Yamaha RBX170
Yamaha RBX170

RBX170, 4-string bass guitar from Yamaha in the RBX series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 14 reviews )
 6 reviews43 %
 6 reviews43 %
Audience: Beginners
King Loudness12/31/2011

King Loudness's review"Great beginner level bass"

Yamaha RBX170
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.


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.


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.


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!

tilmanjulien@live.fr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ideal for beginners"

Yamaha RBX170
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


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


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.


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 ;)

AlexBadsmile's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My first bass ... not disappointed!"

Yamaha RBX170
Lower manufactured in Asia, in acheuté Milonga for 189 €
Agathis body
Neck: Maple referred
Vintage Bridge
2 microphones, microphone and a knob for a knob for tone


The Channel:
Before playing bass, I played on a folk guitar with a low-end stick as thick as a buche ... the difference was dramatic! The handle of the RBX170 is fine and very fast, unvarnished real highway!
Access to acute frets is easy, except perhaps for the last two, that being said, it's not a bass and guitar =)

The Body:
There is a small hand rests comfortable when playing with a pick for the game to the finger, one thumb rests on the bridge pickup, and it's gone!
Body and handle are very well balanced, the attachment of the strap is well positioned

The Look:

Very Pretty! I own the model with a varnish that is closer to orange, nail looks very end, and lets see just below the beautiful shine of wood. Listed as luting and finishing is not bad at all, nothing left to desired


The sound? because I did not much like, this section could be incomplete, that being said when I wanted a particular sound, I managed to get it!
I play on Fender Rumble 150w, usually in clear or with a little distortion added by the amplifiers.
Nets mounted on plates Addario.

The neck pickup alone is exactly what I expected: Although heavy, with deep bass but a lack of punch. It is very good! but it's pretty hard to do crunches

Bridge pickup: Rock Sound! beginner, I do not play a lot with this microphone, but its a was a big mistake, he gives all the personality of this bass. Finger as a pick, it is very powerful and round, by modulating a little while we come almost to a close of his "Jack Bruce" in Cream. Crunch it fairly easily, metals see them happy!

Both microphone and playing the tone: It comes against a standard set by turning the neck pickup to the max, the bridge was half and half a tone too, has left the modulated amplifier.
I just wish it is not possible to switch between the two microphone, which then allows to put forward during the low crossing busy with the bridge pickup.
Side slap, a friend slappiste said she was pretty good, even mounted flat nets.

The sound is okay and modular, to be here a versatile bass.
7 / 10 for lack of personality of the neck pickup


Overall I would say it's a very decent bass for a beginner or a sophisticated wanting to explore a little. The value for money is not bad, it was not the best coffee in the world but frankly it is very forward in its price range.

7 / 10 is just right, I never had to complain or sound quality of the product since I use it (already 1year and a half)

BakaPowa's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good choice for beginners"

Yamaha RBX170
Made in Indonesia (it's written on the back of the body below)
Channel set in maple and rosewood fingerboard
24 frets
Standard Precision Bass neck pickup and bridge pickup type jazz bass
3 knobs: 2 volume and 1 tone


Handle very nice, well-designed shape for sitting and standing, with the strap, balance and more than correct.
Access the latest cargo is done without any difficulty.


Sounds ranging from rock to funk to blues
Brief pretty good what.


I tried several lower in Milonga but in this price range, the Yamaha that really stands out from others.

Willoo7's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha RBX170
- 24 frets
- Passive
- Volume
- Tonalitbr /> - Micro


Handle end. Accs easy to treble.
Rgler easy.


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


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

tomari's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha RBX170
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


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!


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)


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)