The Yamaha BBNE2BL is an awesome bass guitar. Designed by Yamaha and renowned bassist for Eric Clapton, guitarist for Cream, and countless others. The Yamaha BB Series solid-body guitars have set the standard for bass guitars, delivering unmatched tone and performance, built upon decades of solid-body bass guitar design and innovation. This year’s model features a new alder body that tops an ever-solid alder body with premium maple. For unsurpassed durability, tone, and build, the new Yamaha BB Series solid-body bass guitars take you to a place you’ll never forget.
The Yamaha BBNE2BL continues the tradition begun in 1990 by the original BBNE solid-body series, the original “BB” standing for “bundle bass guitar”. This solid-body design provided the foundation for all the innovative design that came along with the Yamaha sound. Indeed, the original bb series set the standard for today’s professional bass players. Yamaha has stayed true to their commitment to excellence with the continued development of the bass guitar industry. This latest addition to the BB family makes use of the same improved reinforced fiberglass neck as the older models, yet maintains the compact size and powerful performance of the original.
The new bbne2bl model also incorporates Yamaha’s latest construction and engineering concepts into its design, particularly in regard to the bridge and tailpiece. Yamaha’s latest “V” -shaped design concept for the bridge is designed to optimize the volume and articulation of the sound coming from the bass speaker. The result is an increase in headroom and clarity. In addition, the “V” profile of the bridge produces a tighter tone and greater control. The effect is like that of a pair of shoes with the heel being thicker in the back and the toe area being thinner in the front. This is the result of Yamaha’s latest V Bridge design.
In the Yamaha BBNE2BL there are two sets of five-strings, the first set is equipped with nickel-plated hardware and the second set is equipped with rosewood. Both sets are fitted with nickel frets, but only the first set of strings uses the nickel frets. Because this model is powered by an electronic amplifier, it does not need the volume controls that the original solid-body electric bass models require. However, because it is powered by an amp, it does have the volume controls that the original solid-body models had. This is a good thing because it means that you can customize your sound to your liking, but with the volume controls gone, it makes for a much easier to handle model.
When comparing the Yamaha BBNE2BL to the original solid-body models that were made, we would find that both are similar in their construction. They both use a “solid-body” construction and most have “rubber” action on the body. They both have about eight inches of wooden neck material between the neck and the bridge on each side of the electronics. Some have a little less than one inch of rubber. The Yamaha models are usually more expensive because they are of higher quality.
Because the Yamaha BBNE2BL is equipped with electronic tuning keys, many players consider it a better model because it allows the bass player to tweak the sound of the bass to his or her liking. Many other bass players prefer to use the electronic tuning keys of their original models but still use the standard bass knobs and so on. There is really no right or wrong answer as it depends on what you prefer.