Jackson Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/2517/all en Photo Gallery: Jackson Guitars Introduces New Models for 2014 http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-jackson-guitars-introduces-new-models-2014 <!--paging_filter--><p>Jackson Guitars has announced a wide assortment of new models for 2014, all of which are loaded with new features and "designed for speed and killer looks." </p> <p>Check out our Jackson Guitars photo gallery below; each individual slide contains information about each model. Remember you can click on each photo to take a closer look!</p> <p>For more about Jackson Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.jacksonguitars.com/">jacksonguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2014">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2014: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-jackson-guitars-introduces-new-models-2014#comments FMIC Specialty Brands Jackson Guitars NAMM 2014 Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:47:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20560 Seventh Heaven: Guitar World's Guide to Seven- and Eight-String Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/seventh-heaven-guitar-world-buyers-guide-seven-and-eight-string-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Ready to ascend into seven- and even eight-string nirvana? </p> <p>Start here with <em>Guitar World</em>’s guide to all that’s glorious in the downtuned world of seven- and eight-string guitars.</p> <p>Note: Where applicable, we've included our complete reviews of certain guitars, including Paul Riario's videos.</p> <p><strong>Carvin DC800</strong></p> <p>Designed from the ground up with the eight-string guitarist in mind, the DC800 features an extended scale 27-inch ebony fingerboard with 20-inch radius, new active A80 pickups, and a comfortable and deep arm cut and belly cut.</p> <p>Standard features include an alder body, a maple neck, an eight-string fixed bridge and chrome hardware, with plenty of Custom Shop options available to have a DC800 built to your specifications.</p> <p>DIRECT PRICE: $999 | <a href="http://www.carvinguitars.com/">carvinguitars.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/DC800.jpeg" width="620" height="241" alt="DC800.jpeg" /></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2600430312001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2600430312001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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It’s available in Satin Gray, Walnut Stain, Au Natural and Satin Black finishes.</p> <p>STREET PRICE: $2,799.99 | <a href="http://www.jacksonguitars.com/">jacksonguitars.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Jackson%20USA%20Select%20B8DX.jpeg" width="620" height="185" alt="Jackson USA Select B8DX.jpeg" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Jackson%20USA%20Select%20B7DX.jpeg" width="620" height="185" alt="Jackson USA Select B7DX.jpeg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Music Man JP13 John Petrucci</strong></p> <p>The most advanced John Petrucci signature model to date, the JP13 introduces players to a newly designed preamp—with 20dB of gain boost accessible via a push/push volume pot—that pairs perfectly with DiMarzio Illuminator humbuckers for gargantuan tone. </p> <p>The body is basswood with a maple top and mahogany tone block, and the 24-fret rosewood fretboard features stainless-steel frets and custom JP inlays. The JP13 is available in Platinum Silver finish.</p> <p>LIST PRICE: $3,700 | <a href="http://www.music-man.com/">music-man.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/670-PS-22-00.jpg" width="620" height="251" alt="670-PS-22-00.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Sterling by Music Man JP70 John Petrucci</strong></p> <p>If the Music Man JP13 John Petrucci signature seven-string is outside your price range, consider the Sterling by Music Man JP70. </p> <p>This affordable alternative features matched, special-design ceramic-magnet high-output pickups, a Sterling by Music Man recessed modern tremolo and a 25 1/2–inch scale length. </p> <p>It’s available in Trans Green Burst and Trans Purple Burst finishes.</p> <p>MAP: $629.99 | <a href="http://www.sterlingbymusicman.com/">sterlingbymusicman.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/JP70-TGB%20TRANS%20GREEN%20BURST.jpg" width="620" height="201" alt="JP70-TGB TRANS GREEN BURST.