Epiphone introduces a
limited run version of the Jack Casady Signature Bass, featuring a
When Jack and Epiphone set out to build this guitar, they were
looking for a balanced electric tone with an upright acoustic bass
response, and that is what this bass guitar is all about.
Casady is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is
known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. As a
testament to his influence and talent, Bass Player magazine honored
him with a Lifetime Achievement award. Simply put, this guy knows
his Bass guitar.
He was quoted saying: "When I first started playing, I ran
across a short scale semi-hollow bass. I really enjoyed the
semi-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 an
acoustic with the power and flexibility of an electric. The end
product seems to have achieved this, as attested by players like
Guy Berryman of Coldplay, Brian Ray of Paul McCartney's band, Blake
Morgan of The Mavericks, G5 of Anvil and Chris Donohue of Emmylou
Harris' Red Dirt Boys.
The Epiphone Ltd Ed Jack Casady Signature Bass showcases the
same semi-hollow design, with maple top, back and sides. The top is
wrapped in a single ply cream binding and features a Silverburst
color 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 '60s
era rounded profile. It is topped with a rosewood fingerboard with
a 12" radius. The clipped dovewing headstock features Casady's
signature in gold typeface along with the Epiphone logo. A 2-ply
truss 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 to
develop. I did a lot of homework and bench testing and finally when
it clicked in right, it was great. The workmanship that's coming in
on these instruments is just super."
This bass features a special black covered JCB-1 low impedance
and low output pickup. This pickup is controlled by a unique
three-position VariGain switch to let you shape the sound and
Setting the VariGain to 50 takes you closest to acoustic sounds
while the 500 setting gives you a serious fat electric tone. The
250 setting sits comfortably in between. This switch together with
the black volume and tone knobs give you a wide variety of useful
Since Jack insists that his personal bass should be no different
than the production line bass guitars, he made sure that it is
sturdy and road worthy. The limited edition bass comes with nickel
hardware, die-cast clover bass tuners, and an adjustable
These 500 special bass guitars are to be available at a few
selected retailers. Some online shops have started offering this
bass with a price of $699.
For more information about this cool semi-hollow bass, you can
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