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4-string bass guitar from Yamaha belonging to the RBX series.

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  • Ideal for beginners

    Yamaha RBX170Published on 01/23/14 at 01:01
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    Made in China. For the rest, see more ;)

    Construction Bolt-on
    Scale Length 34 "(863.6mm)
    Rosewood Fingerboard
    Radius 10 "(250mm)
    Frets 24
    Body Alder, Agathis or Nato
    Maple Neck
    Covered Tuners
    Bridge Vintage Style
    Pickups Split Coil x 1, Single Coil x 1
    Pickup Switch N / A
    Controls Front Volume, Rear Volume, Master Tone

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is quite nice and ergonomics ... It is light and everything is accessible. We quickly get the sound you want ...

    SOUNDS

    This bass is versatile and I think this is why it is done: an entry-level Yamaha made for the beginner who does not yet know to what they are going to turn. It can slam, it sounds very round too.......
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    Made in China. For the rest, see more ;)

    Construction Bolt-on
    Scale Length 34 "(863.6mm)
    Rosewood Fingerboard
    Radius 10 "(250mm)
    Frets 24
    Body Alder, Agathis or Nato
    Maple Neck
    Covered Tuners
    Bridge Vintage Style
    Pickups Split Coil x 1, Single Coil x 1
    Pickup Switch N / A
    Controls Front Volume, Rear Volume, Master Tone

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is quite nice and ergonomics ... It is light and everything is accessible. We quickly get the sound you want ...

    SOUNDS

    This bass is versatile and I think this is why it is done: an entry-level Yamaha made for the beginner who does not yet know to what they are going to turn. It can slam, it sounds very round too. Adjustments made, it sounds. With this bass, I played a Fender Rumble 25 Galien Krueger Backline then a 112. Since it serves as a decoration, I spent a few lines above ;) I appreciate it for what it is: my first bass and therefore a good memory.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it now for 8 years (although I really do not play with for a while). I have not tried a lot of style, I followed the advice bassist store. It is nice at all levels, ideal for beginners. The value for money is very good if it is only with time, little things you notice: the entry for the jack does not contact well and is no longer as it should, it has a small fall and it is split ... Now, I do not think I was gentle with her. She suffered all my attacks beginner ;) I recommend this bass to anyone who wants to start low ... It will motivate them to continue and to spend € 1,300 each day for a Fender ;)
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  • + + + Quality / price ratio

    Yamaha RBX170Published on 10/29/12 at 06:58
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    I got this bass as a beginner to record a few lines and resample ...
    I can say (malgrès my limited knowledge on the subject) it is perfect for beginners and have a quality sound.
    It is very light and the neck is not wide that promotes learning.

    In short if you are a beginner and you have a little money, go for it! it will last you a while before moving to a higher quality
  • Great cheap bass!

    Yamaha RBX170Published on 03/04/12 at 12:04
    This RBX170 bass from Yamaha is a four string model. It has a solid agathis body, a bolt on maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, 24 frets, and a headstock that is not angled (better for durability). The hardware is decent quality Yamaha brand. Pickups are Yamaha brand also, a P style and J style. Electronics are passive, with volume, tone, and blend controls.

    I'm usually pretty open about instruments - even though I've had a lot of esoteric, bizarre, vintage, and uber-boutique gear, I'm still not a snob about price. If an instrument is good, it is good, period. But I do tend to look down upon any solid-bodied instruments that have an agathis body. In my experience, every agathis guitar and......
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    This RBX170 bass from Yamaha is a four string model. It has a solid agathis body, a bolt on maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, 24 frets, and a headstock that is not angled (better for durability). The hardware is decent quality Yamaha brand. Pickups are Yamaha brand also, a P style and J style. Electronics are passive, with volume, tone, and blend controls.

    I'm usually pretty open about instruments - even though I've had a lot of esoteric, bizarre, vintage, and uber-boutique gear, I'm still not a snob about price. If an instrument is good, it is good, period. But I do tend to look down upon any solid-bodied instruments that have an agathis body. In my experience, every agathis guitar and bass I've played has just had an utterly dismal tone, even when pickups have been swapped - until now.

    I just bought this bass from a local store. It was used, but still has the factory pickups in it. The bass actually sounds good! It is no MEC or Bartolini setup, but the pickups do a great job of showing what a decent P and J combo can do. The bass can play any style, honestly.

    I was most attracted to this bass initially due to the playability! There is something about the string spacing and neck carve on Yamaha basses that just fits my hands perfectly. I picked this little jobber up just because it was extremely cheap, and I didn't want to put it down! I've been trying to up my bass technique, with the Victor Wooten style double thumb. This bass is perfect for my hand for trying to get this down.

