Posted by Matt Rao on August 04, 2000 at 23:43:01:
In Reply to: Opinions on Zeta Crossover or Upright Basses? posted by NIck Van on August 01, 2000 at 12:41:44:
I have a Zeta cross-over bass, which I bought "used" (it had been discontinued, and may be slightly different from the one they offer now). It'd a great instrument, which offers you a lot of versatility to play both upright or as a bass guitar. At the same time, you get really cool looks from everyone. :)
One problem, though, is the relative thinness of the cross-over's neck. It is no thicker than that of any bass guitar, so when you play the bass upright, you can have some problems if you play upright for a while and apply a lot of pressure with your left hand...because the neck is so much thinner than that of a normal bass, when I get into a grove and play for a while with the cross-over upright I often wind up with some pain in my left thumb. I must add, though, that I have terrible finger habits, so that may be a factor. Also, it may be a good idea to get the extra laminate-paint job on the cross-over, if you get it. I've found that the original (wood) with out laminate is very easily scratched and dented.
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