Yamaha RBX170 Bass Dark Blue Metallic

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Yamaha crafts the RBX170 Bass with a solid agathis body, versatile electronics, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, chrome tuners and bridge, dual classic-style pickups, and passive tone controls. C... Click To Read More About This Product

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Yamaha crafts the RBX170 Bass with a solid agathis body, versatile electronics, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, chrome tuners and bridge, dual classic-style pickups, and passive tone controls. Case sold separately.

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  • Solid agathis body
  • Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Chrome tuners and bridge
  • Dual P/J-style pickups
  • Passive tone controls
  • Yamaha's lowest-price bass
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Case sold separately
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YamahaRBX170 Bass
 
4.4

(based on 73 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The perfect entry-level bass

The RBX170 is a solid product. I've owned mine for almost 4 years and I couldn't have picked a better bass for the price. The sounds from the pickups are decent, but produce...Read complete review

The RBX170 is a solid product. I've owned mine for almost 4 years and I couldn't have picked a better bass for the price. The sounds from the pickups are decent, but produce a lot of hum (you do get what you pay for). The tonal palette is wide, however. Through my Fender Rumble 100, I can go from a dense dub sound to a biting Squire-esque tone. The thin neck plays fast and the unique cutaway lets you hit all 24 of the frets. You'll also appreciate the light body a few hours into a set. Unlike other basses in its class, this Yamaha stays solidly in tune and doesn't require high maintenance. It definitely inspires playing rather than hindering it. I recommend this bass to anyone who is starting out on bass or looking for an inexpensive back-up.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Eh, a decent starter bass.

I�ۡ���ll start off with the positives, this bass stays in tune very well, I rarely have to spend too much time tuning it,...Read complete review

I�ۡ���ll start off with the positives, this bass stays in tune very well, I rarely have to spend too much time tuning it, about maybe two or three times a week. It�ۡ���s very durable and light, and it has good sound unplugged, I play it without the amp when I�ۡ���m at home just practicing alone. The neck is smooth and easy to play, and the bass looks pretty good, I have mine in black. And I�ۡ���ve been able to get a nice P-Bass tone from it, not that it compares to a Fender, or even a real P-Bass, but I�ۡ���ve gotten some pretty close tones, and some of my own tones that I�ۡ���ve gotten from just doodling around of it. Now for the negatives, I play mainly with a Dunlop 1.14 mm pick, and when I use it the two upper string always have an annoying buzz when I play them open down to the third fret, and whenever I turn my amp up, it picks up every little thing, from the bass hitting my hipbone from a jump, to my even barely touching a string while moving my hands up and down the fret board. All in all it�ۡ���s a very decent beginner bass, but I suggest looking around for a better option in the same price range, I enjoy having this thing, but I will trade up when I get enough money for a better option. This was my first bass and I've been teaching myself on it.

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(85 of 88 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The perfect entry-level bass

By decafisfortheweak

from Raleigh, NC

Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

The RBX170 is a solid product. I've owned mine for almost 4 years and I couldn't have picked a better bass for the price. The sounds from the pickups are decent, but produce a lot of hum (you do get what you pay for). The tonal palette is wide, however. Through my Fender Rumble 100, I can go from a dense dub sound to a biting Squire-esque tone. The thin neck plays fast and the unique cutaway lets you hit all 24 of the frets. You'll also appreciate the light body a few hours into a set. Unlike other basses in its class, this Yamaha stays solidly in tune and doesn't require high maintenance. It definitely inspires playing rather than hindering it. I recommend this bass to anyone who is starting out on bass or looking for an inexpensive back-up.

(33 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent bass

By Gato0083

from Miami, Fl

Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

I have owned this bass for 5 years now i bbought it to learn and have now exceeded it and am moving on to a Warwick corvette. However i digress. This bass is amazing, it has an extremely good p and j setup for it's pickups and delivers a powerful punch for such a low-end bass. The body is light and contours perfectly for when you want to play while sitting. It's neck is thin enough to be comfortable for fast playing. there are a few issues with it especially concerning the gap between the string and the body. slapping and poping become a little bit uncomfortable. Also the knobs are constantly loosening up and make an annoying rattle and hum when playing at higher volumes.

