NAMM 2024: Ernie Ball Music Man just introduced the final instalment in the Joe Dart Artist Series… and it sold out in seconds

Ernie Ball Music Man Joe Dart III
(Image credit: Ernie Ball Music Man)

NAMM 2024: Can it really be five years ago that Ernie Ball Music Man first launched the Joe Dart Signature bass guitar? Well, it is, and while updated iterations arrived in the shape of the Joe Dart II, Dart’s take for 2024 is a 30-inch model that’s designed to capture the tone of Dart's short-scale P-Bass.

Dart observed, “We always sought to build a trilogy of basses that represent the Vulfpeck recorded catalog. The Joe Dart I and Joe Dart II were in the StingRay and Jazz Bass styles of the vintage disco records I love, but whenever Jack Stratton would ask me for a raw, unmuted P-Bass sound, we would always reach for a Fender P-Bass Junior.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.