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Yamaha TRB Series

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Brand: Yamaha / Guitar Type: Bass Guitar

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      19.08.2002 21:44
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      I've owned this bass for two days now and have really fallen in love with it. Saul Walkers review is excellent and I endorse Saul's comments totally. Trying to remain rational I'd like to add a couple of things. 1) I picked up my TRB II for £600 with a bit of haggling. The list price was £749 so they've really come down in price. 2) The range of tones available really isn't that extensive. I tried a range of 5-strings from a Peavey Grind 5 at £329 to a Warwick 5-string at £1,100 and many had a wider tonal range. The Peavey was particularly impressive for the money. 3) The factory/shop set-up really didn't do the guitar any favours. Intonation was out on the A and D string and the action was ridiculously low, leading to a really sloppy feel and lots of rattles. 4) The centre spots on the pan-control and graphic eq are really too light to be much use on stage. So why did I buy it? It really is a stunning looking bass - mines translucent blue, but that isn't it. To be honest, I got talked into it by the assistant in the shop who promised me I could change it after a couple of weeks if I still wasn't totally won over. Two days later and there's no way I'm taking it back. This bass sounds fantastic in a live set-up. Its actually more comfortable to play standing up than sitting down and you really do get a couple of brillient 'voices' to cut through the six-piece band I play in. The guitar has a wonderful personality and just feels quality. It makes you want to play better to do it justice. I'd have happily paid £1,000 plus for the god-like grunt the low B gives you and fast runs just float across the fret board. It's a shame that some players might miss out and not buy this bass because of poor set-up. And I am going back to shop - I want to buy my new mate a beer!

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        27.02.2001 21:51
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        I’ve been playing Bass Guitar now for half my life, and decided that my lonely Hohner Fretless was getting a little lonely, a little worn and a Little out of date. I decided to treat myself to something new, a bit bolder, a bit flashier and with frets. I stepped into my local independent guitar shop and I had only started looking round the shop when this guitar struck me out of the blue, as the most beautiful 5 set of strings I had ever seen. Needless to say it is now mine. The guitar I’m talking about is the Yamaha TRB5, and what a superb use of wood it is. I’d always been a bit sceptical about Yamaha guitar products, after all they almost build anything on the UK market from Motorcycles to Toilet seats (not really-only Joking), but still you can’t expect it to make better products than those companies solely devoted to the manufacture of musical instruments. So when I actually got to test ‘drive’ this beast, instead of the 4 gear Fiesta, I found a DB7 had been placed in my hands- nice!! My bass Guitar is part of the TRB range of Yamaha’s Bass guitars, which in my opinion, is their best and most expensive range. There are 7 different models from the lowly four-string to the six-string signature model of one of the bassist’s world’s finest players, John Patitucci. I’ve got the 5 string and one day will attempt to get my hands on a signature model if the bank balance allows it (which it probably never will.) Here's the statistics for all of you in the know. All TRB models have a 34” fingerboard with a total of 24 frets- that means that there is a two-octave range on each string unlike most bass guitars. This means that it caters for most musical styles, for example I started off in Jazz and the fret board was amply large enough for all the complicated solos and large octave changes. Now I’m into heavy metal and the guitar plays nicely for this as well. The
        neck of the guitar is made in maple and the fingerboard of rosewood, lets just say this means it’s not made in Taiwan and won’t snap the moment you start to strain the neck a little. Also, having the guitar as it is for 3 years now, it has yet to obtain the tonnes of scratches on the fingerboard that I have experienced with my other guitars. The body it self is made of ash. There are 2 pick-ups of the double coil (Alnico) variety, housed in plastic (and therefore not prone to rusting). These are also well suited for most playing styles and give a flawless sound on amplification. This is partly due to the Q-mix 3-Band Equaliser on each guitar giving you not only volume control, but Treble, Middle and Bass controls and a panpot control to change from bridge and neck pickup. This is powered internally by a battery that needs to be changed every month if you play with it most days (like me). Now I know most people go and buy guitars on colour and shape, so Yamaha have accommodated this by providing 4 sumptuous colours in a wood grain effect (I’m starting to sound like Lord Llewlyn Bowen?? Of Changing Rooms). The colours are Cherry Sunburst (mine), Amber Satin, Charcoal Grey and Blue Satin. The shape can be described as a mixture of Drew Barrymore and the new Jaguar S-type (sorry I can’t be more precise). The knobs, bridge and lead socket are all solid brass giving it a nice professional feel and the John Patitucci model even has mother of pearl fret inserts (lovely touch) To be honest I’m in love with this guitar and can’t rate it highly enough. It plays smoothly and responds to everything that I’ve tried to do with it. If your really serious about bass playing then put this on your list of prospects because it really does make you feel like a real bass player. I suppose your wondering the price, well the TRB 5 is a bargain at £1,500, oh I see you cringing, well good news. I got mine for £500 se
        cond hand (nearly new) and with cash- so there are cheaper guitars in this range out there, just keep looking and if you find one buy it or you’ll be kicking yourself for years.

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