Limping through lessons with pawn shop instruments was getting to be a drag, so I pulled the trigger on a demo Yamaha BB434. It’s here, and I’m really digging it. No untoward noises, even with the single coil J pickup solo. The rosewood fretboard is really nice. Here’s the glamour shot from Sweetwater. It looks the same at home, just not as glamorous.
Shielding will fix the drama with the RBX and a new jack will fix the Squier. I will donate the Squier and keep the RBX as a backup.