Ernie Ball Music Man brings back the Joe Dart Signature Bass

It gets funky.

Ernie Ball Music Man has brought back the Joe Dart signature bass that was first introduced last year in a limited run. Designed in collaboration with the Vulfpeck bassist, the bass offers premium playability with a minimalist setup.

Ernie Ball Joe Dart Signature Bass
Image: Ernie Ball

The Joe Dart signature bass begins with an ash Sterling-shaped body paired to a select figured maple neck. Its 22-fret fingerboard – also of select figured maple is dressed with wide stainless steel frets with dot inlays. The neck joint has been sculpted for easy access to higher frets, and is connected to the body with a five-bolt setup, covered with a custom Artist Series neck plate.

Ernie Ball claims the bass delivers “distinguished funky low-end punch and attack” through the use of a single passive humbucker at the bridge: a Music Man Custom wound Sterling Bass pickup with ceramic magnets, parallel coils and no phantom coils. This is controlled by the bass’ one, unmistakable knob for volume.

Each instrument also comes equipped with Schaller BM tuning machines with tapered string posts for greater tuning ability, a vintage top-loaded steel bridge plate, plated in chrome, and steel saddles coated in nickel.

The Joe Dart signature bass comes in a natural satin finish that’s smooth as velvet, and shows off the beautiful wood grain. Its neck is finished in gunstock oil and hand-rubbed with a special wax blend.

In a video posted on Vulfpeck’s YouTube channel, Dart can be seen really digging into the bass with his signature 16th note grooves:

The Joe Dart Signature Bass retails for $1,999, learn more at music-man.com.

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