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Jack Casady Bass Review

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Michael Jewels, Jan 17, 2001.

  1. I just recently bought an Epiphone Jack Casady Bass.
    Here's a review for anyone that's interested.

    First off, I know Epiphone is Gibson's budget line, but
    the workmanship on this bass is very good, if not excellent.
    Because it's a semi-hollow body, the bridge doesn't touch the body, but, is elevated about an inch above it by three
    large screws. It looks like an off shore oil rig. Looks wild. The neck is wide, but, not as wide as a Musicman
    bass' neck. It's also pretty flat, like a Gibson neck.
    I prefer necks that are more narrow, but, this one didn't
    take long to get used to. It's also got some of the best
    fretwork I've seen on any bass. If you run your fingers
    along the edge of the fingerboard, it's absolutely smooth!

    It's got one humbucker wired to a typical Gibson varitone
    switch. The switch is marked 50-150-250, and the sound gets louder and harder as the numbers go up. As for the sound, it sounds very much like a good Pre-CBS Precision bass,
    but, not muddy the way P-basses can sound; more focused.
    It also has an acoustic type sound(it is a thin hollow body) and it also has just a hint of a Rickenbaker's treble tone. Combine the three sounds and that's what it sounds like.

    I also own two other basses right now: Fretless Jazz and a 21 year old Ibanez Musician, but I'm rapidly falling in love
    with this axe. It would probably sound best for Blues, Country, Oldies, Motown(definitely!)or any acoustic jams.
    We all like to walk down "Solidbody Avenue", but I urge
    whoever's reading this to check one out. You have to hear one first hand to believe it. One more thing: There are rumors all over that it's going to be discontinued shortly,
    probably from slow sales. I went to the Gibson site and asked them. They said that there's no official word YET!
    You know what that means. I'm really considering buying
    a second one. They're that good. This thing is Gibson
    quality through and through!

    Anyone else own one? Whatcha think of it?

    A great Bass!

    Mike J.
    Mastermold likes this.
  2. i have a Epi Rivili II and my review would be pretty close to yours, i has a very rich warm tone. i love it
  3. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Consarnit, gruff-man! :p

    Hey Mike! Welcome to TalkBass :D
    I got one a while back. Can't remember exactly but it was when a tornado
    hit Fort Worth (I live just north of Dallas, TX). I had to go to the FedEx
    terminal to get it and there was a nasty rainstorm.

    Like you, I like mine a whole lot. I love that "snarl" on 250.
    What kinda' strings you got on her? I tried GHS Precision Flats but switched to
    Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Flats (JF344). Yikes :eek: ! That beauty neck and the TI feel?
    Not to mention the sound of those TI's :D .

    I got a real good deal at M/F. For some reason, they were goin' for around $550.
    I hit "order now" quicker than anything. Of course about a week later, there was
    a sweet lookin' black one at Bass Northwest. Somebody mentioned that now they
    only come in that gold metalflake finish. No more Sunburst, Black, or the elusive
    "Natural" :eek: ?

    Enjoy Dude!
  4. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Yup...agree wholeheartedly! Wonderful bass! I have been considering making this my 2nd bass! Haven't got the courage up to buy another bass with so many bills floating around, but her price tag sure entices me!
    selowitch likes this.
  5. Alright! I knew there would be other Epiphone/Casady
    guys out there.

    To gruffpuppy, I was also considering the Rivoil II.
    I've always liked Gibson or Gibson type basses. Your
    bass must sound dynamite with that big humbucker by
    the neck, and the other one by the bridge. It seems
    that too many people just think of solid bodies, and,
    nothing else. Hey, it's their loss. Another bass I'm
    considering(but not for a while) is an Ovation(I forget
    the model right now) I just can't get enough of acoustic/
    electrics. Play that Rivoli man! Enjoy!

