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The Yamaha BB735A features a versatile active/passive pickup configuration with a three-band EQ, six-bolt miter neck joint, Alder/Maple/Alder construction, and a diagonally strung convertible bridge-perfect for the working pro.

At first glance, the Yamaha BB735A 5-string bass is a workhorse instrument capable of a wide range of bass tones. Look a bit closer, and you'll find a slew of innovations that make it a truly unique bass. Its 6-bolt miter neck joint transmits more string vibration to the body for impressive sustain, as does its Vintage Plus bridge with diagonal body-through stringing. The BB735A's switchable active/passive circuits deliver impressive sonic versatility, with automatic level matching for both circuits. Factor in stainless steel hardware to resist corrosion over the years, and the Yamaha BB735A is truly a bass to treasure for a lifetime.

Impressive sonic control and active/passive operation
With its specially tuned active/passive circuit, the Yamaha BB735A boasts a sonic range that has impressed bassists. The switchable active/passive circuit features a level-matched output, which means you won't have to adjust your output volume when changing circuits. In active mode, you have comprehensive sound-shaping potential with the 3-band EQ. In passive mode, the treble control becomes a master tone control. And instead of a selector switch, a blend control allows you to find the perfect balance for its YGD Custom V7 pickups.

Innovating basic concepts
When it comes to building a better bass, Yamaha took nothing for granted with the BB735A. For example, the bolt-on neck is joined to the body with six bolts, two of them mitered (joined at a 45-degree angle). Yamaha's engineers determined that this offers more efficient transfer of vibration, leading to improved sustain and resonance. The innovation continues with the Vintage Plus bridge with diagonal body-through stringing, where strings pass through the body to the bridge at a 45-degree angle. This reduces stress on the string and also contributes to better vibrational transfer.

Convertible saddles offer two distinct voicings
The Vintage Plus bridge actually offers multiple stringing options - you can pass the strings through the body at a 45-degree angle or pass them through the tail end of the bridge. And whichever you choose, you can further dial in your tone via the convertible saddles. Each saddle has a rounder side for a slightly softer sound and a more angled side for a slightly tighter tone. And with the ability to convert each string's saddle individually, you can fine-tune your bass tone on a per-string basis with this bridge.


  • Alder/maple/alder multi-lam body construction for maximum tonal impact
  • 6-bolt miter neck joint for improved vibrational transfer from strings to body
  • YGD Custom V7 pickups with alnico magnets for an organic, well-defined sound
  • Active/passive tone circuit with volume matching for consistent output
  • 3-band EQ in active mode, treble control becomes your master tone control in passive mode
  • Pickup blend knob for dialing in your ideal pickup combination
  • Vintage Plus bridge with diagonal body-through stringing for better vibrational transfer
  • Convertible saddles offer 2 distinct voicings that you can set per string
  • Brass saddles for deep low end, steel bridge plate for added brightness
  • All screws and springs are stainless steel to resist corrosion
  • Lightweight tuning machines for improved balance


  • Number of Strings: 5
  • Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed
  • Body Shape: BB Series Doublecut
  • Body Material: Alder/Maple/Alder
  • Body Finish: Satin Polyurethane
  • Color: Dark Coffee Sunburst
  • Neck Material: 5-piece Maple/Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: C
  • Radius: 23.625"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Bars
  • Number of Frets: 21, Medium
  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Nut Width: 1.692"
  • Nut Material: GraphTech Tusq
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: Vintage Plus String-thru Bridge with Convertible Brass Saddles, Steel Plate
  • Tuners: Lightweight Open-gear
  • Neck Pickup: VSP7n Alnico V Split-coil
  • Bridge Pickup: VSC7b Alnico V Single-coil
  • Controls: 1 x master volume, 1 x balancer, 3-band Active EQ, Active/Passive switch
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL, .045-.130
  • Case Included: Gig Bag

Trust Yamaha to make it right with the Yamaha BB735A.

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