July 2020 . . . EVS's recent custom order put another Macassar Ebony JV45 build on our plate. Thought we'd like to see a little Macassar on a Classic CV45 while we were at it. Makes for a sweet couple don't you think?
Arriving this week at the Electric Violin Shop in Durham, NC USA are: 1. Custom JV45 Jazz Fusion 5-String, Macassar Ebony Top, Flame Redwood Back, Double-Edge Reissue Body, Flame Maple Neck. 2. Jean-Luc Ponty Signature Model, JLP5, Tobacco Burst 3. Acoustic Pro 5.
Also built . . . Custom CV45 Jazz Classic 5-String, Macassar Ebony Top, Roasted Basswood Body. Currently looking for a good home.
. . . and a custom Trans-Red Burst Acoustic Pro Jazz 5 with our new 5-channel internal preamp . . . heading out to Patrick Contreras for a high performance test-drive! ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA Violins is saddened at the passing of Charlie Daniels. The loss of a legend . . . a friend and supporter of ZETA throughout the many many years of his legendary career. He was much more than a Country Music Superstar. He was a wonderful human being. Perhaps Dolly Parton put it best: "The devil went down to Georgia, but Charlie went straight to Heaven." Our thoughts are with the Daniels family today. Rest in Peace Charlie, and thank you for making this world a better place. ... See MoreSee Less
Today I have the privilege of sharing the most recent work of Dr. Paul Miller, music theorist, musicologist and assistant Professor of Musicianship at Duquesne University. Following Dr. Miller's purchase of his ZETA Jazz 5-string violin in 2016, Paul was inspired to tackle Bach as never before . . . and his project: 'J.S. Bach: Six Suites for Solo Electric Violin' is a musical tour-de-force . . . a stunning achievement. More in depth details about Dr. Miller's projects found here: lauprellim.bandcamp.com/music and here: www.theoryofpaul.net/bach/. I encourage you to check out the scope of his work.
but for now . . . enjoy Telemann's Concerto . . . ZETA style! . . . and thank you Dr. Miller . . . each of you. ... See MoreSee Less
All four of us thank you for sharing this, Steve Carlson!!
Exquisite !! Wonderful. Great playing and beauty. Outstanding. You make it sound and look so natural and easy ! I love it. I'am so happy to listen anything you play it’s good for my ears and thanks for sharing. Very nice and lively 🎶 music!! Excellent!!
June 2020 . . . Week 1 . . . starting out strong for ZETA with 3 models shipped out to the Electric Violin Shop in Durham, NC. Arriving Wednesday this week: 1. SV24 Legacy White Strados Modern 2. JV44 Legacy White Jazz Fusion 3. JLP5 Signature Jazz Fusion
Variety is the spice they say . . . ZETA's late May 2020 shipments seem to reinforce that axiom: 1. Beautiful JLP5 Signature off to Pawtucket, RI 2. Stunning JV45 Artist Flame Top Trans-Blue Black-Edge Burst . . . headed south to Boynton Beach, FL 3. Kim's smile upon receipt of her Jazz Trans-Blue . . . well . . . says it all I think. 4. JV44 Jazz Fusion Legacy Black to Taranto, Italy 5. JV45 Jazz Fusion Legacy White to EVS, Durham, NC 6. Flame Top Cherry Burst Artist JV45 Jazz Fusion to EVS, Durham, NC
Enjoy your new fiddles!. Check out the comprehensive ZETA inventory at Electric Violin Shop in Durham, NC . . . and stay healthy and safe my friends! ... See MoreSee Less
Fretted models headed out recently . . . SV25 Strados Modern Flame Maple Top w/Tobacco Burst Finish . . . east bound to Bala Cynwyd, PA . . . and a JV45 Jazz Fusion Legacy Black . . . south bound to Independence, LA. Both models fretted and featuring our 'Z' style inlay. ... See MoreSee Less
Check it out . . . gorgeous ZETA Jazz Modern Viola arriving this week at the Electric Violin Shop in Durham, NC USA. Features Flame Roasted Maple Top, Mahogany Body, Cremona Burst Finish. ... See MoreSee Less
These album pictures represent some of our shipments thus far in 2020. After 5 weeks of shutdown . . . (since March 30th) . . . it's going to feel very good to have the full crew back and building ZETA instruments once again! This worldwide closure has been a very hard time for many and unbearable for so many others. Our thoughts and prayers include health and safety for all . . . and best wishes for all you musicians out there who just want to get back to work. ... See MoreSee Less