    To notduane, I agree with you on that 250 setting. Just
    the other night I turned the midrange on my amp all the
    way down... My God, what a sound! Almost like an upright.
    The strings that came on the bass were pretty horrible:
    light gauge roundwounds with too much twang. They also
    left my fingers black after the first couple of hours
    of playing; this never happened to me before with any
    strings. I replaced them with a set of Rotosound Jazz
    bass flatwounds. I think flats bring out this bass'
    character much better than rounds. Mellow, but, with
    punch. I'm dying to try a set of Thomastiks, but, haven't
    seen them in any store yet, and I live in N.Y.C. I really
    think they're gonna discontinue this bass; if you go to
    Musiciansfriend.com now, all they have are black ones, and
    it says: Discontinued next to the Gold and Sunburst ones.
    Mine is sunburst. I just mailed in my warranty card and
    I wrote at the bottom: DO NOT DISCONTINUE THIS MODEL.
    Do you think they'll listen to me? NO! Next year watch:
    People will be paying $1,500.00 for used ones and think
    they got a good deal. What's that old saying? You don't
    know what you've got 'till it's gone. Enjoy that Jack!
    Good talking to another "Flatwound guy".

    To Ram, You don't know how I want to buy another one, but,
    like you said, good ol' money ruins everything! I'd like to get a second one, then make it fretless. Can you imagine
    the sound? Enjoy!

    Good talkin' to fellow Jack owners.
    Talk to you all soon.

    Mike J.

  6. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Dude! Try here ~ http:www.juststrings.com .

    With "express" ordering ($$$), you can have a set in a day or 2.

    [Edited by notduane on 01-18-2001 at 12:55 PM]
  7. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Buying over the internet makes me a bit nervous, but I did find this, in case anyone's interested...


    I hope whoever picks this up fully realizes what he/she's stumbled upon!

    These basses are so cheap for what you get!!!
  8. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i'm really interested in a semihollow body bass. unluckly here in italy it's impossible to see one of these in the shops, so if i want to buy one i'll be obliged to order it without seeing and trying in person. this is such a mess! i know that the rivoli and the casady are different is scale lenght, puckups and finishes. but can someone help me trying to make me know something more about the sound, the quality of materials andthe feeeling of these two basses? i'm speking about a something like a test match. i'm really confused, the casady seems to be better in finishes, materials and electronics, but i'm not into signature type instruments and i like the rivoli II too...
  9. I'm a bit confused about the neck materials used- in the ads for the Jack Casady it says "maple neck" but in the BP review they said "mahogany". I read somewhere that the original Gibson Les Paul Signature on which the JC bass is based had a maple neck.

    and on the korean Epiphone Rivoli reissue, is the neck maple or mahogany? a salesman said it was mahogany, but in a review in Bassist it said maple. (the original Rivoli had a mahogany neck).:confused:
    I'd prefer maple for the brighter tone and better stability.
  10. The bass player from the Cramps, one of my favorite bands, now plays a Jack Cassidy.

    Yeah, Epiphone makes some good basses. I play a Les Paul special and I like it a lot. But some of their stuff is crap.

    Kenan Sugar O'Brien
    The Sound of the Police
  11. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I womder which Epiphone models are considered crap?

    There are Epiphone models that I don't care for the look or the sound of, but IME they are all pretty well made, even the early 1990's poor sounding Rock Bass and Accubass. Those 2 would be decent cheap basses with better electronics.
  12. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    When I was lookin' at current semi-acoustic LONG-scales that wouldn't
    require a 2nd mortgage (sorry Lakland :( ), I found the Gretsch G6072.
    It wasn't as widely available as the Epi J/C, hence my choice.
    My good buddy "fate" :rolleyes:...In addition to the black one that turned-up at BNW,
    shortly after I got the J/C I found this one at Guitar Villa...


    gruff-man, Michael J...grab your Gas-X [​IMG]:p

  13. nice.
    here's another long-scale semi acoustic, built by UK's Chris Eccleshall for Joy Division/New Order's Peter Hook;
    the pickup configuration on this one's a bit ugly (Yamaha P pickup plus EMG). it also looks like it's got a Kahler tremolo unit on it too.
    now if only Epiphone could do something like this with a maple neck, two soapbar pickups and a schaller 3D bridge.....:D

    [Edited by The Mock Turtle Regulator on 01-20-2001 at 07:38 PM]
  14. Embellisher,
    Epiphone's P-Bass copies are pretty bad as far as I'm concerned. But their other stuff makes up for it. Like I said, my main bass is an Epiphone Les Paul Special.

