The Good - well constructed and very solid, fretwork is fantastic and the neck join is the best I've seen on a Yammy for quite a while. I plugged it in for 2 minutes last night before I stripped the strings off (and gave it a setup) and the sound was bold and authoritative, a very modern P sound compared to my 82 Squire, which is that vintage style of P.
Solo bridge pickup has that required tone (that I never use on gigs!) and mixed together is is punchy and warm, which is exactly what I was looking for. First gig is tomorrow so it will get a run in a band situation then.
The painted neck is smooth and fast and easily accessible to most frets, it's not super chunky and the 18mm spacing is about right for the width of the neck. Sitting down with no strap the bass is slightly head stock heavy, but on a strap it's fine.
Bad - nothing major so far but the G machine head will need replacing under warranty (it sticks), I might swap out the machine heads to Hipshot down the track if I keep the bass for a while. The pickups were touching the strings and were almost loose in the pickup route and the paint has ripples in it on certain parts and in certain lights. All just quality control issues really. Yamaha Australia had not touched the bass at all, it still had the factory wrap on the strings etc. Which is not an issue as I was always going to start again but if a tech had looked at it here in Oz the issues * should * have been noticed.....
The bridge is an interesting beast, very solid and well made and the angled stringing works well from what I can see, but time will tell.. The B string has a different saddle than the rest of the strings, I'm not sure if that is on purpose but I will find out (see pic).
Oh, and it's heavy at 4.6kg.. yeah I know, man up but my Dingwall is 3.5kg.