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New baby in the house

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by maestrox, Jan 7, 2001.


  1. maestrox

    maestrox

    Oct 8, 2000
    Well, I went through a bunch of basses trying to find a 5-string fretted to go along with my Lightwave fretless 5. After mucking around with different scale length, spacings, woods, etc, I think I finally found the one...here she is:<p><a href="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/z4.jpg"><img src="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/z4tn.jpg"></a> <a href="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/z1.jpg"><img src="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/z1tn.jpg"></a> <a href="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/z2.jpg"><img src="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/z2tn.jpg"></a>

    The neck shape is identical to my other baby:<p><a href="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/zl3.jpg"><img src="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/zl3tn.jpg"></a><a href="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/l1.jpg"><img src="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/zl1tn.jpg"></a><a href="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/zl5.jpg"><img src="http://enzyme.usc.edu/images/zl5tn.jpg"></a><p>

    I should have guessed that I'd need flamed Koa on both. At any rate, the new fretted bass just kills. Better than any Zon fretted I've played. Needless to say I'm a lot poorer now...oh well...had to sell a Fender Relic strat to pay the difference between the new and my old Zon Custom I'm trying to sell, but what the hell.
     
  2. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Music Man/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Its beautiful;). I've always liked the legacy more in style than the elite (is tha right ?). How much did it set you back and what do you think of the lightwave systems? your the first person I've ever spoken to who's used one.
     
  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    These are Sonus basses. The Legacy Elite is another model. The Sonus Custom would be closer to a Legacy Standard, which I have, that is no longer in Joe's catalog but is still available.

    Nice basses, m.
     
  4. Great looking basses. Just out of curiosity.. have you ever played a fretted Lightwave? Whenever I hear about them, it always seems to be a fretless.
     
  5. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Music Man/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Sorry brad thats what I meant but not.....hmmmmmm:confused:. I totally agree with you steamboat, thats what I was wondering to because since I don't know about the sound those pickup less body's look so suave;).
     
  6. maestrox

    maestrox

    Oct 8, 2000
    Funny you should ask. After playing and recording with my Lightwave fretless, I just *had* to hear a Lightwave 5 fretted. Joe Zon said he seems to be selling mostly 5 fretlesses, along with 4-string fretted. He had a 5-fretted in the hands of a writer/reviewer/player down in LA, so when he was done with it Joe arranged for it to be sent to LABE for me to check out. When it finally arrived at the shop I went out with my '96 Sonus Custom (with Demeter preamp...the one I'm now selling), along with my Lightwave fretless for comparison.

    Here's the straight poop. The Lightwave fretted sounds great...but it is its own sound. I got the feeling that you really need to fiddle with the EQ (two band, sub-bass and mid/treble knobs, along with piezo bridge you can add in). Most of us are used to quickly getting (or not getting) the tones we're used to by moving the pickup pan knob. The Lightwave fretted seemed like it would require a bit more experimentation. The neck was AWESOME...I love the neck on my Lightwave, and liked the neck on my '96 Custom (a bit fatter than the newer ones...not much, but a tad).

    Since I had my 4 year old son with me on first listen, I was a bit constrained. I went back the next day to experiment some more. It was then that I saw the brand new Sonus Custom on the wall. I plugged the Lightwave fretted in to an Ashdown/Epifani combination, and it sounded really good. It would sit great in a mix. I then on a whim plugged in the new Custom. OH MY...this was it. I got the same instant charge I had when I picked up my Lighwave fretless for the first time. This thing just kills. Hence my purchase, and now my old Custom being for sale.

    So bottom line is I think the Lightwave is best suited for fretless. For fretted, you need to fiddle with the EQ a bit, and it takes some getting used to. I bet it would record well and sit in the mix well. But for me, this one particular Custom just was *it*. If I hadn't found it, I would still be looking...
     
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    No need to apologize:D