Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones introduces bespoke instruments at Musikmesse 2018

The Rolling Stones’ touring bassist Darryl Jones personally presented his signature guitar and basses at this year’s Musikmesse show.

The bespoke instruments “built for the discerning professional musician and serious connoisseur” use cutting-edge methods and time-honoured practices.

Combining “elegant form with quality workmanship for beautiful sound”, each Jones Musical Instrument is designed by Darryl Jones himself.

All Jones Musical Instruments basses and guitars are crafted in the US by John Carruthers, a legend who has built custom instruments for countless artists around the world.

He worked on the Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Robben Ford lines for Fender, as well as the Joe Pass model for Ibanez.

In 1993, Jones was chosen to replace long-time band member Bill Wyman as bassist for the Rolling Stones. Since then, he has toured the world, performed on studio and live albums, and appeared in documentary and concert films with the Stones.

He founded Jones Musical Instruments to produce high-quality basses and guitars, combining artisan craftsmanship and modern technologies.

Jones has developed four different models that harken back to the classic vintage guitars of the 1950s and 1960s, and each can be customised to suit individual players’ sonic and aesthetic desires.

The models include:

– Jones Chatham Bass
(P-Type) – 1 pickup, 4 or 5 strings

– Jones Gresham Bass
(J-Type) – 2 pickups, 4 or 5 strings

– Jones Telham Guitar
(T-Type) – 2 pickups, 6 strings

– Jones Stratham Guitar
(S-Type) – 3 pickups, 6 strings


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