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Metallica Unveils Custom Yamaha Basses

Metallica''s bassist scores three new custom-made Yahama basses for world tour

Hollywood, CA (September 12, 2008) -- Metallica’s Robert Trujillo is touring the world with custom Yamaha basses in tow. 

John Gaudesi, master luthier at Yamaha Artist Services Hollywood, created three basses for Trujillo – primer red, primer green, and natural – with an effect that was meant to resemble a “rat rod” car, with primer paint and aged hardware. You can see Trujillo rock these basses in Metallica''s current tour in Europe and the upcoming tour in North America that kicks off October 21st  in Glendale, Arizona.


“The result of the custom basses we created for Robert is a totally unique looking bass,” comments Mike Tempesta, artist relations manager for Yamaha Guitars. “We were honored to be involved in the creative process of providing Robert with instruments exclusive for him based on his wants and desires. It’s a very satisfying process for all involved, and we can’t wait to hear the reaction from the fans that see him perform with these instruments on stage.”

The basses are modeled after the TRB5PII. They are made of 2-piece maple core, with maple wings, Indian rosewood fingerboard, a 34" scale, and the electronics system was custom designed based on Trujillo''s specifications.


Trujillo has been a member of Metallica since 2003. Prior to that, he was a member of Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, and Ozzy Osbourne’s band, among others. Trujillo is best known for his finger style technique, and the band couldn''t be more pleased with his skills as a bass player.

"Rob’s been with us for five years now, and it’s completely effortless,” said drummer Lars Ulrich. “It’s never felt this complete.”

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