(27 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

High Quality, very low price

By Craig

from Dover, New Jersey

Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

I don't know. I've been playing bass guitar for over 35 years and all I can say about this bass is wow. I can't believe the quality of this bass guitar for the price paid for it. I am very impressed, but then again, anytime I purchase a Yamaha guitar or bass guitar, I get impressed with the product I get. Yamaha definitely makes one heck of a guitar, period. The pick-ups that came with the RBX170 bass are phenomenal for the price paid for this guitar. These pick-ups are great, have great tone and sensitivity. When I first purchased my Yamaha BB300 back in the 80's, the only thing that bass guitar lacked was good stock pick-ups, so I had picked up a set of Select pick-ups by EMG and installed them and those split coil pick-ups made a world a difference in my opinion of that bass. The pick-ups that came with this RBX170 I received yesterday in the mail and just got a chance today to set up and play, I really can't see investing in after market pick-ups for because the pick-ups that came with the RBX170 really have a nice sound to them, plus they're powerful so what would be the reasoning behind upgrading them. I'll probably change the strings on this bass within a week or two just because the guitar didn't come with the gauge strings I like playing with, but I might as well use them while they're already on there and I don't feel like throwing another set of string on there just yet. When I do get around to replacing the strings though I plan on installing some GHS Contact Core Super Steels on it, GHS_L5200 gauge starting at 40 - 100 in increments of 20. Once I figured out how low I could set the action on this bass without getting a buzz on any fret, I set the intonation. I may have to reset the intonation with the lighter gauge string set, but I'll find that out when I get there. This Yamaha RBX170 is great for slapping and popping, I mean, you could play like Les Claypool all day and not get fatigued doing so, that's how sweet the action is. The only down side to most of these new electric guitars/basses that I have purchased recently is, the back side of their necks aren't finished the way the older basses use to get finished off. The back of the neck lacks the extra coats of clear coat on them making them appear unfinished, and I can tell they have been, but they have a satin finish, not a high gloss finish. But the as for the rest of the guitar, the fit and finish is flawless, perfect. I started setting this bass guitar up at around 9:30 am and after fifteen minutes I was playing it. I stopped to eat lunch for a half hour and then again for dinner. But after those inconveniences I've been playing this bass guitar non-stop until just about 5 minutes before I sat down and placed an order for another wall hanger and to write this review. I think I've purchased enough of Guitar Centers cheap bass guitars now though, I think the next Bass Guitar I'm going to purchase is going to be the Yamaha TRB1004 4-String Electric Bass. I've had the chance to play one at one of Guitar Centers stores located in Springfield, NJ and now that I know that every things fine with shipped guitars, I'm going to order one from their online store which will probably be next months purchase. After all that's been said and done. If you are a bass player looking for a good bass to play, whether you are a beginner or a professional, the Yamaha RBX170 is a great bass. If you are a professional and you are looking for a good back up bass, this bass is one you should definitely consider if you're tight on money. What else can I say to convince you guys to get one of these? Oh yeah, Guitar Center has a 30 - day satisfaction guarantee, if for some unknown reason this bass guitar fails to meet your expectations after it's been properly set up, and that's the key there that I am implying, properly set up!!! Guitar Center will allow you to return this baby and send your money back to you. But I seriously doubt you would want to give this bass guitar up once you have gotten yourself acquainted with it, this bass is that good. IMHO!!!

(24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Buy

By Randy

from Mooresville, IN

Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

Bought this bass as a replacement a few months ago. I am very pleased with the range of tones available from the P/J pickups. Easy to play, solid built. No problems with the electronics. Can't be beat for a begginer base. Great sound and price, highly recommended!

(20 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome beginner bass

By rachitron

from Tampa, FL

Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

I used to own to RBX170 Bass when i first started playing bass, and before I switched to guitar. This bass is SO amazingly light that it's almost unbelievable. This bass is pretty bassy for such a cheap price. I've used it for several shows, and it only failed me during my last show when the jack broke..but this was only after 2 years of intense abuse. Although the guitar has a cheap plastic feeling to it, it is easy to manuever around the neck and the frets are pretty close together. Awesome beginner's bass.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

a nice bass with a great sound

By Adrian

from detroit

Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

i bought this bass a year ago and it still sounds great. it's not the prettiest of things but the sound quality is nice. the one thing i really have a problem with this bass is that the back of the body is starting to crack a little bit for no reason and the input jack comes loose VERY easy and no matter how hard you screw it back on it just comes loose again the next day. but even with the little issues this is a great quality cheap bass that any begginer bassist should try to own.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best price for begginers

By corey

from albany, NY

Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

i got this bass last summer in black.ill say its a great bass still,and its a steal for the price.it has great sound and everything and has more tones than a p-bass.mine is still working perfectly.it only has a few tiny flaws:1.it can collect dust extremely easy around the pickups.2.the input jack comes loose easily,and 3.the default strings dont have that good of a tone,its like they dont ring that great.but i had them for over a year until the E string snapped, so i replaced them all with rotosound and it sounds great now! this bass is recommended to anyone..i mean ANYONE!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Bass!

By Raf

from CT

Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

I just purchased this bass about 2 weeks ago and its great! plays nice and what a price. it does need a few adjustments with the action then your good to go!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

SOLID

By sean

from Salt Lake City, UT

Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

This bass is fine for just about anything you wanna play. I've had mine for a couple of years with no problems. Its a given that its not the greatest bass you could buy, but you can definately rock out on this thing, and thats really what its all about.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Second best, well worth it

By Phode

from Spotsylvania, VA

Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

I already own a Gibson Ripper, so I know a good bass when I play one. Hell, I've used almost every bass guitar over at my guitar center! And I recently got a yamaha, this one that is, and I love it. Now, it's no the Ripper, but it is second best to me. If you don't have enough money to get a Corvette or Firebird, I'd say take this. It has a large range due to it's combo of two prescision and one jazz bass pickup(s), and if you have money lying around after you've bought this, you can easily upgrade your pickups for a sound that you'd get for a bass that is MUCH pricier. To the point of range, I use this bass more for jazz, funk, etc. rather than rock, but it can easily give you a strong roar and a very round, low-bass sound that you'd get with ...say a cheap Dean, which still would be more expensive than the yamaha, even with upgraded pickups. So I'd say if you're starting out, or you've been playing long enough that you have different basses for different music, or you know what's best for upgrading, I'd say buy this guitar, it's a steal at this price!

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