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NBD - Jason Newsted’s Zon Sonus

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ClassicJazz, Oct 12, 2019.


  1. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Jason Newsted who lives here in Florida gave one of the local shops here (Wolfe Guitars in Stuart) a pile of basses to sell off.

    Well ended up going home with this beautiful Zon Sonus! My jaw dropped when I first picked it up. Plays like butter! Incredible action and nice and light weight. And being a graphite neck, great for those outdoor Florida gigs.

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  2. That is really cool. I didn't realise Jason had ever owner a Zon. I hope you enjoy the new bass and get a lot of use out of it.
     
  3. christle

    christle

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    I like that! Nice looking bass.
     
  4. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    That looks great. What's the nut width and scale?
     
  5. Goatrope

    Goatrope Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    Nice. Very cool, and a cool back story. :hyper:

    What do you think of that bridge? I had the same on a Carvin and it didn’t work for me.
     
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  6. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    34” scale 1.875 nut
     
  7. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Sonus Special. Nice score! Enjoy that beauty.
     
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  8. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    It seems solid to me. What kind of issues did you have?
     
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  9. Goatrope

    Goatrope Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    Minor: I couldn’t keep the saddle screws from rattling. Probably should have used a dab of Loctite.

    Major: The “claw” that held the ball end of the strings bent on G and D strings. I didn’t over tighten, they just failed (cracked off) over time. Seemed to be cheap, but this was 1991, and they probably made improvements over time.

    Edit to add: noticeable bending after about 8 years. Broken by about 12. Maybe I expected too much life out of it. :)

    Ended up putting a Hipshot replacement on there.
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2019
  10. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    Beautiful simplicity. Congrats!
     
  11. An elegant classy bass. I would have liked to have seen a bookmatched back or at least a 2 pieces of wood that look like they came from the same tree.

    Mugre
     
  12. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Banned SUSPENDED

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    ......aaaaaaaaaaahhhh.........I could just LOOK at a Sonus all day & be happy. Love those things...beautiful bass.

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  13. BeefPie84

    BeefPie84

    Mar 29, 2019
    Man, what a looker. Interesting knob locations. Right under the pickups to make easy changes on stage? Are they both stacked controls?
     
  14. Papazita

    Papazita

    Jun 27, 2008
    Ohio
    The first time I ever heard of Zon was in the movie Airheads. A "Zon bass with the graphite neck" was one of Steve Buscemi's characters demands.
     
  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Well he doesn't anymore :D

    I just hope it isn't one of those basses he bought to check how waterproof they were by throwing them in a salt bath for an hour :D
     
  16. StephnG

    StephnG Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    Belvidere, IL
    Are Amy available??
     
  17. How cool is this! Congratulations!
     
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  18. fakeneckplate'65

    fakeneckplate'65 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2014
    Columbus, OH
    Who's Jason Newsted?
     
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  19. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Banned SUSPENDED

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    Are you talking about my sister?!?!

    :D:D
     
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  20. Hammerfield

    Hammerfield

    Aug 1, 2016
    Argentina
    Awesome score! Congrats
     

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