Phil Jones Bass

A Message from Phil:

For more than 55 years, my passion for the electric bass has only grown stronger. It all started at the age of 13, during the era of Jimi Hendrix and Motown, when I was first inspired by the legendary Motown bass player, James Jamerson. Despite facing challenges as a schoolboy without the support of my family or the means to purchase my own equipment, I never let that stop me. I taught myself about bass construction, amplifier electronics, and even wound my own pickups, all fueled by my unwavering determination.

In the early 70s, I enrolled at The Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, Wales, where I was living, to study classical upright bass. Despite the college’s conservative views on music, I remained steadfast in pursuing my passion and played in various rock, R&B, and jazz groups while also doing studio work for the BBC TV company to pay for my tuition. Frustrated with the limitations of available equipment, I started modifying my own instruments and amplifiers in my pursuit of the perfect sound.

In the 1990s, I moved to the US and worked for Boston Acoustics before founding Platinum Audio and designing the world’s most expensive home loudspeaker system, the Air-Pulse. In 1998, I founded American Acoustic Development, the parent company of PJB bass amps and AIRPULSE guitar amps, which now has a team of over 150 employees and a 200,000 sq. ft. facility dedicated to creating exceptional loudspeakers and amplifiers.

My journey has come full circle and my passion for bass playing and sound engineering is reflected in every product we create at PJB. Our team shares my unwavering commitment to quality, value, and service, and we are dedicated to empowering bassists to achieve their ultimate tone. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

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