Since their original release, Yamaha BB basses have offered players the traditional tones they crave with a feel and character all their own. This BB234 4-string electric bass guitar puts all the legendary attributes of the originals into a straightforward passive design that is both inspiring and affordable. And whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player, you'll love the neck's thinner profile and the way the bass stays balanced thanks to its lightweight tuning machines. If you want a value-packed spin on the BB bass, the BB234 4-string is for you.
When the first Yamaha BB basses rolled off the line in the late '70s, the bass world quickly took notice. A diverse array of high-caliber players took to these unique instruments, such as Van Halen's Michael Anthony, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, and legendary session ace Abraham Laboriel Sr. Their comfortably contoured bodies, clear-as-a-bell electronics, and immediately identifiable look keep these basses at the forefront of many different genres. The Yamaha BB234 is among the latest additions to this storied line of lauded instruments.
What truly sets Yamaha's BB basses apart from other 4-stringers are their comfortable and familiar contours. Carefully crafted from balanced-sounding alder, the BB234 boasts that same identifiable character. Its rounded edges and forearm and belly cuts seem to melt into your body while playing. The bass's maple bolt-on neck sings with a familiar punch and midrange that accompanies that construction style, while its slightly thinner profile is a welcome addition to more modern styles of players.
Whether you're a session player or a specialist, you know the benefits of a P/J pickup combination. The pickups in this BB234 are Yamaha's Custom V3 ceramic single-coil design. Dial in more of the neck pickup for that all-important P-style growl. And nail punchy fingerstyle tones with the bridge pickup — a favorite for many Music Experience bassists. The BB234's passive volume/volume/tone control layout couldn't be easier to dial in.
So you've decided that the bass is the instrument for you. You're putting in the countless hours of practice, building your repertoire, and jamming with friends to tighten up your set in preparation for your onstage debut. The best-in-class durability, sound, and playability of the 200 lineup makes it the ideal instrument to help you take that crucial first step down the road to being a serious musician.
A ceramic magnet pickup that delivers a clean, well-defined sound.
The new BB models are equipped with one tone control and two volume control knobs, for versatile sound shaping.
The New BB models feature a slightly thinner neck than previous BB basses, improving playability and feel for both modern and traditional players.
Lighter weight tuners offer a better balance and complement the overall feel, providing a perfect match for the smaller, lighter body of the new BB.
Yamaha's BB234 4-string bass delivers great sound and amazing playability!
Yamaha BB Doublecut
|Number of Strings||4|
Thinner BB profile
|Number of Frets||21, Medium|
Vintage style bridge, 19mm string spacing
Light weight, open gear
|Number of Pickups||2|
VSP3n Ceramic Split Single-coil
VSC3b Ceramic Single-coil
2 x volume, 1 x master tone
|Strings||D'Addario EXL, .045-.105|
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