34 Years and it’s Time to Celebrate

For over 3 decades ZETA instruments have brought advanced form and function to the world of electric analog/digital violins, violas, cellos and basses. Legendary: for the silky smooth tone of the Jazz Fusion; the edgy acoustic throat of the Strados Modern; the full-bodied traditional voice of the EV Acoustic. Whatever you want . . . Zeta delivers! Professional quality instruments that enhance the artist’s performance, opening the door to unlimited creativity and musical self-expression.

 


Zeta’s three exclusive pickup systems deliver a wide range of analog tones for use in varying stylistic recording and performance applications.

Zeta violins are specifically designed for use by discerning musicians in a variety of musical genres. Stylistic and versatile, the Zeta sound delivers tone without compromise; for the local venue, recording studio, or concert stage. The ultimate in creative expression, ZETA Violins …the Player’s Choice.

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Welcome ZETA artist Gabe Gladstein, an accomplished jazz/fusion electric violinist from California. Gabe is a long-time ZETA player and discerning ZETA enthusiast. Perhaps many of you have followed his YouTube channel.

I first met Gabe on a pivotal Monday morning . . . January 5, 2015 to be exact. I say pivotal because our chance meet-up at the ZETA shop in Montana served to launch me enthusiastically into ZETA's latest journey. I've dubbed it the 'Journey Forward . . . to 1992'. Ever since we re-launched ZETA I have been wanting to revisit the 1992 era of ZETA violins. The classic LOOK and details of the '92 Jazz Fusion . . . and the SOUND.

Obviously . . . for some of you . . . I refer to Jean-Luc Ponty's classic original ZETA 1992 Jazz Fusion 5-string instrument. And to my good fortune, who'd of thunk . . . Gabe happens to own this beautiful historic instrument, yes . . . the exact instrument that Jean-Luc recorded over 6 albums with during the 90's and beyond. Fortunately, Gabe and I shared the same passion for reviving this instrument . . . and so, on that day in early January, the journey began.
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A 2nd big shout out to Natalie . . . the new 2015 Young Adult Fiddle Champ, Weiser, Idaho. Bringing home the bacon girl . . . you're rockin' it! ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to ZETA artist Natalie Padilla Koob and her mother Nancy Padilla . . . the new 2015 National Twin Fiddling Champs, Weiser, Idaho. Awesome job!!!
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ZETA ViolinsYou're #1 . . . You're #1 . . . Weiser Twin Fiddling Results . . . You're #1

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ZETA 5-string Acoustic Pro plugging in at church Beato Nunzio in Taranto, Italy, with Francesco Greco . . . Odissea in Rock! ... See MoreSee Less

While our recent trip to England and France was quite fruitful (more on that later) . . . I missed out on Natalie being in town trying out a custom Jazz Modern. She got together for a bit of a jam with Mike Parsons and James. Thankfully she sent me a couple of videos. It was a ZETA jam for sure . . . with 3 ZETA's trading licks. ... See MoreSee Less

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Dan EmmettSounds great! Very cool to hear the difference in the older and newer acoustic pros!

2 months ago   ·  1

Corinne L RhoadesThese people are so remarkable they amaze me beyond telling!

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ZETA Violins added 6 new photos to the album: Spalted Tops - Fusion Body.

Current selection of spalted tops available for custom order - Fusion.
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Current selection of spalted tops available for custom order - Fusion.

ZETA Violins added 6 new photos to the album: Spalted Tops - Modern Body.

Current selection of spalted tops available for custom order - Modern.
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Current selection of spalted tops available for custom order - Modern.

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Kata Tóth, Mike Szymanski and 74 others like this

Annice JonesI would love to have a Zeta!

2 months ago

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Thank you Jerald Daemyon for sharing your talent with our kids across the country. Making time for them while on tour last week is time very well spent my friend. It gave all of us here a great big smile. ... See MoreSee Less

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A big welcome to ZETA artist Dan Emmett. This Texas lone star fiddler plays some smooth country fiddle and we love it! Dan is reporting some great feedback from fellow musicians regarding the sound of his new ZETA 5-string Acoustic Pro. Here's a clip of his recent gig with Brandon Jenkins at Whiskey Girl Saloon in Ft. Worth, TX. We here at ZETA are looking forward to documenting the upcoming build of Dan's custom Spalted Maple 5-string Modern fiddle with the 'Cowboy' trim . . . and that's gonna be a big YeeHaw!!! Keep those video's coming Dan. ... See MoreSee Less

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Coming out of the booth this week and heading East . . . just may be my new favorite . . . Dark Chocolate Roasted Burst.
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Evidently bored with the tropics of Montana, Serial No 0035 packed up this week and headed east . . . way far east . . . as in Eastern Europe. Enjoy your new home my friend. I'm glad we have this video to remember you by. ... See MoreSee Less

Performance video from the 'ESP Guitars' stage at NAMM where Michelle Lambert joined Jason Charles Miller playing 'You Get What You Pay For'. ... See MoreSee Less

Meeting up with ZETA artist Michelle Lambert at NAMM was a treat. Looking forward to summer NAMM . . . lots of shreddin'! ... See MoreSee Less

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Michelle LambertDo great to meet you in person Steve!!!

