Yamaha TRBX204 Bass Guitar


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

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Yamaha TRBX204 Bass Guitar

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Our rating of 90/100 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.

Yamaha TRBX204 is a 4-string bass with active pickups, a feature that isn't normally available in this price range.

While this one does sport P/J style pickups, it is unique enough in terms of design and electronics to not be called another clone.

Yamaha's distinct double cutaway body gives it a very distinct appeal, and it makes it easier to reach the higher frets.

It also features bass and treble preamp controls right at the instrument.


  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Nut Width: 1.574"
  • Fingerboard Radius: 10"
  • Frets: 24
  • Middle Pickup: Ceramic Split-coil
  • Bridge Pickup: Ceramic Single-coil
  • Controls: Blend, Bass, Treble, Volume
  • Bridge: Vintage Style
  • Weight: 11.14 lbs.


Yamaha's reputation for being student friendly is upheld by this bass, with many reports of its neck and fretwork being really good for the price. Many also appreciate the tone and sonic versatility afforded by its built-in active electronics. It also helps that it has a premium appeal. It is also described by many as having a low neck action.


There are a few reports of fret buzz and other action related issues, thankfully these are workable through basic string setup.


If you're looking for an affordable bass guitar with modern active electronics, then this is a reasonable option.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in out guide to The Best Cheap Bass Guitars

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