    Overall, the bass is a wonderful deal. The street price on a new one is under $200, and I honestly got mine for $50 used. I figured I couldn't go wrong at that price, and now I'm happier than a clam!
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  • Great beginner level bass

    Yamaha RBX170Published on 12/31/11 at 10:55
    The Yamaha RBX170 is one of the lower tier basses in their line, but it's still a force to be reckoned with if you're looking for a cheap yet easy to play and great sounding instrument. They're built in Taiwan and feature an agathis body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard and 24 frets, standard tuners and bridge, and a pair of pickups, one P Bass style in the front and a Jazz pickup in the back. This offers versatility that you won't find in the average Squier or other cheaper basses. It's available in a variety of colours, but the mist purple is great looking and stands out from the pack.

    UTILIZATION

    The design of this bass ergonomically blows away a similar Squier bass. The......
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    The Yamaha RBX170 is one of the lower tier basses in their line, but it's still a force to be reckoned with if you're looking for a cheap yet easy to play and great sounding instrument. They're built in Taiwan and feature an agathis body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard and 24 frets, standard tuners and bridge, and a pair of pickups, one P Bass style in the front and a Jazz pickup in the back. This offers versatility that you won't find in the average Squier or other cheaper basses. It's available in a variety of colours, but the mist purple is great looking and stands out from the pack.

    UTILIZATION

    The design of this bass ergonomically blows away a similar Squier bass. The instrument is quite light and the shape is extremely player friendly. The fact that it has 24 frets is a huge plus as well. I particularly like the feel of the neck and how strong the upper fret access is (getting to the 24th fret is not a problem at all.) I'm a guitar player, so I like basses that are easy to play, and this one is probably one of the best cheap basses I've tried in that aspect. Getting a good sound is very easy. It offers both the thicker more strident P bass type tone as well as the punchier and clearer J bass tone, so you can have either one of those or even blend them for some fun.

    SOUNDS

    This bass sounds pretty good for being what it is. The stock pickups aren't to the quality of DiMarzio, Bartolini or Fender, but they do a good job here. The P bass pickup is great for thicker, more bass heavy tones that require a very big and full sound, whereas the J bass pickup is clear, bright and articulate, making it ideal for lead lines or a more trebly tone. This makes the bass ideal for a variety of styles, and combine that with the easy playbility and great design, and you've got just an excellent bass on your hands.

    OVERALL OPINION

    All in all I think the Yamaha RBX170 is a great bass for anyone looking for something that's not too expensive, but has the quality, feel and tone of basses that cost a fair bit more. They are about $200 new which is a killer deal considering the excellent design and quality that goes into this. It will blow away a Squier or other cheapo bass, so give one a whirl!
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  • Yamaha RBX170Published on 10/21/04 at 06:44
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Body: Agathis
    Neck: Maple Bolt-on
    Fingerboard: Rosewood, 250mm radius
    Frets: 24
    Scale: 864mm
    Pickups: 2 single coil
    Controls: 1 volume, 1 tone, pickup balance
    Bridge: Chrome vintage style with four individual saddles

    This is good, features are the official site and I have no idea where it was built, I apologize.

    UTILIZATION

    The RBX 170 is, in my opinion, the most enjoyable of all to play for low budget. The handle slides well and access to acute is just perfect (and this just gives it a special character). It is perfectly balanced.
    The only downside: the strings of origin. It makes you wonder why they are so bad they are qualitée! On the contrary, Change and you......
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    Body: Agathis
    Neck: Maple Bolt-on
    Fingerboard: Rosewood, 250mm radius
    Frets: 24
    Scale: 864mm
    Pickups: 2 single coil
    Controls: 1 volume, 1 tone, pickup balance
    Bridge: Chrome vintage style with four individual saddles

    This is good, features are the official site and I have no idea where it was built, I apologize.

    UTILIZATION

    The RBX 170 is, in my opinion, the most enjoyable of all to play for low budget. The handle slides well and access to acute is just perfect (and this just gives it a special character). It is perfectly balanced.
    The only downside: the strings of origin. It makes you wonder why they are so bad they are qualitée! On the contrary, Change and you will sound just great. the slightest touch on the faders means and changes the sound completely.

