Jermaine is an incredible, and unfortunately a lot of times much underrated, bass player. The track “Bass Odyssey” from his album My Name is Jermaine is just an example of his gifted bass playing. Although Motown didn’t allow Jermaine to play the bass on the Jackson 5 records and his parts were played by session musicians, that doesn’t mean that Jermaine Jackson doesn’t have the chops. When touring with his brothers and on his own, Jermaine’s bass is plugged in and he plays the parts and he proves he’s got some serious chops going when he performs live on stage while singing and dancing.
Jermaine Jackson, along with Diamond jeweller Coronet , holds the Guinness World Record for Most Jewels on a Guitar, a record he received when he presented, played and performed “Let’s Get Serious” (exactly 36 years after releasing the hit song) on the Coronet Gemstone Gibson SG Guitar titled “Circles of Life” on 17 March 2016, at Baselworld 2016. The instrument is encrusted with 16,033 Swarovski gemstones and is co-designed by Jermaine (and product director of Aaron Shum Jewelry, Alice Trinh) and sponsored by Swarovski Gemstones. Jermaine also presented this extravagant instrument art piece that holds the Guinness World Records title “Most Jewels on a Functioning Guitar” at several functions worldwide.
Before creating, presenting and playing this extravagant instrument art piece that holds the Guiness World Records title “Most Jewels on a Functioning Guitar”, Jermaine played the “Most Valuable Guitar” certified by the Guinness World Records, during the Jackson 5 Medley at the BBC Proms in the Park concert of The Jacksons in Hyde Park in London on September 12th, 2015. The Coronet of Eden Diamond Guitar was created by Coronet Solitaire, a brand owned by Aaron Shum from Hong Kong who also created the special rings that Jermaine surprised his brothers with during the "Good Morning Britain" appearance (September 11th, 2015) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Jackson 5. The Guinness World records Certificates reads: The most valuable guitar is $2,000,000 (£1.3.52,530, €1.897,410) and was created by Aaron Shum (Hong Kong). The value was certified in Hong Kong, China on 15 March, 2015.
From 2010 til 2012, Wyn Guitars and Jermaine created a gorgeous custom Signature Bass. They toyed around with many different ideas for how the bass could look and what materials to use. From one that was pure white with clear jewels to lights and colored jewels to a variety of exotic hard woods. They decided that the first one would be all hardwoods as we prove out the concept of a great sounding and playing bass. The body wings are made in the shape of Jermaine’s trademark “J” out of Ziricote (the blackish wood), Quilted Maple (center of the “J”), African Mahogany and Padauk (body core layers). The neck is made from Eastern rock Maple and Wenge with Bubinga stripes. And they inlayed the rest of Jermaine’s name into the fret board. Read more about the making of the bass: part one, part two, part three.
All pictures are courtesy of Wyn Guitars.