ORIGIN: Japan, Nippon Gakki factory
TYPE: Solidbody, reversed twin cutaway, 4-string
NECK: Maple, bolt-on, 20 medium frets & fretless available
SCALE LENGTH: 800mm (31.5-inch)
FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, bound, white dot inlays
HARDWARE: Chrome cover-over bridge/tailpiece, 4-saddle bridge, open gear tuners
PICKUPS: Two single-coil units with white plastic surrounds
CONTROLS: Volume, tone & balance
FEATURES: string mute fitted, headstock colour matches body, finger rest below strings for thumb playing
FINISHES: 3-tone sunburst, various sparkles
COMMENTS: The original SB-2 had a more conventional twin-cutaway body but it was the reverse body design of the revamped SB-2A that really caught the attention. In spite of the reverse body shape this is a relatively well-balanced bass thanks to the slim headstock and it was this distinctive shape that earned it the epithet of the Yamaha Samurai Bass!
Curiously, Yamaha used to stamp the serial number into the rosewood fingerboard towards the body end. With such a widespread for the positioning of the pickups this bass is capable of producing super hollow and funky sounds, but its delivery is generally full and warm as the angled neck pickup is set to favour the neck for the top strings.