(SOLD) Cool Z ZPB-1R Snow White 2011
Cool Z ZPB-1R, snow white, made in Japan 2011. Cool Z is a house brand for major Japanese instrument chain Shimamura, who have stores all over Japan. They're made at the legendary Fujigen Gakki plant, the very same factory that made all those famous Fender Japan guitars from 1982-96 as well as producing Ibanez Prestige and other tasty biscuits to this day. As such, this is made to a superb standard. It's got a neck that's a bit of a halfway point between a vintage-style Jazz Bass and vintage Precision, so it's a slim, rounded profile without being too skinny. Between the easy neck and the lightweight body, it's very cooperative and fun to play. It's well balanced and naturally resonant, it just feels good. The tone is classic P: heaps of thump and punch in the attack, a weighty rounded low end and a growly, assertive midrange. Between the alder body, bone nut and spiral bridge, this is pretty handy on the spec sheet, but the real magic is found when it's in your hands. I've got a working theory the correct pronunciation for the brand name is "coolzie-coolzie-coolzies"... more to come.
Model: Cool Z ZPB-1R
Made: Japan, 2011, Fujigen Gakki factory
Finish: snow white, gloss poly
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 10" radius, 34" scale, 40mm nut, slim C shape, satin finish
Pickups: PBD split single-coil
Accessories: Cool Z gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has no major marks. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, no major marks. The back has minor scuffs near the neck plate, top horn, back edge and in the bottom corner, nothing nasty. The sides have minor dimples in the elbow area and near the jack. The front has minor dimples around the bridge and in the elbow area, as well as some scuffs near the knobs and some play wear on the guard and horns.
Overall: excellent condition (9/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 45/105 Moonshiners strings.
Fret life: 9/10, minor wear only