Eddie Jackson (musician)

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Eddie Jackson
Eddie Jackson.jpg
Eddie Jackson performing at Glasgow Carling Academy 2008 on his Mike Lull M5V black custom bass
Photo: Shadowgate
Background information
Also known asEdBass, One Take
Born (1961-01-29) January 29, 1961 (age 58)
Robstown, Texas, United States
GenresProgressive metal
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar, drums, vocals
Years active1980–present
Associated actsQueensrÿche

Eddie Jackson (born January 29, 1961),[1] also known as EdBass and One Take, is an American bass guitarist for the progressive metal band Queensrÿche, which he co-founded in 1982.


Jackson was born in Robstown, Texas.[1] He began playing the acoustic guitar at age 14. Two years later, he switched to electric guitar and bass guitar.[2] He also experimented with singing and drums.[2] Jackson met drummer Scott Rockenfield in late 1979[2] at Redmond High School,[3] and joined Rockenfield's band Cross+Fire in 1980.[4] The band's name later was changed to The Mob, and in 1982 to Queensrÿche. Jackson has been with the band since, and is notoriously known for putting pranks on the inside of album covers,[5] especially in the liner notes.[1]

Endorsements and equipment[edit]

Jackson was an endorsee of Kramer basses during the mid-1980s, until Kramer bought out Spector. The NS-2s were his primary bass guitars throughout the late 1980s and into the 1990s, and were among others used on Operation: Livecrime, until his black Spector was stolen in the mid-'90s,[6] after which Jackson retired his white model from touring, and switched to using Spector's Euro 5LX and ReBop bass guitars. Jackson briefly endorsed Fernandes basses from 1994 to 1996, during Queensrÿche's Promised Land tour,[7] before endorsing Bellevue-based master luthier Michael Lull, who had done all of the repair and upkeep work on Queensrÿche's guitars.

Jackson specifically uses the following bass guitars and amplifiers:[8]

Bass guitars[edit]

  • Spector "Kramer-era" (late 1980s) NS-2 in black (stolen in the mid-'90s).[6]
  • Spector "Kramer-era" (late 1980s) NS-2 in white.
  • Spector Euro 5LX 5-string neck-through, with custom gloss white finish, black hardware and active EMG pickups and preamp.[9]
  • Spector ReBop 5 DLX FM (Deluxe Figured Maple) 5-string bolt-on, in Black Cherryburst with active EMG pickups and preamp.
  • Mike Lull M4V "Modern/Vintage" 4-string in sunburst, with custom Seymour Duncan Bassline Jazz Bass-style pickups, Bartolini preamp and Hipshot Bass Xtender.
  • Mike Lull M4V "Modern/Vintage" 4-string in black with active EMG Jazz Bass-style pickups, preamp and Hipshot Bass Xtender.
  • Mike Lull M5V "Modern/Vintage" custom 5-string in black, rear-routed with no pickguard, custom Seymour Duncan Bassline Jazz Bass-style pickups and Bartolini preamp.
  • Mike Lull M5V "Modern/Vintage" 5-string in sunburst with custom Seymour Duncan Bassline Jazz Bass-style pickups and Bartolini preamp.
  • Mid-'90s Tobias 5-string in black
  • Mid-'90s Tobias 5-string with an Operation: Mindcrime graphic on the front, with Bartolini pickups and preamp.[6]
  • Ibanez 4-string acoustic bass in black.

Bass amplifiers[edit]




  1. ^ a b c "Jackson". Anybody Listening. Archived from the original on 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  2. ^ a b c "Declaration of Eddie Jackson" (PDF). court testimony. 2011-06-12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  3. ^ Brett Miller. "Before the Storm: The Early Days of Queensrÿche: The Storm is Coming". QueensrycheHistory.com. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  4. ^ "Declaration of Scott Rockenfield" (PDF). court testimony. 2011-07-10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  5. ^ "Globabass interview with Eddie Jackson". Globalbass.com. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  6. ^ a b c "Prthatrocks.com". Prthatrocks.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  7. ^ "Adspast.com". Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  8. ^ "Eddie Jackson of Queensryche". TalkBass. 2003-10-24. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  9. ^ "live video 5/21/09". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31.