Review: Music Man Joe Dart Signature Bass 

We take a look at this funk machine that is endlessly fun to play and tremendously hard to put down

Review: Music Man Joe Dart Signature Bass 

We take a look at this funk machine that is endlessly fun to play and tremendously hard to put down

In 2019, Music Man unveiled the signature series bass custom-made to the specifications of Vulfpeck’s Joe Dart, which quickly caught the attention of the bass world. Releasing them in small batches of 50 at a time ensured that these basses became a rarity on the market, which is why players were excited for the subsequent unveiling of the Joe Dart Jr. short-scale (2021), Joe Dart II with J-style pickups (2022), and Joe Dart III with P-style pickups (2024). For each series, Dart worked with the Music Man team to help design the aesthetic and sonic qualities, which led to some non-traditional choices that are easily spotted upon sight. The first is that in lieu of Music Man’s typical tone and EQ knobs, Dart opted for a single large white knob that simply controls the volume. If you’re thinking that’s a sparse approach, you’ll be surprised to learn that the Joe Dart Jr. short-scale model doesn’t possess any knobs (yup, just an input jack). So, you know that you’re going
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Jon D'Auria   By: Jon D'Auria

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