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Zon Sonus weight consistancy

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jerry J, Jun 15, 2003.

  1. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    I'm hoping to sell off a few things and have been wanting a Zon Custom 5 for some time. I'm feeling that my issues in the past with Zon's have been because of the strings that were on them.

    There are no Zon dealers anywhere close to where I live. The Sonus' that I've played seem to be pretty consistant at, what I estimate to be, 9-9.5 pounds. Joe always seems to use swamp ash as the body wood. The top wood shouldn't have any affect on the overall weight as since it's not very thick. And the necks should be consistant because of the molding process. So with this in mind, one could reasonbly assume that the Sonus is pretty darn consistant in the weight at around 9 pounds...right?
  2. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    I've seen a few Sonuses...Sonii (Sony) with mahogany or alder bodies. Are planning on getting one built or on buying one from a retailer ?
    Mine weighed a bit under 9 pounds. Most of the other ones I've tried were in the zone (Zon :) ) you mentioned.
    Now a solid maple Legacy....heavy.
  3. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Oregon, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    I think tops do have some effect on weight. I don't know how thick the tops Joe uses are, but my uncut (just a slab) goncalo alves top was a 6 pound package when it was shipped by UPS. So, even accounting for other crap (styrofoam, cardboard), it probably weighs 5. This, obviously, uncut, but that's pretty significant, IMO. GA is a wood Joe uses, too.
  4. The basses should vary slightly based on the the selection of the top. The more dense the wood selected, in theory, the heavier the bass.
  5. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Wow! 5 pounds for a top? But I do know that goncalo is pretty heavy and 5 pounds is pretty significant. Very beautiful woods and one of my favorites. So I would guess that the top does have an affect on the overall weight. That's helpful information.

    I would probably lean more toward a redwood, koa or walnut top on the ash. And I'd be looking at hooking up on a used one if possible.
  6. Voice Of Thor

    Voice Of Thor Member

    May 19, 2003
    I would imagine the weight has more to do with which piece of ash they selected vs. the topwood (although topwood does have some bearing).
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
  8. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Alright Brad, what are you grinning about??? :)
  9. Looks like PD has found his way back.
  10. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!