Mason has been playing for 15 years and is primarily a bass player. He has been in various bands in Utah, New York City, and Los Angeles. He graduated from the Institute of Audio Research in New York City and is a recording and mastering engineer. He is also a guitar and bass instructor and has been teaching for 10 years.
Guitars: Warwick Streamer Stage II NT 5 string. Warwick Thumb NT 4 string
Rig: Clean channel: Ampeg SVT-6 Pro powering an Ampeg SVT-410HE 4x10 and a custom built 1x15 cabinet. Effects Channel: Ampeg BA500 powering the 2x10 speakers built into the combo amp and a 1x15 Eden D-115.
Pedal board: MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-401 Boost Pedal, Markbass Compresser mxr m-80 Direct Box with Distortion, Electro-Harmonix XO Bass Big Muff PI Distortion Effects Pedal (Dry signal goes out to Ampeg SVT-6 Pro), Dunlop Jimi Hendrix JH-1 Wah Wah, Line 6 Bass Pod Live XT to Ampeg BA500.
Influences: Dirk Lance (Alex Katunich), Victor Wooten, Raymond Opheikens, Divinty Roxx, Victor Damiani, Robert DeLeo, Flea, P-Nut, Justin Chancellor, Stefan Lessard.
Jimmy has been performing in Utah and touring regionally for the last 18 years. He has a degree in music (emphasis in jazz guitar performance) from the University of Utah where he graduated in 2006. Jimmy has also been teaching guitar since he graduated.
His tastes are eclectic and diverse and so is the music he has played over the last 20 years. Currently you can find Jimmy working hard at the Czar during the day or with one of his bands performing anywhere from 2-5 nights a week. Jimmy is the lead guitar player for Phoenix Rising, Balls Capone, Joe Muscolino and more.
Jimmy swears by his Hamer 25th anniversary USA guitar and his (purchased at The Czar) 2014 Les Paul Studio, Jackson Custom Shop JJ-2, and Reverend Reeves Gabrels Spacehawk! Also in his collection: Fender Stratocaster 50’s re-issue, Takamine EAN10C, and GS330S, Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass, and a handful of funky vintage guitars from the 1960’s (the more chrome and crazy knobs the better). He plays mainly through a Fender Hotrod Deluxe, but you can also see him on a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectoverb Combo, or for smaller venues his Fender Blues Jr. In front of these amps Jimmy uses a Crybaby 535q, Boss tu-3 tuner, MXR Phase 95, TC Electronics Spark Mini Booster, TC Electronics Flashback Mini, DOD Icebox Chorus, and a Boss tr-2 tremolo.
Influences: Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Reeves Gabrels, The Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank, Duke Ellington, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Joe Pass, Gary Tada, Anthrax, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, KRCL 90.9