This BB734A 4-string electric bass guitar takes the BB bass platform into the future with a flexible active design that is will find its voice in any musical situation. Additional updates include a thinner neck profile that is crowned with new light-weight tuning machines. And the the bass' 3-piece alder/maple/alder body sings with a balance of attack and warmth. Add the sustain-enhancing 6-bolt miter neck joint and convertible bridge for harmonically rich sustain and the BB734A 4-string is your BB of choice.
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 BB734A is among the latest additions to this storied line of lauded instruments.
What truly sets Yamaha's BB basses apart from other basses are their comfortable and familiar contours. Carefully crafted from a carefully tuned combination of alder and maple, the BB734A 4-string's body boasts that same identifiable character. Its rounded edges and forearm and belly cuts seem to melt into your body while performing. The bass's 5-piece maple and mahogany bolt-on neck sings with a new level of punch and sustain, thanks for its 6-bolt miter design. And its slightly thinner profile is a welcome addition for 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 BB734A are Yamaha's present-sounding YGD Custom V7 Alnico V single-coil design. Use the bass's active 3-band EQ and blend to 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 BB734A's active/passive switch offers two different characters while also being a lifesaver if you find yourself without a battery.
Music isn't just something you “do” anymore— it's your life. Every time you get on stage or hit the record button you've got to feel content in the knowledge that you’re playing an instrument with the versatility, durability, and superb sound that will guarantee your performances are consistently on point. Combining the crisp, penetrating tone, and serious flexibility of active pickups with the punch and sustain of a 6-bolt miter neck joint, the 700 models can be relied on to deliver an extraordinarily versatile sound that you can adapt to any genre or environment.
The new BB features an Alder/Maple/Alder multi-laminated body construction. The hard maple center increases body stiffness and accentuates midrange to cut through the mix of a band, and allows a more uniform transmission of vibrations between the body and the maple neck for unparalleled resonance and sustain.
Miter bolting holds the neck closer and tighter to the body fusing these two separate components into one. Compared to a conventional bolt-on joint, miter bolting offers more efficient transfer of string vibration throughout the body, for improved sustain and outstanding resonance that brings every note to life.
Alnico magnets produce a fat yet penetrating tone that works in combination with the unique Alder/Maple/Alder construction of the 700 and Pro models for an organic, well-defined sound.
The new BB700 models feature a specially tuned active/passive circuit for fine tonal control and extreme flexibility. This updated circuit has been retuned for the BB for a crisper tone and improved mids via 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.
The 700 models feature active pickups with a 3 band EQ, a pickup balancer, and an active/passive switch, for enhanced versatility and flexibility when shaping your sound.
The 700 and Pro are equipped with the Vintage Plus Bridge, which incorporates “Diagonal Body Thru Stringing,” where strings are angled at the saddle and pass through the instrument to the bridge at a 45º angle, as opposed to the traditional vertical stringing method which places more stress on the strings. Diagonal Body Thru Stringing significantly reduces this stress while transferring string vibration to the body reliably and efficiently. Strings can also be set to the tail end of the bridge, which comes equipped with a convertible saddle that can be adjusted to 2 different angles for more precise tonal shaping and feel. The rounder side of the saddle gives a slightly softer sound, while the more angled area produces a slightly tighter one. The brass saddle of the Vintage Plus Bridge delivers a slightly deeper low-end, and the steel bridge plate offers a brighter tone. All screws and springs are made of stainless steel to guard against corrosion.
The new series features a 5-ply maple and mahogany laminated neck, in a bolt-on design that delivers a sharp attack, and quick response. This durable construction resists warping and twisting and adds the tight, penetrating character of maple combined with the warmth of mahogany to the instrument’s tone.
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 BB734A 4-string bass delivers great sound and amazing playability!
Yamaha BB Doublecut
|Number of Strings||4|
|Color||Translucent Matte Black|
Thinner BB profile
|Number of Frets||21, Medium|
Vintage Plus String-thru Bridge with Convertible Brass Saddles, Steel Plate
Light weight, open gear
|Number of Pickups||2|
VSP7n Alnico V Split-coil
VSC7b Alnico V Single-coil
1 x master volume, 1 x pickup balance, 3-band Active EQ, Active/Passive switch
D'Addario EXL 45-100
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