Yamaha RBX170 Bass Dark Blue Metallic 886830984006

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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.

Features
  • 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
 
4.5

(based on 272 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (177)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • School bands (4)
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    • Experienced (9)

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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5.0

Served me faithfully the last 4 years and still going strong

By Martin Rebeiro

from Maryland

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

    I was gifted this bass. Never had one ever. Never played bass before. This bass encouraged me to get learning. I have not stopped and I am getting better every day.
    Great product!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    First Bass

    By Shoo

    from Minneapolis, MN

    Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

    I just got this bass this past monday and I love it. I'm already playing The Beatles and NIRVANA and the RBX170 just sounds so good. It's a perfect bass for beginners: comfortable to play, easily tuned, sturdy strings, a solid sound, and it's just fun to play. Even though I just got it, the room I play in is rather small, and my bass keeps hitting the walls. However, it hasn't got a single dent. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it's durable (I mean, even if it wasn't durable, Guitar Center has a pretty great return/damage policy). It looks attractive, it's fun to play, and I honestly can't get enough of it.

     
    5.0

    Owned for years and still going

    By galen rosson

    from Fayetteville, Nc

    Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

    My oldest brother gave me this bass as a 14th birthday present. Here I am, almost 25, and this thing still keeps kicking. My dad plays locally where I live and usually prefers his 30 year old fender bass, but as age caught up with him I let him use my bass sometimes and it helped with his back because it was lighter. You can get any tone you want out of it, the tuners have held up over the years and the bridge has not needed adjustment. The pickups have adopted angles from age but it was nothing I couldn't fix myself. Overall I give the bass 5 stars as it has: 1)withstood the test of time holding together through heavy use from myself and my father. 2)Has not once given me problems electronically or physically 3)Always felt smooth and easy to learn on and master 4)withheld it's volume and resonance Overall I am very satisfied with this bass, and I cherish it to this day as my first instrument I ever owned. The best gift a brother could give.

     
    5.0

    Old Violin Sunburst

    By William Moore

    from CT

    Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

    Fantastic bass. A little bit of buzzing on the strings, but it's easily fixed. The Old Violin Sunburst color is great, and looks much better than the picture given above. Fabulous for beginner levels through expert levels.

     
    4.0

    rbx 170

    By sparky

    from cincinnati

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Minor Flaws

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

    nice bass, few attention to detail flaws. Had older model 174 (P style) rbx, really like J pick up

     
    5.0

    I love this bass!

    By Gavin McWilliams

    from Lenexa KS

    Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

    I recently got this bass for Christmas and although i've never played a bass before, it was really easy to get the hang of it. The noise this beast produces sounds deep and powerful. I hooked it up to my computer to record and it sounded amazing. The one problem for people just getting this bass is figuring out the different knobs for volume and clarity. The pickups are independent of each other, and learning the different knobs is difficult. To know which is which, the first two are directly under each pickup. Having both on makes a rock sound. While having one off or one on changes from heavy rock, to jazz/blues. The one knob all the way in the back of the bass, is clarity so you either get a clean sound. A muffled sound. Or somewhere in between. Over all, the bass is good. So is the colour, mine's a Root Beer. :)

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent entry level bass

    By SPYjammer

    from southern cal

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

      Overall this is an excellent bass for the money. Very playable and build quality is outstanding. My only complaint is the volume controls have an excessive audio taper and don't really kick in until about 6-7 (out of 10). I play guitar primarily and bought this to get out of a rut and try something different. Very happy I did.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A cheap bass with great bones

      By JimmyBigLoop

      from Hamilton, Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Great Neck
      • Superb Value
      • WELL CRAFTED

      Cons

      • Some Cheap Components

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

      I'm a singer/songwriter who was looking for a bass for home recording, jamming and playing around with and when it came down to brass tacks, I couldn't beat the price/performance of this baby. I was comparing to slightly more expensive models from other seond line brands (Squire, Epiphone etc...) but beyond a few little quirks I didn't see any reason to spend more and get less.

      I set up the bass, plugged it in, and was surprised at the playability of this instrument. The neck is fast yet strong and the body shape lends itself to sitting and pliddling around with it. I had to set the intonation but the string height was set near perfect from the factory. Intonation was so close that I could have left it, but I tweeked it to perfection anyways.

      This bass is light - much lighter than the Fender Jazz I've used on occasion.

      Why is it so inexpensive?
      1) The Pickups
      I will be swapping the bridge pickup out at some point, it is marginal, but adequate for jamming etc.. It's not as dynamic as I want and is a little noisy. The split pickup sounds decent - though I'll probably swap both out for the sake of completeness. There is NO RUSH for this though. The cheap stock pickups are fine.

      2) Other Cheap Outs
      There are a couple of plastic covers that give a feel of cheapness to this bass, but this is only cosmetic - so far. The cheap tuners seem okay, nothing to write home about, but they're not on the upgrade list (yet.) There is a bar (not sure what it is called) just beayond the nut that keeps the strings down for the tuners, it is held with two tiny wood screws. I've had no problems, but the arrangement makes me nervous.

      Basically this bass has VERY GOOD bones, and for anyone who is used to maintaining a guitar or bass, (doing upgrades and repairs) or is looking for a good starter bass, this is the one.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Only 1 I have

      By Xaky_bass

      from UB MGL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

        I own one, it is my first and only bass for now. I sold my other basses and i stayed with it. i have played many bass guitars, including Thunderbird IV, fender P & J basses, Maison, other Yamaha basses and Chinese unknown brand basses. this one feels so good and so right. it has slightly thinner neck and lighter body which is made of agathis,stays in tune and good tone

         
        4.0

        Great Beginner Bass

        By Cassandra Villarreal

        from Norfolk, VA

        Comments about Yamaha RBX170 Bass:

        When I bought this guitar I had barely played a bass guitar before. I wanted a solid beginner guitar that wasn't overly expensive so I could start to learn. This guitar is a perfect fit for anyone who wants to get started. I've had it for 9 months and I play it almost every day. It has never needed fixing or anything. It was ready to play straight out of the box. My only complaint was the strings that came on the guitar were not the best but a set of replacement strings fixed that problem. The action was perfect and it stays in tune perfectly. As far as sound, it has a clear defined tone. The pickups hum a bit but it's nothing too annoying. Overall, this guitar is the best beginner guitar I could ask for. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to play on a budget.

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