a single cutaway so you can get right up to the 24th fret.
I hate to finish on a bad point but I've just remembered my only criticism. If you like playing with a pick down near the bridge then you may be in trouble. Because I've had this bass ever since I started my playing technique has grown around it so when I use a plectrum I play by the neck. However, I tried playing by the bridge a few times and the J type pickup there makes it a little tricky. I reccomend that if you play with a pick in that area you take one to the shop with you and see if its OK. Of course, for those of us who play with our fingers or play nearer the neck when using a plectrum its absolutely wonderful to play.
Very full and warm. Often no hum at all so any hum the rest of the time is from the leads
Only had it a couple of years but its in beautiful condition. All of the metal seems to be holding up well.
For the money you could do no wrong..
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Mann's Music
Right...This bass is a taiwanese instrument has 24 frets a combination pickup setup 1xjb Bridge, 1xhb Neck with a volume and tone control and a spliteer for the amount of signal from each pickup.
It's got a solid alder body in a natural satin finish, maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard.
The playability for this bass regarding it's price is great...The neck's got a thin D profile and access to the higher frets is good.
The string spacings tight, but i've only got little hands so thats good to me..
The tone is quite variable, but being passive it's not that versatile.
Very sturdy, the weight's great too...sooo light
I bought this bass because I was at a tight budget at the time. If it got lost or stolen tomorrow, I would probably buy it again. Considering it`s low price, you get alot of bass for your money. Excellent for beginners, or for intermediate players looking for a back-up.
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Local music store
4 strings, 24 frets, volume, tone, blend controls. P/J Pickups.
I like my action low, and this bass does not present any problems in the setup prosess. I think the playability is quite good for this price range. The neck is narrow and fast. One thing I am not thrilled about, is the size of the body. I`m 6 feet tall and find it hard to reach the upper frets (from 14 and up) in a comfortable way. Although this is something that may not affect smaller players, I find it a bit distracting when playing. The bass is also quite light, so it is no problem playing for hours standing up.
Works well with rock/pop music. Nice range of tones, but nothing spectacular. Although good for it`s price.
Before I bought this I looked at some squiers, fenders, and peaveys. If this thing were stolen I would definately buy it again, because the price is very reasonable. This bass could be better with some better volume and tone controls. My favorite aspect is that this bass is not very heavy and that the neck is nice and perfectly slim. The worst aspect is, as I said, the knobs need some work. I would have to say that this bass is a very beautiful one with some incredible good points, with next to no bad ones. I definately reccommend this bass to beginners willing to spend a reasonable amount for a bass that will last them a while, and for some of those more experienced beginners.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Made in Japan. Solid alder body, a rosewood fingerboard, and a maple neck. 24 frets and 4 strings. It has a volume control with tone controls for each pickup. 2 pickups, dual P styles. Passive electronics and no clue what make of pickups. Red metallic finish (natural, black, and metallic green also available). No idea about makes of the bridge or tuners, but the tuners are non-locking.
The action sounds good, but I do get some fretbuzz (mainly due to my inexperience). The neck is excellent because it is slim making it ideal for those with small hands (much like me). Compared to other basses it is very nice, the squier p-bass which I was orignially gonna get sounds horrible in comparison. If you are gonna get a cheap bass around less then $200, I say find an extra $50 and get this bass. It is incredible for it's price. No flaws as far as I can see.
I use a fender 15 watt practice amp. It sounds great for rock when turned up nice and high =). It's well suited for all other styles, from punk to jazz. The sound is full and warm, and can be even fuller with a better amp. The sound is much better then other basses of this price, but can't hold against some of the more upscale peaveys (but then again, what could?). I'm considering putting in active pickups and there is no extra noise. I haven't really been able to test it in a stage type atmosphere, but I definately believe that it can be used as a stage base or a damn fine backup.
It is definatly reliable for stage playing, though the volume control does like to slowly move to the louder side. The strings stay in tune during long moves, and over huge periods of time. the strap locks are good, controls are good cept for the volume knob being a touch sensitive (you get used to it). It handles well during heat and cold, so it handles climate change very well.