Special design features for pumped up vintage sound characteristics.
The Yamaha BB2024X is a wild 4-string electric bass with a pickguard and a metal plate mounted under a control board. The vintage electronics and a unique spline joint provide the distinguishing bass tone, with power and dimension to knock socks off.
Yamaha BB body
While the bass body is inherited from Yamaha's original BB, the Yamaha BB2024X's neck is positioned 5mm deeper into the BB body creating a more rigid design that improves sound and attack.
Both front and rear pickups are specially invented for this particular series. Pursuing ultimate passive sound, "Open Face Pickups" are used to cope with even aggressive picking of rock players.
The neck of the Yamaha BB2024X bass consists of maple and mahogany. It provides durability and prevents necks from warping and curling.
Yamaha has employed a 3-piece body structure with which the BB2024X bass' bridge is placed on the center piece in order to translate the maximum amount of string vibration to the body. Instead of simply gluing wood pieces, Yamaha inserts a maple plate, called a "Spline", into a slot on its joint sections. By doing that, Yamaha has succeeded in obtaining as much body vibration as a 1-piece body with this 3-piece body structure.
Diagonal body-thru stringing
Bass strings are angled at 45 degrees at the Yamaha BB2024X's saddle to reduce the stress and secure their tension. Moreover, because the attachment area of strings to saddles is larger than conventional vertical stringing, much better transmission of vibration is obtained.
Nickel silver nut
Nickel Silver is selected for nut. It is the same material with fret wires. Unlike conventional bone or artificial ivory nut, it gives the same sound quality and feeling even when open notes are played. For any bass players, it is a crucial part of well-defined low end.
ARE (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement)
This environmentally-friendly non-chemical technique transforms the wood of the Yamaha BB2024X bass guitar to give a superb sound. Using precise control of temperature, humidity, and pressure, this technology alters the structure of wood at a sub-cellular level, transforming it into the same material as would be found on an instrument that's been played for many years, into a material that resonates beautifully. ARE technology brings the Yamaha BB2024X bass guitar to life, an instrument that gives itself to your playing, and sounds great from the moment you pick it up.
IRA (Initial Response Acceleration)
IRA is a special process that involves resonating the guitar at a certain frequency when it's finished being built, and it's strung and tuned. It actually has the same physical effect as years of gigging and playing. This corresponds to greater sustain, better high frequency response and, overall, just a more lively, open sound.
Both IRA and ARE technologies are applied to the Yamaha BB2024X bass. With this chemical-free treatment, the bass guitar sounds silky smooth and mature right out of a factory.
The Yamaha BB series basses boast all the classic characteristics of the original BBs, from the distinctive big body design and bolt-on neck to vintage-style hardware and pickups.