Jackson Partners with Megadeth’s Ellefson For New Signature Bass

By Jeff Owens

January 5, 2011

Ellefson with his signature basses.

Jackson is supremely thrilled to announce its new partnership with Megadeth co-founder and monster bassist David Ellefson.

In addition to the introduction of a new limited-edition Ellefson signature model in January 2011, the pairing will see the fleet-fingered and always-eloquent bassist collaborating with Jackson’s R&D department on new Jackson bass models. To this, Ellefson brings unrivaled game based on decades of sold-out world tours and groundbreaking metal albums.

His new signature bass is a monster, too. The U.S.A. Custom Shop David Ellefson Signature Model Jackson Concert™ Bass is based on the Jackson Concert Bass with which Ellefson recorded Megadeth’s landmark 1990 metal magnum opus, Rust in Peace. Further, it’s a spot-on replica of the instrument he played during Megadeth’s triumphant Rust in Peace 20th Anniversary Tour in 2010 (as seen in the Megadeth Rust in Peace Live DVD/CD and The Big 4 Live from Sofia, Bulgaria DVD).

The bass features an alder body, quartersawn maple neck with compound-radius ebony fingerboard and jumbo frets, pearl shark fin inlays, EMG® 35CS neck pickup and EMG® 35DC bridge pickup, EMG® BQS electronics, Badass™ bridge, Hipshot tuners, limited-edition burned-in fallout logo and Rust in Peace-themed case. Sixty of the basses will be made, comprising four- and five-string models in both black and quicksilver finishes.

Ellefson himself is just as delighted as Jackson is, telling Jackson News, “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. 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.”

Hear more from about the basses from Ellefson himself in this exclusive Jackson News Alert video: