banner

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Upgrading my Yamaha

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Upgrading my Yamaha

    The more I play this Yamaha TRBX174, the more I love it. However, the stock tuners are junk.

    With a little elbow grease (ie, drilling a hole per tuner for the pin), I installed a set of locking Sperzel tuners on it earlier this evening. They look and perform much better than the stock tuners, and are a bit lighter, so the bass is a little more comfortable on a strap.

    Along with the Sperzels, I put on a set of SIT Silencer strings. They're those in-between flat and round strings, so they feel much smoother and have less noise, but they have all the bite and aggression of round wounds. Highly recommend the strings and Sperzel tuners.
    "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

  • #2
    Re: Upgrading my Yamaha

    I had not heard of those strings, so I will check them out!
    Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: Upgrading my Yamaha

      I use Sperzel tuners on the guitars I build. Iíve been using Hipshot Ultralites on my basses. Both great products.


      Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: Upgrading my Yamaha

        Originally posted by Mincer View Post
        I had not heard of those strings, so I will check them out!
        I’m a big fan. Put them on last night, tuned up, stretched, re-tumbled, and they’re settled.
        "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: Upgrading my Yamaha

          Those Yamaha basses are solid. I almost pulled the trigger on a TRBX304 when I was in the market but ended up with a Sterling SUB Ray4, which was $50 less. Gotta say, aside from changing the pickup to a SD SMB-4A, it's an amazing bass. I still want the Yamaha though.

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: Upgrading my Yamaha

            I removed the Sperzels from the Yamaha. Had the same issue as I did with locking tuners on a guitar, with a string breaking after a couple times of getting loosened and tightened. I have bass strings that are over 10 years old, have gone on and off of instruments a bunch of times, and they're still kicking. I'm done with locking tuners.

            Ended up pulling the dumb looking chrome covers off the Yamaha tuners, leaving them open geared, and lubing them. They're working well enough for now.

            Scored some stupid deals on pickups, so the Yamaha has a Duncan Ant 1 P bass, and a QP Jazz is en route. Ditched the series/parallel switch, as rolling back the J's volume a little yields a clearer version of essentially the same sound. Strung it up with Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkies 45-105, sounds very lively.
            "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: Upgrading my Yamaha

              If you're still looking for alternate tuners, I'm a big fan of either Hipshot Ultralites or Gotoh GB7s depending on the bass. Vintage-style basses get Hipshots and everything else gets Gotohs

              longcat & I have a Yamaha RBX-260F and I'd probably put Gotohs on that if we had issues with the stock tuners.
              Originally posted by crusty philtrum
              And that's probably because most people with electric guitars seem more interested in their own performance rather than the effect on the listener ... in fact i don't think many people who own electric guitars even give a poop about the effect on a listener. Which is why many people play electric guitars but very very few of them are actually musicians.

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: Upgrading my Yamaha

                The stock ones seem to be working for now, but I’m gonna keep my ears open for a deal on nicer ones. Whatever I go for will be the vintage style with the end of the string going down in the post.
                "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: Upgrading my Yamaha

                  I always just rip those pins off the sperzels with a pair of pliers

                  Comment

                  Working...
                  X