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A bass bound for glory.

Deep, articulate tone and classic semi-hollowbody style are the hallmarks of the Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass. The maple body, mahogany center block, set maple neck, and rosewood fretboard conspire to create a sweet-playing bass you won't want to put down. Has a single low-impedance JCB-1 humbucker with VariTone control, as well as traditional volume and tone knobs. Pearloid trapezoid fingerboard inlays, body binding, and Jack's signature across the headstock set it apart.

Jack Casady, electric rock bass player extraordinaire, worked closely with Gibson and Epiphone to create this tasty signature model. It's a long-scale, hollowbody electric bass constructed loosely around his vintage 1972 Gibson Les Paul Signature bass, discovered in a New York instrument shop in the mid '80s. Starting from there, Jack spent a lot of energy working with a pickup designer from Epiphone putting together a new humbucker to reside in his signature model. Together they nailed down a passive pickup and control section that delivered tone so pure and natural it'll give you goose bumps. The pickup is a special low-impedance model (the JCB-1), which produces a bass sound high impedance pickups and active electronics can't match.

The controls -- a volume, tone, and versatile VariTone knob -- produce enough variation for any situation. The bass has a unique and high-quality transformer with a 3-way impedance selector which eliminates the need for active circuitry while giving the low-impedance signal from the pickup a boost. The pickup impedance selector (VariTone) allows for sounds from clear and clean with acoustic vibe to deep, round, and growling rock authority.

The body construction is unique, too. It's not a true semi-hollow or hollow body, but a hybrid that combines the best from both designs. Under the bridge is a mahogany center block that adds sustain and helps to fight feedback. This construction allows the top to vibrate freely, giving the bass guitar a more natural, woody tone.

The Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass is as unique as Jack, with a vibe, tone, and innovative features all its own.

FEATURES
  • Maple body
  • Mahogany block under bridge
  • Set maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Low-impedance JCB-1 humbucker
  • VariTone control
  • Volume and tone knobs
  • Pearloid trapezoid inlays
  • Body binding
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EpiphoneJack Casady Signature Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (7)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (4)
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    • Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Real Thing

This bass is capable of producing a wide spectrum of sound profiles. Sweet open acoustic to thundering, growling electric. It should be used with Jack's recommended strings (Dean Markley Blue Steel) and...Read complete review

This bass is capable of producing a wide spectrum of sound profiles. Sweet open acoustic to thundering, growling electric. It should be used with Jack's recommended strings (Dean Markley Blue Steel) and set up (see his web site). This combination makes for a VERY sensitive instrument, so your results will vary depending on your technique. Everyone loves the unique, warm and pleasing tone that this bass will deliver when properly amped and adjusted. However, if you are looking for the classic Fender sound, go buy one of those. It is different, more musical, but not that. I also own a custom 1973 Fender Precision for that hard solidbody sound. This is a true hollowbody and I highly recommend the Casady Signature Bass for anyone seeking beautiful tone. It is very playable, but the neck is a little thicker than many solidbodies as it has just a little touch of an acoustic feel. But it is undeniably electric. Awesome.
Multi-impedance pickup provides three scenarios ranging from wide acoustic to heavily compressed electric. Neck is somewhat thick but well contoured. Nice tuners and hardware.
Mine is an orginal from the "Fur Peace Ranch" and was made in 2001. I have been its sole owner since 2002. It is very well made. The pots and jack needed some tightening after a while; not unusual in a TRUE hollowbody instrument. I cannot comment on current quality levels, but this one is absolutely beautiful. The sound is stunning. The finish is beautiful: the classic Les Paul gold-top. Very well done. The "feel" is that of an acoustic instrument and it requires the commensurate care of such. You are not going to want to pound on this one like a low-end Squire.
This bass is off the scale for value. Nothing can come close.

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You won't be able to replace the pots.

Play bass in pickup bands

Play bass in pickup bands

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

You won't be able to replace the pots.

By PetCat

from Philadelphia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

    Play bass in pickup bands

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    5.0

    Smart Bass for an entry or intermediate level Hollow body

    By PeteO

    from Atherton, CA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

      Great price performer for someone looking for a hollow body bass. High quality for Korean build.

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      4.0

      A cool hollow body bass which is a price performer

      By PeteO

      from Atherton, CA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands

        Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

        This a very well built (for Asian builds) bass. The hollow body softens the tone. The frequency selector switch adds a cool and unorthodox tone control. When I look around at other hollow body bass options, this one seems to shine as the price performer.

        If you are looking for an entry to intermediate level hollow body bass, I am not sure there is another better choice.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Bass at one tenth of the cost!!!

        By Paul

        from Kailua Kona Hawaii

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fantastic tone
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • only bass you will play
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

          I have been a working bass player for the last 40+ years. Never would I consider buying or playing an Epiphone ,they have never been ,in my estimation ,a top line instrument , untill now.
          The Jack Casady Epiphone Bass is the real deal! The low end is out of this world, clear, responsive and sensitive. The JCB variable impedance pickup gives you a universe of sound choices and NO batteries! The craftmenship is top shelve.
          I was convinced that the only way to get the "sound" was thru high end custom instruments. Well this bass holds it own compared to my other basses,Stanley Clark Alembic, Rick Turner Bass, Modulus 5 string and assorted Gibson Basses.
          This bass is a steal pure and simple. If you are looking for that instrument that will make you smile, this is it!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Sounding Bass

          By Old School Pro

          from Southwest USA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Large Body
          • Large Body 20 Fret

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

          Very positive on this bass, both plugged in and unplugged (I practice in my hotel rooms). Used it on jobs with positive feedback. I havent used it in the recording studio yet, but I am looking forward to what the engineer will say. I think it has a very solids 70's P sound, but we will see. Very responsive, very high gain pick-ups.

          Only drawback is the size (uncomfortable for long sessions) and lack of 24 frets. People that worry how they look when they play bass may not be cool with this item, but I am old and ugly and don't care. The sound is what matters.

          My other basses are a Zon 5 fretless, a Warwick Thumb 5 and an assortment of Jazz and P basses.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great value

          By swedbass

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Even Tone
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Light Weight
          • Low action
          • Quality Build

          Cons

          • Cheap jack
          • Simple Electronics

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Retro Gigs

          Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

          With proper setup (straight neck) this instrument plays very easy. Tone is even throughout the entire register. Bridge does not offer individual saddle height adjustment. Pickup has relatively high output. The jack is basic and mine needed tightening. Craftmanship is excellent. Neck is beefy - whether you like it is a matter of taste.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice.....No, really I mean it....

          By Billy Von Earl

          from your Mom's house

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • When U Want To Play Bass

            Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

            Great soundin and lookin bass, cuts through louder and bigger than my P-bass( rather play this JC bass than my P-bass) good craftsmanship, I did have the nut 'round the jack output to come a loose, but that's just life( those things happen) the neck is thick, but that's not a negative for me( could be for you) all-around a great bass, I wish the corporate heads at Epiphone, would make a JC model in pelham blue, that would be "Really Nice" instead of my one word comment of 'Nice..."

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A very, very nice piece of instrument

            By 5bass

            from Norway

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

            This bass is in my mind a "must have" in your bass collection in any case. Playing old school rock, blues, jazz this bass will most certainly be a frequent partner in your hands.

            But it is obvious, this is an instrument for a serious musician, 80% ready from factory and you just have to take it from there yourself, either personally if you are skilled or consulting a professional instrument maker/serviceshop.

            So you will end up I guess around Euro 700 and in extra the service fee of your serviceshop. But you will then have a bass that you will love perhaps even higher that your beloved wife/girlfriend :).

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            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A bass for all reasons

            By ggbass

            from Vermont

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

            I was looking for a bass for an alt-americana project but this works for hard rock, Latin and worldbeat styles as well!

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            (19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Real Thing

            By Tuna27

            from Connecticut

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            Comments about Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar:

            This bass is capable of producing a wide spectrum of sound profiles. Sweet open acoustic to thundering, growling electric. It should be used with Jack's recommended strings (Dean Markley Blue Steel) and set up (see his web site). This combination makes for a VERY sensitive instrument, so your results will vary depending on your technique. Everyone loves the unique, warm and pleasing tone that this bass will deliver when properly amped and adjusted. However, if you are looking for the classic Fender sound, go buy one of those. It is different, more musical, but not that. I also own a custom 1973 Fender Precision for that hard solidbody sound. This is a true hollowbody and I highly recommend the Casady Signature Bass for anyone seeking beautiful tone. It is very playable, but the neck is a little thicker than many solidbodies as it has just a little touch of an acoustic feel. But it is undeniably electric. Awesome.
            Multi-impedance pickup provides three scenarios ranging from wide acoustic to heavily compressed electric. Neck is somewhat thick but well contoured. Nice tuners and hardware.
            Mine is an orginal from the "Fur Peace Ranch" and was made in 2001. I have been its sole owner since 2002. It is very well made. The pots and jack needed some tightening after a while; not unusual in a TRUE hollowbody instrument. I cannot comment on current quality levels, but this one is absolutely beautiful. The sound is stunning. The finish is beautiful: the classic Les Paul gold-top. Very well done. The "feel" is that of an acoustic instrument and it requires the commensurate care of such. You are not going to want to pound on this one like a low-end Squire.
            This bass is off the scale for value. Nothing can come close.

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