I have two basses, both Yamaha:
TRBX-604FM 4-string bass, and BB735a 5-string bass.
Ever since I got my BB, I’ve been playing it almost exclusively. When I do pull out the TRBX (usually to play something in D), I find its tone to be rather unsatisfying; it lacks the punch and heft of the BB. They’re both strung with the same type of strings (Curt Mangan), and of course I’ve played with the EQ and pickup balance to try to get a more satisfying tone.
So, I guess I want to sell off my TRBX and get a different 4-string. Part of me wants to get a BB734a, the 4-string equivalent of my 5-string, but then I’d basically have two of the same bass.
My two questions become:
- Is there something I can do to make the TRBX fatter and punchier? Something I’m doing wrong with it, maybe?
- If it turns out that the sound of a TRBX just isn’t for me, what would you suggest? Note that I don’t want a Fender or Squier. The reason: Everyone has them. I want something a little different. Also, I really like that my Yamaha basses have 3-band EQ. So: 4-string, sounds fat and punchy like my BB735a, has active 3-band EQ. And GO. Haha!