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Zon Sonus519 Operating instructions
Contents
G U I T A R S
Owner’s Guide
Operating Instructions and Warranty
Sonus
Legacy
Mosaic
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Birth certificate ........................................................................................2
Introduction ..............................................................................................3
Caring for your new Zon bass..................................................................4
Adjustments..............................................................................................5
Bridge ................................................................................................5
Pickups ..............................................................................................6
About set-up........................................................................................8
Important note about truss rod adjustment ........................................9
Truss rod adjustment for Mosaic ........................................................9
Truss rod adjustment for Mosaic Pro................................................10
Electronics ..............................................................................................11
ZP-2S................................................................................................12
ZP-2D & ZP-2DM..............................................................................14
ZP-3D ..............................................................................................16
Internal controls ..........................................................................18
Piezo EQ ....................................................................................18
ZP-4 ..................................................................................................20
ZB-2 ..................................................................................................22
ZB-3 ..................................................................................................24
ZB-4.0 & ZB-4.3................................................................................26
ZB-5 ..................................................................................................28
ZB-6 ..................................................................................................30
ZDP 1 & ZAP-3 ................................................................................32
ZAP-1................................................................................................34
S2 Lightwave ....................................................................................35
Calibration instructions for S2 Lightwave system ......................37
Piezo voicing DIP switch settings ..............................................37
Preliminary optical alignment ......................................................39
Intonation ....................................................................................39
Warranty ................................................................................................40
Parts & Update Information ....................................................................40
© 2005 Zon Guitars.
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Birth Certificate
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Model:
Thank you for making your choice a ZON bass. Crafted by artisans with
a passion for building each instrument as if it was their very own, your
bass is the culmination of classic hand-craftsmanship and the best in
contemporary materials.
Serial number:
Date of manufacture:
The neck and body of your bass were completely crafted in our Redwood
City facility. The import models are carefully scrutinized in our facility to
meet our standards of quality. This meticulous attention to detail, comfort and aesthetics is our hallmark, ensuring you a bass with a lifetime
of reliable service and playing enjoyment.
Color:
Woods: Core
Pickups:
Top
Electronics: ZP-2S / ZP-2D / ZP-2DM / ZP-3 / ZP-4
ZB-2/ ZB-3 / ZB-4.0 / ZB-4.3 / ZB-5 / ZB-6 /
ZDP-1 / ZAP-3 / ZAP-1 / Lightwave S2
Careful thought has been put into the design and creation of each
model we offer. Each component is selected to work with and complement the other in order to achieve the distinctive voice prescribed for
that particular model bass.
Pickups and electronics are designed exclusively for Zon and made to
our specifications from the highest-quality components. The hardware is
machined to precision tolerances in order to facilitate accurate, stable
tuning and micro-fine adjustments.
Hand-selected, premium-grade woods were used in the construction of
your instrument and finished by hand to achieve a lasting beauty. The
fretwork is also dressed by hand, and the instrument thoroughly set-up,
adjusted and tested prior to shipment, ensuring a bass with optimum
playability and performance.
Final inspection by
Zon Guitars
780 Second Ave.
Redwood City, CA 94063 USA
Telephone: 650-366-3516
Fax: 650-366-9996
Email: customerservice@zonguitars.com
http://www.zonguitars.com
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Introduction
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The contents of this Owner’s Guide are filled with valuable information
about your new instrument. Please read it carefully to learn how to care
for your bass and before making any adjustments. If you are uncomfortable with any of the procedures contained in this manual, take your
instrument to a qualified repairperson. In the event you should need
special assistance, please contact us at toll free at 1 877 PLAY ZON or
via the web at www.zonguitars.com.
Sincerely,
Joseph M. Zon
President, Zon Guitars
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Caring For Your New Zon Bass
By design, your bass is virtually maintenance-free, making it a consistently reliable tool. Here are a few things that will help preserve the
beauty and performance of this instrument for years to come.
General
Avoid exposure to extreme temperature changes. When bringing your
bass inside from a cold environment, keep the case closed. Allow the
instrument to acclimate by waiting until the case warms to room temperature before opening it. This will allow the instrument’s wood and finish
to expand at the same rate, preventing the finish from shattering.
Likewise, do not leave your instrument in direct sunlight or in the trunk
of a car on a hot day. Temperatures in a car trunk can exceed 212
degrees F (100 degrees C). Extended exposure to this condition can
cause severe damage to the instrument.
Periodically check all the screws and string saddles to make sure
everything is tightened snug and working properly.
Finish
The finish on your bass is a catalyzed polyester coating, formulated to
be impervious to moisture and far more durable than lacquer. It can be
cleaned using Zon Finesse, a cleaner specially made for this type of finish. Do not use furniture polish or cleaners on your bass, they build up
and turn gummy.
Fingerboard
Cleaning the phenowood fingerboard on our composite necks can be done
using a small drop of WD-40 on a cloth and working it into the surface.
