An especially beautiful example of a 4-string ZETA Jazz Fusion, both the one-piece neck and "scroll" of this violin and its two-piece top and back are made from roasted maple, with a natural finish that really shows off the crazy figure of the wood's figure. This violin has the '92 JLP Reissue" preamp, and it sounds every bit as gorgeous as it looks..
This is one of the most beautiful ZETA violins we've ever had in the shop. Its two-piece top and back, as well as its one-piece neck and pegbox, all made from roasted flamed maple, and finished with ZETA's "dark chocolate" sunburst. The combination of the roasting process and this particular finish really enhance the figure of the maple, giving this 5-string Jazz Fusion a truly stunning appearance.
This instrument also has the '92 JLP Reissue preamp, designed by ZETA in eplicate the classic tone Jean-Luc Ponty's original ZETA Jazz Fusion violins. The price includes a custom black ZETA-branded case, and ZETA's curved upper bout indicator (not shown in these photographs).
The ZETA Fusion is a semi-hollow construction of lightweight mahogany. Instead of a traditional tailpiece, it has a fixed attachment point for the strings that preserves the proper angle of strings across the bridge. There are no upper bouts, so fast shifts up and down the neck do not require the left hand to come around the upper part of the body. This can really increase up your improvisational freedom. For those who want that physical cue, a metal rod comes with the instrument that can be installed in the body to emulate the rib of the violin.
The Jazz Bridge has 2 sensors per string, and is much thicker than ZETA’s other bridges. It is height adjustable with a tiny allen wrench. There are two directional piezo pickups per string, perpendicular to each other. They read the movement of the string at 90 degree angles, effectively canceling out unwanted harmonics and bow noise. Each paired pickup signal is divided and run to separate internal gain controls so that the string level can be balanced for analog uses, while allowing the output to be separated cleanly for MIDI applications.
The Jazz bridge delivers a clean, electric violin tone that is favored by artists world-wide. The overall sound of the Jazz bridge is full and satisfying, and it transmits less bow change sound than then almost any other piezo transducer system. This is also the first of our Jazz Fusions equipped with the new "1992 JLP Jazz Reissue" preamp. Going forward, this will be the standard preamp on all Jazz Fusions. Its output is noticeably stronger than the previous version. The 1992 JLP Jazz Reissue preamp also has a crisper tone which cuts through a little more than the old preamp, which has a mellower sound.