The David Ellefson CB-XV 5-string X-Series bass is a formidable addition to the Jackson bass family, bearing the personal stamp and distinctive features of the fleet-fingered Megadeth bassist. From it... Read More
The David Ellefson CB-XV 5-string X-Series bass is a formidable addition to the Jackson bass family, bearing the personal stamp and distinctive features of the fleet-fingered Megadeth bassist. From its earth-shaking dual humbucking pickups to its lightspeed compound-radius fingerboard and sophisticated onboard controls, the CB-XV is pure Jackson and pure Ellefson in sound, feel, look and value. Some features include an alder Concert Bass body with a gloss finish in Black or Quicksilver for killer looks. Its bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with special profile shape, ivoroid binding and oiled finish give it a solid yet smooth, playable feel.
The rosewood fingerboard with 21 jumbo frets and shark fin inlays, and ivoroid-bound black headstock with '90s-style Jackson logo give the CB-XV an unmistakable look. The EMG humbucking neck (HZ40N) and bridge (HZ40B) pickups and EMG BEQ3 active preamp are the perfect set of electronics to help you dial in the sound you want. Domed volume, three-band EQ and blend control knobs, high-mass five-string bridge, black hardware, and David Ellefson silver "Fallout" logo on the truss rod cover round out the awesome looks and utility of this radical 5-string. Case sold separately.
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I received this bass as a present about two years ago. I've been playing bass for three years and I have played on many different brands such as Fenders, ESP's, Charvel's, and even some Peavey's in search for the cut-through, destroying tone that is required to be heard well in heavy metal music. (I play in a thrash metal band with two guitarists) This bass delivered and then some. The active EMG pickups in this beast put out some real ferocity and combined with the woods in this bass, the high-mass bridge, and bolt-on neck construction, came through like sunlight in a dark room with a mid-range punch! This bass also delivers some thunderous lows (if you keep the sound on the neck pickup that is) and is perfect for any metal bass player regardless as to rather or not they play with their fingers (like me) or with a trusty pick (Like the legendary David Ellefson) I highly recommend this as it is cheap for the quality, delivers a great metal tone, comes with tons of cool features, and it overall just LOOKS METAL!
Awesome sounding, playing bass. The electronics and wood combination WILL give you exactly what you want if looking for Dave Ellefson's tone & punch. very lightweight(Compared to my 10 LB Spectors)! Well balanced, won't neckdive like a BC Rich Mockingbird. Well worth the $500. Only reason I gave 4 stars is that these are "Imports" yes. So you won't be getting a "Custom Shop" $5,000 bass finish or attention to details in craftsmanship. I have had 3 of these and each one has been refunded due to chips & scratches FROM the Factory! Inspect it before you leave the store! Great bass again. I still have the Silverburst bass & love it. BUY ONE!
I bought this bass after wanting a Jackson Concert Bass for so many years and not being able to find one. They finally re-released them this past year and I've had my eye on one of these CBX basses with the EMG HZ pickups that I had to grab this one to test it out. I decided on the 5 string version to replace my other 5 string and silver as I already owned a black bass. First impressions were, the string spacing is incredibly close, feels more like a guitar than a bass in that regard. Plays very well, has a nice punch and the midrange really pulls through the rest of the instruments in the band. It's relatively light in weight and it just looks metal, those sharkfin inlays and the pointy headstock. That was the main reason I had to get it. After my 30 days of testing it out I finally decided on keeping it. Well worth the price.
has a reall david ellefson tone, verylight, not too light, just perfect. it give great ellefson tone even playing with fingers, ive never heard a better tone, sounds justlike came frommegadeth