I purchased a very special Zion Primera from Ken Hoover and Jim Gray, way back in 1996.
This was my main guitar until about 3 years ago. I have no idea how many hours this instrument has been in my hands…countless performances and lessons, and many recording sessions, It proved to be a very versatile instrument, and I used it for all music…quiet jazz, loud jazz, blues, roots, raging funk fusion…etc.
Time marches on, and things change….the neck profile does not work so well for me anymore, and I have rarely played the guitar during the last 3 years. It’s a beautiful instrument, and deserves to be played. Very balanced, sound-wise and strapped on. 2 humbuckers: a Fralin in the neck and a Duncan JB in the bridge. Push/Pull pots (I think they split the coils?). Sperzel locking tuners.
If you’ve seen me perform live from 1996-2014, chances are you’ve seen and heard this guitar. I’ve used it on the following commercially released albums:
Scott Sawyer “Dreamers”; Doll Records 2013 (3 Grammy ballot nominations)
Scott Sawyer “Go There”; Doll Records 2007 (w/ Oteil and Kofi Burbridge)
as a sideman…
Bruce Piephoff “Soft Soap Purrings”, Speranza 2014
The Meldavians “Farewell Arigemon”, 2012
Bruce Piephoff “Still Looking Up at the Stars”; Speranza, 2012
Lois Deloatch “Roots: Jazz, Blues & Spirituals”, 2010
Nnenna Freelon “Homefree”; Concord Records, 2010
Lois Deloatch “Hymn To Freedom”; Improv Media, 2008
Gary Brunotte “Manic Moments“, 2007
Lois Deloatch “Closure”; Myriad Publishing Inc., 2005
Nnenna Freelon Nnenna Freelon “Live”; Concord Records, 2003
Ghezzi “Clearing”; Doll Records, 1999
Lois Dawson (Deloatch-Gomes) “Sunrise”; Myriad Publishing Inc., 1998
Bill Anschell “a different note all together”; Accurate Records, 1998
Bill Anschell & Blowhard: Jazz Player Magazine “play-along” CD, 1997
Ghezzi “Taking No Prisoners”; Doll Records, 1997
Informal “bidding” will start at $3000 for the guitar only.
For more information, you can reach me here: ss@scottsawyer DOT net or 919-423-4853. Please, no Facebook Messenger messages.
…I’ll post more “current” pictures of the Zion soon. ~ SS July 20, 2017