Yamaha TRBX174EW Overview: Bass Guitar Suitable for Beginners

Yamaha TRBX174EW definitely takes priority in the list of bass guitars available and at the same time ideal for beginner musicians. Although it is at the lower end of the TRBX series but it offers durability, style and playability.

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Yamaha TRBX174EW
Scale length34”
Weight12.4 pounds
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Yamaha TRBX174EW review

Designed for novices but not for this achieved without paying attention to quality, the Yamaha TRBX174EW makes the low-cost price its winning weapon. Great attention was paid to the choice of materials: from the solid mahogany body with an exotic wood top and the maple neck to the rosewood fingerboard, without forgetting the chrome parts.

Body and neck

The attractive instrument has a curvy double-cutaway body shape that allows excellent access to all 24 frets. Most of the body is made of mahogany which is quite light and well contoured for a comfortable feeling, whether standing or sitting.

The body includes a layer of laminated mango wood at the top. This undoubtedly gives the bass guitar an exotic look. There are several shades available, but all of them play a brown color. Mahogany wood offers a warm sound, very clean and rich in medium and low. It has a medium weight and is of soft hardness. A fine wood widely used in Yamaha, Gibson, Ibanez and Parker models.

I love this bass. I own a music venue and play the acoustic guitar. My guitar is a Martin and it was a lot more expensive than this guitar but I have no desire to buy a more expensive bass. It has great tone and I love the build quality. Do not hesitate to purchase this instrument. It rocks. Uriah Werner

One of the peculiarities of the mahogany wood is that it offers a sound with a lot of sustain, body and a lot of bass. It is a highly recommended wood to make metal and hard rock. The choice of wood for the neck is maple with a rosewood fretboard. The maple is typically used in the construction of necks. This type of wood offers a rapid response and provides a sound very bright. The rosewood offers a warm sound. Fixing the neck on the bolts gives a “shooting” attack so the guitar is perfect for all ways of playing – a mediator, fingers or slap.


The wood of instrument creates the character and basis of the sound, but whatever the greatest influence on the sound is provided by guitar pickups.

The Yamaha trbx174ew is equipped with two pickups of P&J-style allowing you to get both deep and bright sound. The possibility of mixing the volumes of both pickups gives the Jazz-Bass for a more versatile sound with respect to the Precision Bass, and the fact that they are connected in parallel, and present a reverse polarity, contributes to reduce the noise of mass and allows for a sound more rich media and less aggressive than that of the Precision bass. Thus, the instrument can be used to play in any musical genre.

  • There is no selector switch, but there are volume controls for each pickup. The tone control allows you to adjust the sound precisely for yourself;
  • There is also a standard four-saddle vintage style adjustable bridge. The strings on such a bridge pass through the saddles and holes in the deck through the body, resulting in excellent resonance and sustain. Due to the design features, these bridges provide a great variation in string height and scale settings and also perfectly maintain the system;
  • The Yamaha TRBX174EW mango wood has a standard scale bass is 34” (863.6 mm);
  • The headstock has 4 tuning machines.

Chromatic tuners are quite versatile devices. All the shortcomings that are present in simple tuners here do not exist. Such tuners do not cause any difficulties when setting up the guitar as they always show the nearest note to the one that is currently being tuned and you always see whether you have pulled the string or not yet reached. The tuner is required to beginning guitarists because they have poorly developed hearing and another to tune the guitar it will be very difficult.

A string retainer on the headstock is fixed with veneer of mango wood.

In general, the guitar has a presentable look. Perhaps the control knobs made of black plastic reduce the cost of the look somewhat but they can be replaced if desired.

It will be perfect for the beginners
It has a presentable look
A warm and very clean sound
The tuner is required to beginning guitarists because they have poorly developed hearing

Do you want to buy an electric bass guitar?

Bass is a musical instrument which is never credited with the merits that has. There’s always a person who can say that the bass sounds somehow wrong. But just imagine you’re listening to a band and suddenly the bass player stops playing… and it seems that something happened. The essence, the basis, the strength, the union between the percussion and the melody of a good song, tends to take the bass. Basically the bass was coming from its predecessor, the double bass. In the mid-50’s began to replace this huge instrument by other smaller qualities sound similar, allowing for more ease of execution and making the instrument more accessible to learn to play and, although it seems less important to be able to transport it easily.

