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Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar Natural

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The TRBX174EW represents a price breakthrough for the TRBX range with exotic mango wood.

You're the bedrock of your music. You need an instrument with the strength and power to perform. That instrument must give you the freedom to innovate, to create and push the boundaries. You need a bass where everythings just right. Sound, feel, looks nothing comes second.

With Yamaha's unique combination of advanced design, precision engineering and time-honoured craftsmanship, the Yamaha Guitar Development team have created the perfect instrument for bass players who aren't ready to compromise. It's an instrument that seamlessly blends the powerful sound you need to underpin your performance with immense flexibility so you can create and define your own tone; an instrument that offers unparalleled comfort and playability combined with construction you can depend on - show after show, session after session; an instrument designed and built to be the core of your music.

FEATURES

Scale Length: 34'' (863.6mm)
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Sonokeling
Radius: 10'' (250mm)
Nut Width: 40mm
Body: Mango
Tuners: Covered
Bridge: Vintage Style
Pickups: Split Coil x 1, Single Coil x 1
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YamahaTRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good pick up (9)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Jamming (13)
  • Recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Novice (5), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Budget Bass - Yamaha Nails It!

My quest for a low cost (ok, cheap!) bass has led me to this cool Yamaha TRBX174EW. Been looking for bass I can keep out and ready for use when ever I...Read complete review

My quest for a low cost (ok, cheap!) bass has led me to this cool Yamaha TRBX174EW. Been looking for bass I can keep out and ready for use when ever I need it and use at gigs which I rather not take my Fodera or Roscoe basses. After reading reviews and looking through all the low cost basses available, choose the TRBX.

Yamaha has always been known for good quality even with their low cost line of instruments. Well got it today and so far happy with my purchase. This model features a mahogany body and a really thin but beautiful Mango Wood veneer top. The headstock also sports a Mango Wood veneer. It features a PJ pickup setup and is a passive bass. The controls are volume/volume/tone. The black knobs are plastic and a bit cheap looking. So ordered some black metal replacement knobs. The bridge is a standard vintage type. I also ordered a higher mass bridge to replace it.

The bolt-on neck is 24 fret and is a one piece maple with a sonokeling (in the rosewood family) fretboard. The fretwork isn't too bad. The edges of a couple of the frets could have been filed down better, but not blaring bad. One thing to note, the headstock is not a tilt back type. There is a string retainer bar on the front to pull the strings down over the nut. I mention this because most basses in this price range that have tilted headstocks, the headstock is glued onto the neck. The TRBX is completely one piece from top to bottom. The nut is just a hair wider then a Jazz bass, and the neck has a nice chunky profile which I like. The back of the neck has a natural finish.

Out of box the setup wasn't too bad and just required a little tweaking. The weight is probably a bit under 9 lbs. The tone is pretty punchy with both pickups up full. Has a great P bass tone when soloing the neck P pickup. It came with round wound strings that did not sound to bad. But after 10 minutes of playing my fingers were dirty the strings! So nixed them and put on a fresh set of D'Addario XL170s.

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Doesn't look like the image at all

The first thing I noticed when I unboxed the bass is how different it looks from the picture. Upon doing some research, I found that not all "copies" of this...Read complete review

The first thing I noticed when I unboxed the bass is how different it looks from the picture. Upon doing some research, I found that not all "copies" of this bass look as nice. For reference, scroll down to the review by Mike. I think I will return this.

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4.0

Great Budget Bass - Yamaha Nails It!

By Ken Bassman

from Delray Beach, Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great Looking Mango Wood Top
  • Not Heavy, Balances Well
  • One Piece Neck - Headstock Not Glued On
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Frets Edges Could Have Been Filed Better
  • Stock Strings Will Leave Your Fingers Filthy

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small to Medium Size Gigs

Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

My quest for a low cost (ok, cheap!) bass has led me to this cool Yamaha TRBX174EW. Been looking for bass I can keep out and ready for use when ever I need it and use at gigs which I rather not take my Fodera or Roscoe basses. After reading reviews and looking through all the low cost basses available, choose the TRBX.

