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Epiphone Zenith Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass   

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Classic design, elegant styling, and a smooth-as-silk feel.

Since 1873, Epiphone has been designing and making some of the most innovative and classic instruments including the Emperor, Broadway, Casino, Wilshire, Coronet and WildKat - just to name a few. The Epiphone Zenith Bass features classic design styling with an elegant profile that pays tribute to great Jazz guitars of the past. Its gypsy style cutaway provides easy access to all frets while its F-holes and upright style tailpiece pay homage to Epiphone's acoustic basses of the past.

FEATURES
  • NanoFlex and NanoMag pickups
  • Black hardware
  • 34" scale
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • 5-piece hard maple and walnut neck
  • 14" radius
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot markers
  • Chambered mahogany body
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EpiphoneZenith Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epi Zeniths (and cases ARE available)...

By ooglybong

from NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Zenith Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    This bass (as is the fretless version) is simply wonderful. I actually managed to find BOTH the fretted and fretless versions locally over the course of a couple of months and I ended up buying them both. They are perfect complements to each other, and both are *stellar* in pretty much every regard. A great-feeling neck and a staggering range of sounds on tap between the pickups and onboard EQ, then the blend knob. Great fit and finish (although my fretless was stamped 2nd on the headstock back—I can spot a few minor cosmetic niggles). Besides that, I personally LOVE the looks of these Zeniths; that's what led me to trying them out in the first place, but once I started playing one thru an amp... no way I was letting that fretless go (the first one I bought). They do NOT sound like other basses I've own (Yamaha BB5, Peavey USA Rudy Sarzo, Squier Fretless, Hofner Beatle bass) or have played (many), and I sorta think of them as going in a Steve Swallow direction (particularly the fretted version, of course). No, they don't sound 100% acoustic, but they can definitely get a great tonal vibe that would definitely fit into a more acoustic situation IMHO; they'd certainly make a great jazz bass, esp. in those situations that might normally expect an upright bass. That said, I think the Zeniths could also work in most rock contexts as well. YMMV, of course.

    Cons? Hmm... Well, they're just possibly a bit heavy, IMO, but then again, I've read reviews elsewhere proclaiming them to be "very light", so go figure—depends on whatever else yer used to, I guess. Also, the concentric knobs seem to like traveling with each other a bit when you're only turning one, but this is diminishing with more use. That's about it.

    Anyway, one important thing I wanted to post here was that the Epiphone site states the part number for the (pretty decent, IMO) hard shell cases they DO make (made?) for this bass (and I know because I have one for each of my Zeniths). Here's what the Epi site says:

    ZENITH Electric Bass - Fretted (formerly Triumph) 940-TRBCS
    ZENITH Electric Bass - Fretless (formerly Triumph) 940-TRBCS

    It's a bit late, of course, but still, I really hope this helps that first reviewer above, because the info is visually buried on Epi's Cases page in a looong list. My local dealer apparently also had a LOT of trouble finding this info—I waited several months before he managed to track one down for me—but the info is there.

    Finally, I *really* think that Epiphone dropped the ball in discontinuing these *fine* Zenith basses. Epi currently lists them as Discontinued over at their site, so the stock here at MF might simply be whatever they have left over. Get one while you can...

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Epiphone Zenith fretless bass

    By Mark Lindblom

    from Colorado

    Comments about Epiphone Zenith Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    Good accesability to upper range. Must be amplified for performance. No case or gig bag offered. Body too wide for standard case or bag. I even emailed Epiphone customer support for gig bag recomendation and got no response.
    Excellent tone control. Good playability.
    Beautiful appearance. Solidly built. A little body-heavy.
    Good value for the money.

    (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Zenith Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    SOunds exactly like an upright bass! string it up with some daddario tapewounds and youve got it made. A little expensive though

    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    amazing bass!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Zenith Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    when i first open the case i was shocked by the details of the bass its beautiful! looks very classic! but when i plugged her in i was in real shock because i never thought an epiphone can reach this levels..this bass is amazing and worth every cent!

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