Epiphone is celebrating legendary bassist Jack Casady once again with a limited edition version of his signature hollowbody bass. The limited edition 2014 Jack Casady Bass will come in Alpine White with a six-layer white/black body binding further accented by black plastic hardware.
Casady, who turns 70 this year, helped design the bass and was most instrumental in building its pickup.
“We spent about a year and a half developing it,” he told us in our Profiles in Tone interview. “It’s an alnico magnet pickup that I designed. I boosted the magnetic power on it like I used to do with my basses like the Guild ones that were modified. I brought more power out of the pickup because it’s a low impedance bass. Low impedance has a more full, high fidelity tone and larger range, however it didn’t have the power that a high impedance pickup has. So I used really heavy gauge windings and that brought the thickness up to the sound. Then we placed it on the sweet spot.”
The pickup is matched with a VariGain control to choose the impedance output of the pickup. Other features include a maple body, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, 3-point adjustable bridge, and 17:1 cloverleaf machine heads.
The Epiphone Limited-Edition 2014 Jack Casady Bass in Alpine White will be shipping soon with a US MSRP of $1,165.
Epiphone Limited-Edition 2014 Jack Casady Bass Specs:
|Neck Joint:||Glued-In; Set-Neck|
|Body Material:||Laminated Maple Top, Back and Sides|
|Neck Shape:||1960’s Rounded Bass Profile|
|Truss Rod Cover:||2-ply|
|Fingerboard Material:||Rosewood with pearloid “Trapezoid” inlays|
|Pickup:||Low-Impedance JCB-1 Humbucker|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|3-Position VariGain Switch:||50, 250, 500 ohms|
|Bridge:||Original 3-point adjustable|
|Nut Material:||Imitation Bone; White|
|Machine Heads:||Die-Cast “Clover” Bass Tuners|