Yamaha has always been known for good quality even with their low cost line of instruments. Well got it today and so far happy with my purchase. This model features a mahogany body and a really thin but beautiful Mango Wood veneer top. The headstock also sports a Mango Wood veneer. It features a PJ pickup setup and is a passive bass. The controls are volume/volume/tone. The black knobs are plastic and a bit cheap looking. So ordered some black metal replacement knobs. The bridge is a standard vintage type. I also ordered a higher mass bridge to replace it.

The bolt-on neck is 24 fret and is a one piece maple with a sonokeling (in the rosewood family) fretboard. The fretwork isn't too bad. The edges of a couple of the frets could have been filed down better, but not blaring bad. One thing to note, the headstock is not a tilt back type. There is a string retainer bar on the front to pull the strings down over the nut. I mention this because most basses in this price range that have tilted headstocks, the headstock is glued onto the neck. The TRBX is completely one piece from top to bottom. The nut is just a hair wider then a Jazz bass, and the neck has a nice chunky profile which I like. The back of the neck has a natural finish.

Out of box the setup wasn't too bad and just required a little tweaking. The weight is probably a bit under 9 lbs. The tone is pretty punchy with both pickups up full. Has a great P bass tone when soloing the neck P pickup. It came with round wound strings that did not sound to bad. But after 10 minutes of playing my fingers were dirty the strings! So nixed them and put on a fresh set of D'Addario XL170s.

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Absolutely in love with this bass

By Brian

from Dallas

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I bought this as to be as big of a pain as possible to my upstairs neighbor. They seem to encourage their kid to jog laps throughout their apartment between 11 pm and midnight every night. So the least I can do is serenade them with some good tunes.

Coming from a guitar (never played bass before), and considering that this is more of a budget impulse buy, I wasn't sure what to expect from this when I sat down with it. But I have to tell you, it felt like coming home. The neck feels great, the body feels balanced, and the sound is much better than I expected for the price tag. I played with 6 different bodies when testing these out. And this was, by far, my favorite.

There was some fret buzz on the E string. Raised the action a tad and all is well. Intonation was dead on out of the box. Seriously, I absolutely love this thing. And the fact that it annoys my neighbors is just icing on the cake. :)

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Wouldn't Want Any Other Bass Guitar

By Topthump

from South Park PA

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Blues Music
    • Country Music
    • Disco Music
    • Funk Music
    • Jamming
    • Jazz Music
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Music

    Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    I've been playing bass for over 30 years. I've had all the old standard basses that were and are popular and I had a couple battery basses that were supposed to be everything and more. This bass is a great take on a j and p bass that perhaps outdoes them both. Sounds much more classic - modern and genuine than a battery bass. The finishes offered give the audience something fresh and new to look at. At my age now, this will be my bass for life. Wish I had it 30 years ago. The main thin to say about this bass is how many styles of music it is good for. I play just about everything and I can play it all on just this one bass.

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Agreat value

    By Ed

    from Manheim, pa

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gigging
      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      I have 4 other basses and by far this is the most satisfying. The price and craftsmanship are great.

      (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fantastic Beginning, With Room To Grow

      By Miranda

      from Fairfax VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      I've played Double Bass for about 4 years, and I picked this up about 6 months ago for my first electric bass. The knobs give a good range of tone. I've played a couple of shows, but I wouldn't say that this bass is ideal for that. It's a bit too quiet for pop punk/metal.

