Yamaha RBX765A
Yamaha RBX765A

RBX765A, 5+ string bass guitar from Yamaha in the RBX series.

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RickD 05/06/2008

Yamaha RBX765A : RickD's user review


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- In What Country was it made? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France...)

- How many frets, Pickup Type and Configuration?
24 frets, 2 active humbucker pickups.

- What are the setting controls (volume, tone, pickup selector position)?
1 volume, 1 pickup balance, bass, treble.
All except the volume have a middle setting that you can actually feel very easily.

- What type of neck?...
It's a 5 string so the neck is quite wide, and i have little bass experience so it's hard to tell, but it seems nice enough to me! ;-)


- Does the neck have a nice feel?

- Easy access to the top notes (last frets)?
Yes, in fact it is, but do you really want to do that??

- Is it's design ergonomic(in terms of the shape, weight...)?
It's a heavy beast and it's a bit unbalanced, which is not so nice when playing sitting down...it leans toward the head of the neck... :-/

- Can one easily get a nice sound?...


- Does it suit your style of music?
Yes. But beware that unless you EQ it this bass sounds very "slappy", metallic & 80's style. Say Billy Idol on White Wedding, but more slappy.
The EQ is powerful and both pickups sound very different so you can tune your sound to get something quite different, don't worry.

- With what amp(s) or effect(s) do you use it?
I don't have an amp anymore, i go direct via a tube preamp or preamp-compressor and it sounds great.


- For how long have you been using it?
About 8 years.

- What thing do you like most/least about it?
Least: I don't really like the shape or colour (mine is a weird translucent blue-green, yuck!), i'd much prefer a natural finish and a shape like the Rickenbacker 4001 or even a Hofner violin bass...i think this one looks rather vulgar to be honest.
Most: it has that slappy sound i love, and has that extra deep 5th bass string...nice!

- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
Tried an active 5 string Yamaha before, can't remember which, it was white though...didn't sound good at all. Then in the store i tried a few and this came out on top for me, cos it has that old 80's slappy sound right off.

- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
I think i paid around 3500 F (£350) (530€) for this, which is not bad for a new 5 string active bass...i think it's pretty good value, but don't go amiss: this is not a high quality instrument. If you want something real good try a MusicMan maybe...

- Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...
Yes, but i'd go second-hand. No point in buying new instruments if you can get a second-hand one that's in good nick.