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Peavey Devin Townsend Signature PXD Vicious</strong></p> <p>A collaboration between Peavey and Strapping Young Lad frontman Devin Townsend, the PXD Vicious seven-string has a 28-inch baritone scale, a maple neck-through-body design and a pair of EMG pickups—an 81-7 humbucker (bridge) and a SA-7 single-coil (neck)—for a truly guttural, low-end roar. </p> <p>Embellishments include phosphorescent side markers, a special Devin Townsend logo at the 12th fret and a pearl inlay in the volume control. The Vicious comes with a specially designed Coffin Case. </p> <p>LIST PRICE: $1,399.99 | <a href="http://peavey.com/">peavey.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Devin_Townsend_-_Front_0.jpg" width="620" height="246" alt="Devin_Townsend_-_Front_0.jpg" /></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1336382569001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1336382569001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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The C-8 FR has most of the same specs as its seven-string brother, the key differences being its 28-inch scale, carbon-fiber rods in the neck and EMG 808 active pickups.</p> <p>LIST PRICES: C-7 FR-S, $1,649; C-8 FR, $1,449 | <a href="http://schecterguitars.com/Default.aspx">schecterguitars.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/HELLRAISER%20C-7%20FR%20S%20CRED%20TILT%20HIGHRES.jpg" width="620" height="265" alt="HELLRAISER C-7 FR S CRED TILT HIGHRES.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/HELLRAISER%20C-8%20FR%20BLK%20TILT%20HIGHRES.jpg" width="620" height="265" alt="HELLRAISER C-8 FR BLK TILT HIGHRES.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Ibanez Iron Label S</strong></p> <p>Designed with the metalhead in mind, Ibanez’s Iron Label S Series—available in six-, seven- and eight-string configurations—is built on the chassis of the company’s famed RG and S Series bodies but with various tweaks and mods that any headbanger would welcome. </p> <p>The highly durable Nitro Wizard neck is an update to the company’s legendary super-thin Wizard neck, and the white-hot EMG or DiMarzio active pickups are ideal for generating incendiary metal tones. </p> <p>No glitz and glamour here, just a beast of an ax intended for all things metal.</p> <p>LIST PRICE: $933.32 | <a href="http://www.ibanez.com/default.aspx">ibanez.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/IronLabel_SIR27FDIPT_Beauty.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="IronLabel_SIR27FDIPT_Beauty.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Ibanez J. Custom Eight-String Guitars</strong></p> <p>Ibanez is proud to call the J. Custom JCR813BGA and JCR813BOP “the finest Japanese-made guitars in history,” and rightfully so. </p> <p>These eight-string works of art feature the finest woods and the best neck and fret treatments, as well as perfect pickup combos and tremolo systems. Specs include J. Custom Maple/Wenge Wizard-8 necks, a pair of EMG 808 pickups and fixed Edge III-8 bridges. </p> <p>And that Tree of Life inlay positively explodes on the large eight-string fretboard.</p> <p>LIST PRICE: $5,733.32 | <a href="http://www.ibanez.com/default.aspx">ibanez.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/JCRG20138BGA.jpg" width="620" height="180" alt="JCRG20138BGA.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/JCRG20138BOP.jpg" width="620" height="181" alt="JCRG20138BOP.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Cort EVL-K57B</strong></p> <p>This seven-string 27-inch-scale baritone guitar from Cort is ideal for those in need of expanded low-end range. Looks-wise, it’s a full-on black beauty, and the construction and electronics don’t get much better in a sub-$700 guitar. </p> <p>The guitar features a mahogany body, a Canadian hard maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard with a 12-inch-radius and an EVL custom inlay. Pickups include two EMG-HZ7 passive humbuckers.</p> <p>STREET PRICE: $695 | <a href="http://www.cortguitars.com/en/">cortguitars.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/EVL-K57B%28BK%29.jpg" width="620" height="269" alt="EVL-K57B(BK).jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Mayones Regius 7</strong></p> <p>Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor speaks often about his love for Mayones guitars—and it’s easy to see why when you take a look at this Regius 7 in Antique Black Oil finish. </p> <p>An impressive list of woods—including an ash top, korina back and 11-ply maple-mahogany-amazakoe-wenge neck—make up the Regius 7’s construction, and a set of Bare Knuckle Aftermath pickups provide the thunder. </p> <p>LIST PRICE $4,115 | <a href="http://www.mayones.com/">mayones.