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Yamaha TRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass Transparent Brown Rosewood Fretboard

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The TRBX505 can be described in one simple word - tone. Premium mahogany construction and an ultra-musical active/passive pre-amp design deliver the flexibility and sheer tonal quality to allow you to... Click To Read More About This Product

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The TRBX505 can be described in one simple word - tone. Premium mahogany construction and an ultra-musical active/passive pre-amp design deliver the flexibility and sheer tonal quality to allow you to sculpt the perfect sound for your music.

The TRBX features a sculpted solid mahogany body, with a mass-optimized 3D design for the optimum balance between tone and comfort coupled with perfect weight distribution. Its neck design combines a fast, ultra-comfortable profile with 5-pc maple/mahogany laminated construction for outstanding stability and excellent tone.

YGD designed H5 pickups are defined by a clean, open tone that's perfectly matched with the flexibility of the active/passive preamp design. Their quad-polepiece design and alnico magnets give them the power to drive the active circuit and the sensitivity and subtlety to capture every nuance in passive mode.

TRBX505 features an audiophile-grade active/passive circuit for fine tonal control and extreme flexibility. The advanced design offers a level-matched output whether in passive or active mode and tone-switching circuitry that seamlessly moves from treble control to master passive tone. High-quality gold plated parts are used for key signal chain contacts, providing increased conductivity and reliability and a battery alert LED installed on the back panel gives instant indication of low power to eliminate sudden power loss during performance.

TRBX uses a precision fitted bolt-on neck joint for maximum adjustability and clear, punchy tone. Developed through hundreds of hours of play-testing, the refined neck joint shape perfectly balances strength, vibration transfer and upper-fret access.

A high-mass die-cast bridge efficiently transfers string vibrations to the body for full, rich tone combined with excellent adjustability and road-tested durability. 18mm string spacing on the 5-string model offers outstanding playability for technical slap or finger styles.

Straight string pull from nut to machine head eliminates lateral tension, providing superior tuning stability and reducing overtones. 43mm nut width gives fast, comfortable playability for any style.

Yamaha's metal plate-mounted standard jack socket offers superior durability and easy maintenance.

Features
  • Sculpted solid mahogany body
  • 5-Piece, bolt-on, maple/mahogany neck
  • YGD designed M3 pickups
  • Exclusive Performance EQ active circuit with five performance-tuned full spectrum EQ curves
  • High-mass die-cast bridge
Specifications
  • String spacing: 18mm
    Nut width: 43mm
    Scale Length: 34'' (836.6mm)
    Radius 23-5/8'' (600mm)
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YamahaTRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Recording (6)
  • School bands (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A must have for the price paid

I got my hands on one of these basses. After owning and playing various basses, I can definitely say this is a must for the price!

The sound, on the...Read complete review

I got my hands on one of these basses. After owning and playing various basses, I can definitely say this is a must for the price!

The sound, on the passive mode, is really convincing at first hand. The overall sound is deep with enough brightness so it doesn't get muddy. The active mode truly helps shaping my sound the way I want it, depending on which technique or style I'm playing. I've compared the pickups to EMG's and some fender active ones and they truly stand out, being more "colorful" and expressive.

Since I have small hands, this instrument fits just right. The neck is thin, narrow (width : 43mm), fast and responsive. It's truly a charm to play on this! The body is small too and pretty light for solid mahogany, which is great when you gotta play for 2 hours straight... or more.

The only "disappointments" I had with that bass were the lack of finishes available (only 3) and the lack of push/pull pots to split the humbuckers into single coils, allowing a punchier, brighter sound (but for 15$ and a soldering iron, this will be solved). Also, the active/passive switch on the first bass I've ordered was broken. It may be due to the shipping though, I've never had any problems with the one I own.

The TRBX505, to me, can virtually withstand any bass under 900$ to 1000$. If you're seeking for an affordable and reliable bass, this is it!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Okay-ish mid priced bass

There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for the TRBX line of basses. I would say its ok for the price, slight step above some Fender Squire basses but again its priced higher...Read complete review

There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for the TRBX line of basses. I would say its ok for the price, slight step above some Fender Squire basses but again its priced higher so...I tried the 3 series and found the pickups quite brittle sounding. The 5 series alnico's are certainly better but Im actually glad for passive mode; dont think the pre-amp is helping the tone very much. A passive tone knob is a nice idea, but found that it does nearly nothing until the final tiny turn, so its not very responsive in practical use.
On the plus side, its a lightweight bass, balances well, decent frets.
This bass is good on paper (features) but there are a lot of nice basses in this price range. I am always cautious of basses that are reviewed as nice FOR THE PRICE, because we all know it implies a compromise. So I would say this is a nice bass for the price :)

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5.0

Sleek, great play right out of the box.

By Ed

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Yamaha TRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass:

Beginning bassist, fine sound right out of the box (after tuning, of course).
Solid, sleek body, feel great. Highly recommend, GREAT value for the price.

 
5.0

Definitely worth the wait!

By JFoss

from Lakeville, MN

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Yamaha TRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass:

    He plays the guitar nightly. Loves the 5 string compared to the 4 string.

     
    5.0

    The TRBX Rocks

    By Joe B

    from Philadelphia,PA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Yamaha TRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass:

      This bass is a great bass for the price point. It is comfortable to play and to wear on your body. The tone is full in both passive and active modes. The neck is quick to play and enjoyable to play. You don't need to struggle to play it. Yamaha has made a good and reliable instrument in this TRBX 505.

