YAMAHA RBX SERIES

The RBX Series are the equivalent bass versions of the RGX electric guitar series. First introduced in 1987, these Taiwanese-made basses came with active or passive circuitry, a variety of pickup configurations and the choice of 4-string, 5-string, fretted, fretless and left-handed versions. They featured a bolt-on 22 fret maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and abalone dot inlays, a pointed headstock with 4-in line tuners (4+1 tuner layout on the RBX5 and RBX755A 5-strings), except for the RBX800 and RBX1000 which feature 24 frets and through-neck construction.

Only the RBX550 came with an optional maple fingerboard with black dot position markers (RBX550M). The RBX range has been updated in 1998 with a new body style, a 3D headstock with 2-a-side or 3+2 (5-string) tuner arrangement and a two-octave rosewood fretboard. The RBX6JM and RBX-JM2 6-strings topped the line, endorsed by Dream Theater bassist John Myung, who used a single custom-wound Seymour Duncan SMB-6A humbucking pickup, black hardware, an active 3-band EQ and a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with oval abalone dot position markers.

Source: wikipedia

YAMAHA RBX 200 (200F)

The Yamaha RBX-200 bass was made from the late 1980s to early 1990s. It was also available fretless as the RBX-200F model. Very similar to the RBX-300 model - the only difference was a gloss finish on the neck and the low mass bridge.

Source: Yamaha catalog 1988

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YAMAHA RBX 170

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YAMAHA RBX 250

The first RBX 250 was produced by YAMAHA in 1996

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YAMAHA RBX 260

YAMAHA manufactured the RBX260 between 1996 and 2000. The RBX260, with its alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and P-style pickup, offers good value for the price: a great first bass guitar for a beginner. Also available fretless as the RBX260F

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YAMAHA RBX 270

Yamaha have a reputation for producing affordable quality instruments. The RBX270, with its alder body, bolt on maple neck, is no exception. This model offers good value, and would make a good bass guitar for a beginner. The scale length is 34 inches. The rosewood fingerboard has 24 frets The pickups are one split coil and one single coil controlled by a master volume, a master tone and pickup balance controls. Harware is diecast chrome. It comes in five finishes: mist green, mist purple, mist purple, mist raspberry, black and yellow natural satin.

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YAMAHA RBX 270F

The Yamaha RBX 270F is a fretless version of the Yamaha RBX 270. It has an alder body and bolt on maple neck. This model offers good value, and would make a good introduction to fretless bass playing. Good upper fret access is provided by the wide-cutaway contouring of the solid alder body. The scale length is 34 inches. The rosewood fingerboard is fretless, but has markers where the frets would be. The pickups are one split coil and one single coil controlled by a master volume, a master tone and pickup balance controls. Harware is diecast chrome.

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YAMAHA RBX 300

The Yamaha RBX-300 bass was made in the late 1980s to early 1990s. The RBX-300 was very similar to the RBX-200, except the 300 model had a satin finished neck - with a two-toned peg head.

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YAMAHA RBX 350

The RBX 350 was introduced in 1996

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YAMAHA RBX 350 L

The RBX 350 L was introduced in 1996

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YAMAHA RBX 360

Production of the RBX 360 began in 1996 and ended in 2003

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YAMAHA RBX 374

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YAMAHA RBX 375

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YAMAHA RBX 460

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YAMAHA RBX 6 JM JOHN MYUNG SIGNATURE MODEL