    SOUNDS

    This low (remember to change the strings!) Is simply off-road. The quality of the microphones is felt as the difference between two means setting: a sound very fat and heavy for the big rock, a sound very clear to the slap and the ultra clear for walking.
    The harmonics come out very well all the way (provided the well have settled anyway)
    I tested it on a very old amp (Vox seems to me there, but I could be wrong) but I played on an amp 'homemade'.
    I also use a pedal Zoom 808-II and even large distortion the sound is perfect.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I play the Rbx170 for 1 year and after testing many others in the same low price range (Ibanez, Stagg and other brands whose name makes no mention of quality), I conclude that is the 'leader' of the genre. I had a scare in the long run with its unbearable string backgrounds but this problem is quickly solved by changing the game I was hooked at this low DNAS store with its very sound a Rock Once set on the grave. Also his physique is simply beautiful and has a character.
    Its price / quality ratio is exceptional at this level and supasse many other brands.
    If I had to choose again I would not hesitate, but I would think to change my strings sooner rather than torture me by telling me that the pickups are zero (what I could be stupid).
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  • Yamaha RBX170Published on 01/29/05 at 05:18
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    Bass 4 strings, 24 frets
    JB in a micro bridge
    PB in a micro round
    passive electronics
    2 volumes
    a tonalitbr />
    it gives the impression of being a simple and robust

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is very nice, quite late, it can play fast enough.
    spacing between the strings is perfect and makes it easy to indulge in some turneries slap
    I do not care even if a little is good access to acute
    harmonics out not too bad (I work in pastoral portrait of tracy these days!)
    the sound is not complicated with three knobs rgler not need to have done mat'sup!

    SOUNDS

    She quite versatile in its sound. You can play almost everything from blues to metal even if it lacks infrabass for......
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    Bass 4 strings, 24 frets
    JB in a micro bridge
    PB in a micro round
    passive electronics
    2 volumes
    a tonalitbr />
    it gives the impression of being a simple and robust

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is very nice, quite late, it can play fast enough.
    spacing between the strings is perfect and makes it easy to indulge in some turneries slap
    I do not care even if a little is good access to acute
    harmonics out not too bad (I work in pastoral portrait of tracy these days!)
    the sound is not complicated with three knobs rgler not need to have done mat'sup!

    SOUNDS

    She quite versatile in its sound. You can play almost everything from blues to metal even if it lacks infrabass for lines reggae / dub (must say that I play on a guitar amp Fisher-Price)

    OVERALL OPINION

    For the price it quite honest. I tried some beef in practice before you buy. even if it does not sound killer it very easy to play and is perfect for me little bit of serious guitarist. (And groove)
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  • Yamaha RBX170Published on 02/22/06 at 04:21
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    - 24 frets
    - Passive
    - Volume
    - Tonalitbr /> - Micro

    UTILIZATION

    Handle end. Accs easy to treble.
    Rgler easy.

    SOUNDS

    The sound comes out easily and is well adapted for rock.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I like color, shape, handle end.
    It's a good bass for beginners.
  • Good beginner bass

    Yamaha RBX170Published on 10/01/11 at 01:29
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    See more advice, I think everything has been said again and again!

    UTILIZATION

    I am very beginner bass player, this is my first bass and I wanted above all an affordable price.
    Frankly, for its price, it is excellent!
    The handle is really nice, it is lighter than some I've tried and at the form it does not bother me at all, sitting or standing.
    Is a good sound, but, again, and I generally felt the strings of origin are changing quite rapidly. Personal I have not even changed after two months and a half without playing every day, because the lowest string bordered, it gave a dirty sound. At first I thought the set to, but expert opinion, there was no adjustment to make. So I......
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    See more advice, I think everything has been said again and again!

    UTILIZATION

    I am very beginner bass player, this is my first bass and I wanted above all an affordable price.
    Frankly, for its price, it is excellent!
    The handle is really nice, it is lighter than some I've tried and at the form it does not bother me at all, sitting or standing.
    Is a good sound, but, again, and I generally felt the strings of origin are changing quite rapidly. Personal I have not even changed after two months and a half without playing every day, because the lowest string bordered, it gave a dirty sound. At first I thought the set to, but expert opinion, there was no adjustment to make. So I changed the strings and frankly the sound is more pleasant now than a week ago with the original strings!

    SOUNDS

    She sounds suitable to your style of music?
    I pass when I know well enough to convince me to play bass let me place!
    As against the level of sound, I could only say that I prefer high to low, wholesale. But read above, I have not had time to really get used to the grave!

