John Paul Jones custom 9 string midi bass lap steel

John Paul Jones custom 9 string midi bass lap steel

During Them Crooked Vultures shows John Paul Jones pulls out this awesome Lap Steel Bass Guitar when they play the song “No One Loves Me & Neither Do I“.John Paul Jones Slide Bass Them Crooked VulturesThe instrument is called a Manson Lapaphone.  Its is an 8 string instrument (4 + 4x 1+ octave) with a Kaoss screen as an XY midi controller and there are no internal effects in the guitar.  It has a Fernades Sustainer single coil pickup and 3 octave range on the fretboard.

John Paul Jones Them Crooked Vultures Manson Lap Steel Guitar

John Paul Jones Manson Lap Steel Them Crooked Vultures

This one of a kind bass was custom made by Hugh Manson of Manson Guitars.  Manson is one of the UK’s most well-respected electric guitar makers and has also been John Paul Jones personal technician since the mid 1990s.  When asked specifically about the instrument Manson said,

“Yes I did make this instrument and in fact all that JPJ uses on the Vultures tour.  It is an 8 string Bass lap steel with a midi control screen on it which will control any thing with a “midi in”. This is similar to the guitars I make for Matt Bellamy (Muse).  It also has a sustainer pickup on it and a hipshot bridge tuning system that enables 3 different open tunings by moving levers.”

John Paul Jones Hugh Manson Manson Guitars Lap Steel Bass

Check out John Paul Jones using it live…