Cleaning the rosewood/pau ferro fingerboard on our wood necks can be
done using a small amount of lemon oil and working it into the wood grain.
Adjustments
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Your instrument has been completely adjusted and set up by our technicians. Due to shipping, personal playing preferences and circumstances
beyond our control, some minor adjustments may be required. If you
are inexperienced with any of the following procedures, take your instrument to a qualified repairperson.
The adjustments in this book are for reference purposes only. Zon Guitars
assumes no liability for damage to the instrument caused by improper adjustments or modifications as a result of viewing this information.
Bridge
Your instrument is equipped with
a two-way adjustable Zon bridge.
Adjustments to this bridge optimize string height and intonation. Fig. 1. Turning each saddle’s hex
screws adjusts the string height.
Adjusting string height. Insert
the 1.5mm hex key (supplied)
into one of the small hex screws
saddle heights
located at the corner on each
side of the saddles’ leading edge
(see Fig. 1).
Turning the hex key clockwise
fingerboard radius
raises the saddle, increasing
string height. Turning counterclockwise lowers the saddle,
Fig. 2. Adjust saddle heights to match
decreasing string height. It is
the fingerboard radius.
important that the saddle heights
follow the fingerboard radius for
proper playability (see Fig. 2). To
check this, sight down the fingerboard from the nut toward the
bridge and make sure that the
saddles follow the curvature of
the fingerboard.
Setting intonation. Adjust the
Fig. 3. Turning each saddle’s travel
Phillips-head travel screw on the screw adjusts the string’s intonation.
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bridge’s back edge (Fig. 3). Rotating this screw counterclockwise moves
the saddle forward (toward the neck), causing the string pitch to raise
(become sharp). Rotating the screw clockwise moves the saddle backward (toward the bridge), causing the string’s pitch to lower (become flat).
The instrument is perfectly intonated when the harmonic at the 12th fret
and the fretted note at the 12th fret are equal in pitch.
Adjusting the soapbar-style pickups (Fig. 5 & 6). To begin, the
mounting of these pickups was designed to eliminate springs and provide a rigid fix to the body. In this design, two screws on the pickup’s
face pull down while two screws located through two holes in the pickup
push up.
For more information on adjustments, visit the Zon Guitars web site, at
http://www.zonguitars.com.
Turn screws to adjust height
Pickups
The pickups on your bass should be set for equal balance of volume
from the neck to the bridge position, as well as from string to string. The
pickups should be set close to the strings for maximum output, but not
so close that the strings contact the pickup surface when played. String
contact with the pickup will mar the surface and send unwanted transients through your amp, possibly causing damage to it.
Please note: When adjusting pickup heights, care should be taken not
to overtighten the screws, as damage may occur to the pickup.
Fig. 5. Two screws adjust the pickup height, while two lock the pickup in
place.
Adjusting the narrow-bar-style pickups (Fig. 4). With a small
Phillips-head screwdriver, adjust the screws located on either edge of
Turning this screw
raises and lowers
the pickup height.
Turn screws to adjust height
Fig. 4. Turning each screw clockwise lowers its side of the pickup, while
turning counterclockwise raises it.
the pickup to achieve the desired height. Clockwise rotation of the screw
lowers the pickup. Counterclockwise rotation raises the pickup. The machine
screws used to secure the pickups feed into threaded inserts set into the
body. This provides smooth adjustment and prevents the screw from stripping the hole, a common problem when regular wood screws are used.
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Threaded
insert
Bass body
Turning this screw
locks the pickup in
place.
Threaded
insert
Fig. 6. Turning each screw clockwise lowers its corner of the pickup,
while turning counterclockwise raises it.
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With a medium Phillips-head screwdriver, locate the screws on the pickup’s
upper treble-side corner and lower bass-side corner. Rotate these screws
counterclockwise—just enough to break them free. Next, locate the holes
at the pickup’s lower treble-side corner and upper bass-side corner.
Insert a #0 Phillips-head screwdriver into the holes, alternately rotating
the screws clockwise to lower the pickup or counterclockwise to raise
the pickup. By manipulating the screws’ height, different angles of pitch
to the pickup can be achieved, helping to fine-tune the pickup’s positioning and balance.
Adjusting 3-screw pickups. Zon Sonus 4/1, 4/2, 5/1, 5/2 basses are
equipped with pickups that have three adjustment screws—two on the
Turn screws to adjust height
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The amount of neck relief is a personal choice as different playing
styles require different string action. Too little relief, and the frets will
buzz. Too much relief, and the bass will be difficult to play.
General
Our composite necks do not require any adjustment. They are designed to provide proper playing relief without the aid of a truss rod.
However, our wood necks will require periodic adjustment with seasonal
changes.
