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 cons... Read More
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.
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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.
It has been many years since playing a hollowbody bass. The appearance and look is amazing. Great features and tone. The varitone settings work great for all songs, and after more experience with this, I am sure that pedals are a thing of the past. Has great low end sound as well a rich highs that can be heard quite well. The sustain is also amazing to work with. All in all, this is a powerfull bass and will have to learn to hold back as this could blow the house and practice space down. Great job Jack and Epiphone!
This is a great bass guitar, and unbelieveably inexpensive. I play it through a Genz-Benz 6.0 shuttle at small to medium sized gigs and its tone stays unmuddled but still carries plenty of bottom. I play jazz, blues, and Americana style music with lots of vocals in a quartet which sometimes expands to a quintet with drummer. This guitar holds its own. As a result I'll be hitting ebay to sell of two of my other basses since they are now redundant. I thought to put flatwound strings on it as I have done with other basses (Warwick, Laguna Acoustic) to get closer to that stand-up bass tone, but it was unnecessary. My only criticism of this guitar is that it is neck heavy so I am chosing not to play it in large open venues (festivals and such when I play with a blues/rockabilly band) when I have to stand and play. For me, the only comfortable way to play this guitar standing up is the old Bill Wyman style (holding the neck vertically) which doesn't appeal to me or, apparently, Bill any more. On the other hand, to play seated on a stool with this guitar is perfect and really gives you the look and sound of the cool jazzy bass player lurking in the background. Unless you're just going to play heavy-metal, you need this guitar in your line-up.
Like many others, I own vintage P and J basses plus a Ric 4003 McCartney, Gretcsh White Falcon, etc. But this Jack is my favorite. I use Rotosound flatwounds and run it through my Ampeg SVT plus an 18 and 4X10 cabs and the sound is amazing. The quality of construction is very high. it played great from the box and needed very little set up. it holds tune really well and the Varitone switch provides notable flexibility - think "Smells LIke Teen Spirit" between the mellow verse and rowdy chorus. Rotate the switch 2 notches clockwise and you have exactly the sound and volume to make the bass work. For a single pickup instrument, it has amazing versatility. It is definitely worth a try out.
I was walking through a local guitar store in New York one day and I spotted this lovely golden hollow body and it was love at first sight. I didn't ever have to play it to know it would sound and feel nice. I have had many a person come up to me and envy this instrument. The few who have played it say the bass has such an incredibly comfortable neck that they dont even notice the neck dive. Its appearance and sound are completely unique too. I believe Jack wanted to model to bass after the Guild Starfire II with alembic electronics. Its a completely passive electronic system so that means no batteries to worry about. One volume, one tone, and as far as I can tell the VariTone just boosts the signal, great for soloing or when you need that extra umph its your already on full power. The bass is limitless, with the right EQ you can even play metal on it. Nice quality, I did however replace all the Korean electronics with Americans one just in case something goes amiss. All and all, 11/10. Great for the price, comfortable, affordable, elegant but just be careful with the knobs for they might come loose.
A straight up, killer sounding bass. Does the P Bass thing, too, but with a round, fat, organic sound. Roll back the tone control for ballads and dig the velvet smoothness it has. As a recording bass it is tremendous, and can be used for ANY pro level session work. I use light gauge Labella flats and it is one of the best sounds you will ever hear.
I've been playing bass for 20+ years and this is the best instrument I have ever owned. It's light, its a beauty, it sounds huge...It can feed back (in a cool way)if you make it If you are used to a Jazz bass angle and a thin neck then this might take some time to get used to. It sits more like a guitar. The 3 setting pick up is cool. Most reviewer prefer the "light" setting, I like the full out fuzz setting, that gets the tubes burning. I just got a 2006 American Fender Jazz a year ago, but now I only use it for recording. All of my gigs are with the Epiphone.
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.
This is the first hollow body I've owned and it has some nice warm, clean tone. What surprized me was the bright high end. Very versatile! It took me awhile to get used to the deep, round neck profile, (also own old Jazz and Thunderbird) It felt a little too NEW. Once I played it for a couple days, I really like it! Intonation was right on out of the box and needed no adjustment.It does have a noisy tone pot. It has a clean sound with a very tight low end. I dont know that I will retire my Jazz but I will have this bass with me at all times. It also stays in tune. For what it costs, it is a must have.
I am 18 and have had this guitar for a while, it is one of my older ones. but i love to play it still. I feel like I am in my own world when I play this guitar, the sound is great and the ebony is amazing, I suggest buying this guitar to any1 interested.
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