Trip: Zon Guitars (continued).
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The set-up room. When all the wood- and finishing-work
is complete, the basses are brought upstairs for final assembly,
set-up and adjustment, as well as for final testing before being
shipped out to locations all over the world (the Zons are tested
on a Walter Woods amp powering a SWR 2x10 cabinet, just in case
you were wondering...). The large cabinet in the background is
something Joe built with the intention of it housing some of
the very early, 'historically important' Zon basses in this room
- a mini-Zon museum if you will. Perhaps this will still happen
later - but for the time being it has turned into just another
shelf (albiet a very big one) with a lot of 'miscellaneous stuff'
The workbenches. There were quite a few lovely Zon
basses scattered throughout the room, many in various stages
of completion, and all of them undergoing constant experimentation.
Joe is constantly testing new electronics together with different
combinations of woods and construction methods, in a never-ending
pursuit of the perfect tone. The spalted maple fretless Sonus
in the left foreground was especially nice (note the matching
headstock overlay, something Joe's been doing a lot more of lately).
L: Jon and Joe pose with a couple of basses; R: a Legacy 5-string
with a koa top (click either for a large version)
Did you guys really buy
those shoes? Here's
Jon with Zon Lightwave bass number one, while Joe holds an older
Legacy Standard in red. In the background you can also catch
a small glimpse of some very, very early Zon basses (the one
to Jon's left is a super-rare Zon Standard 8-string - Joe and
Jon both agreed that the next time we visit we'll have to photograph
a couple of these basses for the BunnyBass Museum of Vintage
Exotics...). Above right: Another example of the fruit of all
this labor - one of Jon's favorite 5 string basses ever to pass
through BunnyBass, a stunning Legacy Elite model 5-string with
a highly figured koa top. This bass was incredibly nice - light-weight,
beautifully made, played like butter, and had a sound that was
absolutely to die for!
Joe holds Zon #1, Nancy displays the Zon t-shirt Joe gave her.
Joe's first bass. Before we said good-bye, Joe was nice
enough to show us one last bass - the first one he built. It
looked... 'rough', featured what seemed like a lot of pickups
and switches and knobs, and, of course didn't look like any of
the instruments he is making now. But this bass from the very
beginning of Joe's career actually made for a good and appropriate
ending to our visit - it helped serve as a nice reminder of how
every journey has a beginning somewhere. Joe has travelled a
very long road to come to where he stands now, and the bass world
has been very enriched by his ongoing commitment to intelligent,
useful innovation and high-quality bass building.
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