Jackson have announced new quilt maple top options for the JS Series Spectra bass JS3Q and five-string Spectra Bass JS3QV. The instruments come with a poplar body with a quilt maple top, a graphite-reinforced bolt-on maple neck with scarf joint design, dual passive Jackson medium-output humbucking pickups and a HiMass bridge. Tone can be modulated with a two-way toggle switch for pickup coil-splitting, three-band EQ, blend and volume control (with push/pull selector to bypass or engage the active circuit for the EQ).
The company have also launched new X Series Signature David Ellefson Concert Bass CBXM IV and V models. The Megadeth bassist says: “When we started designing these, my first thought was ‘let’s do something more traditional’. The Jackson basses have such great playability, tone and features. I wanted something that would appeal to the general masses.”
The new CBXM has a poplar body, a graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn maple neck: the 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard flattens out as you move up the neck for increased playing comfort and speedy articulation. A heel-mount truss rod thumbwheel also allows for quick neck adjustments. Active EMG J bridge and EMG P neck pickups provide mid-range and increased output, with an active three-band EQ.
See Ellefson discuss the new bass here.