Manson Guitars John Paul Jones Signature bass announced

(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-07-20)

Manson Guitars John Paul Jones Signature bass announced

If youíre a fan of Led Zeppelin or Them Crooked Vultures youíll know that John Paul Jones has been using a collection of custom Manson instruments for many years. Now his number one four-string bass has been made available as a low production unit made in Europe with careful quality inspection and final set-up at the Manson Guitars workshop in the UK.

Whether looking forward as the bassist in Them Crooked Vultures laying down a groove with Dave Grohl and Joshua Homme, or to the past as the iconic legend, riff-master and songwriter in Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones has a bass pedigree second to none. John has been performing with a vast collection of Manson Guitars creations for the past three decades both in the studio and for live work, including the historic Led Zeppelin reunion and also conquering the world all over again with Them Crooked Vultures. Now, after many years of refining, researching and testing, the legendary performer has placed his name to the main four-string Manson bass guitar that has been regularly seen in action across Johnís projects for the past 16 years.

The Manson John Paul Jones E-Bass model is a replica of the bass that Hugh Manson made in the early 90s and has become Johnís first call four-string ever since. Featuring a maple through-neck construction, figured maple top, Aged Cherry Sunburst high gloss lacquer, ebony fingerboard, EMG pickups and active circuit, Hipshot D-Tuner, Schaller machineheads and Badass bridge, the specs reflect exactly the current upgraded hardware of the bass John is currently using on tour with Them Crooked Vultures.

Priced at a competitive £2099 (including high quality gig bag), the bass is currently available exclusively from Manson's Guitar Shop.

Specification is identical to Johnís actual bass made by Hugh Manson with all upgrades carried out to date, thus reflecting the 2010 version JPJ has toured with Them Crooked Vultures (see below). Bass number one is now complete and currently on tour with John Paul Jones.

Each instrument is shipped in a deluxe Manson gig bag and sports JPJís signature on the headstock. Our first four prototype production instruments will feature a hand signed headstock and number by Hugh Manson, plus twin EMG TW pickups before we revert to a production serial number system and P4 and TW pickup combination.

Manson JPJ E-Bass Specs
- Mahogany Body
- Through-Neck Construction
- Hard Maple 3-Piece Neck
- 24 Fret Two Octave Ebony Fingerboard
- 34-inch Scale
- Dot Fingerboard Inlays
- High Gloss Aged Cherry Burst Lacquer
- Two-Piece Bookmatched Quilted Maple Top
- Matching Quilted Maple Headstock Veneer
- EMG 35 TW Dual Coil Bridge Pickup
- EMG 35 P4 Neck Pickup
- Badass Bass II Bridge
- Schaller Machine Heads
- Hipshot D-Tuner
- Active EMG Circuit
- Volume, Pan, Bass/Treble
- All Black Hardware
- Manson Deluxe Logo Gig Bag

From information on The Manson's Guitars website:

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