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When you want to play it loud, heavy and powerful, there's no better instrument to take you there than a Jackson bass. Ever since 1980, Jackson has been a powerhouse on the rock scene. That's the year Randy Rhoads personally approached Grover Jackson and asked him to build an entirely new take on the legendary Flying V guitar. Naturally, Jackson obliged, and that began a tradition that soon saw him branch out into basses. Creating the now-famous JS and Artist Signature series bass guitars, Jackson came onto the market in a big way. If it's a unique look you're after, then you should absolutely consider the JS3V Concert 5-String or the JS3 Kelly Bird IV Electric Bass. Both of these instantly-recognizable basses come loaded with Jackson's own High Output humbuckers and High Mass bridges to give you total freedom for playing as hard and fast as you like. Those hardware goodies are backed up by basswood bodies that deliver consistently powerful tone. Amazingly playable and friendly to any budget, the JS series instruments are definitely some of the front-runners of the Jackson catalog.
With Jackson's long history and strong artist connections, there are also lots of options for you if you'd like to follow in the footsteps of the famous bassists who use Jackson instruments in their own concerts. For example, the Dave Ellefson Signature CBXV 5-String X Series Electric Bass Guitar is designed to closely replicate the axe that Dave plays with Megadeth. If you're a Lamb of God fan, check out the John Campbell Bass. Considering the off-the-charts tone these instruments put out, it's no surprise that bass thrashers like Dave and John pick up a Jackson bass when they take the stage.
There's no denying that Jackson has had a big impact on the rock and metal scene since starting on a high note: by request from Randy Rhoads himself. When you want a look, feel and sound that's head and shoulders above the rest, you can't go wrong with a Jackson bass.
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