Before making a truss rod adjustment, assess the direction of adjustment by sighting down the edge of the fingerboard from the string nut to
heel. Curvature of the fingerboard away from the string indicates underbow. Curvature toward the string indicates overbow. Ideally, the neck
should have a slight amount of underbow, just shy of being straight. If
adjusted properly, this will provide low action with minimal fret noise. For
even less fret noise and more challenging action, add relief. These
adjustments can be made with the strings at normal tension.
Important Note About Truss Rod Adjustment
Be careful not to overtighten the adjusting nut. Doing so could strip the
rod, making it useless. If you feel uncomfortable making these adjustments, contact an experienced repairperson.
Fig. 7. Turning each screw clockwise lowers its corner of the pickup,
while turning counterclockwise raises it.
bass side and one on the treble side. With a small Phillips-head screwdriver, adjust the screws located on either edge of the pickup to achieve
the desired height. Clockwise rotation of the screw lowers the pickup.
Counterclockwise rotation raises the pickup. The machine screws used to
secure the pickups feed into threaded inserts set into the body. This provides smooth adjustment and prevents the screw from stripping the hole, a
common problem when regular wood screws are used.
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Truss Rod Adjustment
Truss rods are installed in the necks of the Mosaic and Mosaic Pro to
facilitate the correction of neck relief (overbow or underbow) caused by
string tension and/or changes in temperature and humidity. The amount
of relief in either direction directly affects the instrument’s string height
and playability.
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Mosaic
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This model has one dual-action
truss rod, which allows the
neck to be adjusted in either
direction. Therefore, it is possible to compensate for underbow or overbow.
Making adjustments. Remove
the cover plate behind the
string nut on your instrument.
Using the 4mm hex wrench
supplied with your instrument,
turn the adjusting nut clockwise
to decrease the amount of
relief and straighten the neck, Fig. 8. Turn the single hex adjustment
nut on the Mosaic small amounts to
or counterclockwise to
adjust relief and straightness.
increase the amount of relief,
giving the neck underbow.
Mosaic Pro
This model has a single rod
for neck adjustment. Dual
graphite bars embedded in
this neck add extra stiffness
and assist the truss rod in
providing a balanced adjustment.
Making adjustments. Locate
the adjustment nut at the heel
of the neck. Using the 9/64"
hex wrench supplied with your
instrument, turn the adjusting
nut clockwise to decrease the
amount of relief and straight- Fig. 9. Turn the Mosaic Pro’s single
en the neck, or counterclock- adjustment nut to set the amount of
relief and straightness.
wise to increase the amount
of relief giving the neck underbow.
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Electronics
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The electronics on your Zon bass are made to provide you with versatility and optimal tonal shaping. Each “package” is designed to work in
conjunction with and complement the other components of the instrument so that the “sum of all the parts” will culminate in the distinctive
voice prescribed for that particular model.
General
All of our active electronics use the highest-quality components for lownoise, long-term use and reliability. Power consumption varies with each
circuit, depending on the complexity of its functions. Low power
reserves are indicated by a loss of output and an increase in noise or
distortion. To remedy this situation, change the battery (or batteries).
Before changing the batteries, be sure the cable is not plugged into the
output jack of the bass. Remove the backplate screws and cover, and
then unclip the battery from the harness. Be careful not to yank the harness, as this action may cause the wires to break from their connections.
Transfer the foam jacket (which helps prevent the metal case of the battery from shorting the components) from the old battery onto the new
one and attach the harness connector in place. Install the backplate and
connect the guitar cable to test.
Note: To prolong battery life, unplug your instrument when you are not
playing. If your bass requires two batteries, always change both of them
at the same time.
Warning: Replace the battery with a good-quality 9-volt alkaline. Do not
use rechargeable batteries.
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ZP-2S
Description:
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MODEL: Hyperbass
Function:
Specifications:
Power requirements:
Bass
Class A design with studio-grade components on a printed circuit board
Volume
Active master volume, bass, treble, and
internal midrange boost/cut
Treble
Output level +16dBm, S/N ratio 100dB
One 9-volt battery
Battery life expectancy: 200 hours continuous use
Volume control. Unlike passive volume controls, which decrease the
volume by shorting some of the signal to ground, causing degradation
in tone, the active volume control on the ZP2 allows the volume to be
set to any level without overall loss of highs or tonal change. Play a
note, let it ring while slowly turning this control up and down, and you’ll
hear no change in tone.
Bass control. 15dB boost or cut of bass at a center frequency of 30
Hz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the bass. Turning the control
counterclockwise cuts the bass. The detent, or “click,” in the center of
the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Midrange control (internal). 15dB boost or cut of midrange at a center
frequency of 330 Hz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the mids.
Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the mids. The midpoint in the
control’s sweep is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
9-Volt Battery
About the system
MAG MID
Midrange
Treble control. 15dB boost or cut of treble at a center frequency of
3kHz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the treble. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the treble. The detent, or “click,” in the center
of the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
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ZP-2D & ZP-2DM
Description:
MODELS: Sonus Custom, Legacy Elite, Legacy Elite Special
Function:
Specifications:
Power requirements:
Class A design with studio-grade components on a printed circuit board
Active master volume, pickup blend. Bass,
treble and internal midrange boost/cut
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the ZP-2DM, the midrange control is a knob on the instrument’s face. Turning
the control clockwise boosts the mids. Turning the control counterclockwise
cuts the mids. A detent, or “click,” in the center of the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Treble control. 15dB boost or cut of treble at a center frequency of 3kHz.
Turning the control clockwise boosts the treble. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the treble. The detent, or “click,” in the center of the control is
the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Output level +16dBm. S/N ratio 100dB
One 9-volt battery
Bass
Battery life expectancy: 200 hours continuous use
Master volume
About the system
Midrange
(ZP-2DM only)
Volume control. Unlike passive volume controls, which decrease the volume
by shorting some of the signal to ground, causing degradation in tone, the
active volume control on the ZP2 allows the volume to be set to any level without overall loss of highs or tonal change. Play a note, let it ring while slowly
turning this control up and down, and you’ll hear no change in tone.
Bass control. 15dB boost or cut of bass at a center frequency of 30 Hz.
Turning the control clockwise boosts the bass. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the bass. The detent, or “click,” in the center of the control is the
“flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Midrange control. 15dB boost or cut of midrange at a center frequency of
330 Hz. On basses equipped with the ZP-2D, the midrange control is an internal trimmer on the circuit board. Turning the control clockwise boosts the mids.
Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the mids. The midpoint in the control’s sweep is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut. (You will need to remove
the control cavity’s cover plate to adjust this control.) On basses equipped with
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Treble
9-Volt Battery
Pickup blend control. Buffered inputs provide exacting control over blending
the neck and bridge pickups. This feature allows even the most subtle blend,
for a greater variety of tone. Turning the control clockwise brings in the bridge
pickup. Turning the control counterclockwise brings in the neck pickup. The
detent, or “click,” in the center of the control is the point where both pickups are
on equally.
Pickup blend
MAG MID
Midrange (ZP-2D only)
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ZP-3D
Description:
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MODELS: Sonus Custom & Legacy Elite w/piezo
Function:
Magnetics:
Piezo:
Specifications:
Power requirements:
Class A design with studio-grade components on a printed circuit board
Active master volume, pickup blend, magnetic/piezo blend
Bass, treble and internal midrange boost/cut
with center frequency switch for mids and treble
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mined by the switch selection. Turning the control clockwise boosts the
treble. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the treble. The detent,
or “click,” in the center of the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or
cut.
Piezo blend control. Provides the ability to continuously blend the signal from piezo bridge and the magnetic pickups. Turning the control
clockwise alters the balance between piezo and magnetic pickups by
emphasizing the magnetic signal while de-emphasizing the piezo.
Turning the control counterclockwise de-emphasizes the magnetic pickups while emphasizing the piezo.
Level, bass, and treble gain controls
Output level -10dBm
One 9-volt battery
Battery life expectancy: 200 hours continuous use
About the system
Volume control. Unlike passive volume controls which decrease the
volume by shorting some of the signal to ground, causing degradation
in tone, the active volume control on the ZP3 allows the volume to be
set to any level without overall loss of highs or tonal change. Play a
note, let it ring while slowly turning this control up and down, you’ll hear
no change in tone.
Bass
Master volume
Treble
Pickup blend
Piezo Blend
Pickup blend control. Buffered inputs provide exacting control over
blending the neck and bridge magnetic pickups. This feature allows
even the most subtle blend, for a greater variety of tone. Turning the
control clockwise brings in the bridge pickup. Turning the control counterclockwise brings in the neck pickup. The detent, or “click,” in the center of the control is the point where both pickups are on equally.
Bass control.15dB boost or cut of bass at a center frequency of 30Hz.
Turning the control clockwise boosts the bass. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the bass. The detent, or “click,” in the center of the
control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Treble control. 15dB boost or cut of treble at a center frequency deter-
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ZP-3D continued
Treble switch
Internal Controls
Magnetic Pickup EQ
Midrange switch. Select from 150 Hz, 250 Hz, 400 Hz, or 700 Hz as
the center frequency from which to boost or cut.
High frequency switch. Select from 1.5kHz, 3.0kHz, 4.5kHz, or
7.0kHz as the center frequency from which to boost or cut.
Midrange control. 15dB boost or cut of midrange at a center frequency
selected by the midrange switch position. Turning the control clockwise
boosts the mids. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the mids.
The midpoint in the control’s sweep is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Piezo EQ
P TREBLE
9-Volt Battery
The following controls are located inside the bass’ control cavity. You
will need to remove the rear cover plate to adjust them.
