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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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    Default Re: Grandpa's Yamaha BB5000

    Nice!

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    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?

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    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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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!

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarStv View Post
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    Default 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.

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    Quote 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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarStv View Post
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    SWEET ride!!!!!! Grandpa rocked....
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    Quote 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.

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarStv View Post
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    Default Re: Grandpa's Yamaha BB5000

    Makes me think of Michael Anthony.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by JOLLY View Post
    Makes me think of Michael Anthony.
    I think he played Aria's too?

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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).
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    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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    I remember Nathan East playing with Clapton and singing backup, too. Great player, and great voice.
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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).
    You mean like this?
    http://media.musiciansfriend.com/is/...00-750x750.jpg

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    ^ Now THAT is hideous.

    It's so often that a big manufacturer completely screws up one of their instruments with unattractive pickguard and control plate design. G&L and Music Man are the number one offenders, but that Yamaha follows suit.
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    And P.S. Does that thing have a bolt neck? The bass in the OP, to which I was referring, does not.
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    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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    Yes. Bolt on neck.

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