A new five-minute video clip in which MEGADETH's David Ellefson goes into detail about the feature set for his 2016 redesigned X series signature David Ellefson Concert CBX IV and CBX V bass guitars can be seen below.
"This might sound very immature, but when a bass looks cool, you want to play it," Ellefson previously said. "It's been like that since I was a kid and when I walk in and I see these basses, I'm, like, 'I wanna play that bass.' That feeling just resonates throughout and I think most musicians are like that."
Ellefson has reigned as a thrash bass godfather, garnering worldwide acclaim as a co-founding member of "Big Four" thrash innovator MEGADETH and widely known for his fleet-fingered, hard-hitting style and versatility. Simply put, nobody shreds a bass like Ellefson, and Jackson is proud to have his name on several new formidable bass models.
David Ellefson USA Signature Concert Bass: The all-new USA Signature Concert Bass is available in both 4-and-5 string models featuring an alder body with black binding, hand-rubbed urethane finish, quartersawn neck-through neck with white binding and scarf joint, 12-16" compound radius rosewood fingerboard, outlined sharkfin inlays, 21 jumbo frets, EMG humbucking neck (35CS) and bridge (35DC) pickups, five black domed control knobs (volume control, three-band EQ, blend), Jackson high mass bridge and Hipshot open-gear locking tuners. Both models are offered in Satin Black or Satin Silver.
David Ellefson Concert Bass CBX IV and V: Redesigned ergonomic contours on the new CBX IV and CBX V provide the perfect platform for launching a musical assault — the upper contour provides a comfortably stable anchor for pick or fingerstyle playing alike while the lower contour provides perfect balance when propped on a knee for monitor stands.
The CBX IV offers a basswood body, 12"-16" compound radius rosewood fingerboard and a Jackson HiMass 4-string bridge to sharpen notes’ attack for extra punch and clarity, granting enhanced sustain without significantly altering the instrument’s fundamental tone. An earth-shaking pair of EMG HZ35 active humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions provide plenty of girth and cut as an active 3-band EQ bolsters their native power, shaping and refining it for maximum impact and versatility. The blend knob allows for mixing the pickups to taste — add more of the neck pickup for a touch of warmth, or bring up the bridge pickup for more cut.
The CBX V also features a basswood body, a Jackson HiMass 5-string bridge and a pair of EMG HZ40 active humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions that provide plenty of girth and cut as an active 3-band EQ bolsters their native power, shaping and refining it for maximum impact and versatility. Similar to the CBX IV, the 5-string model also features a 12"-16" compound radius rosewood fingerboard and a blend knob.
Both models feature all-black hardware — from the bridge to the Jackson die-cast sealed tuning machines, durable gloss finish in either Quicksilver or Black, pearloid sharkfin neck inlays, single-ply white neck binding with an engraved "Fallout/Radiation" logo and Ellefson's signature embossed on the truss rod cover.