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Yamaha RBX374 Red Metallic Reviews
I bought this guitar to move on from my RBX170. I'd gigged maybe a dozen times with the 170, and generally found that it punched beyond it's weight for the price. I purchased the RBX374 mostly on the grounds of how well I thought the RBX170 performed compared to it's price, hoping it would be the same kind of story. I'm pleased to say that so far it seems to be the case.
There was a problem with a batch of the RBX374's and the electronics. Basically two wires on the jack where the wrong way round, preventing the circuitry from turning itself off when the jack wasn't plugged in. A quick check with a multimeter when confirmed that mine wasn't affected by this issue. I have seen on some forums that Yamaha can issue you instructions to fix this issue (if your ok soldering) or you can send it to Yam for them to fix it.
The tonal range is good enough to cover most styles. I personally like to play with very little treble, and this copes fine with that. The action is comfortable and has a nice feel. One problem I did notice (caused by own technique) was that I was sometimes hitting one of the pickups with my plectrum, as the space between the tow pickups is much smaller than the 170. It didn't take me long to get used to this though and adjust my technique. One nice touch if you finger pick is the thumb shaped rest built into the pickups, very well thought out.
The stock strings do the job, but I don't think mine will stay on long. I prefer flat wounds.
This bass is a little heavier than my last one. This shouldn't be a problem unless you're a real pansy, in which case it may start to get uncomfortable after a few hours.
Finish and look wise is where I love this guitar. The black neck is very sexy in my opinion. I'm also in love with the metal bits. The knobs, machine heads and bridge are a beautiful shiny black.
I did try a Squire Jazz bass as well as this. I much preferred the feel and sound from this though. Some people may also want to look at the Ibanez SRX300BBL. Sadly I didn't get a chance to play this to generate a comparison.
Overall I'm very pleased with it. For the money it performs very well and I would recommend it to a friend looking at spending about £200.
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