The Vulfpeck bassist’s new four-string is is resplendent in a Natural Velvet finish, all the better to show off all the grain on its premium solid ash body.
There’s a retro look to the bass, which is backed up by Dart’s pickup choices. Fully passive, he has a pair of ‘60s style Alnico V split-coils, each with their own 250K volume pot. With no onboard EQ – not even a tone pot – you’ll just have to dial in those tones on your bass amp or with your fingers.
But that is how Dart likes his instruments. The Joe Dart II, he says, is “the ultimate live axe”.
“The design aim was for high speed, smooth playability on the neck, and a deep, rich Music Man tone from the pickups, all on an old-school passive bass,” said Dart. “I think we nailed it, and I think I’ll be playing it on stage for years to come.”
Expect all the usual EBMM premium touches. It has a flame maple neck with a five-bolt sculpted joint, maple fingerboard, a 34" scale, Schaller tuners with tapered string posts, the graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminium control cover to cut down on unwanted noise, and a neck that’s finished with gunstock oil and hand-rubbed with a special wax blend. Luxury.
The first 100 instruments ship with a numbered neck plate and a signed COA by Dart himself, and a premium G&G case. And these are available exclusively through the Ernie Ball Music Man Vault, priced $2,600.