Jackson CBXM X-Series Signature David Ellefson Concert IV and V review

David Ellefson's new signature Jackson basses are mega-cool, mega-understated and not just for metal

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Guitar World Verdict

The CBXM Ellefson basses are proof, if needed, that Jackson can do non-metal basses, too. They are remarkably versatile and look to you to impress your style on them, not the other way around.


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    Great tones and lots of 'em.

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    Fine build and finish.

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    Understated design is vintage-modern and very cool.


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As Jackson continue making serious inroads into the bass guitar space, this new range suggests something of a paradox; as the signature model of the longtime Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, one is forgiven for assuming that the CBXM was designed with metallers in mind. 

Conversely, with a robust suite of tone-shaping features, there’s little to suggest this new series wouldn’t appeal to most other styles as well. Gone is the iconic Jackson headstock, replaced by a more traditional design. 

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