Yamaha BB234 4-String Bass Guitar

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The BB234 appeared on our recommended list for Bass Guitars Under $300 from July 2020 until August 2021 when a price increase made it ineligible for the list.

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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.

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


  • 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.


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