As you know . . . we love custom builds here at ZETA. This JV45 Roasted Roasted Roasted, Double Flame Edge, Slim Neck, Reissue Imbus took over a year to finalize all the details and finish up. Our final email correspondence, both shipment and receipt, seem to sum it up.
From June 12, 2020: (notice of shipment) " Evan, all finished and shipping Monday. Man Evan . . . this one is so spectacular . . . we've made quite a few stunners . . . but this one is my favorite. I so hope you love her! " Steve
June 19, 2020: (notice of receipt) " Steve, WOW! I am blown away and over the moon with this thing. Stunning! Kudos to you and your shop on a simply beautiful instrument. I cannot wait to get music going on it. Thank you for your patience with me on this. Much, much appreciated. " Evan
This beauty was special in so many ways . . . the Flame Bound Double Edge look, the Flame Veneered Imbus Peghead, the Slim Neck and rich Caramel Brown Burst. Evan reports that to date he has done many 'Zoom' concerts around the world and is loving her as I hoped. B e a u t i f u l ! ... See MoreSee Less
September 2020 . . . a nice cross-section of ZETA models left our shop. Custom, Artist and Legacy . . . Jazz, Strados and EV . . . all headed out to customers from Idaho and Colorado . . . to Electric Violin Shop in Durham, North Carolina. Journey On! ... See MoreSee Less
Ernesto Lago sent us his special birthday tribute to our good friend and long time supporter Jean-Luc Ponty. Thank you Jean Luc for the many years sharing your musical genius with us all. Hope your day was special in every way possible!
. . . and thank you Ernesto for putting together this wonderful tribute to 'THE MAN'. ... See MoreSee Less
Our long awaited ZETA Stage Mandolins start shipping out this week!
Tom Murphy and Quinton King stopped by to take 'em for a spin and record a few tunes. Tom has been a beta tester for us since day one of this project . . . and he's always so cordial in playing some of my favorite tunes. In this case . . . we launch with a jamtastic version of Jesse James, which is not a regular tune in his arsenal, but he jams on it for me . . . so I can learn some new licks each time.
Our videos will demonstrate the 'acoustic' properties of our mandos as well as our unique polyphonic Strados bridge pickup system . . . which successfully amplifies the true acoustic tone of the instrument with no 'boom box' effect.
Watch for the magic finger . . .center screen . . . transition from totally acoustic to pickup amplification. ... See MoreSee Less
It's a head turner for sure . . . ZETA's JV45 Jazz Fusion custom order from Electric Violin Shop, Durham, NC USA . . . and from what I here the customer is quite happy. Features Burl Flame Maple Top with a Charcoal-Cherry Burst . . . complimented with a matching Mahogany Back and Straight Maple Neck.
Custom orders are a joy to work on here at ZETA. The process starts with wood selection for the custom model. In this case . . . 13 tops were perused for 'that one' . . . that 'chosen one' that would become the Charcoal-Cherry Burst of someone's dreams.
Which one would you have chosen? Browse thru Burl Choices 1-13 here and pick your favorite. ... See MoreSee Less
'Enquanto o Corona' . . . translates . . . 'While the Corona'.
Certainly during this time so many of our friends and customers are struggling with performance venues worldwide being shut down. We pray daily that this will change soon . . . specifically to see venues, events and social occasions start to rebound in a safe, successful and sustainable manner.
So many of you have been hard at work producing and recording at home and broadcasting wherever possible. Keep up the great work!
A hardy thank you goes out to our friend, Brazilian artist Cassio Poletto, who was so kind to share with us his recent performance of 'While the Corona' (composer Paulo Calasans). It is a pleasure to share with everyone. I trust you'll enjoy as I have. I love seeing his vintage White Jazz Imbus hanging in there after 30+ years on the road in Brazil . . . awe . . . that classic ZETA Sound! ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA Jazz Reissue's continue to represent. The iconic styling never grows old . . . beautiful and timeless as ever. These two ZETA Reissue Whites shipped out last week. A 4-String JV44 traveling to Indianapolis, IN and a 5-String JV45 making the big trip . . . all the way to the Czech Republic . . . arriving just in time for the concert! :)
On the bench this week . . . a Fretted Neck addition to a JV45 Legacy Black . . . shipped back to New York, NY to a happy camper. ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA's beautiful 'The Journey' model Strados® 4-String Modern with Roasted Flame Top/Neck and Shaded Cremona Finish has made it's own 'journey' successfully . . . making it all the way to Manama, Bahrain this week. Arrived today. Happy Trails! ... See MoreSee Less
Arriving today at Fly Music, Bosanci Romania . . . ZETA's Jean-Luc Ponty Signature Model with our 'SLIM' Fusion Neck option. Check it out . . . it's a fast and friendly playing experience. Ask for Alex to schedule a tryout. ... See MoreSee Less
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