1st quarter 2020 started the year off right with a wonderful array of both customs and a good number of our ZETA standards. A 4th quarter 2019 request for a Classic body 'Cowboy' (new for us) produced a duo of 5-string beauties . . . Buckeye Burl and Spalted Flame Maple . . . that turned out spectacular and were a pure joy to build. What do you think? ... See MoreSee Less
Some very cool ZETA's built last year. Take a look . . . enjoy!The entire year of 2019 found us shipping to customers a very nice variety of Legacy, Artist and Custom models. I've listed some of our favorites right at the top of the album. Unfortunately the tyranny of production . . . combined with my time spent on ZETA's new Mandolin development . . . well . . . it kept me so busy I couldn't even get our shipment pictures posted. Very frustrating. I have sworn to do better in 2020 . . . but I did want to get the balance of 2019 shipments posted 1st. I trust you are all enjoying your new ZETA's! ... See MoreSee Less
Cannot say enough good things about my Zeta violins, amazing ! Thanks Steve and his Zeta team , keep up the amazing work !
Wish you would make the stratos crossover bass again ❤. I love mine but I need another one!
THE electric violin! 😍😍😍
Gracias por la insignia, soy muy agradecido , los violines ZETA son los mejores , completo estéticamente muy delicados , con los mejor micrófonos, midi y analógico . No me canso de ver vídeos donde demuestran la gran calidad profesional , humildemente mi opinión para este gran instrumento .!!!
Wo ist diese laden habich inteteres eine kaufen
Disponible ou dans le monde ?
Esta muy bien instrumento deseo adquirir un violín
BELGRADE, MONT. Steve Carlson, owner of ZETA Violins, well known as the founder of Flatiron Mandolins (1980-1993), as well as 7 years with Gibson resurrecting their Gibson mandolin line (1987-1993)...
NAMM 2020 was awesome in many respects. The Fiddle Player's Hang was over-the-top. Special thanks to Matt Bell for holding it, to Patrick Contreras for all his coordination behind the scenes and all the players for showing up to play. Hope we do it again next year.
It's been 28 years since I took a mandolin to the show and this year marked a true milestone for ZETA . . . introducing the first models in our new ZETA line of custom built acoustic and acoustic/electric mandolins. Scott Tichenor and J.P. Cormier took 'em out for a test drive on 'Lady Be Good'. Thank ya boys!
Come join us and give us a like. And a big welcome to our new ZETA Mandolin dealers: Elderly Instruments . . . Lansing, MI . . . (517) 372-7880 Carter Vintage Guitars . . . Nashville, TN . . . (615) 915-1851 The Mandolin Store . . . Surprise, AZ . . . (623) 933-8319
Wow! . . . so what do you get when you bring together top electric violinists for a blowout bash. Well . . . it was fantastic! One of my favorite moments was the jam hand-off from Ernesto Lago to Rob Flax. So many performances I will long remember. Well done everyone. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Holidays to each of you from the crew at ZETA Violins! We hope you had a great year. Thanks to all of you ours was fantastic and we're looking forward to 2020. In thanks and celebration we thought we'd bust out some moves for you to enjoy . . . so ENJOY! ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA's 'PHAT' Thursday jewel this week is a JV45 Reissue Trans-Red Black_Edge Burst featuring Flame Maple Top and Back with Imbus Neck and Gold Trim. This beauty is added to our 'Field of Dreams' inventory and available to ship . . . now.
ZETA shipments continue to be a varied selection of models with custom woods. Our PHAT series may have revealed a new ZETA favorite. We built a 2nd Tobacco Burst Modern with 2 necks (this time flame maple necks) only to sell it before we got to post it as a PHAT inventory item. Have to try again I guess. Our shipments went off to Sweden, Durham, NC (EVS), Washington, Florida, Illinois & Romania, (Fly Music). Enjoy your ZETA my friends!