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YAMAHA RBX 650

Production of the RBX 650 began in 1992 and ended in 1996

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YAMAHA RBX 760 A

YAMAHA made the first RBX 760 A in 2003

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YAMAHA RBX1000

Manufacture of the RBX1000 began in 1996

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsMade inNumber of stringsScale lengthFinish effectsConfigurationBinding
YAMAHA RBX 200 (200F)
1988 to 1990
black finish, red finishTaiwan4 strings34 inches scale-length---
YAMAHA RBX 170
2004
No image yetblack finish, blue finish, red finish-4 strings-metallic finish--
YAMAHA RBX 250
1996
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YAMAHA RBX 260
1996 to 2000
black finish, blue finish, natural finish, red finish-4 strings34 inches scale-lengthsatin finishleft-handed configuration-
YAMAHA RBX 270
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YAMAHA RBX 270F
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YAMAHA RBX 300
1987 to 1990
black finish, red finish, white finish, yellow finishTaiwan4 strings34 inches scale-length-bass configuration-
YAMAHA RBX 350
1996
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YAMAHA RBX 350 L
1996
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YAMAHA RBX 360
1996 to 2003
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YAMAHA RBX 374
2004
No image yetblack finish, red finish, silver finish-4 strings-metallic finish--
YAMAHA RBX 375
2004
No image yetblack finish, red finish, silver finish-5 strings-metallic finish--
YAMAHA RBX 460
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YAMAHA RBX 6 JM JOHN MYUNG SIGNATURE MODEL
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YAMAHA RBX 650
1992 to 1996
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YAMAHA RBX 760 A
2003
No image yetalmond finish-----2-stripe body-binding
YAMAHA RBX1000
1996
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ModelControls materialControls shapeNumber of control knobsTone controlsVolume controls
YAMAHA RBX 200 (200F)
1988 to 1990
black controlsround control2 control knobs1 tone control1 volume control
YAMAHA RBX 170
2004
-----
YAMAHA RBX 250
1996
-----
YAMAHA RBX 260
1996 to 2000
---1 tone control1 volume control
YAMAHA RBX 270
-----
YAMAHA RBX 270F
-----
YAMAHA RBX 300
1987 to 1990
black controlsround control2 control knobs1 tone control1 volume control
YAMAHA RBX 350
1996
-----
YAMAHA RBX 350 L
1996
-----
YAMAHA RBX 360
1996 to 2003
-----
YAMAHA RBX 374
2004
-----
YAMAHA RBX 375
2004
-----
YAMAHA RBX 460
-----
YAMAHA RBX 6 JM JOHN MYUNG SIGNATURE MODEL
-----
YAMAHA RBX 650
1992 to 1996
-----
YAMAHA RBX 760 A
2003
-----
YAMAHA RBX1000
1996
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ModelCircuit functionsPickups configuration
YAMAHA RBX 200 (200F)
1988 to 1990
passive1 split coil pickup
YAMAHA RBX 170
2004
-1 split single-coil and 1 single coil pickup
YAMAHA RBX 250
1996
--
YAMAHA RBX 260
1996 to 2000
-1 split coil pickup
YAMAHA RBX 270
--
YAMAHA RBX 270F
--
YAMAHA RBX 300
1987 to 1990
passive1 split coil pickup
YAMAHA RBX 350
1996
--
YAMAHA RBX 350 L
1996
--
YAMAHA RBX 360
1996 to 2003
--
YAMAHA RBX 374
2004
-2 humbucker pickups
YAMAHA RBX 375
2004
-2 humbucker pickups
YAMAHA RBX 460
--
YAMAHA RBX 6 JM JOHN MYUNG SIGNATURE MODEL
--
YAMAHA RBX 650
1992 to 1996
--
YAMAHA RBX 760 A
2003
--
YAMAHA RBX1000
1996
--
ModelBridgeHardware color
YAMAHA RBX 200 (200F)
1988 to 1990
straight bridgechrome hardware
YAMAHA RBX 170
2004
-black chrome hardware
YAMAHA RBX 250
1996
--
YAMAHA RBX 260
1996 to 2000
fixed bridgechrome hardware
YAMAHA RBX 270
--
YAMAHA RBX 270F
--
YAMAHA RBX 300
1987 to 1990
straight bridgechrome hardware
YAMAHA RBX 350
1996
--
YAMAHA RBX 350 L
1996
--
YAMAHA RBX 360
1996 to 2003
--
YAMAHA RBX 374
2004
-black hardware
YAMAHA RBX 375
2004
-black hardware
