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1960s Yamaha SB-2 Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Short Scale Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1960s Yamaha SB-2, honestly played and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. An early example of Yamaha's very first bass model, this extremely well-crafted vintage Japanese-made bass is head and shoulders above most, a testament to the fact that right out of the gate Yamaha was pushing for a level of quality not seen by many of their contemporaries until at least the late '70s. Strung with 45-100 roundwound strings, the bass has a dry, thumpy tone with warm, pillowy low end and smooth growl in the treble frequencies. The Pickup Balance control also provides a smooth gradient between the two coils. The bass weighs 8lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a soft V-shaped profile carve at the nut, transitioning to a very chunky U shape in the higher registers, with rolled fretboard edges and plenty of substance, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and 1.060" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which show only light wear beneath the D string on the crowns of frets 1-5. The scale length measures 31 1/2", and the fretboard is 1.650" (42mm) wide at the zero fret just forward of the nut. On the headstock, the tuners are a particularly robust original set with fairly massive gears that turn smoothly and have original black plastic paddle buttons.

All electronics work as they should, and controls include the Pickup Balancer knob and Master Volume and Tone controls, capped with a modern trio of pointer knobs. The bridge is a unique design with a large molded plastic string anchor behind the metal bridge. The original bridge mute mounts are intact, yet the mute itself isn't present, and the large chrome-plated bridge cover is still mounted. Plastics include a mint green pickguard which shows minor warping and two small chips at the mounting screws.

The fairly radical body was a harbinger of things to come as Yamaha's more "way out" Flying Samurai shapes were introduced close on the heels of the SB-2. Cosmetic wear on the Sunburst gloss finish includes heavy buckle rash across the back and various dings and scuffs on the body as a whole from honest use. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss with just a few minor marks on the profile length.

The original hardshell case is included.