Friday, 5 April 2013

More vintage Japanese solidbody wackiness: Zenon ZES-170
I have no idea how this 1960s Japanese-made Zenon ZES-170 guitar might sound, but aesthetically it's a triumph ... that is, so long as you appreciate such retro wackiness.

I'd like to see a small company like Eastwood or our friends at Pure Salem, someone who specialises in producing retro guitar designs with modern playability, get to grips with a guitar design like this. Note also the curious textured finish on this Zenon. I'm reminded of the finish Ovation used on some of their Breadwinners.

Currently listed on eBay UK with a starting price of £125.

G L Wilson

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  1. Now that is the most awesome guitar I've seen in a long time! But just the thought of what Eastwood would do to it made me throw up in my mouth a little...

  2. I like the eggs sprinkled with paprika look.

  3. The finish is...hum,as if it had been forgotten 20 mns too long under the infrared lights but the design is classical and well balanced, worth to be copied in a modern way ...

  4. That's quite a bit different from your usual Zenon, the three piece pickguard, the bridge and the pickups all look to be higher end components, possibly made by Guyatone. Well worth a look, it might be an "ugly duckling".



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