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/wood%20grain.png" width="620" height="244" alt="wood grain.png" /></p> <p><strong>Mayones Regius 8 MM QM</strong></p> <p>From Mayones’ Djentlemen Series comes the Regius 8 MM QM, a baritone guitar perfectly suited to producing that detuned Meshuggah-style chug. </p> <p>The body has a quilted maple top and a basswood back, with neck-through-body construction and a marker-less ebony fingerboard. Like its Regius 7 counterpart, it comes standard with a pair of Bare Knuckle Aftermath pickups. </p> <p>LIST PRICE: $4,567 | <a href="http://www.mayones.com/">mayones.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Mayones_Regius_8_MM_QM_Djentlemen_Series_0.jpg" width="620" height="220" alt="Mayones_Regius_8_MM_QM_Djentlemen_Series_0.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>ESP LTD SCT-607B</strong></p> <p>Part of the Stephen Carpenter Signature Series, the SCT-607B from ESP boasts a 27-inch baritone scale, 24 XJ frets, LTD locking tuners and EMG 81-7 active pickups. </p> <p>It has an alder body, a maple neck and an ebony fingerboard.</p> <p>LIST PRICE: $999 | <a href="http://espguitars.com/">espguitars.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/SCT-607B_BLK.jpg" width="620" height="206" alt="SCT-607B_BLK.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>ESP H-338 BLKS</strong></p> <p>This eight-string option from ESP is based on the company’s H-style body shape and has a mahogany body, a maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard with 24 XJ frets and a 25 1/2–inch scale. </p> <p>It features ESP ALH-208 active pickups and a bolt-on neck.</p> <p>LIST PRICE: $499 | <a href="http://espguitars.com/">espguitars.com</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/H-338_BLKS.jpeg" width="620" height="208" alt="H-338_BLKS.jpeg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/seventh-heaven-guitar-world-buyers-guide-seven-and-eight-string-guitars#comments Carvin Dean Guitars Epiphone ESP GW Archive Ibanez Jackson Guitars John Petrucci Music Man September 2013 Sterling by Music Man Electric Guitars News Features Gear Magazine Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:22:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19603 Jackson Introduces New Seven- and Eight-String USA Select Model Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/jackson-introduces-new-seven-and-eight-string-usa-select-model-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Jackson has announced eight new seven- and eight-string USA Select models.</p> <p>The USA Select B7, USA Select B7 Deluxe, USA Select B8 and USA Select B8 Deluxe feature a beveled alder body, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck (neck-through on deluxe models) with graphite reinforcement and oil finish, compound-radius ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and side-dot position markers, 27” scale length, dual direct-mount DiMarzio D Activator 7 pickups (D Activator 8 pickups on eight-string models), Jackson direct-mount HT-7 hard-tail string-through bridge (HT-8 on eight-string models), Jackson-branded Gotoh tuners and Dunlop locking strap pins. </p> <p>Deluxe models include black fingerboard and headstock binding. All models available in Satin Grey, Walnut Stain, Au Natural and Satin Black.</p> <p>The USA Select B7MG, USA Select B7MG Deluxe, USA Select B8MG and USA Select B8MG Deluxe feature a beveled alder body, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck (neck-through on deluxe models) with graphite reinforcement and oil finish, compound-radius ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and side-dot position markers, 27” scale length, dual direct-mount EMG 707 neck (808 on eight-string models) and 81-7 bridge pickups (808 on eight-string models), Jackson direct-mount HT-7 hard-tail string-through bridge (HT-8 on eight-string models), Jackson-branded Gotoh tuners and Dunlop locking strap pins. </p> <p>Deluxe models include black fingerboard and headstock binding. All models available in Satin Grey, Walnut Stain, Au Natural and Satin Black.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jackson-introduces-new-seven-and-eight-string-usa-select-model-guitars#comments Jackson Jackson Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:24:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17971 Jackson Unveils 20 Guitars and Basses, Including Chris Broderick, Dave Ellefson, Corey Beaulieu Signature Models http://www.guitarworld.com/jackson-unveils-20-guitars-and-basses-including-chris-broderick-dave-ellefson-corey-beaulieu-signature-models <!--paging_filter--><p>Jackson has unveiled a collection of 20 new models charged with new features designed for speed and killer looks. The 2013 lineup includes artist signature, Pro Series, Dinky and JS Series models. </p> <p>Each product along with its most distinctive features is listed below:</p> <p><strong>ARTIST SIGNATURE MODELS</strong></p> <p><strong>Chris Broderick Pro Series Soloist 6 and 7</strong></p> <p>When Chris Broderick joined a revitalized Megadeth in 2008, fans were awestruck by his chops. Jackson now honors this metal stalwart with the <strong>Chris Broderick Pro Series Soloist</strong>, in six-string and seven-string models.