Yamaha PB400RA Pulser Bass White 1986
Yamaha PB400RA bass, made in Japan 1986, white. Vintage Japanese made Yamaha stuff is exceptionally well made and full of mojo, and this is a perfect example. This model is an evolution of the late 70s 'Pulser Bass'. It's got the ash body, reverse tuners and spiral saddle bridge you only usually see on the high-end Fenders. The build quality is excellent: the neck and frets are perfect, it all fits together nicely, everything feels spot-on. The finish has yellowed to a smooth, creamy hue and extends all the way up the neck and on the headstock, adding a little twist to the aesthetic and a bit of extra resistance to wear and tear. Yamaha generally make their own pickups, and the split-P style in this stomps in all the right ways: thick, dynamically responsive, warm mids... it's very good. This will hold it's own effortlessly against much more expensive basses, it's a super reliable gig-machine.
Model: Yamaha Pulser Bass PB-400RA
Made: Japan, 1986 (serial 5J28019)
Finish: white (CW), 3-ply black guard
Body: sen ash
Neck: maple with rosewood board, dot inlays
Pickup: original Yamaha P-style split-single coil
Case: cool faux-leather gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Just a handful of light marks really: some light dents on the bottom edge around from the knobs, on the top horn and on the shoulder carve, some minor scratches on the back in the carve area and near the neck plate, a couple of little scratches on and just below the back of the headstock. 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, plays great!