Sigh...Zon Sonus 4 FL, Hyperbass cutaway

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Angus, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Hey guys,

    I didn't think I'd sell this, but I'm really attached to maple-bodied fretless basses, and I'll be taking delivery of a ridiculous full Hyperbass (waiting nearly 2.5 years at this point! :) ) with a maple body later in the year, so I just can't justify two fretless basses when I'm primarily a fretted player.

    Yes, this bass was formerly bassjiggas. And yes, it is as incredible and immaculate as it looks. I couldn't find a single marking on it.

    There are ~10 of these floating around around the world. I have never seen another for sale. It is the only one that has the ash/spalted maple combination.

    Specs are:
    - Ash body
    - Spalted maple top/headstock
    - satin neck finish
    - black hardware
    - set neck
    - Bartolini humbuckers (same as in Michael Manring's Sonus)
    - 3-band Zon/Polyfusion preamp
    - EXTREMELY light- must be ~8 lbs. It's the lightest bass I've ever encountered.

    Comes with a heavy-duty Zon hardcase. They have the best hardcases in the business!

    The bass is one of the most expressive fretless basses I've ever played. I don't really want to sell it, but I know that once the Hyperbass arrives, this won't get the playing time it needs. I'm also trying to pare down to 3 basses, as I just won't be able to justify more than that in the coming years.

    I've used it in a number of studio sessions since I received it, and it's now one of the basses they always ask me to bring. It tracks beautifully, and sits very firmly in the mix. You can EQ to sit back a bit more, or you can throw it out front, but it always asserts its mix position in a defined- but refined- way. I've found that this is a very difficult to find quality in a bass. Zon fretless basses seems to be particularly good at this. I currently own one other bass that can do this without sounding unsavory or out of place, and it's also a Zon.

    This bass would run just around $5500-5800 today.

    Price is $3500 shipped, firm. If you want to replace the Gotoh/Zon tuners with Hipshot Ultralites down the road, I will include a free black detuner with the bass (brand new).

    I also have an ETS Transmission bridge for it (the ultra gnarly bridge). I have not yet installed it, but it is a direct replacement for the current bridge. I will include that for an extra $200, as it cost about $280.

    I will not be sad if it doesn't sell, but I'm trying to be a big boy about things. The money will be going straight to medical school bills.

    The pictures aren't great, but I'll dig up bassjigga's and post the masterful pictures he took as well.

  2. 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
    Ouch. If this had one more string, I would be selling a kidney.
    Good luck with it.
  3. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    If I could sell a kidney, I could keep this...and I would.
  4. ashtray9


    Aug 1, 2002
    Tempe Arizona
    Truly awesome.
    Can you link to any of the tracks?
  5. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Unfortunately, the tracks aren't my property to distribute (even if I'm doing the mixes), so I can't post them. :(
  6. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    Wow... this is a stunning bass. If this were around just a few weeks ago, I'd be all over it.
  7. unlined4string

    unlined4string Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Baltimore County, Md.
    PM sent.
  8. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Emailed back!
  9. A friend of mine has a headless Zon, very similar to Manring's "Vinnie" bass. He used it to track on a record recently, and I was talking to the engineer the other day about the sessions; the engineer was raving about how well the bass tracked, but couldn't remember the name of it.

    I felt I had to share that, since you brought up how well Zons seem to work in the studio. Somebody buy this bass!
  10. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Sold. :( :( :( :( :(

    (I kind of hoped that nobody would be interested. :( )