       
      4.0

      Needs some tweaks, but great quality for the price

      By Yup that's me

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Cheap plastic nut
      • Frets could be finished better

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Puttin the bass in yo face
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Yamaha TRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass:

      I bought this bass about 6 months ago, and wanted to get some miles on it before writing this.

      The good:
      - Fit and finish are very nice
      - The frets are decent
      - Electronics seem to be built well except for the input jack (see below)
      - Hardware is very good, even the tuners are good quality. Bridge is high mass.
      - EQ actually works very well and is very responsive. There is a mini toggle switch to turn it on and off, and there's even a battery low LED on the back.
      - Control knobs feel very good, and have a center detente
      - Plays well with good action

      The bad:
      - The nut broke on mine when I was changing the strings. I glued it back together, but it wasn't fixed to the neck or anything, it was just sitting there under the strings. And it's made of cheap plastic. The worst part is that you can't find a direct replacement nut in this string spacing.
      - The input jack is constantly coming loose. Usually this wouldn't be hard to fix, but the electronics cavity is stuffed with all of the circuitry for the EQ, so you have to loosen up some of that to get to the backside and really fix it.
      - The frets could stand to be finished a bit better. The ends were a little sharp on my hand.
      - Three boring paint schemes. I got the white one, which looks decent, but if you don't like that, your only other choices are brown and black.

      Overall, this bass is a solid buy for the money. It's got features that you don't normally see on basses of this price range. It's a player's bass, but with a few small improvements could be 5-star.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      players bass

      By lance

      from st paul

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Yamaha TRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass:

        it took me a little while but I love it. Very big and tight low end. Very flexible bass, great through my Great River pre for recording. Big, tight tone.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Aggressive Bass

        By QuintrKD

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

          Comments about Yamaha TRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass:

          Solid-build, and an attractive bass. Action set fairly low. Had to buy Ernie Ball flatwounds to tame the trebles and eliminate the squeakiness of the stock strings. Still have to crank the bass very heavy, but I'm now getting the tone that I want. This bass is pretty aggressive, and really lends itself to those genres where you need to cut through the mix... think hard rock and slap. It's an excellent value and I'll be keeping it, but keep in mind that you'll need to employ some fretting hand muting techniques to get as much versatility as some of the promotional videos indicate.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent bass

          By DMoney

          from USA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Yamaha TRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass:

            Satin finish on the neck is awesome. Spacing of strings is excellent. Tone is killer w/pup fader, master volume, 3-band eq on board (+active pups). I thought the tuners were a little flimsy, but I tightened them up and I think I like them better than the paddles on a few of my MIM Ps. Setup out of the box was terrible, but I bought it open box. Took 10-15 minutes to fix fret buzz and intonation. This has quickly become my go-to bass.

            (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Okay-ish mid priced bass

            By Duke-DvtpP

            from boston

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

              Comments about Yamaha TRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass:

              There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for the TRBX line of basses. I would say its ok for the price, slight step above some Fender Squire basses but again its priced higher so...I tried the 3 series and found the pickups quite brittle sounding. The 5 series alnico's are certainly better but Im actually glad for passive mode; dont think the pre-amp is helping the tone very much. A passive tone knob is a nice idea, but found that it does nearly nothing until the final tiny turn, so its not very responsive in practical use.
              On the plus side, its a lightweight bass, balances well, decent frets.
              This bass is good on paper (features) but there are a lot of nice basses in this price range. I am always cautious of basses that are reviewed as nice FOR THE PRICE, because we all know it implies a compromise. So I would say this is a nice bass for the price :)

              (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A must have for the price paid

              By Chickn' Stu

              from Montreal, Qc

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Active Passive Modes
              • Great And Versatile Sound
              • Great look
              • Thin narrow neck

              Cons

              • No Push Pull Pots
              • Only 3 Colours Available

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Big Venues
              • Small Or Big Venues

              Comments about Yamaha TRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass:

              I got my hands on one of these basses. After owning and playing various basses, I can definitely say this is a must for the price!

              The sound, on the passive mode, is really convincing at first hand. The overall sound is deep with enough brightness so it doesn't get muddy. The active mode truly helps shaping my sound the way I want it, depending on which technique or style I'm playing. I've compared the pickups to EMG's and some fender active ones and they truly stand out, being more "colorful" and expressive.

              Since I have small hands, this instrument fits just right. The neck is thin, narrow (width : 43mm), fast and responsive. It's truly a charm to play on this! The body is small too and pretty light for solid mahogany, which is great when you gotta play for 2 hours straight... or more.

              The only "disappointments" I had with that bass were the lack of finishes available (only 3) and the lack of push/pull pots to split the humbuckers into single coils, allowing a punchier, brighter sound (but for 15$ and a soldering iron, this will be solved). Also, the active/passive switch on the first bass I've ordered was broken. It may be due to the shipping though, I've never had any problems with the one I own.

              The TRBX505, to me, can virtually withstand any bass under 900$ to 1000$. If you're seeking for an affordable and reliable bass, this is it!

              (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very happy!! A great instrument!

              By Petit

              from New York

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Yamaha TRBX505 5-String Premium Electric Bass:

                Well, I just bought it. I believe this is a great instrument. A lot of versatility, great tone and sustain. Cant beat the price... Great Job Yamaha!

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