Piezo
treble
control
HI
7.0k
4.5k
3.0k
1.5k
MID
700
400
250
150
Midrange switch
P LEVEL
P BASS
MAG MID
Piezo
bass
control
Piezo gain control
Internal magnetic midrange control
P level. Piezo gain control. Turn control up or down to adjust the ratio of
piezo output to magnetic output.
P bass. Bass gain control. Turning the control clockwise
increases bass, turning the control counterclockwise decreases bass.
P treble. Treble gain control. Turning the control clockwise increases
treble, turning the control counterclockwise decreases treble.
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ZP-4
Description:
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MODELS: Sonus 4/2 & 5/2
Function:
Specifications:
Power requirements:
Class A design with studio-grade components on a printed circuit board
Active master volume, pickup blend. Bass,
treble and internal midrange boost/cut
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trol is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Gain trimmer. Attenuates overall output level. Factory setting is mid position.
Caution: Setting gain too high may cause distortion.
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Output level +16dBm. S/N ratio 100dB
Master volume
One 9-volt battery
Battery life expectancy: 200 hours continuous use
Pickup blend
About the system
Volume control. Unlike passive volume controls that decrease the volume
by shorting some of the signal to ground, causing degradation in tone, the
active volume control on the ZP4.3 allows the volume to be set to any level
without overall loss of highs or tonal change. Play a note, let it ring while
slowly turning this control up and down, and you’ll hear no change in tone.
Bass (outer ring)
Treble (center)
Pickup blend control. Buffered inputs provide exacting control over
blending the neck and bridge pickups. This feature allows even the most
subtle blend, for a greater variety of tone. Turning the control clockwise
brings in the bridge pickup. Turning the control counterclockwise brings in
the neck pickup. The detent, or “click,” in the center of the control is the
point where both pickups are on equally.
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Internal midrange control. 15dB boost or cut of midrange at a center frequency of 330 Hz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the mids. Turning
the control counterclockwise cuts the mids. The midpoint in the control’s
sweep is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Internal midrange control
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Bass control. 15dB boost or cut of bass at a center frequency of 30 Hz.
Turning the control clockwise boosts the bass. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the bass. The detent, or “click,” in the center of the control
is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Gain trimmer
Treble control. 15dB boost or cut of treble at a center frequency of 3kHz.
Turning the control clockwise boosts the treble. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the treble. The detent, or “click,” in the center of the con-
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ZB-2
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MODELS: Sonus 4/1 & 5/1
Description:
Function:
Specifications:
Power requirements:
Battery life expectancy:
About the system
Hand-assembled components housed in an
electrostatically shielded, epoxy module
Master volume
Master volume, bass and treble boost/cut
Output level N/A
Bass (outer ring)
One 9-volt battery
Treble (center)
500 hours continuous use
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Master volume control. Controls overall volume level. Turning the control clockwise increases the volume; turning the control counterclockwise decreases the volume.
Bass control. 15dB boost or cut of bass at a center frequency of 50
Hz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the bass; turning the control
counterclockwise cuts the bass. The detent, or “click,” in the center of
the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Treble control. 15dB boost or cut of treble at a center frequency of
5kHz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the treble; turning the control
counterclockwise cuts the treble. The detent, or “click,” in the center of
the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Trimmer sets maximum gain
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Trimmer. This control on the circuit module attenuates overall output
level. Its factory setting is the mid position.
Caution: Setting gain too high may cause distortion.
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ZB-3
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MODELS: Sonus 4, 5, 6, 8 & Special
Description:
Function:
Specifications:
Power requirements:
Master volume
Hand-assembled components housed
in an electrostatically shielded, epoxy module
Master volume, pickup blend, bass and treble boost/cut
Pickup blend
Output level -10dBm
One 9-volt battery
Bass (outer ring)
Battery life expectancy: 500 hours continuous use
About the system
Treble (center)
Master volume control Controls overall volume level. Turning the control clockwise increases the volume; turning the control counterclockwise decreases the volume.
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Pickup blend control. Controls relative blend of pickups. Turning the
control clockwise emphasizes the bridge pickup. Turning the control
counterclockwise emphasizes the neck pickup. The detent, or “click,” in
the center of the control is the point where both pickups are on equally.
Bass control. 15dB. boost or cut of bass at a center frequency of
50Hz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the bass. Turning the control
counterclockwise cuts the bass. The detent, or “click,” in the center of
the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Treble control. 15dB boost or cut of treble at a center frequency of
5kHz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the treble. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the treble. The detent, or “click,” in the center
of the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Trimmer sets maximum gain
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Trimmer. This control on the circuit module attenuates overall output
level. Its factory setting is the mid position.
Caution: Setting gain too high may cause distortion.
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ZB-4.0
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(Sonus RT & RT Deluxe)
Description:
Function:
Specifications:
Power requirements:
& ZB-4.3
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(Sonus 519)
Hand-assembled components housed in an
electrostatically shielded, epoxy module
Master volume, pickup blend, bass,
midrange, and treble boost/cut with 3-position midrange frequency switch
Mid frequency switch. Down position @ 250 Hz. Center position @
400 Hz. Up position @ 700 Hz.
Trimmer. This control on the circuit module attenuates overall output
level. Its factory setting is the mid position.
