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    Hey yíall, Iím blessed to have gotten my grandfatherís bass for Christmas. Itís a cream Yamaha BB5000, just put new strings on it. I donít know too much about the bass besides it being hard to find and one of first (if not the first) 5-string electric basses ever mass-produced. If anyone has knowledge of this bassí history, please do share. Here are some pictures after cleaning and new strings (I left the marked tape he put on in honor.)
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    Originally posted by GuitarStv
    "CUBBIES YOUVE DONE ITN"

    reads 'Cubes you've done it in'

    I thought this was going to be an awesome thread about hot cubicle sex.
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  • #2
    Re: Grandpa's Yamaha BB5000

    Nice!

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    • #3
      Re: Grandpa's Yamaha BB5000

      1) Soak the old strings in rubbing alcohol for a few days. You'll be surprised at how they come back to life.

      2) What a cool bass! What did you restring it with, and how's it sound?
      "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

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      • #4
        Re: Grandpa's Yamaha BB5000

        Yamaha basses kick ass. I've had several. The tuning machines are the most robust (heavy) of any bass tuners on the market.

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
          1) Soak the old strings in rubbing alcohol for a few days. You'll be surprised at how they come back to life.

          2) What a cool bass! What did you restring it with, and how's it sound?
          Hahaha cool tip man maybe I’ll try that.
          Restrung with Ernie Ball 5-string regular slinkies and it sounds kickass and growly!
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          Originally posted by GuitarStv
          "CUBBIES YOUVE DONE ITN"

          reads 'Cubes you've done it in'

          I thought this was going to be an awesome thread about hot cubicle sex.
          Schecter S-1 Diamond Series (Stock)
          Frankenstrat (Single Pickup Invader, single tone knob, tremolo)
          Ernie Ball Regular 10's
          Line 6 Spider IV 30w
          Roland Microcube

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            Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post
            Yamaha basses kick ass. I've had several. The tuning machines are the most robust (heavy) of any bass tuners on the market.
            Funny you mention the tuners, my strings kept popping off as I was stringing it up. May just need some adjustment, but it plays great!
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            Originally posted by GuitarStv
            "CUBBIES YOUVE DONE ITN"

            reads 'Cubes you've done it in'

            I thought this was going to be an awesome thread about hot cubicle sex.
            Schecter S-1 Diamond Series (Stock)
            Frankenstrat (Single Pickup Invader, single tone knob, tremolo)
            Ernie Ball Regular 10's
            Line 6 Spider IV 30w
            Roland Microcube

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            • #7
              Re: Grandpa's Yamaha BB5000

              The end of the string is supposed to go down into the hole in the center of the post. I did the same thing as you the first time I strung up a bass.
              "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

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                Originally posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
                The end of the string is supposed to go down into the hole in the center of the post. I did the same thing as you the first time I strung up a bass.
                Haha thanks, someone on Reddit said that too. I’ll check it out tomorrow.
                Last edited by Fonzie; 01-05-2020, 10:08 PM.
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                Originally posted by GuitarStv
                "CUBBIES YOUVE DONE ITN"

                reads 'Cubes you've done it in'

                I thought this was going to be an awesome thread about hot cubicle sex.
                Schecter S-1 Diamond Series (Stock)
                Frankenstrat (Single Pickup Invader, single tone knob, tremolo)
                Ernie Ball Regular 10's
                Line 6 Spider IV 30w
                Roland Microcube

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                • #9
                  Re: Grandpa's Yamaha BB5000

                  SWEET ride!!!!!! Grandpa rocked....
                  Originally posted by Bad City
                  He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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                    Originally posted by Aceman View Post
                    SWEET ride!!!!!! Grandpa rocked....
                    Hell yeah brother he’s a cool guy. Wish I could have seen this thing in action on-stage by his hands.
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                    Originally posted by GuitarStv
                    "CUBBIES YOUVE DONE ITN"

                    reads 'Cubes you've done it in'

                    I thought this was going to be an awesome thread about hot cubicle sex.
                    Schecter S-1 Diamond Series (Stock)
                    Frankenstrat (Single Pickup Invader, single tone knob, tremolo)
                    Ernie Ball Regular 10's
                    Line 6 Spider IV 30w
                    Roland Microcube

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                    • #11
                      Re: Grandpa's Yamaha BB5000

                      Makes me think of Michael Anthony.

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                      • #12
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                        Yee-hah, that looks awesome! Are those the factory pickups? They look cool, any idea what they are?
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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by JOLLY View Post
                          Makes me think of Michael Anthony.
                          I think he played Aria's too?

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                          • #14
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                            Congrats. That actually looks pretty cool. I'd be into one for myself if there was a 4 string version (and if I made a pickguard for it).
                            Originally posted by LesStrat
                            Yogi Berra was correct.
                            Originally posted by JOLLY
                            I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Grandpa's Yamaha BB5000

                              The history can be traced back to one guy, session ninja Nathan East.
                              He played with Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins (he also co-wrote "Easy Lover"), Michael Jackson, Clapton... you know, "nobodies" like those.
                              He wanted a low B string to compete with the synth bass parts so prevalent in the 1980s.
                              They first came out with the BB5000, then developed his sig models the BBNE and BBNE2 based on it.

                              Those appear to be the factory pickups, which were designed for his playing style (R&B/Jazz/rock).
                              If the various parts are untouched, you've got a keeper. NEVER let it out of your sight.
                              Not just for your grandpa's legacy, but also it's a kickass bass!
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