    Kenan Sugar O'Brien
    The Sound of the Police
  15. To embarraso: I know it must be a drag not to be able
    to play a bass before you buy it, but, that's exactly
    what I did with my Jack Casady. I bought it for three
    main reasons:1) I've owned an Epiphone before, so I wasn't
    worried about the quality.
    2) The Casady bass has gotten excellent reviews wherever
    I looked, and I spoke to a few owners online before I bought
    it. All gave it an excellent review.
    3) In December I saw it at Musiciansfriend.com for $449.00
    No case or gig bag, but I'll get that later. At that price,
    I knew they were poing to go fast, and they did. Now all
    you can get are black ones at $719.00.(still worth it!)

    All I can add is: Take a chance, I did.

    To Mock Turtle: I know guitars/woods very well, although
    I'm not an expert, but, I'd say that my Casady's neck is
    mahogany. It's not as dense feeling as maple. Also, the
    warm sound indicates that it's not maple. I'd believe the
    bass player review. Also, a misprint in the Epiphone ad
    says "22 fret rosewood fingerboard"; It is rosewood, but
    mine is 20 frets. Another owner I spoke with said the
    same thing. As I said, this bass feels like a Gibson
    through and through. Again, I think this bass is gonna
    disappear soon, so, if any of you lads are thinking of
    getting one, the sun hasn't set yet.

    Be cool all,
    Mike J.
  16. To barroso, Sorry for calling you embarroso, I didn't have
    your post in front of me when I responded.

    Mike J.
  17. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    oh, no problem michael!! and thanks a lot for your precious help!
  18. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Michael J!
    $449? I thought mine was a steal at $549 (you dawg :p ).

    If you do a search on "Casady" from the M/F main page, they've got a "case" for ~ $80.
    I ass-u-me it's hardshell, otherwise they'd call it "bag" or somethin'.
  19. VictorLeMonteWooten


    Dec 6, 2000
    ijust got an american fender precision for $500 plus $62 for tax and shipping. They retail for $1150 with a hardshell case and some assecories. I've played many american mades before so i had to get one. If any of you are interested http://www.musiciansfriend.com is having a huge sale. For you, guitar players, you can get a gibson les paul special for 1/2 price. I'm looking for a new amp and cab. I'm looking for a 200Watt tube and a bag end with 1 18', 1 10', and a tweeter.
  20. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Yikes VLMW! :eek: I hope ya' got a kidney donor lined-up :p That's a serious set-up! :D .

    I got somethin' similar and it's evil, EEE-VIL I tells ya' :rolleyes:;)...
    Mesa Buster 200w tube head => SWR 2x10T => SWR Big Ben 1x18.
    The Ben's got that super-quick Bag End 18" :D. I don't set it past 5 where
    it's at. I don't wanna' blow out the TV tube and the effect it has
    on my dogs ain't pleasant :p .

    Check this out...

    [​IMG] ...200 watt, all-tube, point-to-point, 4 6550s's,
    "Michailoff" (?!?), $429.00 (used) @ Bass Palace

    There's a used Peavey 1820 (2x10" + 1x18") at BNW for $249.
    They weigh a ton and the sound ain't all that hot.

    This may be a little closer to what you're lookin' for...
    Bag End AF1A-C, 1x18" + 1x12" + 1" Bi-radial Tweeter,


    If there's an earthquake in Seattle, don't say I didn't warn ye' :p

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