</p> <p>Both models boast an arch-top mahogany body and through-body maple neck, 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, 25.5” scale length, stylish fingerboard and headstock binding, direct-mount DiMarzio Chris Broderick signature pickups, Floyd Rose® Special tremolo (Special seven-string tremolo on seven-string model), Jackson die-cast tuners and Dunlop® locking strap buttons. Available in Satin Black and Snow White.</p> <p><strong>Corey Beaulieu USA Signature KV6 and KV7</strong></p> <p>Trivium’s Corey Beaulieu is a true virtuoso and needs a guitar to keep up with his blindingly fast hands. That’s why Jackson is excited to honor him and Trivium fans alike with the <strong>Corey Beaulieu USA Signature KV</strong>, in six-string and seven-string models.</p> <p>Both models feature an alder body (AAA flame top on trans finish model), bound through-body quartersawn maple neck, compound-radius, ebony fingerboard with old-school sharkfin inlays, covered Seymour Duncan® Blackout pickups with three-way toggle switching, single volume control, original Floyd Rose tremolo (seven-string tremolo on seven-string model), and Jackson tuners. Available in Gloss Black, Transparent Black and Transparent Red. Includes case.</p> <p><strong>Dave Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird Bass</strong></p> <p>Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson is expanding his arsenal of signature bass models with the addition of the new David Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird Bass. The four-string bass features a basswood body with Ellefson’s signature red pinstripe finish, bolt-on bound maple neck with 21 jumbo frets and block inlays, EMG® pickups, two volume controls and three-band active EQ, Jackson high-mass four-string HM-4 bridge, and Jackson die-cast tuners. Available in Red Burst with Black Center-Stripe.</p> <p><strong>PRO SERIES</strong></p> <p>Jackson’s 2013 Pro Series welcomes a collection of new models equipped for full-on assault. The models along with their most distinctive features are listed below:</p> <p><strong>Pro DKA Dinky 7 and 8</strong></p> <p>The limited edition Pro DKA Dinky, available in seven-string and eight-string models, features an arch-top alder body, bolt-on maple neck (flat-sawn) with graphite reinforcement, 16”-radius maple fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and offset position markers (12th-fret shark fin inlay on eight-string model), stylish fingerboard and headstock binding, 26.5” scale length, dual direct-mount DiMarzio D Activator 7™ pickups (8™in eight-string model) with five-way switching, single volume and tone controls, momentary kill switch (for stutter effects), recessed Jackson HT-7 seven-string hard-tail string-through bridge (HT-8 in eight-string model), Planet Waves® locking tuners and Dunlop locking strap pins. Pro DKA7 available in Satin White; Pro DKA8 available in Metallic Black.</p> <p><strong>Pro DK2HT, Pro DK2MHT, Pro DK2QHT and Pro DK2MQHT</strong></p> <p>The DK2HT Pro Series features an alder body, bound bolt-on neck (flat sawn) with graphite reinforcement, compound-radius rosewood fingerboard (maple in Pro DK2MHT and Pro DK2MQHT) with 24 jumbo frets, direct-mount Seymour Duncan JB (bridge) and ’59 (neck) humbucking pickups with five-way switching, single volume tone controls, stylish headstock binding, direct-mount Jackson HT-6 hard-tail string-through bridge, locking Jackson tuners and Dunlop locking strap pins. The DK2QHT and DK2MQHT Pro Series offer the same specifications, with the additional feature of a striking 1/8 4A quilt maple cap. The DK2HT is available in Metallic Black; DK2MHT in Metallic Purple and Blue Glow; the DK2QHT in Natural and Transparent Red; and the DK2MQHT in Chlorine Burst and Transparent Red.</p> <p><strong>USA SELECT</strong></p> <p>USA Select B7MG, USA Select B7MG Deluxe, USA Select B8MG, and USA Select B8MG Deluxe</p> <p>The seven-string B7MG features a beveled alder body, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with graphite reinforcement and oil finish, compound-radius ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and side-dot position markers, 27” scale length, direct-mount EMG® 707 (neck) and 81-7 (bridge) pickups, Jackson direct-mount HT-7 hard-tail string-through bridge, Jackson-branded Gotoh® tuners and Dunlop locking strap pins. The USA Select B7MG Deluxe offers the same specifications as the B7MG, but with a 1-piece neck-thru-body quartersawn maple neck with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint. Both models available in Walnut Stain, Au Natural, Satin Black, and Satin Grey. Models include case.