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In Conversation with Joe Zon – Zon Guitars

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About This Episode

In today’s podcast we talk to US luthier Joe Zon – a must-watch for anyone interested in the art of bass building.

Joe Zon’s open-minded approach when it comes to design has led to some incredible basses, such as the headless VB model, the Sonus and Micheal Manring’s signature Hyperbass, which features a three-octave fretless neck and is capable of something around 10,000 tunings! Completely self-taught, Joe honed his craft at a time when there was little, if any, literature on how to build bass guitars or fix them, largely relying on his own intuition to further his progress. His handiwork has since drawn praise from the likes of Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Billy Gould (Faith No More), Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan) and Dick Lövgren (Meshuggah).

In this episode you're going to learn:

  • Why Joe founded Zon Guitars back in 1981.
  • All about his interest in graphite and composite necks.
  • How he developed the Hyperbass in conjunction with Michael Manring.
  • About his work with Bill Bartolini.
  • And much, much more…

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Scott :)