Epiphone Jack Casady Bass review

From the Tunas – sorry, tuners – to the bridge, Casady’s semi-hollow bass design endures into the 2020s

Epiphone Jack Casady Bass
(Image: © Epiphone)

Guitar World Verdict

This is a fun bass but not trivial; it’s too well-designed – and costly – not to take seriously. If you’re interested in a traditional feel, beefed up with a concession towards modern bass tones, your time investigating this instrument will be well spent.


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    Tone-shaping is unusual but excellent.

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    Surprisingly versatile.

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    Cool style and nice finishes.


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    Semi-hollow body and feel are not for everyone.

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Launched in 1997 and designed personally by sometime Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna bassist Jack Casady, this semi-hollow-bodied bass guitar has enjoyed more or less consistent acclaim since then for its tones, feel, and build. 

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.