YAMAHA RBX 460
--
YAMAHA RBX 6 JM JOHN MYUNG SIGNATURE MODEL
--
YAMAHA RBX 650
1992 to 1996
--
YAMAHA RBX 760 A
2003
--
YAMAHA RBX1000
1996
--
ModelFingerboard materialFingerboard position markersFingerboard inlay material
YAMAHA RBX 200 (200F)
1988 to 1990
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
YAMAHA RBX 170
2004
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
YAMAHA RBX 250
1996
---
YAMAHA RBX 260
1996 to 2000
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markerspearl fingerboard inlay material
YAMAHA RBX 270
---
YAMAHA RBX 270F
---
YAMAHA RBX 300
1987 to 1990
rosewood fingerboard--
YAMAHA RBX 350
1996
---
YAMAHA RBX 350 L
1996
---
YAMAHA RBX 360
1996 to 2003
---
YAMAHA RBX 374
2004
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
YAMAHA RBX 375
2004
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
YAMAHA RBX 460
---
YAMAHA RBX 6 JM JOHN MYUNG SIGNATURE MODEL
---
YAMAHA RBX 650
1992 to 1996
---
YAMAHA RBX 760 A
2003
---
YAMAHA RBX1000
1996
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ModelNeck heelNeck jointNumber of fretsNutTuner layoutNeck materialPeghead (headstock)
YAMAHA RBX 200 (200F)
1988 to 1990
all access neck jointbolt on neck22 fretplastic nutfour-in-a-row tuners--
YAMAHA RBX 170
2004
-bolt on neck24 fret-two-each-sidemaple neck-
YAMAHA RBX 250
1996
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YAMAHA RBX 260
1996 to 2000
-bolt on neck24 fret, fretless-two-each-sidemaple neck-
YAMAHA RBX 270
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YAMAHA RBX 270F
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YAMAHA RBX 300
1987 to 1990
all access neck jointbolt on neck22 fretplastic nutfour-in-a-row tuners--
YAMAHA RBX 350
1996
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YAMAHA RBX 350 L
1996
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YAMAHA RBX 360
1996 to 2003
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YAMAHA RBX 374
2004
-bolt on neck24 fret-two-each-sidemaple neckmatching-finish headstock
YAMAHA RBX 375
2004
-bolt on neck24 fret-three-up-two-downmaple neckmatching-finish headstock
YAMAHA RBX 460
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YAMAHA RBX 6 JM JOHN MYUNG SIGNATURE MODEL
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YAMAHA RBX 650
1992 to 1996
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YAMAHA RBX 760 A
2003
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YAMAHA RBX1000
1996
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ModelBody materialBody shape featuresBody style
YAMAHA RBX 200 (200F)
1988 to 1990
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YAMAHA RBX 170
2004
agathis bodydouble cutaway-
YAMAHA RBX 250
1996
---
YAMAHA RBX 260
1996 to 2000
alder bodydouble cutawayprecision bass style
YAMAHA RBX 270
---
YAMAHA RBX 270F
---
YAMAHA RBX 300
1987 to 1990
---
YAMAHA RBX 350
1996
---
YAMAHA RBX 350 L
1996
---
YAMAHA RBX 360
1996 to 2003
---
YAMAHA RBX 374
2004
alder bodydouble cutaway-
YAMAHA RBX 375
2004
alder bodydouble cutaway-
YAMAHA RBX 460
---
YAMAHA RBX 6 JM JOHN MYUNG SIGNATURE MODEL
---
YAMAHA RBX 650
1992 to 1996
---
YAMAHA RBX 760 A
2003
---
YAMAHA RBX1000
1996
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4 Comments

RBX300 - the lost model?

My RBX300. Very hard to find any useful information on it.  Features passive P style pickups (Alnico?), passive electronics, bolt-on neck, (probably low-density chrome bridge) all the hardware is the original except for it being setup with B-E-A-D tuning and thicker gauge strings.

 

RBX300 Pic

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RBX 200

Hey Guys , 

Is any info about Yamaha RBX200 ? Years ? I just got one and have no idea from what year it is .

 

RBX-200

Hi Ilya - I've added the RBX-200 model

It made from around 1988 until the early 1990s. It appears in the 1988 catalog but its not in the 1994 catalog.