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.

    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.
  2. 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

    Jan 20, 2011
    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


    Mar 17, 2008
    I think you should get it and let us know how it is! :D You can always return it if it sucks.
  5. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

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


    Mar 17, 2008
    Man do I hear that!
  7. RickC

    RickC Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    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.

  8. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
  9. verycoolname


    Jan 28, 2013
    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...

  10. blueskyjaunte

    blueskyjaunte Thump

    Sep 16, 2013
    Sunny AZ
    Whatever it is, it's really, really cool looking! :D
  11. 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!
  12. kevinmoore73

    kevinmoore73 Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Does it suffer from neck dive?
  13. No the strap buttons are place in the correct position to avoid neck dive at least I did not have that problem
  14. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    I likee... I'd be tempted to remove the outer horns... and a defret of course!
  15. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    How does it generate any volume?
  16. 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.
  17. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    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.
  18. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    A search on "Zenison" only turns up this thread.
    Maybe it's being confused with the Aria Sinsonido

    or Sojing skeleton bass?
  19. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    It doesn't, as it's not an acoustic instrument.
    The pickup is a piezo and senses string and body vibration.