After a career spanning 50 plus years with over 500 album credits, thousands of commercial jingles, movie soundtracks and TV shows, multiple top 10 hits and working with legendary artists like Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Luciano Pavarotti, The Brecker Brothers, Diana Ross, Mark Knopfler, Paul Simon, Bryan Ferry, Hall & Oates, Eddie Van Halen, Brigitte Zarie, Cyndi Lauper, John McLaughlin, Gene Simmons (KISS), Peter Criss (KISS) & Gladys Knight what does one do for an encore?
Start a bass company, of course!
Having played/owned hundreds of instruments throughout his long and illustrious career, Neil Jason knows how a good bass is supposed to feel, sound, and perform under the most critical recording and live performance situations. It is from his life experience and desire to create a legacy quality instrument that Manhattan Prestige Basses was born.
Predicated on the belief that a great, professional instrument does not have to have an exorbitant price tag, Manhattan Prestige Basses’ first offering, the Session One, is an embodiment of that belief. Quality and simplicity are the keys to the Session One as Neil explains “I wanted to create an instrument that anybody could play, across all genres of music, at a reasonable price. Something that would be played now and well into the future. We wanted to create a legacy instrument and after a considerable amount of trial and error, I think we did it.”
“Being an owner of the company allows me direct, hands-on oversight on a day-to-day basis. This isn’t just something I am endorsing or signed my name to, this was built and designed from the ground up drawing on 50 years of real-world playing experience. I like to think we have created something that all bass players can relate to and use as they travel their own musical paths.”
“The Session One is our first offering but will certainly not be the last, we have a great product road map and will be offering bassists a variety of new and exciting instruments moving forward. I want to take a moment and thank everyone past and present for their support! To think that a kid who grew up in public housing in Brooklyn has been blessed to have the career I have and now own my own bass company, it has been an incredible journey, and it’s a long way from over!”