Zon Sonus Standard 5
By Adam Prado
I’m a very picky person when it comes to tone and playability of a bass. It’s got to be an instant attraction and aural pleasure to be around. When I first saw the ZON Sonus Standard 5, at NorCal Bassix, it's quilted maple top reminded me of George Washington’s hair… don’t know why. I wasn’t really even in the market for a bass and didn’t really have any interest in Zon basses. Once I picked it up and played the bass it felt incredibly smooth and quick. The action of the bass was set very low, which I like. It was the first 5 string bass I was completely in love with at first play. I am more of a 4 string player, now turned to the dark side.
The Sonus standard model is constructed of maple with a quilted or burl veneer top and a bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fretboard. The bass was tuned to tenor specifications (E-A-D-G-C), which was something Janek Gwizdala really turned me on to. The tone is very modern sounding, not the best description you can give, but it’s exactly the tone I was looking for in a bass. Featuring Seymour Duncan Basslines soapbar pickups and active/passive circuitry as well as Hipshot tuners and bridge, the slap tone is just amazing on this bass, no crazy EQ switching or nothing. Finger style is just as beautiful and deep. Setup and ready to go out the box, this bass was a complete eye opener to me in the realm of 5 strings.
This bass is now my go-to bass whenever I start composing new material. I’m gaining a lot more confidence in my playing and have adjusted my right hand technique, which gives me the most fluid range of motion for my fingers and arm. It’s definitely a bass I would never give up.
It’s fortunate for me to say that Zon Guitars is a bridge toll away from me. I was having some issues with the neck and took it to Joe Zon. He’s the coolest dude you’ll ever get to deal with. I called up his shop in Redwood City, CA and they invited me out to check out the issue. Joe set it up in about 5 minutes and gave me truss rod Allen key. Awesome service and great guys to deal with.
So, the moral of the story is… if you’re in the market for a 5 string bass, definitely give Zon Guitars a look. Because I definitely didn’t think I would ever own a Zon, anything. In the price bracket Zon Guitars are listed at, it’s definitely worth a trip to your local ZON dealer.
Go out at play!