This months repairs were iconic and a joy to work on. ZETA continues to repair our many road warriors out there . . . keeping them in tip top working order! ... See MoreSee Less
Evan Garr's new Strados Pro hit the ground running in Europe . . . on tour now with Jazz Legend Stanley Clarke. Evan's new Acoustic Pro features ZETA's Strados Bridge, geared Wittner fine tune pegs and Preamp Tray for easy access individual string volume adjustment/balancing.
On the eve of their European tour, Evan gave his Strados Pro a good warm-up with a performance at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Detroit . . . featuring Artist in Residence Stanley Clarke. The audience was in a trance! Take a listen here. vimeo.com/329204349
2019 Stanley Clarke European Concert Schedule: April 9th . . Cully, Switzerland . . . Cully Jazz Festival April 11th . . Fontaine, France . . . La Source April 13th . . Prala, Cape Verde . . . Kriol Jazz Festival April 16th . . Tampere, Finland . . . Tampere Hall April 17th . . Moscow, Russia . . . Dom Muziki April 19th . . St Petersburg, Russia . . . Music Hall April 20th . . Paris, France . . . Seine Musicale April 23rd . . Brno, CZ . . . Sono Centrum April 24th . . Nove Mesto nad Vahom . . . Blue Note April 25th . . Bratislava, Slovakia . . . Bratislava Jazz Days April 26th . . Prague, Czech Republic, State Philharmonie April 27th . . Wendelstein, Germany . . Jazz & Blues Open
For more info, venue, tickets, etc . . . goto: stanleyclarke.com/ (click on the 'Shows' link)
We hope you can attend one of these shows. A great opportunity to catch Evan on his ZETA Strados Pro or his custom ZETA Signature Jazz Fusion . . . performing with one of the true legends . . . Stanley Clarke! ... See MoreSee Less
Just prior to flying out on their European tour, Evan gives his Strados Pro a good warm-up with a performance featuring Artist in Residence Stanley Clarke. The audience was in a trance at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe! . . . Detroit. vimeo.com/329204349
I started playing (I mean learning) banjo when I was 18. My hero was John McEuen, banjo player and multi-instrumentalist with the Nitty-Gritty Dirt Band. 'Clinch Mtn. Backstep' and 'Randy Lynn Rag' ('Uncle Charlie' album) . . . unbelievable . . . I wore that album out. When I first saw the 'Dirt Band' perform live at Tulagi's on the Hill in Boulder, CO (circa 1972) . . . I could only marvel at John's banjo and fiddle playing. I grew to love that music more and more . . . and who could have guessed that love, that passion, would grow to mold my life and career.
John McEuen was first introduced to ZETA when John McFee (of the Doobie Brothers) loaned him his ZETA fiddle during a gig at Cheyenne Frontier days. It was the mid-80's and after that first introduction John pursued getting his own ZETA . . . and has been playing one ever since.
I've been following John's music and career for so many years, including the 'String Wizards', and enjoyed reading his recent book 'The Life I've Picked'. WOW - what a great read! So now here it is, ahh . . . well . . . ahh - a long time later, and as the owner of ZETA Violins I couldn't help but reach out and see if he was interested in replacing his old ZETA with one of our current Acoustic Pros. He thought it a grand idea and so his new ZETA fiddle was born (after a little collaboration of course).
In John's words: " It is unusual, this fiddle. I almost feel like someone 'did a deal with the devil' as from the first bow draw I sounded better than I ever have, which continued as I played it .... and then tried it out in a concert. It continued to make it just seem easier, and like a great book, it was hard to put down! Then taking it to its first show yesterday (Sat., 3/15), at the incredible Folly Theater in Kansas City, many people went out of their way to say 'that's a great fiddle'... Rodney Dillard (I had him on the show too) even commented that I had never sounded better and he has heard me since the beginning. Thank you Zeta/Steve for making my music , and because of it my show, better!" John McEuen…
. . . and thank you John McEuen . . . a full 'Circle' for me for sure my friend. Hope to see you on the road one of these days. ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA's shipments made it to the post office despite our snow and cold here in Montana. Shipping a very nice variety of Legacy, Artist and Custom models to North Carolina (EVS), Illinois, Texas, UK, Romania and Ecuador! Wow . . . 1st time to Ecuador. Enjoy your ZETA my friends! ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA's 'PHAT' Thursday offering this week is a Strados Modern featuring a Tobacco Burst Flame Top with a Straight Maple Neck, Traditional Pegbox and Gold Trim . . . available as either a SV24 or SV25. We made both a 4-string and a 5-string matching neck, so it can be ordered either way. Currently it is setup as a 4-string and added to our 'Field of Dreams' inventory . . . available to ship . . . now.
