NBD - Epiphone Jack Casady

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jpmcbride, Oct 9, 2022.

  1. jpmcbride


    Aug 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I've had the Jack Casady for a while, but was not playing it because of the ergonomics. I found it uncomfortable due to neck dive, forward tilt due to the location of the strap button on the heel, and the large body. I've read just about everything posted on TB about the JC bass, and these things don't bother some people. But they were an issue for me.

    But the sound was amazing. The location of the PuP gives it a sound like a p-bass, but with something else. I find it very responsive to the tone knob. And the impedance switch allows you to increase or decrease the gain to get a more aggressive sound. Its probably the best sounding bass I've ever played.

    Because it sounds so good, I decided to work on the playability issues to see if I could sort them out.

    I changed the tuners to Hipshot Ultra-lights, and the bridge to a Hipshot Supertone. I also use a 3 inch wide strap. It balances great now, with not even a hint of wanting to dive.

    I could probably get used to the slight tipping forward due to the strap button on the neck heel. But I decided to fix it by adding a strap button on the upper horn. The horn is hollow, so a reinforcing block is needed to hold the screw for the strap button. This required cutting and shaping a small block of wood to the curve of the horn, and able to fit through the f-hole. With some string and glue, I managed to get the wood block in place. With the strap attached at the upper horn, the bass hangs great and no longer tips forward at all.

    After all this, I was still having some trouble getting used to the large body size. I watched some videos of the man himself - Jack Casady - and saw that he slings it low, and angles the neck upward. I tried it and it really works. Its now quite comfortable to play.

    Another small detail is the dark fret marker dots on the neck are hard to see. I got a pack of bright fret marked dot stickers from Amazon and stuck them on. They're easy to see, look like they're original, and are staying in place so far.

    The neck is very chunky on this bass. Its wide like my p-bass, but a lot thicker. I was surprised when I first picked it up. But it feels very comfortable in the hand, and is becoming one of my favorite things about this instrument.

    All these mods are pretty easy and don't require any special skills or tools. Even adding the block for the new strap button was not hard. There are lots of on-line descriptions of how to do it.

    Now I have a bass that looks great, is comfortable to play, and sounds amazing.






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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Ah-yup, you've got to wear it like Jack does, low slung on the right hip, high in the left hand:

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  3. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Just bought one new for $599...same color.
    Hipshot bridge on the way.
    I use 1.5 centimeter glow dots as side markers.
    I've put them on several basses and they definitely last.
  4. jpmcbride


    Aug 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yep, badass for sure. He always has that super-serious look, almost looks like he's mad about something. But when you see him in interviews he's not like that at all.
  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    That's focus and concentration and general badassery, not anger. :D
  6. jpmcbride


    Aug 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    A skinny kid in bell bottoms and paisley, playing a bass nearly as big as him. And he still managed to look like a badass!
  7. 58kites

    58kites Save a life....adopt a Pitbull Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Austin Texas
    I wonder how a solid body bass with the pickup and tone circuit from a Jack Casady bass would sound?
    I took an ergonomically good old peavey Fury bass and threw in a good T-Bird pickup (in the correct location) and now I have a T-Bird sounds without the difficult T-Bird ergonomics.
  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Someone on here took a JC pickup and rig and stuck it in an Epi solid body successfully, sounded pretty good.
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  9. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    Awesome bass! I've always wanted to try one of these out. I like the upgrades as well! Very well thought out.
  10. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    And makes you wonder why the factory couldn't do this...... at least the top horn strap button.
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    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Beautiful bass man! Congrats and rock it in good health! :bassist:
  12. definenredefine

    definenredefine Nobody likes a drummer... Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2022
    North Carolina
    I'm intrigued by the impedance switch...
  13. mattyrudes

    mattyrudes Supporting Member

    May 11, 2010
    Sea Cliff, NY
    I've always wanted one of these, but I am so tiny that I think it would look ridiculous on me. I wish they made a smaller version.
  14. I love my JC. I’m over six feet, so the big body doesn’t bother me. Oddly, they only bass I ever played that the body felt wrong was a Steinberger headless.
  15. Have you played one of their Allen Woody bases?
  16. mattyrudes

    mattyrudes Supporting Member

    May 11, 2010
    Sea Cliff, NY
    Yeah. I have one of those. I upgraded the bridge and tuners, but it doesn't sound the same. Maybe its that its chambered and not semi-hollow, or maybe I need to swap the pickups?
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  17. Welcome to the team!
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  18. I think you meant 1.5mm? Where do you get them?
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  19. I don't own one. Too big for my liking. The sound intrigues me greatly. I applaud the OP for figuring out how to fit a block in the upper horn via an f hole to secure a strap button. For others considering this - is there any way to get a larger access way by pulling the PUP? Maybe it's screwed down to a centre block, I don't know.
  20. Nice! Glad you modified it to fit you!
    I have a black one, and have ideas for reshaping the neck if I ever find a damaged one for cheap enough.