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Yamaha BB Series Basses

Distinctive Basses for Beginners and Pros

Yamaha's BB basses have long been favorites of bassists in all styles. Their unique looks and stellar tones have earned them acclaim from bassists around the world. And with Yamaha's revamped BB series, a new generation gets their own line of these versatile instruments.

Check out our Spotlight guide to each tier of BB Bass. We'll start with Yamaha's top-of-the-line BB Pro models and work our way toward the BB 200s, pointing out all the incredible features along the way!

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BB Pro Series

At the top of Yamaha's BB family is the Japanese-made Pro Series. These basses feature Yamaha's YGD Custom V7 pickups for beefy tone to complement the bass's alder/maple/alder body. That tone can be sculpted to your liking via the active/passive switchable electronics. And if you like switching between active and passive tones in the middle of your set, Yamaha has you covered with level-matched outputs, so your volume stays consistent.

Veteran players know that a brand-new bass doesn't always feel the same as a broken-in one. Yamaha takes care of this with Initial Response Acceleration (IRA) technology. This process exposes the BB Pro basses to specific vibrations to release stresses for a "played-in" feel from the moment you first try the bass.
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BB 700 Series

For the bassist who needs a truly versatile instrument, the BB 700 Series is a worthy choice. Outfitted with a switchable active/passive circuit and alnico Yamaha YGD Custom V7 pickups, basses in this series have a tone that's naturally full and clear and can be sculpted to cut through any mix when needed.

There's a lot of technology incorporated into a BB700's neck as well. The 5-piece maple and mahogany neck resists warping and makes for a present, sharp attack. Likewise, the innovative 6-bolt Miter neck joint forms a tight bond to the body and enhances the bass' string vibration transfer and sustain.
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BB 400 Series

With a look and sound that's definitely stage-ready, Yamaha's BB 400 Series basses are workhorse tools perfect for the intermediate bassist. With 4- and 5-string versions, plus the choice of a rosewood or maple fretboard, the 400 Series covers a lot of ground.

Feature-wise, you'll appreciate the resonance boost of the 6-piece Miter neck joint, which provides close, tight contact between the 5-piece neck and body. Yamaha's Custom V5 pickups feature alnico magnets for vintage-style tone that doesn't sacrifice top-end clarity. BB 400 basses also feature a unique Vintage Plus Light bridge, which runs the strings through the body at a diagonal angle to reduce stress on the strings and increase resonance transferred to the body.
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BB 200 Series

Even at its entry-level price point, the Yamaha BB 200 series offers a whole lot to bassists. With 4-string and 5-string models available in a full palette of colors, there's a 200-series bass to suit anyone's tastes. Each feature proprietary ceramic V3 pickups for ultra-clear tone, a thinner profile neck for easy playability and hardware designed to improve the bass's tuning stability, and overall weight balance for a great feel on stage.
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