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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DWLANG, Apr 27, 2019.
Nice!. Seems that is the only color so elusive.
A true hollow body would be like an acoustic guitar. These are not. The beams running from neck to tail on the front and back are much more substantial than mere stiffening ribs on an acoustic guitar.
The block at the bridge also bonds the front beam to the rear beam, IOW, it does more than just provide an anchor point for the bridge.
It is a semi-hollow. No other way to look at it.
Not fully solid.
It is a curious mix, and more complicated than most semis - the top is mostly free, and built like an archtop, an argument for "more hollow", but is anchored by the bridge block. That bridge block sits on a solid multi-ply hard "spine" that runs along the back of the bass from the bridge block to the neck, making an extremely rigid connection between the top (at the bridge only) and the neck - an argument for "more solid". IMHO, it's this unusual combination of solid and hollow body characteristics that make this design really "sing". And that's not just from my JCs, either, I now have a '73 Gibson Les Paul Signature bass, just like the one Jack discovered sitting used and unloved in a NYC shop. It has the exact same physical design, but the JCs have upgraded (and much improved) electronics to Jack's spec. But whoever designed this bass originally at Gibson was on to something, but nobody paid much attention until Jack's discovery.
The types of wood guitar designs with an example are:
Hollow- Acoustic guitars
Semi-Hollow- Epiphone Jack Casady
Chambered- Rickenbacker 330
Solid- Precision Bass
As the conversation references though, not a trad. Semi-Hollow, (eg. ES-335,) but more hollow.
And yet still solid as a rock... ...kinda got that duality thing going, like an electron.
Comparing a solid beam tip to tail to two separate front & rear beams, sure, it's hollow-er. (or less semi-hollow?)
The ES335 was trying to favor or lean towards the timbre of a solid body, where-as the Jack Casady was not.
But with modern engineered wood and construction tecniques, perhaps the JC is quite similar to the ES335 in body resistance to resonances and feedback. The JC has mechanical coupling to the front and rear beams via the bridge block and that may be all that's needed.
@DWLANG I was actually looking for the blue Warwick Rockbass Starbass when I stumbled upon pics of the JC and was gob smacked. I googled it and Musicians Friend had them. January 2017.
I’d love to get my hands on a pelham Midtown signature.
Hi JCB clubbers. Just for fun, what (in your opinion) is the best color strap for a gold top JCB...?
I'm thinking vintage-style narrow tan...
Got one! I’d like the Standard in PB
And yet I keep coming back to my JCB and Midtown...
Hey DWLANG, those are some great pictures of your gorgeous new bass. I just got one and am just getting to know her. I literally just got her back from the shop today!
I am happy that I put flats on my JC, the more I play her, the better I like them. I put EB Cobalt flats on, and these are the first flats I have ever used. Very happy so far.
Today’s noise maker.
After a brief affair with the ES-335, I'm back to my Alpine White JCB as my #1...to me it just sounds and feels better. The Midtown Signature is a close #2
Saw this coming as soon as you dropped the JC from number one . Tone wise no Gibson comes close to the JC Epi's . Even the one Epi copied for the JC models . Gibsons sound good . But the JC's just kill .
You ever want to sell that blue JCB, hit me up...
Jack Casady bass annoyances: 1. pickup adjustment screws always come loose. 2. Neck constantly needs adjustment. Do you fine folks here have these same problems? Also, not happy with the Rotos I strung it with. Any string recommendations?
Haven't adjusted the neck in five years, the pickup has been good to go that long too. I put Sadowsky Black label flats on them, which aren't made any more. Phat low round tone. Love my JC