Yamaha PB400RA Bass Black 1986
Yamaha PB400RA bass, made in Japan 1986, black. These are an evolution on the perfectly titled 'Pulser Bass' models from the late 70s; basically Yamaha's take on the classic Precision Bass. You get some nice vintage style appointments you only find on the fanciest of Fender models: ash body, spiral saddle bridge, reverse tuners... classy stuff. You also get the slightly unusual but also cool painted neck and headstock; combined with the black-on-black finish and a dark rosewood board, this is all sorts of awesome. Tone-wise, there's a whole lot to like. Heaps of grunt and snap balancing a warm, throaty punch; it's a big fat delight. The feel of these vintage MIJ Yamaha instruments is top notch; the build quality and consistency is exceptional. We love old Yamaha stuff around here, join the coolest club in town and get yourself one.
Model: Yamaha Pulser Bass PB-400RA
Made: Japan, 1986 (serial 5H26015)
Finish: black , 3-ply black guard
Body: sen ash
Neck: maple with rosewood board, dot inlays, 34" scale, 9.5" radius
Pickup: original Yamaha P-style split-single coil
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has some minor chips on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples only. The back has widespread light buckle rash scratches and dimples, no major marks though. The sides have a few small marks; some dimples on the shoulder and some little scuffs and chips near the input jack. The front is pretty clean, just some minor dimples around the bridge and on the shoulder and some normal 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. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have some minor wear, around 8/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 45/105s.