Ernie Ball Music Man Unveils New Joe Dart Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man Joe Dart Black Velvet Bass

Ernie Ball Music Man has proven it gets funkier by adding to the Joe Dart Signature Bass collection. First is the original Joe Dart bass in an all-new black velvet finish to complement the original natural velvet. Second is the Joe Dart Jr., a short scale version of the instrument with a custom contoured body and single humbucker layout. It streamlines the design even further than its big brother by removing the volume knob.

Ernie Ball Music Man Joe Dart Jr Bass

“The Joe Dart Jr packs a serious punch in a convenient smaller package,” the company writes. “The bass features a lightweight ash body, select maple neck, and a passive neodymium pickup that is at the heart of its warm, punchy tonality. No controls or equalization to color the sound; the tone is manipulated solely by the user’s technique and finesse.”

Other features include an Olympic White finish, 22 stainless steel frets, and chrome hardware. It comes factory-tuned to C standard with custom .045-.105 flatwound strings.

The Joe Dart Signature Bass in Black Velvet is available now for $2,399. The Joe Dart Jr. is limited to just 50 units worldwide and goes for $2,299. Unfortunately, they have already sold out. EBMM tells us there are no plans to make more, though we’re hoping that changes!

Ernie Ball Music Man Joe Dart Bass Features:

Body Color:Black Velvet, Velvet Natural
Body Finish:Satin
Neck Wood:Select figured maple neck
Neck Color:Natural
Neck Finish:Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Fingerboard Wood:Figured Maple
Fingerboard Finish:Oil/Wax
Silkscreen Color:Black
Headstock Color:Natural
Frets:22 - High profile, wide, Stainless Steel
Fret Markers:Dot inlay
Nut Width:1-1/2″ (38.1 mm)
Pickup:Custom Passive MM Humbucker
Pickup Cover Color:Aged Parchment
Electronic Shielding:Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum control cover
Tuning Machines:Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
Tuning Machine Buttons:Chrome
Bridge:Vintage Music Man top loaded chrome plated, steel bridge plate with vintage nickel plated steel saddles
Knob Color:Aged Parchment

Ernie Ball Music Man Joe Dart Jr. Bass Features:

Body Color:Olympic White
Body Finish:High Gloss Polyester
Neck Wood:Select maple neck
Neck Color:Natural Aged Light Yellow Finish
Neck Finish:Satin
Fingerboard Wood:Maple
Fingerboard Finish:Oil/Wax
Headstock Color:Natural
Frets:22 - High profile, wide
Fret Markers:Dot inlay
Pickup:Single Music Man humbucking pickup- neodymium magnets
Tuning Machines:Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic clover design
Bridge:Vintage Music Man® top loaded chrome plated, steel bridge plate with vintage nickel plated steel saddles

Get Bass Gear News in your inbox.

Stay up to date on the latest bass gear news (every Thursday).

Share your thoughts

  1. Bob Rogers

    So the bass volume must be controlled at the amp? Too bad they took Dart’s minimalist approach to a ridiculous extreme. The standard JD version in a short scale would have been worth my consideration.

  2. Fehr

    at that price tag I pass