Yamaha Attitude Limited 3 Billy Sheehan Signature Bass
Billy Sheehan’s legendary Attitude bass is reborn, hand-crafted in Yamaha Music Craft, Japan. This new Yamaha Attitude Limited 3 bass features Billy’s sound – taken to a new level, with refined characteristics. And what better way to complete this incredible bass than the sensational Sonic Blue finish! Also included is a deluxe Yamaha Attitude hardshell case.
- Yamaha Designed DiMarzio Woofer Pickup and DiMarzio WillPower Pickup
- Spline Joint 3-Piece body
- Miter Bolting Neck Joint
- A.R.E. and I.R.A. treatment
- Hipshot “D” Tuner
- Made in Japan
Attitude’s low-end is powerful and bold, yet tight and controlled. The highs are clear and musical and the mid drives with a power rarely heard. The latest technology, including our spline jointed body and exclusive ARE and IRA wood treatments together with newly designed pickups and a totally reworked neck joint make this bass something else. And with Billy’s involvement every step of the way, playability is like no other bass guitar. It’s clearly an Attitude, but it’s an Attitude like you’ve never heard it before.
Pickups and Electronics
Billy Sheehan’s signature sound comes from Yamaha Designed DiMarzio Woofer Pickup. Combining its heavy, powerful low-end and solid fundamental with a DiMarzio designed pickup at the middle position delivers an incredible tonal range and a strong presence within the band. While stereo output jacks provide separate outputs for the front and middle pickups, mono output is also available. As well, there’s also a high cut switch in the front pickup tone control that boosts bass output from the front pickup.
Miter Bolting Neck Joint
Miter bolting holds the neck closer and tighter to the body fusing these two separate components into one. Compared to a conventional bolt-on joint, miter bolting efficiently transfers string vibration throughout the body with little loss. This delivers greater body resonance and makes each note come alive.
This body structure makes Attitude LTDIII far more resonant than conventional 2 or 3-piece body instruments. Vibrations are transferred easily through the body for an immense, vibrant and loud tone that is unmistakably Attitude.
ATTITUDE Limited 3 Neck
A big, thick neck features jumbo frets from frets 1-16, which produces outstanding sustain. 4 screws hold the neck to the bass body, which creates a solid bond and extra tone. The neck also features scallops from frets 17 through 21 and a slap cut ground into the neck that provides greater string access.
ATTITUDE Limited 3 Bridge
The solid brass bridge captures and transmits string vibration directly to the body, creating great low-end tone and attack.
Hipshot “D” Tuner
The Hipshot tuner drops the “E” string down a whole step to “D” with the flick is a lever. A gear adjustment provides precision tuning, making it so easy!
1. Front Volume
2. Front Tone (Front P.U. Hi-Cut Switch)
3. Rear Volume (Stereo/Mono Switch)
A.R.E / Acoustic Resonance Enhancement
A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement) is an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha. Through precise control of temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure, the molecular properties of the wood can be manipulated into a more acoustically ideal condition. This transforms it to having similar molecular characteristics to the wood in instruments that have been played for years.
I.R.A. / Initial Response Acceleration
If you’ve ever played another guitarist’s instrument and not been able to get the same sound, it’s probably because you are playing a different style than what the guitar is used to. After playing the same guitar for years, the guitar adapts to the guitarist’s playing style. It takes time for a new guitar to adapt to your own way of playing.
Stress found between parts like finish, woods, body, neck, fingerboard, nut, bridge, etc., must be released before all of the parts can resonate together as an instrument. It takes time and a lot of playing for this to happen.Using IRA technology, stresses like those between the finish and wood are release by applying specific vibrations to the completed guitars. Once this treatment is complete, the guitar responds accurately to the guitarist’s performance, and produces sound more easily. It also shortens the time needed for the guitar to adapt to your playing style. And it delivers excellent sustain.