Yamaha started the BB series of bass guitars in the 80’s, borrowing maybe from some classical designs, but adding their own spice in electronics and playability. This series was stopped in the 90’s, but is now back thanks to popular demand. The good news is that some BB models (as in the old days) are really affordable working player’s basses.

This updated line-up includes active, passive, 4 & string models, as well as some signature models (Michael Anthony and Nathan East).

The BB614F is the active 4 string model in this series. As you can see, it is a lined fretless, so it is also very easy to play

Controls are: Volume, Balance, 3 band EQ (Bass, Mid & Treble).

The tried and tested PJ pickups become really versatile through the active preamp. You can easily get a deep tone that is great for reggae and rock, but also good definition and crystal highs for modern techniques.

Yamaha BB614F

Yamaha BB614F

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