Caution: Setting gain too high may cause distortion.
Master volume
Output level -10dBm
Mid frequency switch (ZB-4.3 only)
One 9-volt battery
Battery life expectancy: 500 hours continuous use
Pickup blend
About the system
Midrange
Master volume control. Controls overall volume level. Turning the control clockwise increases the volume; turning the control counterclockwise decreases the volume.
Pickup blend control. Controls relative blend of pickups. Turning the
control clockwise emphasizes the bridge pickup. Turning the control
counterclockwise emphasizes the neck pickup. The detent, or “click,” in
the center of the control is the point where both pickups are on equally.
Bass control. 15dB boost or cut of bass at a center frequency of 50
Hz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the bass. Turning the control
counterclockwise cuts the bass. The detent, or “click,” in the center of
the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Midrange control. 15dB boost or cut of midrange at a center frequency
determined by the switch selection. Turning the control clockwise boosts the
mids. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the mids. The detent, or
“click,” in the center of the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Treble control. 15dB boost or cut of treble at a center frequency of
5kHz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the treble. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the treble. The detent, or “click,” in the center
of the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
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Bass (outer ring)
Treble (center)
Trimmer sets pickup input
level (ZB-4.0 only)
Trimmer attenuates
overall output level
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ZB-5
Description:
GUITARS
MODELS: VB4 & VB5
Function:
Specifications:
Power requirements:
Hand-assembled components housed in an
electrostatically shielded, epoxy module
Master volume, pickup blend, bass, mid and
treble boost/cut with push/pull selectable
midrange frequency
Output level N/A
One 9-volt battery
Battery life expectancy: 500 hours continuous use
About the system
Master volume control. Controls overall volume level. Turning the control clockwise increases the volume; turning the control counterclockwise decreases the volume.
Pickup blend control. Controls relative blend of pickups. Turning the
control clockwise emphasizes the bridge pickup. Turning the control
counterclockwise emphasizes the neck pickup. The detent, or “click,” in
the center of the control is the point where both pickups are on equally.
Bass control. 15dB boost or cut of bass at a center frequency of 50
Hz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the bass, turning the control
counterclockwise cuts the bass. The detent, or “click,” in the center of
the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
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Trimmer. This control on the circuit module attenuates overall output
level. Its factory setting is the mid position.
Caution: Setting gain too high may cause distortion.
Bass
Master volume
Midrange (push/pull)
Treble
Pickup blend
Trimmer attenuates overall output level
Midrange control. 15dB boost or cut of midrange at 250 Hz with knob
in “up” (push/pull pot) position and at 800 Hz with knob in “down” position. Turning the control clockwise boosts the mids. Turning the control
counterclockwise cuts the mids. The detent, or “click,” in the center of
the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Treble control. 15dB boost or cut of treble at a center frequency of
5kHz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the treble, turning the control counterclockwise cuts the treble. The detent, or “click,” in the center of the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
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ZB-6
Description:
GUITARS
MODEL: Sonus Studio
Function:
Specifications:
Power requirements:
Hand-assembled components housed in an
electrostatically shielded, epoxy module
Master volume, pickup blend, bass and treble boost/cut with 3-position boost switch for
each pickup
Output level -16dBm
Two 9-volt batteries
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Neck pickup treble trimmer. Attenuates treble for 3-position boost switch.
Bridge pickup treble trimmer. Attenuates level of treble for 3-position
boost switch.
Neck pickup output trimmer. Attenuates overall output level of neck pickup.
Its factory setting is mid position.
Bridge pickup output trimmer. Attenuates overall output level of
bridge pickup. Its factory setting is mid position.
Caution: Setting gain too high may cause distortion.
Battery life expectancy: 250 hours continuous use
About the system
Neck-pickup boost switch
Master volume control. Controls overall volume level. Turning the control clockwise increases the volume; turning the control counterclockwise decreases the volume.
Bridge-pickup boost switch
Neck-pickup treble (center)
Pickup blend control. Controls relative blend of pickups. Turning the
control clockwise emphasizes the bridge pickup. Turning the control
counterclockwise emphasizes the neck pickup. The detent, or “click,” in
the center of the control is the point where both pickups are on equally.
Neck pickup boost switch. Down position: mid boost @ 450 Hz. Up position: boost mids @ 450 Hz and treble at 3kHz. Center position: flat, zero boost.
Bridge pickup boost switch. Down position: mid boost @ 450 Hz. Up position: boost mids @ 450 Hz and treble at 3kHz. Center position: flat, zero boost.
