Who Is Phil Jones? A Look Behind the Scenes

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Phil Jones Bass

If you are a bass player then you probably have heard of Phil Jones Bass. A company that is backed by over 40 years of passion and experience. Founded by an audio designer and bass player, Phil Jones and his company create groundbreaking and innovative amps that are always one step ahead of the competition. PJB is a company that is all about Performance, Quality, and Dependability. By taking pride in having the most extensive research and development department in the world, they can ensure quality and reliability to the bass community. Phil Jones Bass products are designed to give an exhilarating user experience while providing unmatched clarity and tone.

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Who Is Phil Jones?

But who is the man behind the brand? Who is Phil Jones? Well, he is a man that has had a long sordid love affair with the electric bass for 45 years. Phil began playing at the age of 13, a time when Jimi Hendrix and Motown were ruling the airwaves. One of his earliest cited influences was the legendary James Jamerson. In fact, it was because of James that he was inspired to play the bass. The beginning, however, was not an easy start. Phil had struggled to pursue playing as he couldn’t afford his own gear and his parents didn’t agree with his decision to play. These obstacles made him realize he had but one choice… to build his own bass and amp. Phil than studied and studied, bass construction and amplifier electronics. He even wound bass pickups from his dad’s gramophone.


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Dream To Reality

After graduating from college in the early ’70s, Phil enrolled into The Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, Wales. While living in Wales he encountered even more adversity. The college had a very conservative view on music and did not even consider the bass guitar
a real instrument. He opted to learn the upright bass. Fast forward to 1998, Phil founded American Acoustic Development the parent company of PJB bass amps and AIRPULSE, his guitar amp company. PJB has a staff of over 150 employees and a 200,000-sq. ft. a facility dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and marketing of loudspeakers and amplifiers. All PJB products are made in a factory with pride and passion in the USA.

Star-Studded Lineup

So now you know a little bit of the history of PJB, so let’s get to the meat and potatoes, shall we? There are several great amps to choose from and there is no wrong choice. Some of our personal favorites are the Suitcase BG-400, the Roadcase BG-800, the Cub BG-100 and the Session 77. These are all stellar amps at varying price points, so there is truly a little something for everyone.

Suitcase Compact BG-400

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The Suitcase Compact BG-400 from Phil Jones Bass is based on the unbridled performance of the original PJB ‘Suitcase’ combo. It is more powerful than its predecessor but physically smaller.


  • Power: 300W RMS/4 Ohm w/extension speaker
  • Speakers: 4×5 inch PJB ‘Piranha’ Type-B
  • Controls: 2x (Level Selector, Volume, 3-Band EQ), Limiter w/On-Off Switch
  • Jacks: 2x Input (1/4 inch Phone), Headphone Out, D.I. Out (GND Lift SW), FX Send/Return, Tuner Out, Preamp Out, Ext. Speaker Out
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 14 x 12 x 13 inches

Roadcase BG-800 Combo

Phil JonesFeaturing a small footprint, the Roadcase by Phil Jones Bass is the most powerful compact combo for its size. The 12 PJB proprietary designed Neo Power speakers have the finesse to cope with all styles of playing with the weight and authority from a much larger cabinet.  Offering two channels, one for acoustic and one for electric. This amp has it all.


  • Power Output: 750 W (RMS)
  • Speaker: 12 x 5” PJB NeoPower
  • Control: 2 x [Level Selector(Mute-Hi-Low), Volume, 6-Band EQ], Aux Level, Phantom Power On-Off Switch, Limiter w/On-Off Switch, Master Volume, Power Switch
  • In / Out: 2 x Input (Input-A: 1/4”Phone,Input-B: 1/4”Phone/XLR),FX Send/Return,Aux-Input, Headphone, Line Out, D.I. Out(GND Lift SW), AC-Input
  • Power: 110/220v AC 50/60Hz
  • Dimension: (W x D x H) 15 x 18.9 x 36.2 inch
  • Weight: 84 lbs
  • Handles: Heavy duty ergonomically placed metal handle and castors
  • Cabinet finish: Black Tolex
  • Included: Softcover

Bass Cub BG-100 Combo

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The ultimate portable bass amp! Sometimes all you need is an amp that can deliver true bass tones but without the hassle of getting out a big rig amplifier. 100 Watts of pure tone!


  • Model: Bass Cub BG-100
  • Type: Lightweight bass combo amp
  • Output: 100 Watts
  • Speakers: 2 x 5-inch PJB NeoPower Type A
  • Channels: 2
  • Controls: 3 band EQ per channel, Limiter, Input Level, Master Volume
  • Connections: XLR – 1/4 inch combo jack, 1/4 inch instrument, 1/8 inch AUX input, 1/4 inch headphone, XLR DI out, pre-amp out
  • Dimensions(WxDxH): 12 x 10.8 x 7.8 inch
  • Weight: 13.2 lbs / 6 kg
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Session 77 is all TONE! For 13 years Phil Jones Bass has been building bass amplifiers for the most demanding bassists. The Session 77 is loud enough to work with most drummers and compact enough to be carried around.


  • 3-way switch: Mute/High Sensitivity/Low Sensitivity (for active or passive basses)
  • LED Indicator: Mute / Input Overload
  • Bass: 50Hz +/- 18dB.
  • Mid Range: 1KHz +/- 18dB
  • Treble: 5KHz +/- 18dB
  • Power: On/Off Switch & LED indicator
  • Back Panel:
    • IEC Mains input 100-260 Volts AC
    • Vented Enclosure- Butterworth alignment
    • 2 x PJB 7-inch High-Gauss overhung coil, ceramic-magnet woofers
    • 1 xPJB 2-inch Ferrofluid cooled high power tweeter
    • Crossover point 2 KHz at 6dB/Octave


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