Here I am aiming to be the tie-breaker that will determine which bass guitar deserves your investment.
Body Construction and Materials
All the bass models from the TRBX series got almost similar body shape. i.e. Standard Yamaha design with a pretty deep cutaway under the neck joint.
Starting off with a TRBX204 model, it comes with a basswood body with a clean galaxy black finishing on it. Whereas TRBX304 bass features a solid contoured Mahogany Tonewood body in a similar double-cutaway shape and glossy finishing all over it.
Although both basses have a lot in common in terms of design but I think the TRBX304 model got a little extra edge here. I find its contours-shaped body really great for optimizing comfort and playability especially if you’re seeking long hours of play.
The neck profile is another factor that plays a very crucial role in the overall playability and flexibility of a bass guitar. With the TRBX204 model, we’re having a 1-piece Maple neck profile combined with 24 frets nicely finished rosewood fretboard.
As a matter of fact, Neck is attached with a bolt-on neck joint and makes this bass pretty balanced and comfortable to play even for those who are just starting out.
TRBX304 features 5-piece composite neck profile made from combination of maple and mahogany, which is some thing you see a lot in a high-end bass guitars.
It’s a relatively narrow neck, which is great for playing chords and for playing some other quick stuff. but it’s not great for you if you’re looking more towards playing big fat dig in.
To be fair, both the models are head-to-head in terms of flexibility and overall usability of the neck area.
Coming forward into the electronics section, both bass guitars are ready with their amazing set of active pickups at your disposal.
TRBX204 model features a single-coil J-style pickup at the bridge position and a split p-style pickup at the center. This is a very standard and quite popular pickup pairing that suits many different playing styles.
A powerful 2-band Active Preamp System is introduced by Yamaha here that opens up a lot of tonal options for you to optimize the sound quality however you want. Other than EQ knobs, we’re having 1 master volume and one balance knob for blending.
On the other hand:
TRBX304 bass also has some really great stuff going on. this bad boy is loaded with a pair of custom-designed M3 humbucking pickups that adds depth and definition to the tone without hum.
We get an almost similar 2-band EQ here except for the 5-way performance switch to dial EQ setting instantly. Definitely, we’re getting some higher quality electronics here which you would hope for, for the little extra money you’re spending as compared to the trbx204 model.
Also, one more thing I find interesting here is, They introduce a little thumb pockets on the pickups, which is I think a very cute idea.
Hardware, Not the most important, but quite necessary factor for a perfect bass guitar. Both the models are come with a Yamaha’s standard set of hardware.
Both basses feature a flush vintage-style bridge configuration with four fully adjustable saddles. Along with that, die-cast tuning machine heads are installed on both basses that take care of the tuning very well.
The overall quality of the hardware seems to be good to me and that’s why I think the TRBX204 model won at this point. because you get a more amount of value for less money spent.
As both models come with a similar deep double-cutaway body design, I was assuming, I’m going to get an almost similar vibe here. but interestingly, this is the factor where I find the major difference between these two bass guitars.
Whether we talk about the quality control over body designing or weight of the instrument, Comfort-wise, the TRBX304 model beats TRBX204 in almost every aspect.
The TRBX304 body has just the right weight, not too heavy, not too light (at least for me!). TRBX204 model is little heavy due to use of different tonewood.
Also, I really like how the contours-shaped body of TRBX304 is designed because it fitting my body really well, which is missing in TRBX204.
Here I’m putting the pros and cons side by side just to make your job even more easier:
Yamaha TRBX204 Model
Stylish Looking Double-Cutaway Basswood Body
Two Split Single-Coil PJ Pickups with Individual Controls.
Fully-Adjustable Bridge for Great Tuning Stability
Versatile 2-Band EQ knobs At Lower Price
Might Feel Relatively Little Heavy in Weight
Guitar Case is not Included!
Yamaha TRBX304 Model
A versatile & solid tone that works great for modern rock, metal to funk n jazz music.
Superb Overall Build Quality with Solid Mahogany
Fully-Adjustable Bridge for Great Tuning Stability
Amazing Playing Comfort and Ease in Playability
Price Seems to Little Higher for your First Bass
Knobs don’t Provide Much Control Over Mid-Range Frequencies
Check Demo Sound: TRBX204 vs TRBX304
Yamaha TRBX204 vs TRBX304: and the Winner Is
I can’t stress enough that the comparison I’ve written above is based on my personal experience with each bass model.
There’s no denying that the Yamaha TRBX304 bass is, truly, an all-rounder bass model at its price range. With its amazing build quality and top-notch versatility in the sound, there is nothing you need that TRBX304 can’t help you with.
But for the majority of budget-conscious bassists out there, I consider Yamaha TRBX204 to be the more ideal option to go with.
Not only does TRBX204 model cost less, but also very much beginner friendly and lot easier to learn on, if you’re just starting out.
Now it’s time to hear what you have to say.
When it comes to the Yamaha TRBX204 vs TRBX304 battle, which bass guitar do you prefer?
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