Yamaha began as a piano company in 1887 and has since grown to include a variety of musical instruments, including bass guitars. In the 1980s, Yamaha BB series bass guitars dominated the Yamaha bass guitar catalogues. Yamaha bass guitars are made from quality woods and come in a number of sizes and shapes, designed to fit into any musical genre.
A popular bass style in the 1980s was the Yamaha BB300, which featured a dual cutaway on the body, with one cutaway extending slightly longer than the other. The Yamaha BB300 featured solid maple or ebony necks and rosewood fretboards, with passive electronics and mother of pearl inlays. The Yamaha BB300 could be purchased new for under £65 and was considered a quality bass that was affordable for beginning musicians.
The Yamaha BB1600 was a high-end fretless bass made between 1982 and 1984. The model came in a fretted model as well. Both featured maple necks and rosewood fingerboards. These basses were long and featured duel cutaway bodies. Yamaha went on to create five-string models of these same bass guitars. The BB1600 came in several colours and featured dual pick ups.
Yamaha BB Specials
The Yamaha BB Series basses of the 1980s came in left-handed models and jazz models. These basses were made of the same materials as other bass guitars in the BB series. The left hand model could be purchased in the 300 or 1600 series, while the jazz model resembled the BB 1600.
Yamaha BX Bass
The Yamaha BX 1 is a radically different design than the traditional design of the Yamaha BB series basses. Its narrow, lightning bolt shape made it distinct. A BX 5 version of this same bass was identical, except it featured five strings instead of four. The BX bass models were headless, with tuning of the strings accomplished on the bridge mounted on the body.