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Anyone tried one of these: Zenison Silent Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fat Steve, Jan 2, 2014.


  1. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

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    Hello All, ran across this on Amazon, and it piqued my interest:

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    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.
     
  2. awilkie84

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    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?
     
  3. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

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    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.
     
  4. fuzzychaos

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    I think you should get it and let us know how it is! :D You can always return it if it sucks.
     
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  6. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

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    I want to but the funds are a bit tight from the holidays.
     
  7. fuzzychaos

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    Man do I hear that!
     
  8. RickC

    RickC Supporting Member

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    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.

    /rick
     
  9. abarson

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    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...

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  11. blueskyjaunte

    blueskyjaunte ^- Mwahnster

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    Whatever it is, it's really, really cool looking! :D
     
  12. rtslinger

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    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

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=705785436117564&set=vb.115068763233&type=3&theater

    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!
     
  13. kevinmoore73

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    Does it suffer from neck dive?
     
  14. rtslinger

    rtslinger

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    No the strap buttons are place in the correct position to avoid neck dive at least I did not have that problem
     
  15. bh2

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    I likee... I'd be tempted to remove the outer horns... and a defret of course!
     
  16. pfox14

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    How does it generate any volume?
     
  17. HeavyRockBasser

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    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.
     
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  19. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

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    Yeah, I'd seen those before, and was aware of how not new the idea was. I just had never seen one for a toy bass.
     
  20. abarson

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    A search on "Zenison" only turns up this thread.
    Maybe it's being confused with the Aria Sinsonido
    http://www.talkbass.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/720/title/aria-sinsonido/cat/13

    or Sojing skeleton bass?
    http://www.talkbass.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1503/title/sojing-skeleton-bass/cat/13
     
  21. abarson

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    It doesn't, as it's not an acoustic instrument.
    The pickup is a piezo and senses string and body vibration.
     

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