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Posted by Zach on July 30, 2001 at 14:10:35:
In Reply to: Re: Yamaha lifted me to the stars and then kicked me down twice as hard!! posted by Blisshead on July 30, 2001 at 09:49:00:
I have never, ever trusted Yamaha with basses for that exact reason. Whenever you feel like you have found the right bass, SOMETHING has to change. Whether it be the electronics, width of the neck, even the case that it comes in. I haven't had that much experience with Yamaha, but from what I do know, it kinda goes from one extreme to the other. You get the BB Nathan East Signature, which in my opinion, sounds fantastic, and then you get the RBX John Myung Signature, which is probably one of the crapiest-sounding basses I've ever had the misfortune of hearing (don't get me wrong...John Myung is a fantastic player). The TRB tends to vary...the John Patitucci Signature is absolutely amazing...one of the better basses I have ever played (it better be with that price tag). But then I try out a TRB 5 at Guitar Center in Seattle, and spend no more than 30 seconds on it before giving up on finding a good tone and just putting it back on the rack. If you're lucky, you'll find the bass of your dreams with Yamaha...if not, it's best to save your money until you find the right one.
If there is ever a time when you will be able to afford the John Patitucci Signature, do not hesitate to get it because it is an amazing bass. In the meantime, my best advice is to visit Seattle, Denver, or anywhere else that may carry the high-end Yamaha basses and see. Among the places you might try are Guitar Center, Bass Northwest in Seattle (www.bassnw.com), or First Bass in Denver.
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