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Epiphone Jack Casady 20th Anniversary bass

Epiphone Jack Casady 20th Anniversary bass  ·  Source: Epiphone/YouTube


The new limited edition Epiphone Jack Casady 20th Anniversary bass is one fine-looking instrument that celebrates a great musician and his long relationship with the company. From Jefferson Aeroplane to Hot Tuna, Jack has been around for a while and knows good tone.


20th Anniversary

The relationship between Jack Casady and Epiphone started back in 1997 when Jack was looking for a bass that was simple but would respond well to his playing style and fulfil roles in the studio and live. It also had to be hard-wearing to withstand life on the road.

The Jack Casady signature model bass has a special limited edition flame maple veneer top and a lovely deep Wine Red finish, the maple body has single-ply white binding which I think looks really classy. A semi-hollow instrument, this bass has a classic f-hole and looks very pretty indeed. It has a mahogany 1960’s round profile, set neck and is fitted with a rosewood fingerboard with pearloid ‘trapezoid’ inlays.

A single low-impedence JCB-1 humbucking pickup provides all your tones and is controlled with a simple master Volume and master Tone control, but it also has a  three-position VariGain Switch: 50, 250, 500 ohms, which gives it three additional preset tones, too.

Epiphone Jack Casady 20th Anniversary bass

Epiphone Jack Casady 20th Anniversary bass with certificate and gig bag

Jefferson Airplane

After all his years in Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Jack knows a thing or two about how to get a great bass tone and so we assume that all those years of work helped shape this instrument. I really love that one pickup design and easy to use control layout. The added bonus of the VariGain switch should give you a few useful core tones to switch between, from wher you can dial in the volume and tone to taste.

All in all, this seems a very well thought out bass on paper and one which I feel makes a lot of sense and should make for a fun playing experience as well. The Epiphone Jack Casady 20th Anniversary bass comes includes a 20th Anniversary gig bag and a certificate of authenticity.


Epiphone Jack Casady 20th Anniversary Bass product page



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