Hello everyone. So I was shopping for basses today when I found the Yamaha TRBX304. I thought it looked pretty good but then I found the 504. Can someone please explain what the differences are between them that justify the price difference. Because I’ve tried looking for them and I can’t seem to find them. Thanks.
Edit: replaced the link with the international English one.
I purchased the TRBX304 2 months ago and after several weeks decided that I should have gotten the TRBX504 after several discussions with @howard . I did not like the tone on the TRBX304 ie. it was too punchy for my liking, probably because of the pickups, circuitry, and the fact it is always in active mode.
I thought about replacing the ceramic pickups with the alnico, that the TRBX504 comes with, and installing an active/passive switch, and I believe the active circuitry is also different but for the cost of doing all this it was just easier to purchase a TRBX504, which I did.
I am more than happy with my TRBX504 and the price difference is more than worth it.
I leave the active/passive switch in the passive mode most of the time because I like the more mellow tones that it produces.
The link that @Mike_NL Mike gave is handy to show all the differences.
+1 on the 504
But about this:
I think this will vary greatly by location. I’m in the US, and used 504s have been few and far between since the beginning of the pandemic. Most were listed for “new” pricing (if you factored in shipping) because even new 504s were backordered at the major retailers. It’s getting a little bit better, but I’ve yet to see any listed under $400.