(SOLD) Yamaha Billy Sheehan Attitude 85 Trans Red 1992
Yamaha Attitude 85, made in Japan 1992, red. The Attitude line of basses was developed in collaboration with bass legend Billy Sheehan, of Mr Big fame (among others!). There was a few versions of the model in the catalog, this one wasn't the cheapest version but isn't the eye-wateringly expensive Attitude Limited model either. It's got a great lightweight body with a great pair of deep cutaways that allows access all the way to the top of the board. The 'Live' pickups and high mass bridge pull a huge tone from the classy two piece ash body: heaps of attack and snap, but with a juicy grinding midrange and a self-assured thumping bass response. The P/J setup allows for thumpy P-style punch, growly aggressive Jazz-style grit or a hi-fi modern sound in the middle position. The neck is fairly slim and quick, tapering from a slim nut to a wider spacing up the top of the board; it feels really natural in the hands and allows for quick accurate playing. The dark trans red finish has a certain 90s charm to it, it lets the ash grain do most of the talking but looks classy next to the dark rosewood board and black hardware. This is a monster of a bass, it really delivers the goods. Thanks Uncle Billy!
Model: Yamaha Attitude 85 (ATT85)
Made: Japan, 1992 approx (serial missing)
Finish: trans red, gloss poly, 3-ply white guard
Neck: maple, rosewood board, 34" scale, 12" radius, 40mm nut
Pickup: USA made 'LIVE' passive alnico V P/J set
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has a little dent on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has a chip on the bottom edge near the electronics cavity as well as widespread light scuffs. The sides have dimples near the jack and int he elbow area. The front is pretty clean, just some scuffs in the elbow area and around the bridge and knobs and some play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. Frets have minor wear only, 8/10 for fret life left. All electrics tested and working properly. Set up with fresh 45/105 Moonshiners strings.