Yamaha celebrates 30 years of the Billy Sheehan signature series with limited-edition Attitude 30th bass

Yamaha Billy Sheehan Attitude 30th bass
(Image credit: Yamaha)

Billy Sheehan has had a long history with Yamaha – 36 years to be exact. Three decades ago, the Japanese company introduced the Billy Sheehan signature series, which has been a mainstay of the company's product range ever since.

To celebrate the anniversary, Yamaha has announced the Attitude 30th bass guitar – a collaboration that pays homage to Sheehan's heavily customized original bass he affectionately calls 'The Wife'.

“Billy Sheehan is one of the most respected, most awarded, and most influential rock bassists of all time,” says Dave Miner, Yamaha Guitar Group's Product Marketing Manager. “The aesthetics of this anniversary edition are inspired by The Wife, as Billy’s custom modifications of that bass laid the foundation for the Attitude series."

Manufactured in Japan, the Attitude 30th bass features a sunburst finish with a complementary multi-ply tortoise pickguard, nickel hardware and a vintage-tinted maple neck with a high-register scalloped fingerboard. Electronics come by way of Yamaha-designed DiMarzio Woofer and Will Power split pickups.

A limited run of just 30 basses is available, each of which includes a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by Sheehan himself, as well as a second signed pickguard.

For more information on the Attitude 30th bass, head to Yamaha.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.