New Zon Day

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stachio, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Took a little longer than planned but was well worth the wait. Won't embarrass myself by posting clips of me transitioning to no lines (sort of).

    Joe and crew are about the nicest group of folks. They are rightfully slammed these days, but Joe was always great to talk to.
    • Sonus Custom TJ 6 string
    • Bubinga top
    • Alder body
    • Matching headstock
    • Wenge tone plate
    • Fretless, 1/2 lined, 1/2 blank ; didn't know they were glow in the dark these days...nice plus
    • Extended cutaway
    • Ramp between pickups ; Joe made the ramp layered with alder, wenge, bubinga... very cool.
    • Black hardware
    • Bartolini pickups, radiused
    • Wood knob... another nice plus
    • Bartolini electronics (rear mounted controls)
      • Individual pickup volumes with buffered output
      • 3 band EQ
      • Level/Gain
    With one of the siblings.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2015
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  2. gwangi


    Jul 4, 2009
    Forbidden Valley
    The images didn't come up!!!! Congrats on the Zon.
  3. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Man, it's been a while since I've posted photos! Think I fixed it.
    Gwangi, your koa Legacy is awesome. Still digging it?
  4. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Pictures are coming through, looks great.
  5. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player

    Mar 14, 2011
  6. JLY

    JLY Supporting Member Supporting Member

  7. gwangi


    Jul 4, 2009
    Forbidden Valley

    MY GOD that is BEAUTIFUL, what can I say ZONS RULE!!!!
  8. Awesome!!
  9. gwangi


    Jul 4, 2009
    Forbidden Valley

    Okay I have a question, the bass has 1 knob, but the specs say 3 band eq, so there are no knobs for volume, pan between pickups?
  10. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    It has rear mounted controls, it says so in the post.
  11. gwangi


    Jul 4, 2009
    Forbidden Valley
    OOPS!!!! Totally skipped over that info.
  12. Bass_Thumper


    Oct 20, 2009
    Madison, MS
    Congrats! That is a beautiful bass.
  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Fantastic! I love Zons :)
  14. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Classy looking! That string action is almost lying on the fretboard.
  15. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Can you explain what a "tone plate" is and/or where in the construction of this instrument it is?
  16. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Man I bet intonation is tough high up on that fingerboard!

    That is a beautiful bass, OP!
  17. Yvon


    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    Can we see the control on the back?
  18. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Absolutely spectacular. I would also very much like to see the control system on/in the back/electronics compartment.
  19. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    Absolutely gorgeous! This is where I'd usually say, "Play the frets off her in health!", but given the circumstances I'll just say, "Enjoy her in health!" :)
  20. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Here's a picture of the controls on the back. Sort of a set-and-forget approach. Recording tends to be interspersed with shows and I like to keep my tone consistent between songs and shows. I don't tweak often on the fly. Makes things very convenient and I love the look.

    The tone plate is a wood layer between the top wood and body. I was looking for a more mid-heavy tone than my Sonus Special. Tough to beat bubinga, but thought I would try by adding a wenge layer. I've definitely gotten the tone I was looking for, but between the Bart electronics and humbuckers, I'm not sure I can attribute it to the wenge. Regardless, sounds amazing. Putting a tone plate in the ramp... that's just cool (second pic).

    Intonation is definitely dodgy above the 26th fret, especially when converting from my training wheels (lined fretboard)! Not sure I'll be up there too often.

    Thanks for the comments, guys. This thing has exceeded all expectations. Can't recommend Zon enough! They done me right.

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    Last edited: Nov 18, 2015
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