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At January NAMM, Dennis and I had the chance to sit down with ZETA founder Keith McMillen at his KMI booth. We had a great time reminiscing about the 'good old days', and time to discuss the current ZETA company, plans going forward, the state of MIDI, etc. I loved the opportunity to show him the 2015 ZETA Jazz Fusion 5-String with Flame Maple Top/Neck we brought to the show. Keith gave us a solid 'Two Thumbs Up!' It was nice to be able to thank Keith in person for so kindly answering the many questions I had while re-launching ZETA Violins. ... See MoreSee Less

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ZETA ViolinsHey Doug - man, that F-5 Artist must sound really good now. I was just in the old neighborhood - flew out of Philly International yesterday!

3 months ago

Christopher VitasSteve, you rock! Keith too!!

4 months ago   ·  1

Doug LeamanBTW - steve came to visit me last month and we took a drive thru the old neighborhood. When we got your house we both said - there's DENNIS! haha

3 months ago

Doug LeamanWell well, look who I stumbled upon - Dennis Balian. I still have my Flatiron F5 Artist. Remember I had you sign the edge of the label? Steve Carlson is on the main sig. line. Still in beautiful condition, play it all the time and I will never part with that axe. I'm playing a lot of violin also. I see your helping Mr. Carlson ressurect ZETA. Very cool! They look and sound awesome. I like the one the guy is holding in his hands. Sure with I had a low C.

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For David Culberson. My dear friend since grade school. Max and I hope to see you soon. ... See MoreSee Less

If it ever warms up back east, this #0023 is going to find its way to our good friends in North Carolina. It's ready to ship . . . ... See MoreSee Less

ZETA Violins is privileged to be making a matched set of 4 ensemble instruments for the Frost School of Music University of Miami. We look forward to documenting the build of their matching Jazz Fusion Violins, Cello and Bass in the coming months. This week we sent off to Coral Gables, Florida the first of two 5-String Jazz Fusion Violins (Serial No 0050). It arrived safely and will be played tonight in a concert performance being held in conjunction with the grand opening of their new music building. We're hoping to get a video snippet of that performance . . . but in the meantime . . . here's James warming it up. ... See MoreSee Less

Antonio Carlos Gomes, Ionica Stiopon and 11 others like this

Omar StringSlinger PhoenixWould it be possible to get some direct to board samples? Amplifiers recorded with a camera mic don't accurately represent Zeta violin pickup tones in my experience.

4 months ago   ·  1

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Special order for Serial No 0022 finished up this week and is outbound to it's new home in Austin, Texas. Yeehaw . . . what a beauty with natural finish and black hardware. We hope you enjoy your fiddle Mr. Jones. James gave it a test drive for ya. ... See MoreSee Less

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Omar StringSlinger PhoenixWho in Austin? I live there! Looking to get a trans red five string Jazz Fusion.

4 months ago

Dan EmertMighty fine Mr Schlender

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Kyle LaneySounds great, bro

3 months ago

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A recent order has kept me busy building out our 1st ZETA Strados Acoustic 5-String. A timely shop visit from James Schlender yesterday provided the chance to fire it up in style. While I wasn't exactly sure what to expect . . . Engine #44 did not disappoint. Make sure you hang for ending tune . . . 'Huckleberry Hornpipe'. ... See MoreSee Less

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Omar StringSlinger PhoenixI'm SO glad you guys are back. I actually have an old school Acoustic Pro E series version that I'd like to have a Jazz pickup installed on. It has the 9 volt preamp. Can you inbox me? Thanks!!!!

5 months ago

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While at NAMM Michelle wanted to test out FuchsAmps and ZETA tagged along to record it. Crank it up! ... See MoreSee Less

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Raggy Singhstop it, you're putting us guitarists to shame!

