First, I'm a recording guitar player who was looking for a big, punchy bass sound for my new recordings. I didn't want to spend 1k+ on a Fender P-Bass so I started a search. I first looked at the Ibanez Mezzo basses. At $299 street, the price was right but I was concerned about it not being "professional" grade. And watching their YT promo vid, I decided against it. Yes, the promo makes it look like a toy for beginners especially aimed at teenagers. Then, I found this Yamaha B-Bass. Its got a P/J pick-up configuration so the best of both worlds. Did some research on it and reviews are 4-5 star everywhere you look. And it uses an Alnico-V (YGD Custom V5 Pickups). Its part of the same family of BB basses (like the BB3000 Michael Anthony). Billy Sheehan is also a Yamaha guy with his Yamaha Attitude. If you don't have the money for either of these, the BB434 is a great alternative. My worry was will it have enough power/output. Well, it does for recording. I would assume it would for gigging. It plays nice, plays great, sounds great. I saw this on the Sam Ash site, brand new (store demo) and picked it up for $393! Street on these are $499. Yes, its made in Indonesia but the quality control is there. Its got the same 6-bolt miter neck joint that the Billy Sheehan and Michael Anthony sigs have. And the workmanship is excellent. This is a solid, punchy, great playing bass guitar and for the money, even at $499, is a great price.