      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Check if in stock first before purchasing

      By Jr

      from Cape coral fl

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        It has a very nice sound. Easy to play.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice bass, cool-looking

        By The Wombat

        from Allen, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        I bought it as a floor model. It came with a very thick nut which made playing difficult despite action and truss rod adjustments, but once I bought a new nut and replaced it it was much more playable. Nice pickups and a hard-hitting, dynamic sound, despite a buzz coming from its jazz pickup. Also, it's got an awesome polish on it.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        So Glad I Chose This Model

        By Topthump

        from South Park PA

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • 24 Frets
        • Balanced Body Shape
        • Excellent Factory Set Up
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Loud Pick Ups
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz With OEM Strings

        Best Uses

        • Any Size Venue
        • Jamming
        • Learning Bass
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        I wanted to step down from an all out bells and whistles battery bass to something practical. I specifically wanted this pickup arrangement. Other basses out there seemed plenty good enough but I was drawn to the fact that this Yamaha has twenty four frets. I was surprised at the nice finish this bass has. I can use it to play any style of music live and look good. The body shape is balanced and this bass feels great sitting down or standing up. I have no doubt you can use this bass on a big stage - don't let others fool you into thinking you need something obscene to play big. This is a bass and a brand name that will hang with you. Just get some medium gauge nickle plated round wound strings. If not it's buzz city with your other not so good string choices. Setup itself should already be awesome.

        (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        I don't think I would buy this again

        By Logan

        from Santa Clarita/Stevenson Ranch

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        I bought this about 2 months ago, I should of played it at the store before I decided. The pickups are sharp, and the sound is ok-ish.

        (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Starter Bass!

        By PDE

        from Phila, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        Great bass for any beginner or just for practice. This bass has a great tone compared to other basses in the same price range.
        There is a slight bit of fret buzz but that may be my lazy fingers.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        this is great to play and the pickups kick your back side ..

        By Fingers

        from the Valley

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • had to set up

        Best Uses

        • can stand up with the best
        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        my jazz bass was my best bass until I got this yamaha now I cant put it down

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic buy for the price

        By Mikey BNA

        from Nashville, TN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          Felt great right off the wall at Guitar Center. Only modification I made was to immediately put flat-wound strings on it. No set-up needed, very minimal fret buzz. Has a great sound.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Totally worth the price.

          By The Almighty Llex

          from Fresno, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Craftsmanship
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up

          Cons

          • Strings

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • School Bands

          Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          It is a great bass for its price, and I absolutely love it. The only problem I had with it is the starter strings it came with would always cause buzzing in the tone. As soon as I changed them out with some flat wound strings, the buzz went away.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice Yamaha bass!

          By Randall

          from undisclosed

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          This is a great bass and a tremendous value. I love it and use for every performance now!

          (2 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Bass is OK for the money - the finish is odd.

          By Mike

          from Tampa, FL

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          My kid uses it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          good first bass

          By Rob A.

          from Wilmington Del

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            I have always wanted to play bass for as long as I can remember. Sounds just fine through my 20 watt Ampeg. Some say it has fret buzz and that may be true or it might be me.I got mine for under $ 200. When I get better I'll get a nicer bass and amp.

             
            3.0

            Doesn't look like the image at all

            By Daniel

            from Cambridge, MA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            The first thing I noticed when I unboxed the bass is how different it looks from the picture. Upon doing some research, I found that not all "copies" of this bass look as nice. For reference, scroll down to the review by Mike. I think I will return this.

             
            4.0

            Looks different from picture

            By Daniel

            from Cambridge, MA

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            Out of the box, the first thing I noticed was how different it looked from the images. The head is a dark color instead, and the color isn't as vibrant and pronounced on the body. It's a darker and smoother wood than the image.

             
            4.0

            Wow! Pleased with a purchase. How often does that happen?

            By Rachel the Wanderer

            from Sam Antonio, Tx

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Pick Up
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • School Bands

              Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

              Using this bass for recording and gigging and everything about it is solid. Looks, playability and feel are all spot on out of box. Bravo, Yamaha; you've created a beautiful and great sounding instrument at a price and value that defy reason. Thanks.

               
              5.0

              Very nice bass

              By Ray

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Yamaha TRBX174EW Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

                Wanted to play along with Rocksmith on a real bass guitar so got this. For the price it is extremely well made, I can't find a single flaw. The neck and fretboard are smooth as glass. The tuning machines and control knobs all have a nice solid feed. It's a wood body covered with a thin veneer of some other wood. Not sure which is the mango. Put a set of D'Addario stings on it and the fret buzz completely went away. Definitely recommend for learning and home practice.

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