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Megadeth's David Ellefson To Design Jackson Bass Guitars

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Jackson Guitars has issued the following statement about partnering with David Ellefson to design new bass models:

"Jackson guitars proudly announces its newfound partnership with legendary bassist and Megadeth founding member, David Ellefson. As part of the partnership, Ellefson will collaborate with the Jackson Research and Development team to design future Jackson bass models based on the knowledge that only decades worth of sold-out world tours and groundbreaking albums can create.

"Additionally, Jackson is paying tribute to an instrument closely tied to David and Jackson bass guitars – the Jackson USA Custom Shop Rust in Peace Concert Bass. The instrument is based on the Jackson Concert Bass Ellefson used during the recording of Megadeth’s landmark 1990 album, and is a replica of what he used more recently on Megadeth’s 20th anniversary Rust in Peace world tour, Megadeth Rust in Peace LiveDVD/CD and Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax: The Big 4 – Live from Sofia, Bulgaria DVD.

"The USA Custom Shop Rust in Peace Concert Bass features a limited-edition burned-in fallout logo and Rust in Peace themed case. Additional features include an alder body, quartersawn maple neck with a compound radius ebony fretboard, jumbo frets and pearl shark fin inlays, one EMG® 35DC bridge pickup, one EMG® 35CS neck pickup, EMG® BQS electronics, a BADASS™ bridge and Hipshot tuning machines. Fifteen four- and five-string models will be available in Black and Quicksilver for a limited run of 60 total basses.

“When Megadeth set out to replicate the Rust in Peace tour, there was only one clear choice of bass guitar: my original Jackson Concert Bass,” said Ellefson. “The instrument is based on the Jackson I played on the album, and is exactly like the one I’m playing today. This bass truly takes no prisoners!”

Ellefson also delivered the announcement for the Jackson Bloodline Blog in the video clip below.

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