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BB: Beyond Classic

A great bass just got even better.

For 40 years, the Yamaha BB series have been the instruments of choice for some of the biggest names in bass. Through the decades, we’ve incorporated what we’ve learned from these artists into every aspect of the BB’s design, construction and legendary tone.

Man playing bass guitar during concert with drummer in background.

The latest in the storied line of BB bass guitars deliver the superb sound and build quality that the instrument has long been known for, but in a smaller body with even better playability. They feature Alder/Maple/Alder construction for faster transmission of sound from the strings to the body and neck, a firmer 6-bolt miter neck joint for improved stability, and custom-wound pickups that achieve higher output gain while retaining the classic BB voicing.

Artist Videos

Here’s a video showing Abraham Laboriel, Sr. going through some of the new Yamaha BB models to demonstrate how his distinct style merges with our latest designs:

Not long ago, John Fogerty bassist James LoMenzo met with us at S.I.R. Hollywood to play a new BB for the very first time. Check out the video:

And here’s Corey McCormick (Neil Young, Promise of the Real), who brought his looping pedal along to Village Recorders so he could jam with a new BB and capture the interaction that happens within his own band:

Click here for more information about the latest Yamaha BB series bass guitars.


Armando Vega
Armando Vega was born in Chicago, raised in Houston and has lived in Southern California since the early '90s. By day, he is a mild mannered law-abiding citizen who used to handle marketing development for Yamaha Guitars. By night, he sings and plays guitar for the bands "PsychicMafia" and "Metal101." Armando has a career that spans two decades, plus five internationally released albums and countless miles of roadwork from Southern California through Europe, including performances in South America. He usually spends his leisure time vacationing in the great outdoors or enjoying a movie with his wife and teenage daughter.

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