MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson recently talked to Guitar Center about his new signature model bass guitar from Jackson, as well as how he came up through the metal ranks and what keeps him going today. Check out the three-minute clip below.
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.
Ellefson previously stated about his affiliation with Jackson, “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.”