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This Ltd. Ed. Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar comes in a beautiful Chicago Blue Pearl color finish along with distinctive Royale-style Silver Sp...Click To Read More About This Product

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A bass bound for glory in a special finish.

This Ltd. Ed. Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar comes in a beautiful Chicago Blue Pearl color finish along with distinctive Royale-style Silver Sparkle binding. It features a superb Epiphone pickup and electronics along with the rock solid hardware you've come to expect from Epiphone.

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. It 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
Limted edition finish
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
Jack Casady headstock signature
Case sold separately

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good feel (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great playing, drop dead gorgeous Bass

I have an older Jack Casady gold top that was my number one bass for a long time so I knew what I was getting into. Over time the input jack and pick-up impedance...Read complete review

I have an older Jack Casady gold top that was my number one bass for a long time so I knew what I was getting into. Over time the input jack and pick-up impedance selector on my old Gold top bass got loose and unreliable so I put it into retirement. It is repairable but fishing the repaired parts through the tiny F-hole was beyond my abilities. Maybe someday I'll get it professionally repaired. In the mean time this new limited edition blue finish convinced me to get back on the Jack. The bass is notoriously neck heavy so get a wide strap with plenty of friction area to keep it from neck diving on you. As with any bass, get and install strap locks. For those not familiar with the low impedance pick-up it may take you some time to find the sweet spots tonally, but it's worth it! The Jack has one of the most articulate and versatile pallet of tones of any bass I've ever played. The one case that the bass will fit in is very large and longer than necessary with a large area of wasted space above the head stock area. A padded gig bag would be a great accessory to add. The finish is superb, the metallic blue with silver binding is a great looking combination and the bass really pops under the lights. The set up was spot on and intonation was quite good with only a small adjustment to the D string required.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not happy with bass, BUT am VERY happy wth Musician's Friend

The bass is neck heavy, which I should expect from a semi hollow. But the action was way too high and it arrived with a severe twist in the neck (one side bowed,...Read complete review

The bass is neck heavy, which I should expect from a semi hollow. But the action was way too high and it arrived with a severe twist in the neck (one side bowed, the other nearly straight) undoubtedly the main issue with the action on the instrument. It was a difficult bass to fret even without the warped neck issue.
And I've been playing for many years on some real clunkers.

HOWEVER, the people at Musician's Friend were very helpful before the purchase, and more importantly, AFTER I'd requested a return. The excellent service given to me by Musician's Friend outweighed the shoddy product that I'd purchased. I will purchase from them again.

To sum up....
Jack Casady Royale Blue Signature Bass....... ONE Star ...Try something else.
Musician's Friend ............................................. FIVE stars.
Out of adversity, they've gained a customer.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not happy with bass, BUT am VERY happy wth Musician's Friend

By YellowDog

from Connecticut

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar:

      The bass is neck heavy, which I should expect from a semi hollow. But the action was way too high and it arrived with a severe twist in the neck (one side bowed, the other nearly straight) undoubtedly the main issue with the action on the instrument. It was a difficult bass to fret even without the warped neck issue.
      And I've been playing for many years on some real clunkers.

      HOWEVER, the people at Musician's Friend were very helpful before the purchase, and more importantly, AFTER I'd requested a return. The excellent service given to me by Musician's Friend outweighed the shoddy product that I'd purchased. I will purchase from them again.

      To sum up....
      Jack Casady Royale Blue Signature Bass....... ONE Star ...Try something else.
      Musician's Friend ............................................. FIVE stars.
      Out of adversity, they've gained a customer.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great playing, drop dead gorgeous Bass

      By K.P.

      from Germantown, WI

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Neck heavy

      Best Uses

      • Praise / Church Music
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar:

      I have an older Jack Casady gold top that was my number one bass for a long time so I knew what I was getting into. Over time the input jack and pick-up impedance selector on my old Gold top bass got loose and unreliable so I put it into retirement. It is repairable but fishing the repaired parts through the tiny F-hole was beyond my abilities. Maybe someday I'll get it professionally repaired. In the mean time this new limited edition blue finish convinced me to get back on the Jack. The bass is notoriously neck heavy so get a wide strap with plenty of friction area to keep it from neck diving on you. As with any bass, get and install strap locks. For those not familiar with the low impedance pick-up it may take you some time to find the sweet spots tonally, but it's worth it! The Jack has one of the most articulate and versatile pallet of tones of any bass I've ever played. The one case that the bass will fit in is very large and longer than necessary with a large area of wasted space above the head stock area. A padded gig bag would be a great accessory to add. The finish is superb, the metallic blue with silver binding is a great looking combination and the bass really pops under the lights. The set up was spot on and intonation was quite good with only a small adjustment to the D string required.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Bass

