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Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar
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A bass bound for glory.

Deep, articulate tone and classic semi-hollowbody style are the hallmarks of the Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass. The maple body, mahogany center block, set maple neck, and rosewood fretboard conspire to create a sweet-playing bass you won't want to put down. Has a single low-impedance JCB-1 humbucker with VariTone control, as well as traditional volume and tone knobs. Pearloid trapezoid fingerboard inlays, body binding, and Jack's signature across the headstock set it apart.

Jack Casady, electric rock bass player extraordinaire, worked closely with Gibson and Epiphone to create this tasty signature model. It's a long-scale, hollowbody electric bass constructed loosely around his vintage 1972 Gibson Les Paul Signature bass, discovered in a New York instrument shop in the mid '80s. Starting from there, Jack spent a lot of energy working with a pickup designer from Epiphone putting together a new humbucker to reside in his signature model. Together they nailed down a passive pickup and control section that delivered tone so pure and natural it'll give you goose bumps. The pickup is a special low-impedance model (the JCB-1), which produces a bass sound high impedance pickups and active electronics can't match.

The controls -- a volume, tone, and versatile VariTone knob -- produce enough variation for any situation. The bass has a unique and high-quality transformer with a 3-way impedance selector which eliminates the need for active circuitry while giving the low-impedance signal from the pickup a boost. The pickup impedance selector (VariTone) allows for sounds from clear and clean with acoustic vibe to deep, round, and growling rock authority.

The body construction is unique, too. It's not a true semi-hollow or hollow body, but a hybrid that combines the best from both designs. Under the bridge is a mahogany center block that adds sustain and helps to fight feedback. This construction allows the top to vibrate freely, giving the bass guitar a more natural, woody tone.

The Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass is as unique as Jack, with a vibe, tone, and innovative features all its own.

Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar Features:

  • Maple body
    Mahogany block under bridge
    Set maple neck
    Rosewood fretboard
    Low-impedance JCB-1 humbucker
    VariTone control
    Volume and tone knobs
    Pearloid trapezoid inlays
    Body binding
    Jack Casady headstock signature




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  • Tone line no other

    As reviewed by Dave O. on 1/5/2009

    I've owned a gold Jack Casady bass for about 6 years now. I have 12 basses in my collection, but none of them sound anything like this one. I love the woody, but NOT muddy sound. The neck is wonderful also. Plays very nicely...much better than my other Epiphone EB-3. No dead spots anywhere, on any note. I can get the action VERY low on this bass...with no buzzing. Intonation is perfect, and very adjustable if need be. If you are looking for a "new" bass sound, I'd highly recommend this one.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful.
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  • Spec- Freaking- Tacular

    As reviewed by Tyler on 10/15/2010

    This is by FAR my most favorite bass. I have owned a Fender P bass and a J bass, and never really gave Epiphone any thought when it comes to basses. Low and behold, one day at my local guitar shop, this little number catches my eye. I pick it up, plug it in to a Bass Big Muff Pi and an Acoustic B200, and boy I'll tell you, I fell in LOVE. The attenuator on the guitar lets you dial in that perfect sound for you, and when over driven this puppy ROARS. I will never play a show without this bass. BUY IT.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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  • Excellent Tone

    As reviewed by Karl Tellefsen on 1/19/2013

    I truly love this bass. First off, it's just plain beautiful to look at. It has a very rich tone sort. If found no dead spots anywhere up and down the neck. There are a few things to be aware of so you may want to play one first before you commit the money to one of these; First, the neck is deeper than a P-Bass so if you are used to a thin, shallow neck, this will take some getting used to. It reminds me a lot of the neck on my old Epiphone ET-285N. Also - If you are looking for that vintage Epiphone Rivoli kind of tone, this bass doesn't quite get there because the pickup is a different type and is further away from the neck. However, put some flatwounds on it and play closer to the neck and you can get close to the Rivoli tone. Also, it is not a funk bass - But you can't expect a hollowbody to have the same kind of punch and response as a MusicMan Stingray anyhow. All that said though, if you are looking to round out your arsenal with a great rock/jazz/blues bass, this could be what you are looking for. This is probably the best hollowbody currently manufactured in this price range.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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