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1974 Yamaha SB-55 Vintage Bass Guitar Sunburst Japan w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1974 Yamaha SB-55 bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original chipboard case. An early iteration from the Super Bass line, the SB-55 features a distinct paddle-shaped headstock with a bound maple neck, rosewood fretboard, solid nato body, and stock pair of powerful single coils. The bass has a natural punch that translates well through the pickups, offering a focused throaty growl with a nice upper midrange cut accentuated by the roundwound strings. Weighing 9lbs 9oz, this SB-55 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings and comfortable action.

The maple neck has a medium depth C shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .865” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features mini pearloid dot inlay and stock slender fretwire. The frets have plenty of height and meat, with light uniform flattening of the crowns, playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck. The scale length is a full 34”, and the nut measures 1 1/2“ in width. The headstock features the Yamaha logo and stock set of chrome tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The serial number is stamped on the end of the fretboard.

On the body, the electronics work as they should, with individual Volume controls for each pickup, and a Master Tone. The pickups have original date stamps on their baseplates that translate to the 49th year of the Showa period (1974). The original knobs are intact, and the chrome-plated hardware includes the original Yamaha-embossed "ashtray" bridge cover. The multi-ply tortoise pickguard is intact, with a small chip on the bass side horn tip. Cosmetic wear includes some scuffs and minor nicks mostly relegated to the body perimeter, and light finish scratches on the back. The neck sports the original gloss finish, with faint scattered marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.

The original form-fit chipboard case is included.