Anyone tried one of these: Zenison Silent Bass?
Hello All, ran across this on Amazon, and it piqued my interest:
At $150 I don't expect it to be the best quality, but I was wondering if any of you have actually used one. I'm aware that it's not a P Bass with a tort pick guard, so it is not worthy of many of you fine men and women, but if anyone has played one please chime in.
Personally, I see some mod-potential.
I like the headstock. I don't see much of a point to this, though, when I can just play my existing basses unplugged & still have enough resonance to hear what I'm doing. is there a pickup under that bridge, or something?
Looks trippy. Amazon--you can return it easily no? You should get one & post sound clips /do a review real quick. If it sucks, send it back.
I think you should get it and let us know how it is! :D You can always return it if it sucks.
I want to but the funds are a bit tight from the holidays.
Man do I hear that!
Poplar neck would be my only worry; not sure how strong/stable that is for a neck wood.
I have one of the Yamaha Silent guitars, very similar design and idea except on the Yamaha the body frame disassembles for easy transport. Makes a great travel instrument. That would be a nice upgrade to this design.
In general, the Yamaha is a joy to play and own, and I'd expect the same from this one.
Danelectro used poplar for necks for decades, and Dan Erlwine (sp?) swears by them.
I know I've seen a picture of a member playing this model in the "Gigs" section...
Yep, rtslinger in post #593
Maybe get his feedback?
Saw one of these on eBay and was also fascinated. At $150 I'd buy it solely for the novelty (not to mention the lightning bolt inlays :D)...who knows, maybe it's an awesome bass. Saw a picture here recently of someone gigging one of these.
Edit: abarson just linked to the picture I mentioned, from member rtslinger...
Whatever it is, it's really, really cool looking! :D
Oh no my secret is out! ha ha ha
It is cool I had to modify the electronics (control pots needed to be re-soldered) to my liking and file the nut a little but other than that it is good.
Active pickup in the bridge has good volume and it was easy to get a good sound right out of the box
sample: live show outdoors middle of a forest nothing for miles eq BDi21 direct to Bose L1 out to two B1 subs no stage amp video recorded w/Iphone
If you are going to buy one expect to modify it to make it gig ready
oh did I mention for you guys with back pain it weights nothing I mean lighter than and acoustic/electric bass guitar I have a Epi El Segundo the shipping info said 9.5 pounds there is no way it ways that much!
Does it suffer from neck dive?
No the strap buttons are place in the correct position to avoid neck dive at least I did not have that problem
I likee... I'd be tempted to remove the outer horns... and a defret of course!
How does it generate any volume?
Do a search here in TB. I've seen these discussed before. I seem to recall the discussion being more negative than positive, but I don't remember the specifics.
The concept itself isn't new. Yamaha had been selling "silent" instruments for awhile.
Maybe it's being confused with the Aria Sinsonido
or Sojing skeleton bass?
The pickup is a piezo and senses string and body vibration.
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