Zion Guitar Technology - show me what you got!

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  1. funky

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    Ken, I'll make you a vid with the whole report on the Tremol-No. I can say that it is a pretty amazing gadget. For me personally, it's the coolest thing since the Floyd iteself.
     
  2. Baggins

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    Ken,

    No big deal about the name........*sniff* Actually, artwood sounds pretty high-end to me. Assuming that's what direction Zion needs to go in to develop more market share, it's smart to start a new category vs. a one-off name.
    -I'm gonna try to post a pic of my guitar here shortly!

    Chris
     
  3. KENHOOVER

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    NEW CUSTOM INLAY

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  4. r9player

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    very cool I like hte progression.
     
  5. Baggins

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    Ken,

    Is that inlay on an ebony fretboard? (and what is the pattern, exactly?)
    It's cool, but it looks like DNA to me.......

    Chris
     
  6. KENHOOVER

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    Yes, it is an ebony fretboard.
    From Dale Brown (owner)
    "The inlay design is called "Celtic Knot" and
    there's a Welsh dragon on the 12th fret."
    If you look closely, you can see the braid of the pattern as it weaves front to back.
     
  7. Baggins

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    Thanks, Ken.

    I knew DNA was a stretch, but working in healthcare makes the mind think a tad differently at times :NUTS

    I've read that ebony is quite time consuming to do an inlay on because it can't be CNC'd very easily. Is that still the case?
     
  8. shesky

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    Hi Ken,

    I'm sure this is like finding a needle in a haystack but what can remember about this one? Neck wood, body wood, pickups? Anything come to mind?

    thanks,

    shesky
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  9. shesky

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    Also Like to see more pics of this one!

    shesky
     
  10. KENHOOVER

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  11. KENHOOVER

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    It was called Carribean burst. Some kind of Seymour Duncan pickups. Looks like a JB junior in the middle. Rosewood fingerboard. Either Swampash or Basswood for the back. Are you the original owner?
     
  12. shesky

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    No, I am thinking about purchasing it. I can't get much help out of the shop it's at, but I should probably call instead of e-mail.

    thanks,

    shesky
     
  13. SouthernShred

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    if anyone wants to sell their Floyd equipped Zion, let me know
     
  14. Baggins

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    Here's a body shot of my Frosted Marble Radicaster.

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  15. Darth Tater

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    Well I'm just being cruel here....she's not for sale :dude

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    You are cruel...
     
  17. odd.lee

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    Click for hi-res.

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    Pickasso Model. Tone Monster.

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    You can not see the wear on the first picture due to the flash. This guitar plays just like it looks.

    Ken was unable to date the guitar by the serial number. I was able to date the pots, "9049". The 49th week of 1990. The guitar is in good shape considering how much it was played. The pictures you see now are after a very intensive cleaning (13 hours, with pictures step by step). I will be writing a how-to guitar clean up soon, probably this week because I am on spring break from college. Thanks Ken for answering all my questions! Truly an awesome guy. I will definitely order a custom Zion when I get out of college, when I can afford it. If anyone has any questions, shoot away! For the rest of you, Cheers.
     
  18. Baggins

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    Nice job on that guitar! In the late 80's my friends and I wore clothes that looked like that :) -Ah, high school.........

    Seriously, Zions are worth saving for. You won't regret holding out for a custom when the time comes.

    Chris
     
  19. guitardude5

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    That's a very cool looking guitar. I remember looking at the old brochures when that model was in production thinking how 'rad' or 'mint.' Did you get the Ultrasonic pickups for neck/bridge airbrushed to match with the guitar? I have to admit... I'm kinda jealous of that way cool paintjob.
     
  20. odd.lee

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    I questioned the originality of the pickups when I first received the guitar. Upon a closer inspection of the wiring and the pickups themselves, they are very original. The wear of the pickups are very correct to the guitar and all the wiring is (connected correctly) aged perfectly to the switches, pots, and pickups. I would say with all certainty this guitar never came with ultrasonic pickups (I have also never seen humbucker single coil sized ultras). The guitar is more than likely missing two painted pickup covers. Everything else seems to be in line.
     
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