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Justin Meldal-Johnsen

Background information
Born March 26, 1970[1] (Age 39)
Origin Eugene, Oregon,  United States
Genres Rock, alternative rock, industrial rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, double bass, guitar, synthesizers, piano, vocals, glockenspiel, percussion
Associated acts Beck, Ima Robot, Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Macy Gray, Dixie Chicks, Garbage, Tori Amos, Medicine
Website Official Website

Justin Meldal-Johnsen (born March 26, 1970[2] in Eugene, Oregon,) is an American musician and bassist, best known for his work with Grammy Award-winning artist Beck. He served as the touring bassist for Nine Inch Nails during their final tours.


Recording career

Meldal-Johnsen, aka JMJ, grew up listening to his parents' records and received his first bass guitar at the age of twelve.[citation needed] After high school, he worked the night shift as a janitor at Cherokee Recording Studios in Los Angeles, where he met Gene Simmons, Lou Reed and David Campbell, a prolific and successful string arranger. At 17, JMJ started working as Campbell's assistant and was introduced to his son, Beck (citation needed). They formed a long-lasting career together—JMJ was the bassist and music director for Beck's band for almost a decade.

JMJ has recorded bass for a diverse roster of acts: Air, Tori Amos, Garbage, Dixie Chicks, among others. He co-wrote several songs with singer Macy Gray, and acted as music director for Gnarls Barkley, assembling their live band for their first US performances in 2006. JMJ is currently playing as the touring bassist for Nine Inch Nails. [1] [2]. JMJ is in the studio producing the upcoming release by Los Angeles band, Division Day. The album is set to be completed before Justin leaves for his next stint with Nine Inch Nails. Some of his own personal recordings are featured on The Informers film soundtrack, available on Amazon.com and the iTunes store.

Musical equipment

Justin owns a large collection of basses, guitars, effects, and amplifiers which he uses in different combination to achieve different sounds.[3]



  • Fano 2004 Rhythmstar Bass, Blue Meanie
  • Fender 1967 Coronado Bass, wildwood green
  • Fender 1975 Jazz Bass Reissue, black/maple
  • Fender 1964 Jazz Bass Custom Shop Reissue
  • Fender Mustang, Olympic white/rosewood
  • Fender American Standard Precision, black/maple
  • Fender 1975 Precision, root beer brown/maple
  • Fender 50th Anniversary Precision Reissue
  • Fender 1951 Precision Reissue
  • Fender Jaguar Basses, P/J pickups and J/J pickups
  • Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Basses
  • Gibson 1974 Ripper, natural/maple
  • Gibson Thunderbird, natural
  • Gibson Thunderbird, pelham blue
  • Gibson Thunderbird, natural sunburst
  • Gibson 1979 RD Artist, natural/maple
  • Gibson 1986 20/20, silver
  • Guild Ashbory
  • Guild B30E acoustic bass guitar, natural
  • Guild Starfire, transparent red
  • Guild Starfire, natural
  • Guild JS100 1971, transparent brown
  • Guild M-85 1973, transparent brown
  • Hofner Club hollowbody, sunburst
  • King Double Bass
  • Lakland Duck Dunn Signature, three-tone
  • Lakland Hollowbody, sherwood green
  • Ovation 1977 Magnum II, transparent brown
  • Rickenbacker 4003, fireglo
  • Roland G-77 Synth Bass, with a Guyatone MD-2 Delay taped to it
  • Roland G-77 Synth Bass
  • Fretless Schecter Traditional J-style,
  • Schecter Hellcat 8-string, black
  • Schecter Hellcat 4-string, metallic blue
  • Steinberger 1983 L2, black
  • Wal Pro 1979 IIE, natural
  • Wal Mark 1 Custom, African shedua
  • Wal Mark I Custom, olive ash
  • Yamaha BB414, Black w/ Black pickguard
  • Yamaha BB3000, wine red burst


  • Big John Granny Puker
  • BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone
  • BOSS OC-2 Octave
  • BOSS TU-2 Tuner
  • Crowther Audio Prunes and Custard
  • EBS UniChorus
  • EBS DynaVerb
  • EBS BassIQ
  • EBS MicroBassII
  • EBS MultiComp
  • EBS MultiDrive
  • EBS MetalDrive
  • EBS OctaBass
  • EBS Stanley Clarke Signature Wah-Wah
  • EBS TremoLo
  • EBS ValveDrive
  • EBS WahOne
  • Electro-Harmonix Bassballs
  • Electro-Harmonix English Muff'n
  • Guyatone MD-2 Delay
  • Guyatone MD-3 Delay
  • Guyatone PS-2 Phaser
  • Guyatone PS-3 Phaser
  • Guyatone Ultron Autowah
  • Line 6 DL4 Delay
  • Malekko B:Assmaster
  • Moog Moogerfooger MF-101 Low Pass Filter
  • Moog Moogerfooger MF-102 Ring Modulator
  • Moog Moogerfooger MF-105B Bass MuRF
  • Prescription Electronics Depth Charge
  • Radial Tonebone Bassbone
  • Tech 21 SansAmp GT-2 Distortion
  • Tech 21 SansAmp VT Bass
  • Tronographic Rusty Box - Bass Preamplifier
  • Zvex Woolly Mammoth Fuzz


  • Aguilar DB750 & DB751 Heads
  • Aguilar DB810 & 412 cabinets
  • Ampeg SVT-4PRO head
  • Ampeg SVT-410HLF cabinet
  • Ampeg SVT-18E cabinet
  • Ampeg B-15R flip-top tube combo
  • Ampeg B100R solid-state combo
  • Ampeg SVT tube head
  • Ampeg SVT-810 cabinet
  • Aguilar GS 112 cabinet
  • Mesa/Boogie Walkabout amplifier
  • Mesa/Boogie 1x15 cabinet
  • SWR Redhead combo
  • Marshall JTM-45 head
  • Fender ToneMaster 2X12 cabinet


  • Fender Jaguar
  • Fender Jazzmaster
  • Gibson Les Paul Junior Double Cut
  • Gibson Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker


  • Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08
  • Moog Little Phatty Stage II

Selected discography

Melldal-Johnsen has recorded and performed with a wide range of different artist and bands in various genres.[4]


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