Yamaha BBP35 Pro Series Bass review

This new version of the venerable five-string workhorse more than delivers

Yamaha BBP35 Pro Series Bass
(Image: © Yamaha)

Guitar World Verdict

An excellent choice for players looking for a passive 5-string that will satisfy vintage-to-modern tone needs, looks great, and won’t break the bank.


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    Excellent build quality, classic tone palette


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The Yamaha BB series basses have held a unique slot in the bass world for their original take on the classic vibe that everyone seems to want. The BBs (BB stands for Broad Bass) supply the meaty punch players look for in a Fender, but with a slightly refined voice and more sophisticated construction elements.

In the early 1980s, the 5-string bass was a new idea that caught on quickly, but among production instruments, there were few playable choices. The Yamaha BB5000 came out in 1984, immediately establishing itself as one of the few reliable representatives of the new underworld, and its lineage has been bringing the bottom end ever since.

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