</p> <p>The eight-string USA Select B8MG features a beveled alder body, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with graphite reinforcement, compound-radius ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and side-dot position markers, 27” scale length, direct-mount EMG® 808 pickups, Jackson direct-mount HT-8 hard-tail string-through bridge, Jackson-branded Gotoh tuners and Dunlop locking strap pins. The USA Select B8MG Deluxe offers the same specifications as the B8MG, but with a 1-piece neck-thru-body quartersawn maple neck with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint. Both models available in Walnut Stain, Au Natural, Satin Black, and Satin Grey. Models include case.</p> <p><strong>JS SERIES</strong></p> <p>JS22-7 DKA Dinky, JS32-7Q Dinky, JS32-8Q Dinky, JS3QM Concert Bass, and JS3VQM Concert Bass</p> <p>The JS22-7 DKA Dinky JS Series seven-string features an arch-top basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, 16”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and “piranha” inlays, 26.5” scale length, dual high-output Jackson humbucking pickups, single volume and tone controls, direct-mount hard-tail bridge, and die-cast tuners. Available in Satin Black.</p> <p>The JS32-7Q Dinky JS Series seven-string, also available with eight strings as the JS32-8Q Dinky, features an arch-top basswood body with a dazzling quilt maple top, bolt-on maple neck, 16”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and piranha inlays, 26.5” scale length, stylish fingerboard and headstock binding, dual high-output Jackson seven-string humbucking pickups (eight-string on JS32-8Q Dinky), single volume and tone controls, direct-mount Jackson HT-7 (HT-8 on JS32-8Q Dinky) hard-tail bridge, and die-cast tuners. JS32-7Q Dinky available in Natural; JS32-8Q Dinky available in Transparent Red.</p> <p>The four-string JS3QM Concert Bass and JS3VQM Concert Bass feature a basswood body with a quilt maple top, super-stable bolt-on maple neck with 24-fret compound-radius rosewood fingerboard, stylish fingerboard and headstock binding, 34” scale length (35” on the JS3VQM), dual high-output Jackson pickups, two volume controls and three-band active EQ (mid/low/high), high-mass four-string Jackson bridge (five-string on the JS3VQM), and die-cast mini tuners. JS3QM available in Transparent Red and Transparent Blue; JS3VQM available in Transparent Amber and Transparent Black.</p> <p>For more information and to find a dealer near you, visit <a href="http://www.jacksonguitars.com/">jacksonguitars.com.</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/megadeth">Megadeth</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/chris-broderick">Chris Broderick</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/trivium">Trivium</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jackson-unveils-20-guitars-and-basses-including-chris-broderick-dave-ellefson-corey-beaulieu-signature-models#comments Chris Broderick Corey Beaulieu Jackson Guitars Megadeth NAMM 2013 Trivium Bass Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:31:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17764 Interview: David Ellefson of Megadeth Discusses His New Signature X Series Basses by Jackson http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-david-ellefson-megadeth-discusses-his-new-signature-x-series-basses-jackson <!--paging_filter--><p>To say David Ellefson has Jackson is his blood is no exaggeration. </p> <p>Ellefson, who was born in the small town of Jackson, Minnesota, was drawn to the bass immediately. Over the course of his musical career, he has inspired many budding musicians to take up the bass. </p> <p>Now Ellefson and Jackson Guitars have teamed up to release X Series basses. The basses, which are available in four- and five-string models, give players a chance to play Jackson quality at a price tag most anyone can afford.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Can you talk about your new Jackson X Series basses, the <a href="http://www.jacksonguitars.com/products/search.php?partno=2916645521">David Ellefson CB-XV</a> and the <a href="http://www.jacksonguitars.com/products/search.php?partno=2916640503">David Ellefson CB-X</a>?