Zion Guitar Technology - show me what you got!

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  1. KENHOOVER

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    It is a Classic Maple with extras.
    effective 4/25/07
    MSRP $3095
    AAAAA Quilt Maple Top $250
    Ebony finger board $60
    Barden pickups $250
    Black hardware $125
    Recessed Original Floyd Rose with locking nut $250
    Matching Headstock $150

    Before you jump to any conclusions, bear in mind these are retail prices. See a dealer for purchase price : http://www.zionguitars.com/main.asp?template=contact&level1=Zion%20Dealer%20Network This a dolled up piece. You are paying for extras.
     
  2. Darth Tater

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    Ken, on that classic maple on my previous post, can you tell me when it was made going by the serial number? I bought it for 1500.00 today, I have never been this excited about a guitar purchase. This will be my second zion.


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    Ken,

    Just wondering when was the moment you thought, "Wow, I really am doing something good with this job."
     
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    There was never a moment like that! This job seems more glamorous than it really is. Don't get me wrong! I am very thankful, I was able to do it. It is harder than you think and there are much more lucrative jobs. You do it more for love than money!
     
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    This is just another reason why Ken Hoover is such a great guy, and why Zion's are such great guitars.

    I admire and have a lot of respect for you, Ken. I feel honored and privileged to know you.

    Ed Wilson
     
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    Coming from a guy that had such a huge collection (already had sold 10 when photos were taken) the honor and privilege is mine! and for such a noble cause!!

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    I for 1 have wanted a Zion for a long time; maybe someday.....
     
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    I echo Ed's feelings. I'm originally from the Greensboro area, visited the shop when I was 18. From then on, I've always dreamed of owning a Zion. Now that I have acquired two, I'm ready to sell my other guitars just to get more Zions. They are the best made guitars I know of period and Ken has been a gracious advisor to all of us Gear Heads. It's very rare to have this kind of contact with such a master luthier. THANKS KEN.

    My question of the week - I've seen some pictures on your myspace from the collection of Jonathon S. Fiermonti. Through a freak trade I indirectly acquired his Denim Blue Custom that is pictured with a beautiful Ninety. Does anyone know him and if he still has that guitar?

    Thanks
     
  12. guitardude5

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    Hi Ty, that's me, Jonathan. Been a bit since I've posted on this thread. Congrats on picking up that Classic Maple! It is actually Royal Mist in color. I know Scott changed the pups. Does it still have the Anderson pickups? I still think about that guitar a lot. Unfortunately, I don't have that Ninety anymore. I sold it to a fellow TGP member. He was actually looking for a really nice dressed up Ninety for a bit, and I got to talking with him. He was diagnosed terminally ill, and didn't have much time left. I wound up selling him that guitar. Sadly, I think he may have passed. He hasn't been on TGP since last September. I'm glad to know he was able to enjoy that great guitar.
     
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    I'm one of the guys who actually sold a set of Bardens for over $700. I think it was somewhere around $750. The guy who bought them LOVED them. He was so happy to have a set. About 3 weeks after I sold them, Barden had a press release saying the pups were going to be made again. I had no idea they were going to be in production again. I felt bad, but a lot of high end gear is a gamble. I was just talking with my brother earlier today about trends in gear. In the late 80's/early 90's, amps were bigger and louder - 100 watts+ and multiple speaker cabinets loaded with 4x12 speakers brought big money. Have a look in the emporium, you can get some really good deals right now. The entire high end market is soft. What I have noticed is that low wattage amps with power scaling is the latest trend still commanding great resale. How about pedals you can't get anymore - Fulltone '69's going for over $250 on ebay:messedup. Certain swirly painted pedals selling for 7 to 8X the original price. Who would have thought. The trick is to announce it's no longer made or treat your customers in a disinterested manner. We're a strange bunch (gear hounds)
     
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    SHOT TAKEN BEFORE HE STARTED SELLING THEM TO PAY FOR HIS WIFE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL. GOOD CHOICE! FAMILY BEFORE GUITARS!!

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    Thanks, Ken. It's easy to get some nice guitars, (warning - after school special ahead:rolleyes:) but it's not easy to get an education. I still have five of those guitars. I'll put off selling them as long as possible. Hopefully I won't have to. My wife, Christen, is pregnant with twins right now, so I may have to sell off a few more to pay the diaper bill:moon.
     
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    Love that Primera. Do you take bits of string?

    I can also add my left nut to even the trade.

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    Is it bone or graphite?
     
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    :jo If I was ever in a pickle and had to widdle away my guitars, my #9 Keaggy would certainly be the last of the Zions to go. I wish more people could get their hands on them to try. They would surely dig it. It is one of the easiest, best playing guitars I have ever held. It's also one of the prettiest, IMHO. Sorry no trades on it:nono
     
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    Here's a sweet ZION I found in Japan. I just figured out how you guys were uploading pictures - I think??? (and I'm a Video/Mac engineer!!) Enjoy! Got more if you want em...

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    Ty Roberts
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  20. guitardude5

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    Ty,

    That guitar is just gorgeous! My wife asked me what was wrong when I said, "WOW!" I guess I startled her a bit. :worried When you said you found it in Japan, were you saying you just bought another one? Or were you pointing out a hot lookin' guitar?

    Jonathan
     
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