Manson John Paul Jones Signature E-Bass and Manson Standard E-Bass review

Behold this pair of exquisite basses from the elite Manson stable. Will we show them a whole lotta love?

Manson E-Bass
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Guitar World Verdict

Very capable basses, very highly recommended, these 2020 Manson E-Basses are instruments for serious amateurs and professionals who seek a bass that's great looking but practical, too.


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    They look the part.

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    Tones are exceptional.

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    Very playable basses.


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    No passive options.

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Any bass guitar bearing a famous name gains more than its fair share of attention, especially when there’s a significant price tag attached – and if the name is that of a member of Led Zeppelin, that attention is doubled, not least from us. 

We’ve been keeping track of John Paul Jones’s association with luthier Hugh Manson for many years, so we’re very interested indeed to see how the latest iteration of JPJ’s famous Manson stacks up, with a Standard bass alongside for comparison.

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