Epiphone Introduce Limited Edition Jack Casady Signature Bass

Published 11 years ago on July 4, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Epiphone introduces alimited run version of the Jack Casady Signature Bass, featuring asilverburst finish.

When Jack and Epiphone set out to build this guitar, they werelooking for a balanced electric tone with an upright acoustic bassresponse, and that is what this bass guitar is all about.

Casady is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and isknown for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. As atestament to his influence and talent, Bass Player magazine honoredhim with a Lifetime Achievement award. Simply put, this guy knowshis Bass guitar.

He was quoted saying: "When I first started playing, I ranacross a short scale semi-hollow bass. I really enjoyed thesemi-hollow nature of that 

bass and over the years tried to capture that characteristic."This is what led him to design a bass that combined the tone of anacoustic with the power and flexibility of an electric. The endproduct seems to have achieved this, as attested by players likeGuy Berryman of Coldplay, Brian Ray of Paul McCartney's band, BlakeMorgan of The Mavericks, G5 of Anvil and Chris Donohue of EmmylouHarris' Red Dirt Boys.

Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Signature Bass
Epiphone Ltd Ed Jack Casady Signature Bass

The Epiphone Ltd Ed Jack Casady Signature Bass showcases thesame semi-hollow design, with maple top, back and sides. The top iswrapped in a single ply cream binding and features a Silverburstcolor finish. A black pickguard with a traditional Epiphone "E"rounds up its classic look.

This bass has a hand-set 34" scale mahogany neck that has a '60sera rounded profile. It is topped with a rosewood fingerboard witha 12" radius. The clipped dovewing headstock features Casady'ssignature in gold typeface along with the Epiphone logo. A 2-plytruss rod cover features the familiar "E" logo.

The pickup used on this bass is Jack's first priority. He said:"I went to work on the pickup and it took almost two years todevelop. I did a lot of homework and bench testing and finally whenit clicked in right, it was great. The workmanship that's coming inon these instruments is just super."

Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Signature Bass
JCB-1 Pickup with VariGain

This bass features a special black covered JCB-1 low impedanceand low output pickup. This pickup is controlled by a uniquethree-position VariGain switch to let you shape the sound andoutput levels.

Setting the VariGain to 50 takes you closest to acoustic soundswhile the 500 setting gives you a serious fat electric tone. The250 setting sits comfortably in between. This switch together withthe black volume and tone knobs give you a wide variety of usefulbass tones.

Since Jack insists that his personal bass should be no differentthan the production line bass guitars, he made sure that it issturdy and road worthy. The limited edition bass comes with nickelhardware, die-cast clover bass tuners, and an adjustablebridge.

These 500 special bass guitars are to be available at a fewselected retailers. Some online shops have started offering thisbass with a price of $699.

For more information about this cool semi-hollow bass, you canvisit Epiphone.


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