Are you going to choose the right instrument for a beginner? The most sensible would be to start with famous brands that have built their reputation for years and produce high quality instruments used by some of the best guitarists in the world. In addition, they all offer budget models.

Some manufacturers are bigger than others, and some do not enjoy the prestige that Yamaha’s tastes have, but they can all offer great quality in a variety of different price ranges and genres, from jazz to metal. You could write a complete book about what makes a good bass. Nevertheless, the word “good” for you can mean something completely different for another bassist. But it is always worth considering the wood used to create the body and neck. With cheaper bass, you’ll find basswood or alder bodies, and then woods like maple, ash and mahogany as the price ranges go up. These should not be a determining factor, but it is worth investigating the type of tones that each wood can offer, if the option were presented. For example, mahogany can help produce warmer, more penetrating tones, while swamp ash will give it a brighter sound. It is also worth considering your plans for the bass. If you plan on playing or recording for long sessions, you will want lighter wood (such as basswood) instead of something heavy like maple.

As for the pads, you will find a series of simple coils and humbuckers, as well as active and passive designs. The simple coils are the classic bass pads and they are nice and simple, with a coil and a magnet, producing a brilliant sound. The humbuckers, on the other hand, have a thicker sound, sometimes a bit muddy at high volumes, and help cancel background noise and interference. Choose what sounds good for you and you will not be too wrong.

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2 Responses

  1. Lisbeth
    I thank the authors of this review. It really helped me in choosing my first guitar. I really liked the fact that the price is not very high. I think that's what I need to start with. Also, I really liked the design of the guitar and a variety of materials. That's just great! And, of course, the sound. I play every day and enjoy the sound every time I play. These two pickups described in the review, really helped. The shape of this guitar is very comfortable, it allows you to play sitting and standing. This is a very versatile tool that is perfect for all genres — rock, blues, funk. As a beginner I really like this guitar and I would like to thank the review authors once again!
  2. Edie
    About the firm Yamaha probably heard all, whether you want it or not, but if you are at least slightly connected with music, you will stick to this company in one way or another. Earlier, many years ago, I bought a synthesizer of this firm, so he is in me and is in a working condition, like a brand new and delights further with his sound. I purchased additional equipment for more extensive operation. In general, the only experience of working with this company for me was only positive, and left a good impression. Therefore, I decided to review the bass guitars of the same company, waiting for a similar result. Under my choice was the bass guitar Yamaha TRBX174EW, let's tell now why. When describing this guitar on different sites it was indicated that it is suitable for beginners and does not require much time spent on its regulation, which is a plus for people who are hard to adjust every time the bass guitar sounds. For me personally, its appearance is a bit specific, since I am accustomed to a less extravagant design. With such a tool, it's just that you can not walk along the street without attracting extra glances. However, everything should be tried. The composition of the guitar includes a mahogany from which the body of the guitar is made, and I was pleased that the details are chrome plated, which speaks only of the quality of the product and its reliability. As far as I know, the features of the red tree in the bass guitars include the fact that such guitars have a lot of bass. Therefore, guitars in which the mahogany is most often used for metal and hard rock. Despite the fact that the guitar is exotic and its shape has a double cut, this model is a pleasure to work. It is extremely important that the guitar is easy, as it often has to be taken with you, not to mention the daily use. Therefore, the Yamaha TRBX174EW has shown itself only on the best side, maybe I've already trained but transportation has not been a problem for me. Basically, all models of brown color and the choice of color gamut are not large, so you have to choose from what is. The greatest impact on the sound, as I noted, is created by guitar pickups. Two pickups of P & J style that allow you to get both deep and bright sound, and that's true. In general, one can not say that this guitar is designed for some kind of music, it all depends on how you tune it. It will take time to spend time but the result will give its. This guitar from the category of those things that will play the way you want it yourself, so in this case you can turn on your imagination and be yourself a creator. I have long understood the configuration of chromatic tuners, but after all I was satisfied with the result, the settings are stored for a long time, which eliminates the need to constantly reconfigure. The fact that a brand is well known does not mean that the company is now saving on the quality of materials. It's possible that before setting up, it will seem that the guitar is fake and could play better, but it's not a problem and you just have to adjust it to yourself. As a general purchase of the Yamaha TRBX174EW, I was pleased, because the guitar has a nice appearance, it is relatively light, that is, it does not create problems in carrying and the sound meets expectations. In the future, it is possible to package more different products of this company, since it has proven itself.

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