Yamaha BB234 4-String Bass Guitar


93 out of 100. Incorporating 40+ ratings and reviews.

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Yamaha BB234 4-String Bass Guitar
Yamaha BB234 4-String Bass Guitar

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 93/100 is based on analysis of 40+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The BB234 is Yamaha's take on the classic Precision PJ design, with some adjustments to the overall design for improved playability.

It sports a modified double cutaway alder body that allows for more upper fret access, and it has a distinctly shaped pickguard.

For the pickups, this one is equipped with Yamaha's Custom V3 passive ceramic set, to give it a tone that's more akin to classic Precision style bass tones.

The neck is crafted from maple, with a thinner profile to accommodate today's players, and it sports lighter tuners for better weight balance.


  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Profile: Thin BB
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Nut Width: 1.575"
  • Fingerboard Radius: 10"
  • Frets: 21 Medium
  • Neck Pickup: VSP3n Ceramic Split Single-coil
  • Bridge Pickup: VSC3b Ceramic Single-coil
  • Controls: 2 x volume, 1 x master tone
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Bridge (19mm String Spacing)
  • Weight: 8.8 lbs.


Comfortable and great sounding nicely encapsulate how most users feel about this bass. Many appreciate its classic precision tone, which works for many styles, from basic chord posts to funky slapping. Students and experienced bassists alike are satisfied with its playability, especially when considering its price tag. Build quality, aesthetics and attention to detail are also commended.


Other than the few who are concerned about the lightweight tuners, there aren't any notable issues with its tone and playability.


The Yamaha BB234 offers classic tone with modern playability at a very modest price point.

This was previously on our recommended list for Bass Guitars Under $300 but was removed due to a price increase.

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