Post Number: 181
|Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 3:10 pm: |
I don't know if anyone does this but I'm looking for a Zon sonus (I think) I haven't played one but I do have a Legacy and it's pretty nifty. So I'm putting this here for you smart people in hopes that someone knows someone or something. I don't have to trade an Alembic, but I have lots of basses so let me know. or I could sell something too... I'm just lazy and I hate making ads.
I'd also like to know the whole hierarchy of Zon if someone here knows it. my Legacy is from the 90's with no truss rod and it's awesome, but it's not comfortable.
let me know guys! Thank you for your infinite wisdom in advance : )
Post Number: 127
|Posted on Sunday, December 01, 2013 - 4:34 pm: |
I bought a Legacy in the late 80's, back when Joe was still in Buffalo, NY. It was my first boutique bass. I saw an ad in Guitar Player magazine (no bass lit back then) and knew I had to have it.
There were no retail outlets in NYC at the time so he shipped one down to his friend's business (Earth Straps in Staten Island) for me to try. I spent the afternoon with it and only had one request. His original version had the neck pickup right up against the end of the fingerboard and I asked him to move it, similar to the placement on a Ken Smith. Apparently he really liked the idea because that's where it wound up down the line. He only made a couple of models back then - the Legacy with 1 or 2 pickups, and a very "modern" looking model called a Scepter - these are rarer than hen's teeth. I've never seen a used one for sale anywhere since then.
I really loved it and played it exclusively for 6 or 7 years. Of course, the hype about "stronger than steel composite never needing a truss rod" was totally embraced by me, so occasionally while playing I liked to hit some harmonics and push the headstock for a whammy effect. It sure sounded cool! Not such a good idea apparently - I did eventually bend the neck and with no way to straighten it, it went into storage for many years.
I still have it and last year I took it out - playability is just at the uncomfortable level and it's in bad need of a fret job, so I contacted Zon (Joe remembered me!) for repair info. Unfortunately my finances didn't allow me to follow through, but it is on my to do list because it was one of the best sounding basses I ever had. I always felt comfortable playing it as well.
After a few years the business picked up enough for them to move out to California, where they are today. I had a Sonus (ash body, bolt-on graphite with Bart J pickups) for a while. It played beautifully but I found that particular one to be a very aggressive sounding bass and I flipped it. Exceptional build quality though, as per Zon's rep.
Here's my Legacy with custom wound Barts and Joe's proprietary preamp in metallic Pearl.
Post Number: 182
|Posted on Monday, December 02, 2013 - 12:37 pm: |
Very nice, Sir!
I have the same model from the 90's it's blue and fretless. It's awesome.