I purchased the Yamaha RBX170 Bass a while back and have been very pleased with it. It has everything a bass should have. The Yamaha RBX170 Bass has an agathis body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard and chrome hardware. It only comes in three colors though; metallic blue, metallic red and metallic black. All of them look great but I went with the metallic blue bass guitar.
The body of this bass guitar is very light, since it is made from agathis. It is great for performing especially long hours. It is easy to move around and it does not hurt your shoulders. The neck is slightly thicker than a jazz bass but slimmer than the precision basses. Fret access is quite good up till the 20th fret. The last frets are a little difficult to reach due to the bolt on the neck.
Since I used it till now, I don’t find any dents or scratches on the body. I have been using the Yamaha RBX170 Bass for gigs without backup many times. It is the most reliable bass guitar I have ever purchased. The strap buttons are quite solid but I would advise buying strap locks for extra safety. This bass guitar will stay in tune for quite a long time and even if it goes out of tune, the tuners that come with the bass guitar is actually quite good, despite its cheap price.
When it arrived, it could be played immediately. The factory settings were well done. This bass guitar is also very versatile. It can play almost any type of music ranging from jazz to heavy metal. The two volume knobs and the single tone knob gives a variety of sounds to choose from. The only thing that I am unhappy about is the electronics. It uses passive electronics. I personally prefer active electronics to passive ones. If something were to happen to this bass guitar, I would save up a little more money and get the same type but with active electronics.
All in all, the Yamaha RBX170 Bass is a great beginner bass guitar. I highly recommend it those who just want to try out playing the bass as it is very much cheaper than most basses of its quality.