Yamaha TRBX505 Trans Brown

5-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, 5-pc Maple/Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, Active Electronics, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Transparent Brown
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An Extremely Versatile 5-string Bass!

The Yamaha TRBX505 5-string bass guitar brings versatility, killer looks, and amazing performance together in a complete package. This sleek-looking, great-sounding bass gives you a comfortable Yamaha body shape and a fast-action bolt-on 5-piece maple/mahogany neck with a smooth-playing rosewood fingerboard. A pair of humbucking pickups deliver hum-free sound and powerful active electronics lets you optimize your bass or different playing styles. Factor in the Yamaha TRBX505's solid hardware and thoughtful design, and you've got a great-looking bass that's ready to conquer any stage.

Yamaha TRBX505 5-string Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Comfortable body with progressive styling
  • Humbucking pickups deliver massive bass tone
  • Yamaha quality, through and through
Comfortable body with progressive styling

One look at the Yamaha TRBX505 5-string electric bass, and you know it means business. A deep cutaway gives you clean access to the higher registers for soloing, while the pronounced upper bout provides balance (and looks cool). The 5-piece maple/mahogany neck has a comfortable and fast-playing profile. The TRBX505 sports a precision fitted neck joint that gives you clear, punchy tone. And the straight string pull of the headstock offers improved tuning stability and reduces overtones. You're going to love the way the TRBX505 looks, plays, and feels!

Humbucking pickups deliver massive bass tone

Yamaha loaded the TRBX505 with a pair of custom-designed H5 humbucking pickups. These pickups house alnico magnets and four pole pieces per string for big, open tone without any hum. On top of amazing pickup tone and performance, the TRBX505 has any extremely versatile set of active electronics so you can be ready for any gig. It starts off with an active/passive switch followed by a 3-band EQ, a balance control, and volume. The EQ lets you sculpt the perfect tone for live gigs and studio sessions. No matter what kind of sound you need, the Yamaha TRBX505 5-string bass can get you there in seconds!

Yamaha quality, through and through

The Yamaha TRBX505 5-string bass is covered by the company's Limited Lifetime Warranty. Yamaha has been making world-class instruments for over a century, and they're supremely confident of the quality of the materials and workmanship that goes into their products. You can rest easy that you've made a solid decision in purchasing the Yamaha TRBX505 electric bass guitar!

Yamaha TRBX505 5-string Bass Guitar Features:
  • An extremely versatile 5-string bass for all styles of music
  • Fast-action 5-piece maple/mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Comfortable mahogany body with progressive styling and deep cutaways
  • Humbucking pickups give you a universe of great bass tones
  • Audiophile-grade active electronics let you dial in the perfect tone
  • Yamaha Limited Lifetime Warranty
Yamaha's TRBX505 5-string bass delivers great sound and amazing playability!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape TRBX
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Transparent Brown
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material 5-piece maple/mahogany, bolt-on
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 23.6" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.69"
Bridge/Tailpiece Die-cast bridge
Tuners Die-cast tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup H5 Humbucker
Bridge Pickup H5 Humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x balance, 1 x bass, 1 x middle, 1 x treble, 2-way passive/active switch
Strings (.045-.130)
Manufacturer Part Number TRBX505 TBN

Customer Reviews

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Sweetwater experience November 2015

i am just playing bass guitar for five yrs now and i want to upgrade my guitar for five string so i decided to buy the yamaha TRBX505 so far so good. and i would like to thank you all the people involved from sales dept all the way to shipping dept. "keep up the good job"

Fantastic Bass Guitar

First bass guitar. Been playing guitar for 40+ years and wanted to get a quality instrument with some versatility. This Yamaha is a well crafted instrument. Finish is superb. Playability is great. The sound variations available is astounding. No fret buzz right out of the box. Just unlocking a bass guitar style and find this easy and fun to play, both studio & live. Sweetwater set is is far superior to other on-line dealers. Sweetwater also set me up with a Gator case for this bass that fits perfectly. While I love going to the music store, this kind of quality and service will make it hard to justify the drive.
Music background: 50 yrs

Top quality from Yamaha as Expected

For the price, this is an exceptional 5 string bass. I give it 5 stars! The ability to switch from active to passive is great if your battery goes dead. The active channel has allot of punch and body. The action is so easy to play. Great Bass if you like to play slap, but also plays sweet and mellow, bluesy, funky. The look and feel is worth way more than the sweet price Having that low B is awesome and really allows me to get down if you know what I'm talking about. you cannot go wrong with any product from Yamaha and that includes this sweet bass guitar, comparable to bass guitars 3 or 4 times it's price. Get one while they last is my recomendation!
Music background: Songwriter/musician/engineer/producer

Yamaha TRBX505

I love this bass. I originally bought a 305 locally played it for a few days and found a used version and gave it a try. I ended up liking it so much I ordered one. Thankfully I had a grace period with the first bass I bought and it went back. I liked the 305 but the selector switch was more of a nuisance to me. I really wanted a passive sound option and this bass nailed it.. Course I have a P bass for a true old passive sound. But my Yamaha 505 is what I'll play 90% of the time. The neck is very thin. Between an Ibanez sr505 and this bass the necks are very similar. Thin and a tighter string spacing unlike a fender jazz V which feels monstrous.
Music background: Reggae, Rock, Country
See also: Yamaha, Yamaha 5-string Bass Guitars