No love for Yamaha?



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No love for Yamaha?

Postby Bassist_Diver » Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:11 pm

I had some time to kill while I was in Austin this weekend so I hopped into the local Guitar Center and started noodling around on some of their bass stock. The one I played and loved the most was the Yamaha TRBX505 - wide range of tones, very light, awesome neck, and a fit and finish that would compare with basses four times the price. And you can find them used for around $400 if you're patient and know where to look. Holy shit, Batman, daddy likey! :!!!:

But that's the problem - I've found them go for $400, but they very rarely go on sale. And they seem to be impossible to find locally, leaving one to buy online and trust that UPieceofShit doesn't break it during delivery. I asked the GC employee why and he said that for some reason nobody seems to buy Yamaha guitars or basses - the marketing doesn't work, no new or hot artists are playing them (but a lot of jazz artists do), and most seem to think the company is only good for motorcycles and percussion, the latter thanks to Yamaha's stranglehold in high school and college marching (and these mother fucking legends).

So what do y'all think? Do you think Yamaha's guitars and basses don't get enough love, or do you think they're right where they want - in the jazz and percussion world?
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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby Eivind August » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:44 pm

I play Yamaha guitars, and love them. Great quality, prices are fair, and they look, feel and sound amazing. The guitar people are a separate branch of the company, so the jazz and percussion thing doesn't really affect that. They've been making rad guitars since the sixties. But yeah, people might look a bit down on the brand since they make so much different stuff.
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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby Eivind August » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:46 pm

Let's share some Yamaha love! :!!!:

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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby Chankgeez » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:54 pm

Don't forget the motorcycles:



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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby Mudfuzz » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:00 am

Eivind August wrote:Let's share some Yamaha love! :!!!:

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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby StephanCOH » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:44 am

Got a Yamaha Revstar last year (720 I think). Fantastic guitar. Beautiful looks. Great sound, great playability. Swaped the PUs for some Railhammers though.
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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby Ghost Hip » Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:23 pm

Yamaha acoustic guitars are legit as fuck. From the beginner to the top of the line. I used to be a GC employee and its what we all pitched to beginners because they were super consistent in quality/finish/fit/etc.

Yamaha basses play and sound great. I think a lot of musicians get stuck in the aesthetic of classic basses that their favorite artists use, and the sleeker/modern look of Yamahas don't really appeal to them? Musicians have a hard time breaking away from what they are used to.
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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby fcknoise » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:55 pm

Eivind August wrote:Let's share some Yamaha love! :!!!:

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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby Addy Bart » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:10 pm

Eivind August wrote:Let's share some Yamaha love! :!!!:

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Hi Eivind,
Did you do any upgrades to your Yamahas? I've always had tuning problems on my svg300 - it goes flat far too quickly, and as such I don't play it as much as I should.
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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby Eivind August » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:15 am

Hm, I've actually been astounded at how well they stay in tune. I seldom have to tune at all during our sets. But I don't abuse the trem that much either. As far as I know, mine are stock (got both used).
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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby Addy Bart » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:26 am

Nice! I think I’ll swap the tuning pegs, see if that helps. I really like the colours on both of yours. Mine’s a custard yellow :-)
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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:54 pm

I've played some Yamaha basses and they were great but not my aesthetic/active pickups and stuff.

I think the older BB basses are super pretty though, nearly pulled the trigger on a few used ones several times over the years.

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Re: No love for Yamaha?

Postby Chankgeez » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:55 pm

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