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Taryn Marie1:57 🎉😍

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Michelle Lambert@BritishAudioService

5 months ago

Rick MeltonHey the girl can sing too lol talented

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Had a blast at NAMM where ZETA artist Michelle Lambert joined Jason Charles Miller playing a nice long set on stage at 'ESP Guitars'. One of my favorite tunes was Jason's . . . 'As Good Love Goes' . . . showcasing the softer side of Michelle's playing on the sweeter side of her ZETA Strados Modern. That's country! ... See MoreSee Less

We're taking it to Nashville with ZETA artist Michelle Lambert playing at 'Honky Tonk Central'. Michelle is loving her new Burl Maple Strados Modern. Check it out! ... See MoreSee Less

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Taryn MariePresley Rose

6 months ago   ·  2

Tim MillerShe's awesome!!! Great sounding violin too!

6 months ago   ·  1

Michael LambertBro Kenny needs one of these!!!

6 months ago   ·  1

Michelle LambertLove love love this Zeta Strados!!! She's a beautiful instrument and plays like a beast!!!

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1st up in 2015 . . . Flame Maple Modern (Natural), Flame Koa Fusion, Flame Maple Fusion (Tobacco Burst), Flame Koa Modern (w/'the Cowboy' Trim - Ebony Bound)
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Maxine Love CarlsonGorgeous!

6 months ago

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A Happy New Year shout out to our friends and family in Bullhead City, AZ . . . where prior to yesterday, it hadn't snowed in 50 years . . . maybe longer. So here's a tune for your chilly listening pleasure, button up and sing along. ... See MoreSee Less

Willie Schubert, Stoufa Selmi and 12 others like this

Phyllis WellbrockThanks. No Electricity for 3 hours and a blizzard outside. We needed Frosty the Snowman. Thanks. Have a Happy New Year. Can't wait to see you guys. Always so enjoyable. Love Phyllis and Clarence 'Tank' Wellbrock.

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ZETA ViolinsThe National Weather Service confirmed that yesterday's snowfall in Bullhead City, AZ and Laughlin, NV made history: A trace of snow - the first-ever reported - was recorded at CCFD Station 76 in Laughlin (a NWS co-op weather station).

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Had a relaxed and entertaining recording session with Natalie and James this week. Very nice way to finish up the year here at the ZETA shop. A couple of pros on a couple of Pros. Quite fun. Happy New Year from ZETA Violins. ... See MoreSee Less

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Maxine Love CarlsonBest wishes to ZETA for a happy and prosperous new year!!

6 months ago

Pam HenleyThe absolute BEST rendition ever! Thanks so much, and here's to a great new year!

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You know the evening is magical when every tune played seems like one of your favorites. Jazz favorite 'Cherokee' stood out with both James and Craig's playing . . . oh my word! ... See MoreSee Less

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Sean ConleyOne of my favorite standards! Always loved watching Max Roach blaze on this song.

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Fantastic evening at the Cikan House concert with James Schlender and Craig Hall. 1st night out for ZETA's Acoustic Pro 5-string. ... See MoreSee Less

Stoufa Selmi, James Newville and 7 others like this

Maxine Love CarlsonAwesome concert! Thank you Frank & Jirina for opening your home to these incredibley talented musicians and to the rest of us who so thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks also to Doug and Sandy, Steve Carlson for the gorgeous and expressive Zeta's and of course, James and Craig - extraordinary!!

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About Us

. . . meet the ZETA team

James Schlender

James, a native of Montana, grew up in a home filled with the sound of guitar and mandolin being played by his father, a traditionalist in the old-time sty[Read more]

LoudBox Artist

"I lead a flat life here at Zeta Violins. Sure, I'm supposed to hang in the background, I know that. But give me a break. Turn my knobs please. Add some co[Read more]

Natalie Padilla Koob

Originally from Montana, Natalie began fiddling at the age of 3 under the instruction of her mother, acclaimed fiddler & composer Nancy Padilla; soon a[Read more]

Steve Carlson

Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Steve moved to Bozeman, Montana to study Architecture at MSU in 1972. His passion for banjo playing led him to opening a music[Read more]

Daniel Roberts

Dan began his instrument making career in 1989 with Flatiron Mandolin and Banjo Company (at that time a division of Gibson Guitar). His first responsibilit[Read more]

Jamie Carlson Henley

Jamie, born and raised just north of Bozeman, grew up in a world that seemed to revolve around musical instrument production. Even on weekend visits to her[Read more]

Helen Beausoleil

With over 20,000 instruments having passed through her hands (give or take a few hundred), Helen is what you might call an expert . . . and of course, that[Read more]

Phil Brug

Phil was born and raised in the Cody area of Wyoming. His parents were some of the last homesteaders in the United States. Growing up farming and ranching [Read more]

Dennis Balian

A consummate musician, Dennis spent much of his early life playing music (guitar and fiddle) for a living. If not on the ski slopes at nearby Bridger Bowl[Read more]

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