Epiphone Jack Casady Gold - back colour?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pier_, May 28, 2018.

  1. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    Hi everybody,

    I'm in love with the Jack Casady bass by Epiphone since 2009, when I first tried it, but never owned one.
    Time passes, people move, and like a river flow, it never ends, someone used to say, so now that I found my inner peace with the Gibson SG bass (owning two of them), I decided that the time has come to buy a Casady.

    where is the question? in the past years I've tried it many times, and found that the back colour of the Gold model always changes; in some models it's black, in some it's dark wine/red, and for a small amount of time it was transparent/natural with just a bit of stain to darken the woods (like this: Epiphone Jack Casady Bass Guitar + case, Hipshot tuners & bridge, & flatwounds, Epiphone/Jack Casady Bass Metallic Gold 【梅田店】/新品/¥67284/状態:S) just like the original Les Paul Signature.

    which one do you have? and do you think that a period or another is better or worse? if I'm not wrong, the "natural" one was made during the "made in china" short era of the Casady, and the others are all "made in Korea".
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  2. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Dark brown on mine. Never saw a black backed one.
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  3. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    interesting! here in Italy I've never seen a "brown" one with my own eyes, and 99% they are black
  4. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    There is a new Jack Casady, the 20th Anniversary edition released last year. I bought one.

    Weather made in China, or South Korea, it is speculated that both plants are owned by Samik, the largest and highest quality hollow body production bass builder in the east. Samik makes basses for Gretsch, and many other leading brands.
  5. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    Mine has a brown/reddish back. I honestly had to go to my room and flip the bass over to look at it, I guess I've just never taken notice in the 2 years I've owned it, too busy playing it XD
  6. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass.

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Early JCs had a translucent burgundy back, then they switched to black, last year they went to a very accurate (70s LP Signature bass) walnut stain with clear top coat. The new walnut backed ones look great imho.
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  7. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    thanks for the info, it's really interesting. I'm looking for an used one, and I only find models from 2011 to 2013, with black finish.
    I'd really like to find a brown one, but it seems impossible!
  8. StudioGC


    Sep 20, 2015
    I just modified the headstock on my Casady, and used black paint.....the original paint is definitely dark brown ( my bass is gold top, 2008 Korea).
  9. mannysilvers

    mannysilvers Commercial User

    Jun 20, 2009
    Engineer, Electro-Harmonix
    Here's the back of my gold one. Got it new from Sweetwater a few months ago.

    Attached Files:

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  10. StudioGC


    Sep 20, 2015
    Here's the back of mine....looks like a porcupine since I was in the process of getting it ready for hipshot ultra light tuners.
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  11. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    that's how I'd like to find it... but new it's too expensive... must wait for an used one
  12. FranF:
    I didn't know you had one. I've had mine since 2018, gold with the darkish back. Excellent instruments.
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  13. S.F.Sorrow


    Dec 6, 2014
    Have they fixed the pots on these yet? I remember a friend of mine owning one and the pots where just ON or OFF. If I remember correctly they used some weird values on their pots or something? Might as well just had on/off switches for volume and tone, at least on the one my friend owned. It was a very early model, gold finish. I was actually considering one at the time but after trying his I decided against it. It was extremely poorly setup from the factory, I've never seen higher action on a new instrument. It sounded allright but not good enough to convince me at the time. Would love to try one again though.
  14. I have a JC Korean-made bass which I love. It has the dark mahogany back and sides. It also does have a fat, "Gibson-style" neck, which I find harder to play then my j-basses or my Starfire II (which is a dream to play.) I'd like to try one of the new, red ones w/ the black p'ups, just to see how there's any difference. (BTW, if you put TI strings on these, they sound AMAZING!)