The Fourness 'Fuse': reviving and improving a classic violin
A new independent electric violin maker has arrived on the scene -- Evan Fourness is a highly trained and skilled luthier, having once served as head luthier for ZETA. Since that company's dissolution Evan has applied his knowledge and skills towards creating his own line of instruments and pickups. We now have the first fruits of his labor and are happy to report that the Fourness Fuse clears the bar once set by ZETA with ease! Imagine the classic ZETA Jazz Fusion violin re-interpreted by an individual craftsman with greater attention to detail. Add in upgraded components and reliable service after the sale as well, and you have the new Fourness Fuse violin. All of the components of the Fourness Fuse are newly made from scratch, to a high level of fit, finish and function. Evan’s double cutaway body represents a further evolution of a classic electric violin body shape that has gone through many versions in its 30 year history. His slim body width keeps the weight to 1.68 pounds (roughly average amongst solid body electric violins) and the body seems much more resonant than the old ZETA Jazz Fusions we’ve played. The removable upper bout attaches via a properly seated threaded insert with an adjustment set screw to lock in the angle of the bout rod in relation to the axis of the body. The Fourness Fuse violin features the new 'Monolith' pickup, an updated version of Richard McClish’s ground-breaking ZETA Jazz bridge design. The innovative Fourness Monolith pickup bridge helps solve the grounding issues common to the old ZETA violins that used the ZETA Jazz bridge, and offers an improved sound. The tone of the Fourness Fuse is noticeably more acoustic-sounding in nature than that of the ZETA Jazz Fusion as the frequency response curve of the Fourness Monolith bridge is more like an acoustic violin than the compressed range of the ZETA Jazz bridge. Both warmth and brilliance come through and the better your amp, the more of that you will hear. While on the one hand including a wider range of your tone and expression, the Fourness Monolith pickup manages also to filter out the unwanted thumps of bow changes! The first Fuses have a simple finish scheme – an attractive flamed maple top on a solid mahogany body, with maple neck, all with a clear satin varnish. Later, models will be available with finish upgrades in various colors and in a 5 string version. For fans of ZETA instruments, the Fourness Fuse is not just an acceptable alternative, but a true upgrade in every sense. We love the design, tone, quality and most of all Evan's reliability as an honorable manufacturer who stands behind his instruments. Says Fourness, “My goal is to provide an instrument with unmatched reliability and serviceability, with a sound (and look) that will inspire you to play for many years to come.” All Fourness violins listed 'In Stock' on our site will be available for immediate purchase – no deposit or wait required.