The latest in Yamaha’s storied BB series of bass guitars delivers the superb sound and build quality that this series is known for in a smaller body with even better playability. Featuring a Alder/Maple/Alder construction for quicker transmission of sound from the strings to the body and neck, a firmer 6-bolt miter neck joint for improved stability, and custom-wound pickups that achieve higher output gain while retaining the classic BB voicing, the new lineup of BB basses are a testament to our commitment to musical excellence.
Think of any great bassist and you’ll likely hear one of their more memorable bass lines, techniques, or solos playing in your head. You’ll also most certainly recall the signature sound that helped define their unique identity as a musician and made them stand out as a real presence in the band they have performed or recorded with. Throughout the BB’s 40 year history, Yamaha has worked closely with some of the most prolific bassists in the business to craft that unmistakable BB sound— constantly evaluating their ideas and feedback to create the right sound for the music of the moment. The latest series features a miter neck joint that has won praise in the Billy Sheehan Signature/ Attitude Limited III lineup, by increasing the efficiency of vibration transmission to the body for a more resonant, organic feel and tone. It also features an Alder/Maple/Alder construction that sandwiches maple into the center of the body for a crisper, richer sound, and impressive resonance.
We all know the old adage about not fixing things that aren’t broken, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make subtle, practical, or stylistic modifications to benefit performance and aesthetic—even to a proven design like the BB series. The new lineup has undergone a significant redesign with subtle contour changes and body weight reduction made out of consideration to playability and comfort, while still retaining the classic silhouette of the BB body/ head design. The differences are subtle, but you’ll definitely feel them. The new models also feature standard sized pickups for the first time in a BB, for more convenient customization or replacement.