    OVERALL OPINION

    So I use the bass Yamaha RBX-170 for 3 months, and I tried dozens of lower before I decide! I think I had to go to the store at least 3 or 4 times a week for one month and a half before I decide!
    My favorite heart went low because this pleasant, not too heavy, and detail, Old Violin Burst Sun, it is just beautiful!
    At value for money, I will have one word: great! Once we changed the strings, we played on the new strings, we say that yes, we surely do it again this choice, but by changing the strings on the day of purchase!
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  • Yamaha RBX170Published on 02/25/08 at 15:51
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    - Low produced somewhere in Asia ^ ^
    - 24 Frets
    - Two single coil pickups: micro precision bass style (in the neck position) and a micro jazz bass style (in the bridge position)
    - Three knobs: Volume, Tone and Balance of microphones
    - Bolt in maple, rosewood fingerboard

    UTILIZATION

    - The handle is a pleasant one: accurate, fast ... It is fluid, it looks like a highway (I exaggerate, but maybe that's what I feel in contact with this low ...^^)
    - As I said earlier, it is a freeway, you get much to go where they want. Easy access to acute
    - The head is really small, being accustomed to a low type Jazz Bass, I was surprised that it floats in a bag "low". When the bass, it is......
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    - Low produced somewhere in Asia ^ ^
    - 24 Frets
    - Two single coil pickups: micro precision bass style (in the neck position) and a micro jazz bass style (in the bridge position)
    - Three knobs: Volume, Tone and Balance of microphones
    - Bolt in maple, rosewood fingerboard

    UTILIZATION

    - The handle is a pleasant one: accurate, fast ... It is fluid, it looks like a highway (I exaggerate, but maybe that's what I feel in contact with this low ...^^)
    - As I said earlier, it is a freeway, you get much to go where they want. Easy access to acute
    - The head is really small, being accustomed to a low type Jazz Bass, I was surprised that it floats in a bag "low". When the bass, it is extremely light! From the first tutorial, I wondered if I was a superman ptdr ...
    - A sound "easy", standard I would say ... Versatile, you come to a bit of everything on it (I did more rock, I slap too ...) After, I could not tell you about other musical styles ...

    SOUNDS

    - This is ideal for low what I do musically.
    - I play without effects (for now ...), a 50W amp ...
    - My preferences are the clean sounds very low to heat and light to stand out from other bass instruments ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    - I have this bass for quite a few hours ... It may seem early for a first opinion, that's why I give "hot" ... I complement this notice in a moment when I should be very familiar with.
    - I love the fluidity of the handle, the speed of play against the other, less like the microphone is in the bridge position, not yet used, the game is still enjoyable with the right hand .
    - I wanted to buy an Ibanez GSR ... 5-string, but, unfortunately, too expensive ... I was told that Yamaha instruments was not great, so I left a bad opinion of entry lol. But finally, I tried it and the current is passed ^ ^
    - A price / quality ratio right. Should, I think, a budget standard for those seeking a tool quickly.
    - With experience ... Yes, why not
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  • Yamaha RBX170Published on 08/07/08 at 04:59
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Manufacturing Asia (China?)
    Bolt maple rosewood fingerboard 24 frets Agathis cops
    2 single coil pickups (precision + jazz bass)
    That's classic!

    UTILIZATION

    It should be noted that I am not but bassist guitarist. I used the bass to complete my demo on my home studio. First grip: pleasant. The neck is fairly thin and easy, access to acute (even if not in use really low) is easy. The instrument is balanced in weight and fairly light, so comfortable.
    At the sound of the pickups give a typical configuration ..... classic!
    Nothing special, good output level without too balanced, with perhaps a tendency to hum the bass. But I think it comes more from my amp (Kustom 35 W.), as in......
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    Manufacturing Asia (China?)
    Bolt maple rosewood fingerboard 24 frets Agathis cops
    2 single coil pickups (precision + jazz bass)
    That's classic!

    UTILIZATION

    It should be noted that I am not but bassist guitarist. I used the bass to complete my demo on my home studio. First grip: pleasant. The neck is fairly thin and easy, access to acute (even if not in use really low) is easy. The instrument is balanced in weight and fairly light, so comfortable.
    At the sound of the pickups give a typical configuration ..... classic!
    Nothing special, good output level without too balanced, with perhaps a tendency to hum the bass. But I think it comes more from my amp (Kustom 35 W.), as in direct + home studio via pedal, it disappears.
    Note that the strings in series must be real shit because I had a change and I see the difference with the original ones in terms of its definition (and yet I am a big fan of the strings "rinsed" and anti new ropes)

    SOUNDS

    For the style I play (rock / blues) this bass is perfect, no effect, direct, some adjustments in EQ, and that's enough. But as I said before I am not a guitarist and bassist, so maybe (and probably) less demanding.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had six months and I do not want to change. I do not regret my choice. Level quality / price ratio hard to beat (€ 200 new) I admit that I hesitated in this one and Ibanez in the same range but € 60 more expensive .... not justified!
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