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Did Mark King use a Zon bass on "Something about you" video ??

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Papersen, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
  2. Thunderthumbs73


    May 5, 2008
    I can't seem to open the video, but Mark has been most often seen and identified with a Jaydee Supernatural bass made by John Diggins in the UK.
  3. phall2112


    Dec 31, 2008
    Looks like a zon to me.
  4. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Melbourne, FL.
    Yup...Zon Scepter with a Kahler tremolo.
  5. Archaeobass

    Archaeobass Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Oh, what lust I have for that bass.
  6. Rusty Chainsaw

    Rusty Chainsaw Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    NJ via London
    I got a chance to play that bass years ago. The Bass Centre, back when it was in Wapping in London, had it, complete with Mark King's signature on the back. And it's a Legacy, not a Scepter. Very nice bass. :) Shame I wasn't a good enough player back then to do it any justice.
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  7. Addison

    Addison This time, I didn't forget the gravy. Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    Bismarck, ND
    Graphic Designer, Social Media Manager - Zon Guitars
    Thread resurrection!

    That's a Zon Legacy bass, not a Scepter... old logo on the headstock... probably one of the first that they made.

    And yes, that's a Kahler tremolo.

    KILLER song... one of my favorites from this era.
  8. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    So he was back then the 1st famous player to play a Zon?
  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'm sorry, but Mark King looks so uncomfortable with his bass up like that. It actually looks like it hurts.
  10. KPJ


    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
  11. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Not sure if he was ever an "endorsing artist", he's not mentioned anywhere on that timeline, but John Giblin was using Zon basses in the early 1980s.
  12. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    May 1981: ZON GUITARS founded as a custom guitar and repair shop in Buffalo, New York.

    June 1981: Zon exhibits at first NAMM show in Chicago, Illinois. Unveils Signature and Standard model 4- and 8-string basses.

    October 1981: Rick James and the Stone City Band become Zon's first endorsing artist
  13. englishTim


    Sep 8, 2015
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  14. cronker


    Feb 13, 2007
    Mark King was originally a drummer.
    His bass style was awesome, and inspired me for a while, but then got kinda meh.
    He could slap with the best of them, but he never really hit my soul.
  15. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    He definitely hit mine. I guess it's a question of when and where, and all that.

    He briefly endorsed Zon; I remember seeing him in magazine ads with a Legacy in the mid/late 80s. There used to be an extensive review of which basses he used on which songs on www.level42.com; but it seems to no longer be there. I recall he may have used it for the "Leaving Me Now" track on "World Machine" but don't quote me.
  16. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    Leaving me now....breakup...makes me cry song

    great album....must buy it on CD someday
  17. cronker


    Feb 13, 2007
    Heh, maybe I should say he didn't hit my soul mainly because I could never play his lines...
  18. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    Mark played a Zon, probably the one in the video, on the track "Lying Still" on Level 42's album "World Machine".