Epiphone Jack Casady Bass Guitar, Metallic Gold
The Jack Casady Signature Bass was designed by Casady in collaboration with Epiphone and is the culmination of years of experimentation by the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna bassist to find an instrument with superb, balanced electric tone and the response of an acoustic bass.
- Designed with Jack Casady
- JCB low-impedance pickup
- 34 inch scale
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Jack Casady is one of the rare rock bassists known by both fans and players for his signature tone. And like The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and The Beatles' Paul McCartney, Casady became a bass player after years of study on other instruments. 'My first teacher was a big band guitarist named Harry Vorhees. Later on I took from a number of guitarists: one was Bill Harris who was the guitarist for the Clovers,' Casady told Epiphone.com. 'He had studied with a guy who studied with Andres Segovia.'
Looking for the Holy Grail of Bass Tone
'When I first started playing, I ran across a short scale semi-hollow bass,' said Casady 'Despite lacking some low end, I really enjoyed the semi-hollow nature of that bass and over the years tried to capture that characteristic.' Casady did find a rare Les Paul bass that came close to the sound he was seeking. 'In 1985, I was living in New York and happened to stop in a music store one day and saw a goldtop, full scale semi-hollow Les Paul bass,' Casady recalled. 'I loved the bass but found the pickup to be deficient.'
Casady approached Epiphone with his ideas and with help from Epiphone's luthiers, Casady fulfilled a life-long dream by designing the perfect electric bass.
The Jack Casady Signature Bass features a maple body with a maple top in a stunning Metallic Gold (MG) colour finish. The hand-set mahogany neck has a 34 inch scale with a rosewood 12 inch radius fingerboard, a 1.6535 inch nut, and Jack's signature on the headstock.
Signature Sound For A Signature Artist
'I went to work on the pickup and it took almost two years to develop,' says Casady. 'I did a lot of homework and bench testing and finally when it clicked in right, it was great.' The Jack Casady Signature bass features a JCB-1 low impedance, low output pickup and employs a three-position transformer to shape the frequency response. 'They blow the old Gibsons to smithereens, even in the construction,' says Casady. 'The workmanship that's coming in on these instruments is just super.'
Road-Ready Epiphone Hardware
The Jack Casady Signature Bass features nickel hardware, classic style 19:1 ratio tuners, and a 3-point adjustable bridge exactly like the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer uses on-stage. Casady insisted that his own personal basses should be no different than any Jack Casady Signature you'd find in a store. 'Every year I get two new instruments that I take out on the road,' says Casady. 'No ringers. I have none that are set up a special way or anything like that and they are great.'
Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Specifications
Neck Joint: Set
Machine Heads: Classic Style 19:1 ratio
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Scale Length: 34 inch
Fingerboard Radius: 12 inch
Pickup: JCB-1 Low-Impedance Humbucker
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-Position Tone Switch
Bridge: 3-Point Adjustable
Nut: 1.6535 inch
Colour: Metallic Gold (MG)
Typical Weight (+/- 5%): 8.1 lbs
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