      By Bassblast

      from falls church , Va

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar:

        I have used this bass (gold top) in small clubs, large theaters and church worship. The bass is extremely well put together , great finish excellent fret work and a wonderful fast neck. in appearance this bass is a work of art. (I know it is a remake of the 70's les paul). The pick up has an amazing definition that allows the noted to ring true with out muddiness. Over all it is a spectacular bass.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Can't Decide If I Love It Or Not

        By Bucky Spangler

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Long Scale Neck

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • Neck Feel

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar:

          Have been jonesing for a long scale hollow body bass for years. Tried a shortscale, loved it for what it was, but realized it's gotta be long scale for me. Other than some expensive boutique brands this Epi is the only way to go for a long scale hollow body bass.

          PROS: Surprisingly lightweight. Gorgeous to look at. Tone-o-matic switch gives you 3 distinctly different sound palettes to play with. Loud. Full length neck. Big sound.

          CONS: It's not a Fender neck.

          I'm still trying to decide if I am going to keep it or not. If it had a Fender neck there would be no issue at all. Once a P-Bass player always a P-Bass maybe. I dunno. But ya can't fault an Epi for not being a Fender, so if you are open to it, give the Jack Casady a try.

           
          3.0

          better than expected

          By Pastor Larry

          from Decatur IL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar:

            my wife got this for me. I didn't think I would like it, I'm a solid body guy. I didn't know if I would like the pick-up. To my surprise I really like this bass. The pick-up switch gets 3 good and different tones. The body is a little big to reach around, but not a deal breaker. The jack and pick-up switch have come loose, you would expect that from a hollow body, no problem to tighten. I took off pick guard - never liked them on a bass. I use flats and get a good up-right tone on #1 and a harder tone on #3. I have the gold finish and have received many comments about how good it looks. It fits in my gig bags, but it's a tight fit. One of the tuning
            keys broke off, tried many times to get some help from Gibson/Epiphone got no response, had to buy a set on line to replace it.

             
            5.0

            Awesome in a box

            By Mr. Natural

            from Phoenix AZ

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Pick Up
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar:

              May be the best bass I ever owned and I've had many over the years

               
              5.0

              Great service

              By Michael

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar:

              I like this bass a lot, even if it's a pretty specific type of sound. Not the most versatile but it feels much more solid than you'd think and has a decent unplugged sound level. It's also gorgeous, FWIW.

               
              5.0

              GREAT BASS GUITAR

              By BARRY WILLIAMS

              from HOLLAND

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar:

                  GREAT BASS GUITAR

                   
                  5.0

                  Best purchase ever or to this point

                  By Lin

                  from Grand Island Ne

                  About Me Novice

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar:

                    I bought this Bass as an open box item. Don't regret it one bit. The strings on it sucked ( to lite ) easy fix put on heavier strings problem solved. Sounds and plays great . Out of the 5 Basses I own cant leave it alone . No regerts at all,cant wait to purchase my next Bass from these guys

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful bass!

                    By RW

                    from Willow Spring, NC

                    About Me Experienced

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar:

                      This bass is stunning! The royal blue color with pearl binding is beautiful. The action is perfect and the tone with the impedance selector goes from smooth to growling. Can't go wrong with this one.

                       
                      5.0

                      Best deal and Musician's Friend was a dream to work with!

                      By Littlecanvases the artist

                      from Shawnee Kansas

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • BEAUTIFUL blue!
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass Guitar:

                        This is the best thing I have done all year! I was VERY concerned about buying sight unseen and online - but Musician's Friend was available to talk over the phone and by on-line chat to help me make this decision. I LOVE this base and I will definitely buy from them from now on - easy, trustworthy, came right to my dor and was everything they said it was!

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