Jerry Scheff was the first-call bassist for Elvis Presley during a large part of his ongoing and illustrious career as one of the most popular session players. Following a move to L.A. in 1964, Jerry's career took off with recording and live gigs as a sideman for artists including: The Monkees, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, The Doors, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts, Larry Carlton, Tom Scott, T-Bone Burnett, Richard Thompson, Sam Phillips, Neil Diamond, and the other Elvis ... Elvis Costello. Jerry's first recording gig? Bass guitar on The Associations, Along Came Mary.

Having been a long-time devotee of the classic sound of "lipstick" style pickups coupled with an outboard preamp, Jerry approached us to build a bass that would incorporate these elements with our 34" and 35" neck lengths into a single unit that would meet all his live and recording needs. From a long process of trial and error between our shop and Jerry, the Jerry Scheff Signature Bass was born.

The Scheff retains the signature Lakland body shape and neck dimensions of our 4 series basses. New to this model is a set of low-output Kent Armstrong Split-Tube pickups cased in "lipstick" covers that provide a vintage look and sound. The pickups are coupled with an onboard preamp to provide a warm and defined mid-tone reminiscent of some of Jerry's most popular lines. The pickups are also placed farther from one another within the body - set nearer to the bridge and neck respectively, opening up an extremely broad tonal range. Hear it!>

The bottom line on Jerry Scheff: Jerry has played with both Elvises - Presley and Costello - Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson and The Doors.

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The Jerry Scheff Signature Series Bass At A Glance

Nut Width
1.6"
Nut Type
Bone
Fret Size
.041/.085"
Width at Final Fret
2.46"
1st Fret Neck Depth
.77"
12th Fret Neck Depth
.87"
Fingerboard Radius
10"
Scale Length
34"
Frets
22
Bridge String Spacing
.78"
Neck Wood
Quarter-Sawn Rock Maple with Graphite Reinforcement Bars
Body wood(s)
Alder or Swamp Ash
Top
Maple (Quilt or Flame) Deluxe only
Fingerboard
Birdseye Maple with Ebony Dots
East Indian Rosewood with Birdseye Maple Dots
Fretted, Lined or Unlined Fretless with Ebony side dots only
Tuners
Hipshot Ultra Light Tapered Shaft
Truss Rod Access
Neck Heel: 5/32" Hex
Pickguard
White
Controls
Cut and Boost: Bass, Midrange, Treble, Panning-style Pickup Blend Control, Master Volume (pull for preamp bypass)
Bridge
Lakland Dual Access
Preamp
Lakland LH3
Pickups
Kent Armstrong "Lipstick" Style Single Coil (standard)
Left Handed
Available
Finishes
Classic:

burgundy mist

candy apple red

coral pink

fiesta red

inca silver

lake placid blue

olympic white

seafoam green

sherwood green

shoreline gold

sonic blue

teal green

 

Standard and Deluxe:

amber

blonde

blue

burgundy

natural

white

cherry sunburst

teal sunburst

sunburst

tobacco sunburst

 

 

 

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