For general Ordering, Payment and Check-Out info . . . click on our 'FAQ's' link here: zetaviolins.com/faqs . . . and follow the questions, 'How to Order', 'Purchasing from Overseas' and 'Payment Options'. ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA's January shipments also included a nice trio of Cellos. Two headed off to Electric Violin Shop, Durham, NC. A Trans-Blue Artist and a Ensemble Model - Natural Alder Top with an oil finish. Check them out next time you stop by their shop! A special order Fretted model, also Alder top, was picked up at our ZETA shop by a Livingston, MT customer . . . quite fun to play. ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA's trip to NAMM this year was a great time hangin' with ZETA Artist Patrick Contreras. We enjoyed meeting up with Matt Bell of the Electric Violin Shop . . . and the many players and 'Violin People' at Matt's 'Violinist Meet-Up'.
Meeting with our friends, customers & vendors is always a good time. This year Patrick and ZETA spent a good amount of time testing equipment and lookin' for a good jam.
Wanted to go so bad!! Hope the show was a huge success!
Hi there. My name is Omar Puente and I am writing from the UK. Just to let you know that for more than 15 years I've done almost all of my concerts with Zeta violins. Best regards Omar. www.omarpuente.com
ZETA January shipments were out the door just as we left for NAMM in Anaheim, CA. This years early shipments included our 1st Jean-Luc Ponty models for 2019 . . . shipping to Fly Music in Romania (2-Imbus and 1 Fusion). Shipping to Electric Violin Shop in Durham, NC was an Acoustic Pro 4 and Pro 5 . . . plus a spectacular special order custom JV45 Trans-Blue Black Edge Burst, Flame Maple Top/Neck, Dbl-Edg, Dbl-Lam, with the 'Heartbeat' inlay in Silver Wire. A big 'BIG' thanks goes out to ZETA Artist Nicolas Draps for allowing us to use his personal design as a new ZETA insignia. I LOVE IT! Thank you Nico! (check out his work here: www.nicodraps.com/)
It was just in December we made the 1st Trans-Top Green with Black Body/Neck and I'm lovin' that combo. Our 1st in 2019 is a Trans-Red Black Body/Neck heading out to Russia.
Sometimes when your not sure which model you want to order we send out a demo so you can try the 'sound and feel' of a particular model over another . . . perhaps its Jazz vs Strados, Imbus vs Fusion, Wide vs Sandard or Slim, etc. Our final violin shipment was just that . . . a Reissue Black Imbus to Pennsylvania. Can't wait to make his custom. Enjoy your ZETA my friends! ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA's 'PHAT' Thursday delight this week is a CV45 . . . a Jazz Classic featuring a Tobacco Burst Flame Top and Neck with traditional Pegbox and Gold Trim. This beauty is added to our 'Field of Dreams' inventory and available to ship . . . now.
What are the reasons for the prices for these violins? They are excellent violins, but however.... Why such prices? Just for the brand? The components of the sound card or the bridge are not so expensive ...
Where can I listen to its sound?
Zeta classic! Beautiful and great electric violin!
It's 'PHAT' Thursday here at ZETA. Today marks the beginning of our weekly 'FOD' series . . . ZETA's very own 'Field Of Dreams'. This weeks 'PHAT' offering is a beautiful JV45 Reissue Trans-Blue Black_Edge Burst, Flame Maple Top, Imbus Neck with Gold Trim . . . all dressed up and ready to ship.