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Bridge-pickup treble (center)
Bridge-pickup bass (outer ring)
Pickup blend
Neck-pickup
treble trimmer
Neck-pickup
output trimmer
Bridge pickup
treble trimmer
9-Volt Battery
Treble control (neck and bridge). 15dB boost or cut of treble at a center
frequency of 5kHz.Turning the control clockwise boosts the treble.
Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the treble. The detent, or
“click,” in the center of the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Master volume
9-Volt Battery
Bass control (neck and bridge). 15dB boost or cut of bass at a center frequency of 50 Hz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the bass.Turning
the control counterclockwise cuts the bass. The detent, or “click,” in the center
of the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Neck-pickup bass (outer ring)
Bridge-pickup
output trimmer
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ZDP-1
GUITARS
(Mosaic)
Description:
& ZAP3
Function:
Specifications:
Power requirements:
(Mosaic Pro)
Hand-assembled components housed in an
electrostatically shielded, epoxy module
Master volume, pickup blend, bass, mid and
treble boost/cut
Output level N/A
Two 9-volt batteries
Battery life expectancy: 300 hours continuous use
About the system
GUITARS
Bass boost/cut
Mid boost/cut
Treble boost/cut
Master volume
Pickup blend
Master volume control. Controls overall volume level. Turning the control clockwise increases the volume; turning the control counterclockwise decreases the volume.
Pickup blend control. Controls relative blend of pickups. Turning the
control clockwise emphasizes the bridge pickup. Turning the control
counterclockwise emphasizes the neck pickup. The detent, or “click,” in
the center of the control is the point where both pickups are on equally.
Bass control. 15dB boost or cut of bass at a center frequency of 50
Hz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the bass. Turning the control
counterclockwise cuts the bass. The detent, or “click,” in the center of
the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Midrange control. 15dB boost or cut of midrange at 400 Hz. Turning
the control clockwise boosts the mids; turning the control counterclockwise cuts the mids. The detent, or “click,” in the center of the control is
the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
Treble control. 15dB boost or cut of treble at a center frequency of
5kHz. Turning the control clockwise boosts the treble. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the treble. The detent, or “click,” in the center
of the control is the “flat” position, zero boost or cut.
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ZAP-1
Description:
GUITARS
MODELS: Sonus Classic 4 & 5
Function:
Power requirements:
Description:
Infrared light pickup system with piezo elements.
N/A
Specifications:
N/A
One 9-volt battery
Battery life expectancy: 500 hours continuous use
About the system
Neck-pickup volume control. Buffered volume control for neck pickup, will
not interact with other controls.Turning the control clockwise increases the
volume; turning the control counterclockwise decreases the volume.
Bridge-pickup volume control. Buffered volume control for bridge pickup,
will not interact with other controls. Turning the control clockwise increases
the volume; turning the control counterclockwise decreases the volume.
Bass/treble control. 12 dB boost of bass and treble at a center frequency
of 40 Hz and 4kHz respectively. Turning the outer ring of the control control
clockwise increases the bass. Turning it counterclockwise decreases the
bass. Turning the knob of the control clockwise increases the treble. Turning
it counterclockwise decreases the treble.
Neck-pickup volume
Bridge-pickup volume
Treble control (center)
Bass control (outer ring)
Output
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MODELS Sonus Lightwave 4, 5 & 6
Hand-assembled components housed in an
electrostatically shielded, epoxy module
Volume (neck pickup),Volume (bridge pickup). Concentric bass/treble control
Specifications:
S2
GUITARS
Function:
Power requirements:
Master volume, bass and midrange
boost/cut, mid sweep, piezo (Icetone) blend
controls
18-volt NiMH battery.
Battery life expectancy: 15 hours of continuous play time between
charges
About the system
Master volume control. Controls the overall volume level of optical and
piezo pickups. Turning the control clockwise raises the volume. Turning
the control counterclockwise lowers the volume.
Bass control. 12dB boost or cut of bass. Turning the control clockwise
boosts the bass. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the bass.
The detent, or “click,” in the center of the control is the “flat” position,
zero boost or cut.
Volume
Bass
Mid boost/cut
Midrange sweep
Icetone
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Midrange control. 12dB boost or cut of midrange at a frequency
selected by the mid sweep control. Turning the control clockwise boosts
the mids. Turning the control counterclockwise cuts the mids. The
detent, or “click,” in the center of the control is the “flat” position, zero
boost or cut.
Midrange sweep control. Provides a variable Q that is narrow in the low
frequencies and increasingly broad in the higher frequencies. Turning the
control from the fully counterclockwise position to the fully clockwise position references (sweeps) frequencies from 200 Hz to 1,000 Hz. The
detent, or “click,” in the center of the knob’s rotation sets the sweep at
approximately 450 Hz. Rotate this control in either direction to sweep the
frequency band until you find the desired frequency to boost or cut.
Piezo (Icetone) control. Allows the blending of the signal from the piezo
elements (built into the individual monoliths) with the optical signal. Adding
Icetone enhances presence and brightness. Turning the control clockwise
increases the amount of piezo signal, while turning the control counterclockwise reduces the amount of piezo signal. Icetone cannot be selected
separately.
