jazz bass

Bold, minimalist style meets multitudinous tones.

Solid build. Great onboard active EQ. Ultra-comfortable neck. Rock star looks.

A passive tone control would be nice. Limited paint options

$949

Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ IV
charvel.com

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Intermediate

Beginner

  • Learn genre-defining elements of Britpop guitar.
  • Use the various elements to create your own Britpop songs.
  • Discover how “borrowing” from the best can enrich your own playing.
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