</strong></p> <p>I struck up a new partnership with Jackson. One as a guy who plays them, and two, to get involved with the design aspect. Jackson is one of those companies that has made fantastic instruments, but they're primarily a guitar company that also has basses. </p> <p>One of the artist-relations people who worked for them at the time said, “You are the face of the bass. When you think of a Jackson bass, David Ellefson of Megadeth is the guy." I was honored to take that role with them. </p> <p>The first ones we did were around the <em>Rust in Peace</em> tour. There was the black and the quicksilver. Those initially were offered out of the custom shop. They were quite expensive, several thousand dollars, but they are hand made by the original luthier who built my Jacksons back in the day, Mike Shannon. He came over when Fender acquired the company. </p> <p>We just rolled out the import series that drops the price point down to around $500 MSRP. These are much more affordable. They still have the EMG pickups and the electronics are laid out the same. It's just an import version. The necks are actually skinnier, which make them more like the basses I played back in the day. </p> <p><strong>Are they all rosewood?</strong></p> <p>They are rosewood, but I have some maple. We have a new design, the Kelly-bird, which we are going to be bringing to market. There will be a signature series for me that will be a neck-through, and we’ll do a less expensive bolt-on. That’s just a sling-it-down-by-your-knees, rock and roll kind of bass.</p> <p><strong>As far as the body, what do you like in the wood? What makes a good body?</strong></p> <p>It depends. If you're doing a bolt-on, most of the necks are maple with whatever finger board you want. The bodies are then typically alder. Fender really set the tone for that. Some basses have maple bodies, but to me that is too hard. It delivers a real punch. But for how I play, I want something a little softer. I generally tend to like ash, alder or even swamp ash. </p> <p>When you go with a neck-through, it is one piece of maple from the neck all the way through the body. Then they glue the wings on.</p> <p><strong>Do you play with a pick with Megadeth or do you mix it up?</strong></p> <p>In Megadeth I almost exclusively use a pick. There are a couple of moments in the middle of "Trust" in the breakdown where I will switch to fingers. There are a couple of things I recorded with fingers for tone sensitivity. I prefer the pick because there is a better attack. It sits better with the drums and cuts through the guitars better. </p> <p><strong>Did you play guitar before you played bass?</strong></p> <p>Nope, I picked up bass first. I remember being really pissed off because I kept asking my mom and dad for a bass. One morning, I woke up and there was a nylon-string guitar my neighbors had given us. I was like, “What the hell is that thing?” Of course, the action was super high and impossible to play. I was begging my parents to get me a bass. </p> <p><strong>I know for many guitarists it's hard to put the pick down when they pick up the bass.</strong></p> <p>I took up guitar afterwards. I like guitar and I especially like heavy metal and hard rock guitar. That’s what I play. Those are the styles I know. On bass, I know all different types of playing. I’m a pretty good rhythm guitar player and even a backing melody player. </p> <p><em>Fans in Europe and Asia can catch Ellefson on tour this summer with Megadeth. You can find all the details at <a href="http://www.davidellefson.com/home.aspx">davidellefson.com</a> and <a href="http://www.megadeth.com/home.php">megadeth.com</a>. More information on X Series Jackson basses can be found at <a href="http://www.jacksonguitars.com/products/index.php?section=basses&amp;series=X+Series">jacksonguitars.com/products.</a></em></p> <p><strong>[[ <em>Guitar World</em> made history in Milan, Italy, on July 6, 2011, by getting Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Slayer's Kerry King and Anthrax's Scott Ian to pose for group photos - the first to ever feature all the guitarists of thrash metal's momentous Big 4 tour. The Big Four Poster Book presents eight of those incredible photographs on 16-by-22-inch posters suitable for wall hanging. Shot by legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin, these images celebrate five of metal's greatest guitarists and the thrash metal tour of the century. <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/guitar-world-presents-the-big-four-poster-special/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DaveEllefsonInterview">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a> ]]</strong></p> <p><em>David Ellefson photos: John Katic</em></p> <p><em>Bass photos: Jackson Guitars</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/megadeth">Megadeth</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-david-ellefson-megadeth-discusses-his-new-signature-x-series-basses-jackson#comments David Ellefson Jackson Jackson Guitars John Katic Megadeth Interviews Features Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:00:03 +0000 John Katic http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16034