- Spline Joint
BB1025X has employed a 3-piece body structure with which its bridge is placed on the center piece in order to translate the maximum amount of string vibration to the body. Instead of simply gluing wood pieces, we insert a Maple plate, called "Spline", ...
BB1025X has employed a 3-piece body structure with which its bridge is placed on the center piece in order to translate the maximum amount of string vibration to the body. Instead of simply gluing wood pieces, we insert a Maple plate, called "Spline", into a slot on its joint sections. By doing that, Yamaha has succeeded in obtaining as much body vibration as 1-piece body with this 3-piece body structure.
Diagonal Body Thru Stringing
In Diagonal Body Thru Stringing, strings are angled 45 degree at the saddle to reduce the stress and secure their tension. Moreover, because the attachment area of strings to saddles is larger than conventional vertical stringing, much better transmission of vibration is obtained.
Both front and rear pickups are specially invented for this particular series. Pursuing ultimate passive sound, "Open Face Pickups" are used to cope with even aggressive picking of rock players.
These necks consist of Maple and Nato. It provides durability and prevents necks from warping and curling.
Nickel Silver Nut
Nickel Silver is selected for nut. It is the same material with fret wires. Unlike conventional bone or artificial ivory nut, it gives the same sound quality and feeling even when open notes are played. For any bass players it is a crucial part of well-defined low end.
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|Scale Length||34'' (863.6mm)|
|Radius||23 5/8" (600mm)|
|Body||Alder (Spline Joint)|
|Neck||Maple/ Nato 5pcs|
|Bridge||Vintage Plus (Brass Saddle, Steel Plate)|
|Pickups||Neck: Split Blade (Alnico V), Bridge: Single Blade (Ceramic)|
|Pickup Switch||3P Toggle Switch|
|Controls||Master Volume, Master Tone|
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Comments about Yamaha bb1025x_caramel_brown:
first review here, but I'm a longtime Yamaha fan, for pianos, electric and acoustic guitars and, of course, basses.
My alltime heros are mainly Billy Sheehan (that's about me) and Michael Anthony (my brother's, to whom I initially presented the very first bass - an old Yamaha Rbx - and who then in turn taught me to play the bass)
Now I play for 20+ years and the band I'm in for the last 15 play its own take on modern downtuned thrash metal.
As I also play pop rock tunes, blues and praise and worship music in my local chappel, I usually start playin' the bass with a regular setup, and I gotta tell that Bb1025x (mine is in the tobacco burst finish) thru one of my Ampeg Svt7 and into Hartke HyDrive 410 (with a lil' touch of multifx) delivers a warm full tone that's rich in midrange harmonics and can sit in a mix filled with either a complete choir or a horn section with style and authority.
There I use other four stringers, so my Bb fiver has got to deal with my main band sound and some of the tracks we're recordin'
After a fullstep downtunin' (A, D, G, C, F) I'm bound to face my guitar bandmates, who play active downtuned 7 stringers, from the ballsier rifferama (rhythm guitarist) to the ultimate shred (lead guitarist).
I fight that Emg equipped two guitar attack with Ampeg Svt7, this time thru Ibanez Promethean 410 and pedalboard filled with Korg digital processor Ashdown dual band compression, Hartke Bass Attack external preamp.
I always and almost exclusively play fingerstyle, yet Yamaha Bb1025x stays defined when couplin' double bassdrum patterns, and combines a furious midrange with a strong fundamental durin' a few fast fills and occasional leads.
In these situations the dual pickup approach is a must, but I love to switch splitcoil (with rolled off tone in slower parts then fully open on fast breaks) along to many emotional uptempo, as much as I dial in the bridge blade for singin' pattern (with a rolled off tone on progressions, fully open with chords).
I finally found this bass to be natural companion to the former '90s Bbn5 I presented to my brother
Reliability and sense of seriousness are the very same
The look is traditional while the tone is strong and both firm and articulated
Still these dynamics resonate too much for metal, that's why I tend to suggest it for black music, from blues standards to Motown, recommend it for allround rock, but find it hard to scoop enough for a slap tone tho'
Bb1025x is the perfect midlevel inbetween Bb425x budget series and Bb2025x top notch luthier opus
Still I'd have liked a whole neck finish to be coherent with the front of the headstock (neck laminate show minor flaws here and there) and a maple alternative for the fingerboard.
Stringthru system, brass saddles and nickel nut are plus features capable to combine traditional 34" scale with a present B string (downtuned to A)
This bass is a must
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