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Yamaha BB 434 4-String Bass Guitar Black

Code: 385833
  • £549.00
  • (FREE UK Delivery)
  • RRP £832.80
The Yamaha BB 434 4-String Bass Guitar is part of the hardest working bass guitar family in the business: the Yamaha BB series.
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The Yamaha BB 434 4-String Bass Guitar is part of the hardest working bass guitar family in the business: the Yamaha BB series. Whether you prefer a rosewood fingerboard or the distinctively bright, crisp sound of maple, the precision feel and response of the six bolt miter neck along with the presence and clarity of custom-wound pickups will inspire you to play your best when it really counts.

6-bolt Miter Neck Joint
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.

YGD Custom V5 Pickups
Alnico magnet pickups tuned to deliver the classic BB vintage tone, slightly updated to provide a brighter sound that cuts through in live performance situations.

Control
The new BB models are equipped with one tone control and two volume control knobs, for versatile sound shaping.

Convertible Bridge for Precise Tone Shaping: Vintage Plus Light Bridge
The 400 models are equipped with a Vintage Plus Light bridge that incorporates “Diagonal Body Thru Stringing,” in which the 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. The strings can also be attached to the tail end of the bridge. In 5-string models the bridge is equipped with an offset low B string.

Five-piece Neck
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.

New Neck Shape
The New BB models feature a slightly thinner neck than previous BB basses, improving playability and feel for both modern and traditional players.

Lightweight Tuners
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.

Specifications

  • Construction: 6-bolt mitre neck
  • Body: solid alder
  • Neck: 3-ply maple/mahogany/maple
  • Neck finish: satin
  • Inlays: dot
  • Scale Length: 34” (863.6mm)
  • Fretboard: rosewood or maple
  • Fretboard Radius: 10” (250mm) - 4 string  - 23 5/6” (600mm) - 5 string
  • Nut width: 0/12fret 40/56.3mm - 4 string - 43/63.9mm - 5 string
  • Frets: 21, medium
  • Nut: Graphtech
  • Bridge: Vintage Plus Light (steel baseplate/ saddles)
  • String spacing: (4/5 string) 19/18mm
  • Machineheads: Lightweight open-gear
  • Pickguard: 3-ply (TBS = black, BBL/TLB = cream)
  • Pickups: YGD V5 P/J (alnico V)
  • Controls: neck vol, bridge vol, tone
  • Hardware: Colour chrome
  • Strings: D’Addario EXL170 45-100/130
Technical
Does it matter what the fingerboard on a guitar is made from?

Apart from making a big difference to how the guitar looks, different types of wood can feel and sound quite different when you're playing on them, and their differing feels can subtly affect the way you play.

Rosewood: Soft-feeling and warm-sounding, rosewood fretboards are popular for good reason.

Maple: Offering a brighter tone with more high end, Maple fretboards also wear over time which can be attractive if you want your axe to look lived-in. 

Ebony: similar to maple in tone and sturdier than rosewood, ebony fretboards offer a darker-looking neck with a brighter tone.

Does it matter what country a guitar is made in?

Despite what nationalists might tell you, there's not really any simple answer. Even though many companies design their guitars in the USA or Europe, the vast majority of instruments are actually manufactured in China, Mexico, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. There aren't any 'rules' as to what country makes good or bad guitars, but rather which brands have tighter quality control.

Does body shape matter?

Surprisingly, it does.  Wood type is not the only thing that affects the tone.  The shape of the guitar can also influence the sound.  As some shapes require the use of more wood than others, it can definitely give the tone a different texture.  Some shapes will also work better if you are performing seated as opposed to standing.  You also can't discount the importance of having the right "look" if that is what you are going for. 

How do I know what guitar bridge type suits me?

There are 3 main bridge types that you regularly find on electric guitars, Fixed or Hardtail, Tremolo, and then Floyd Rose.  Fixed or Hardtail bridges have great tuning stability and are easily retuned or drop tuned without affecting the remaining strings. The main negative for this type of bridge is that you don't have the flexibility to change the pitch of a chord easily as you do with a Tremolo. For most guitarists this is not much of a problem and this tends to be the preferred bridge type. Tremolo bridges are usually set up as "floating" which means that if you push or pull on the tremolo bar you are able to change the pitch of the note or chord that you are playing. This type of bridge requires regular checking of tuning as the strings can get out of tune much easier on this bridge type. The Floyd Rose is the best known by the guitar shredding community. With this bridge you can dive bomb and lift squealing harmonics to the heavens by pushing or pulling on the tremolo bar. This bridge usually stays in tune very well no matter how dramatically you use it because there is a locking nut installed to help keep the guitar in tune. The difficulty comes when needing to change strings quickly or needing to change or drop tune. It all comes down to personal taste.

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Is my item in stock?

Our website clearly states the stock availability status of all items listed, and this status is dynamically updated throughout the day, meaning that as soon as something is sold in store or online the availability status is updated accordingly. This means you can buy with confidence knowing that your purchase is yours.

Can I return my order if I change my mind?

Applies to online & distance sales orders only: If you have simply changed your mind and wish to return your item, let us know within 14 days of delivery and we'll arrange the return and refund with you. All returns will need to be in the condition they were received and are subject to Kenny's Music returns policy.

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