This deeply saturated transparent blue 5-string Zeta Jazz Fusion is a striking and dramatic instrument. If you love the richest shades of blue, this might be the perfect Zeta violin for you. There is a tiny, almost invisible finish flaw on the back of the violin -- the finish bubbled slightly up where the chin rest hardware contacts the body of the instrument. We have reduced the price of the violin by $40, to compensate for the flaw.
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.
- ‘ZETA’ ebony chinrest and ebony tailpiece
- Onboard preamp
- Onboard volume control