Wednesday, February 27, 2013

LOW ARCHITECTURE 10: YAMAHA BX-5


The above bass is,  I believe,  Yamaha's only headless design for the Eighties,  and certainly a brazen attempt to capture a bit of the Steinberger mojo of the time.  The 4-string version is probably the better bet,  as its humbucking pickups seem more suited to faithfully producing the tonality of fewer strings.  Nonetheless the BX-5  is a wonderfully compact instrument with its unique hard-edged geometric body shape and neck-thru design.  I found it easier to play than most 5-string basses,  whose necks generally are too wide for my playing style.

2 comments:

  1. Hi, this bass looks great. I've been trying to find a 5 string version with no luck. Any chance you're interested in selling it?

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  2. I have one of these in great condition. I've been wondering how much it might be worth?

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