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Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 was used, 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 very 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.

Features
  • Maple body
  • Mahogany block under bridge
  • Set maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Low-impedance JCB-1 humbucker
  • VariTone control
  • Volume and tone
  • knobsPearloid trapezoid inlays
  • Body binding
  • Jack Casady headstock signature
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EpiphoneJack Casady Signature Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A unique bass with both retro and modern features.

If you liked the semi-hollow Epiphone basses of yesteryear, you will enjoy this bass. An update of an earlier Gibson design, the Jack Casady Bass features a low impedance pick-up that has a...Read complete review

If you liked the semi-hollow Epiphone basses of yesteryear, you will enjoy this bass. An update of an earlier Gibson design, the Jack Casady Bass features a low impedance pick-up that has a great sound for today's rock musician. I was impressed with the overall workmanship in the finish, finding no flaws. The pick-up was clear of any noticeable hum, and gives the guitar that roundwound growl, even with the tone control all the way down. The neck was superb, with a P-Bass type spacing, and no dead spots could be detected. Also, the strings were balanced in volume, with a very clear G-string. If you liked the older hollow bodies of the sixties, but the 30-inch scaled necks were not to your liking, this bass comes with a standard 34-inch scale. The hardshell case is well worth the extra money but a gigbag would be nice. The only fault I could find is that the bass was neck-heavy and slightly unbalanced due to the large headstock and tuners. Maybe Epiphone will deal with this with lighter tuning gears in the future. Being a larger bass, it is also a little unwieldy for me (being small in stature)to play, but I usually use it to record with anyway, when I'm sitting. The bass records quite well, especially with a tube amp, but its direct sound is quite nice.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You won't be able to replace the pots.

Play bass in pickup bands

Play bass in pickup bands

Reviewed by 67 customers

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5.0

I would buy this bass again

By Bubba

from Dallas

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

Great bass deep tones

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pro-level bass.

By Chris

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

It arrived needing very little setup. I've been playing it for two weeks and I haven't adjusted anything. I work on my own guitars so I measured everything and it's all very close to specs. Nut height is good, relief good, really the only adjustment I might make is to lower the bridge just a hair, but it's by no means necessary.

This is an instrument that inspires you to play and actually makes you a better musician. The pickup is so clear and can get so many different tones. With the impedance switch you get tones ranging from upright bass to heavy rock bass. It's also very responsive to different styles of playing and attack, or how hard you pick/pluck. It's like having three basses in one. On the impedance settings, the lowest is very open, acoustic sounding, very musical and sensitive to dynamics. The middle position is similar to a Fender bass, P or J bass etc. The high setting can add some beef to your tone and is good for distorted or heavier rock sounds.

For reference, the bass can get Paul McCartney tones, 60's 70's tones, really versatile bass.
My only complaint is that it is not as comfortable as something like a P-Bass. Where I rest my arm on the body has a hard edge that I am getting used to. Like an acoustic, where your right arm gets uncomfortable resting on the edge of the body. I'm looking at installing an arm rest and I made a foam cushion that I taped on the body that helps some. It's not an issue sitting down, so maybe this is more of a studio bass.

(0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

You won't be able to replace the pots.

By PetCat

from Philadelphia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

    Play bass in pickup bands

     
    5.0

    Smart Bass for an entry or intermediate level Hollow body

    By PeteO

    from Atherton, CA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

      Great price performer for someone looking for a hollow body bass. High quality for Korean build.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bass at one tenth of the cost!!!

      By Paul

      from Kailua Kona Hawaii

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fantastic tone
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • only bass you will play
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

        I have been a working bass player for the last 40+ years. Never would I consider buying or playing an Epiphone ,they have never been ,in my estimation ,a top line instrument , untill now.
        The Jack Casady Epiphone Bass is the real deal! The low end is out of this world, clear, responsive and sensitive. The JCB variable impedance pickup gives you a universe of sound choices and NO batteries! The craftmenship is top shelve.
        I was convinced that the only way to get the "sound" was thru high end custom instruments. Well this bass holds it own compared to my other basses,Stanley Clark Alembic, Rick Turner Bass, Modulus 5 string and assorted Gibson Basses.
        This bass is a steal pure and simple. If you are looking for that instrument that will make you smile, this is it!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Sounding Bass

        By Old School Pro

        from Southwest USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Large Body
        • Large Body 20 Fret

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

        Very positive on this bass, both plugged in and unplugged (I practice in my hotel rooms). Used it on jobs with positive feedback. I havent used it in the recording studio yet, but I am looking forward to what the engineer will say. I think it has a very solids 70's P sound, but we will see. Very responsive, very high gain pick-ups.

        Only drawback is the size (uncomfortable for long sessions) and lack of 24 frets. People that worry how they look when they play bass may not be cool with this item, but I am old and ugly and don't care. The sound is what matters.

        My other basses are a Zon 5 fretless, a Warwick Thumb 5 and an assortment of Jazz and P basses.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great value

        By swedbass

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Even Tone
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Light Weight
        • Low action
        • Quality Build

        Cons

        • Cheap jack
        • Simple Electronics

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Retro Gigs

        Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

        With proper setup (straight neck) this instrument plays very easy. Tone is even throughout the entire register. Bridge does not offer individual saddle height adjustment. Pickup has relatively high output. The jack is basic and mine needed tightening. Craftmanship is excellent. Neck is beefy - whether you like it is a matter of taste.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice.....No, really I mean it....

        By Billy Von Earl

        from your Mom's house

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • When U Want To Play Bass

          Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

          Great soundin and lookin bass, cuts through louder and bigger than my P-bass( rather play this JC bass than my P-bass) good craftsmanship, I did have the nut 'round the jack output to come a loose, but that's just life( those things happen) the neck is thick, but that's not a negative for me( could be for you) all-around a great bass, I wish the corporate heads at Epiphone, would make a JC model in pelham blue, that would be "Really Nice" instead of my one word comment of 'Nice..."

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Tone

          By Karl Tellefsen

          from SF, CA

          Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

          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.

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A very, very nice piece of instrument

          By 5bass

          from Norway

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

          This bass is in my mind a "must have" in your bass collection in any case. Playing old school rock, blues, jazz this bass will most certainly be a frequent partner in your hands.

          But it is obvious, this is an instrument for a serious musician, 80% ready from factory and you just have to take it from there yourself, either personally if you are skilled or consulting a professional instrument maker/serviceshop.

          So you will end up I guess around Euro 700 and in extra the service fee of your serviceshop. But you will then have a bass that you will love perhaps even higher that your beloved wife/girlfriend :).

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