Calibration instructions for S2 Lightwave
This system utilizes a beam of infrared light to sense string vibration, so
proper string/light-receptor alignment is necessary for optimum performance. Calibration of the system is typically required when new strings
are installed or when the playing action is modified.
Note: Adjust the string height (action) and set the intonation before calibrating the system.
1. Remove the rear cover plate and plug in a 1/4" cable to turn on the
Lightwave system. No amplifier connection should be made.
2. With a 2mm flat-blade screwdriver, carefully rotate the Motherboard’s
“CAL” rotary switch position from “0” to the first string to be adjusted.
The order does not matter.
Red/green alignment
indicator LED
String output
level trimmers
Mid sweep*
Power status LED. This red LED illuminates when a 1/4" plug is inserted into the
output jack. This indicates the system is
powered on. The battery typically provides
15 hours of playing time on a single charge.
Note: Two hours of playing time remain
after this LED goes dark.
Power status LED
Power management LED. Located on the rear cover plate. Operates only
when charger is plugged in. Red indicates that the battery is charging.
Green indicates a full charge. A full charge is achieved in one hour.
Note: It is a normal function of this LED to show red each time the charger
is plugged in, even if the battery has just
Output jack
been charged.
Charger jack. Insert the wall charger’s
output plug here to recharge the internal
NiMH battery or to use the AC power
adapter while playing.
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Charger jack
Piezo voicing DIP switch
“CAL” rotary switch
Piezo voicing DIP switch settings
1.
2.
3.
4.
Icetone treble-only or full-band
Icetone gain high/low
Daughterboard present/absent
Future option (no adjustment necessary)
* Mid sweep only on PC board when not found on instrument’s face.
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Note: The “CAL” switch position #1 is for the highest string.
3. Hold the bass in the approximate playing position, and with a .050"
hex driver, rotate the optical adjustment hex screw (found on the top of
the Monolith structure) clockwise, until the alignment LED turns red.
Then turn it counterclockwise until the alignment LED turns green. This
will confirm you are in the correct adjustment range.
Note: If you do not achieve both colors lit, this does not necessarily
indicate a problem. It likely means that the string saddle height is at or
close to the very limit position.
4. Rotate the hex screw clockwise until the LED no longer shows green
(or counterclockwise until the LED no longer shows red), and continue
for approximately 1/8th turn. This should leave the hex screw set
between the red and green positions, with the LED not glowing.
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Preliminary Optical Alignment. Using a .050" hex driver, rotate the
Monolith’s optical adjustment hex screw clockwise for up and counterclockwise for down, until the Infrared light emitter LED is approximately
parallel with the string. This will assure that the string is in the approximate position for final zeroing of the optics.
Intonation. Proper string intonation is achieved by manually shifting
each complete monolith structure either towards the nut (for a flat pitch
reading at the 12th fret) or away from the nut (for a sharp pitch reading
at the 12th fret). This adjustment is made with the string loosened prior
to moving the Monolith structure.
5. Repeat above steps 2 and 3 for the remaining strings, one at a time.
6. When all the strings are calibrated, return the “CAL” switch position to
“0.” (The red/green alignment indicator LED cannot light in this position.)
Saddle height. With a large flat-blade screwdriver, rotate the saddle
slug in half-turn increments—clockwise for lower action, counterclockwise for higher, until the desired string action is achieved. (Each halfturn raises or lowers the action by 1/32".) Align the rotations so the
string saddle channel is accurately parallel with the string path.
Infrared light emitter LED
Optical adjustment hex screw
String
Saddle slug
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Warranty
GUITARS
Zon Guitars guarantees all instruments built after January 1, 2005, for a
period of two years, to the original owner, from the date of purchase. To
validate this warranty, the warranty card and a copy of the sales receipt or
the online registration form must be completed and sent to Zon Guitars
within 10 days of the original invoice date.
During the first year of normal use, Zon Guitars will repair or replace, at
its option, any instrument having faulty materials or workmanship. In the
event repairs are necessary, Zon Guitars must be notified in advance to
return the instrument. Complete information about returning products
can be found on our web site, http://www.zonguitars.com.
This warranty does not cover repairs or parts replacement necessitated
as the result of misuse, accidental damage, tampering, or modifications
made outside the factory. Furthermore, this warranty does not cover fret
wear, finish damage, adjustments made for personal playing preference
or wear and tear resulting from normal use. Transportation charges to
and from Zon Guitars are the sole responsibility of the owner.
This warranty cannot be extended or transferred and is void if the
instrument was not purchased from an authorized Zon dealer. No other
warranties on this instrument are expressed or implied. The warranty
does not cover used instruments.
Parts & Update Information
For a listing of parts specifications and component updates, visit our website at http://www.zonguitars.com.
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