Yamaha TRB-5P vs. TRB-5P II

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Posted by Jacob Joon on September 26, 2000 at 11:11:14:

I want opinions on comparisons between between the older version Yamaha TRB-5P NECK THRU (List was $2,600) and the latest version Yamaha TRB-5P II (List $2,749).
Which is a better bass?

Here are the physical differences:

TRB-5P NECK THRU: "old version"
Neck Type: 5 piece neck thru
Fingerboard: ebony fretted
Pickup(s): active p-j with a piezo bridge transducer
Controls: master volume, pickup pan(for p-j combo) bass and
treble boost/cut, pickup blend (p-j and piezo blend) preamp on/off

NEW TRB5PII 5-string
From Yamaha:
"The TRB5PII and TRB6PII feature a light ash body with exotic wood overlay, 5-ply Maple and Mahogany neck, Ebony fingerboard, gold hardware and 12-degree angled exotic wood headstock. A 35-in. scale length provides clear note definition. Active controls include master volume, balance, 3-band EQ, Piezo volume, and Yamaha’s "P-Mix." Quality circuitry and substantial component upgrades in the improved preamp produce one of the highest frequency responses of any existing commercial preamp.

A more efficient piezo bridge system isolates each string on an independent saddle away from the other strings, reducing harmonic crosstalk and hum. Additionally, the TRBP series now includes Alnico double-coil, noise-canceling humbucking pickups, which give the instruments more body and higher overall frequency response.

"The Yamaha TRB Series is the highest level of professional bass available for discriminating players," notes Ken Dapron, Guitar Development manager. "Recent technological advancements have made a great product line even better."

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