Zon’s booth at NAMM this year was highlighted by the release of the Billy Gould Signature BG4 Bass. The instrument has several unique features, including a tulip wood boy, a black satin finish, and a Hipshot D-tuner, but its electronics push the envelope.
The BG4 is fitted with a pair of Bartolini pickups which seemingly only have a single volume knob and switch. However, the switch activates an on-board, touch-sensitive distortion circuit. Designed by Roy Zichri of Greenhouse Effects, the preamp adds “grit and edge” to help create Gould’s distinct tone. It may look simple, but all the tweaking you want is had on the back with mini-pots to control bass, treble, the distortion’s gain, and pickup panning.
Gould gave the bass a rundown at the show:
The Zon Guitars Billy Gould Signature BG4 Bass is handmade in Redwood City, California. It will be made in a limited batch with the first 25 signed by Gould, and will carry a street price of $3,599.
Zon Guitars Billy Gould Signature BG4 Bass Guitar Specs:
|Pickups:||Bartolini Custom Wound|
|Electronics:||Active Preamp, Custom Greenhouse Effects Distortion Circuit|
|Other:||First 25 Signed by Billy Gould|
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