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Username: frameloss

Post Number: 5
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Friday, February 22, 2008 - 1:15 pm:   Edit Post

I just picked this one up off ebay. After a good cleaning and a setup by someone more competent than I, it is the, hands down, nicest bass I have ever played.

(Message edited by davehouck on February 25, 2008)
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 847
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 4:45 am:   Edit Post

Very Nice!
And what is the green fretless sitting there as well? You can do "Stop and Go" bass lines.
:-) Enjoy
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6266
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 8:32 pm:   Edit Post

Very nice Essence!!
Username: aquaman

Post Number: 50
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 4:45 am:   Edit Post

That red is stunning! Enjoy.
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1804
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 1:01 am:   Edit Post

The green thing looks a lot like a Zon.
Username: frameloss

Post Number: 6
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 12:44 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks guys, I am happy to have this bass--I am really quite lucky to own it.

Adriaan is correct, it's a Zon Sonus 4 that I have owned since 1996. I really love to play it but I go back and forth on the color. The composite neck gives it very a precise sound with tons of sustain, but lacks the warmth of a traditional tone wood. It is a good counterpoint to the Essence, very similar in playability (except for weight) but very different in sound.

It was one of the reasons I chose the Essence--the dimensions between the two basses are very close, not much taper, same 34" length and relatively narrow string spacings. My other fretted bass is a 94 Tobias Growler, which despite being a pleasure to play has a 35" scale and very wide string spacings--so each time I switched between that and my Zon I would have a hard time with intonation--always playing sharp :-)

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