*If you’re interested or want more details on what follows, please e-mail me ss@scottsawyer.net or phone 919-423-4853 and leave a message. Sorry for any inconvenience, but I no longer reply to messages on Facebook.

Ok, it’s OFFICIAL. I’m selling my “Ken Hoover era” Zion Primera, Serial # 018 purchased brand-new from Ken Hoover and Jim Gray in April 1996.

I played 6 or 7 Primera’s and this one stood out, for it’s resonance, balance (not neck-heavy) and tonal balance. It looks great, too. There’s a Fralin humbucker in the neck position, and a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge. Push/pull pots split either or both pickups. Sperzel locking tuners.

The guitar is in very good condition, but it does show some signs of wear, as I performed with it onstage and in studios regularly until 2013 or so. I’ve toured with it here and abroad (Europe, Brasil, Canada, Norway), and had it in my hands at the 2003 Monterey Jazz Festival, when I performed on the stage where Jimi burned his guitar.

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’s a very versatile instrument, and I used it for a wide variety of music including quiet jazz, loud jazz, blues, roots, funk fusion, solo guitar, pop.

Time marches on, and things change….I’m now more comfortable with a larger neck profile. I don’t know what the specs are on the Primera, but it’s not as comfortable in my hands 20 years after acquiring it; I’ve rarely played the guitar since 2014…and this beautiful  instrument deserves to be played.

If you’ve seen me perform live from 1996-2014, chances are you’ve seen and heard this guitar. I recorded with it a lot, including 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…

Stephen Anderson – 360° Jazz Initiative “Distracted Society” Summit Records 2015

Bruce Piephoff   “Soft Soap Purrings”, Speranza 2014

Keith Waters “Carolina Tracks”, 2012

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

Ed Paolantonio “Dad’s Blues”; Paolo Productions, 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

I’m just starting to get the word out, to see what the market will bear and BEFORE I consider listing it on reverb.com. “Unofficial bidding” starts at $2600 for guitar and gig bag (nothing fancy). Insured shipping will be paid by the buyer, or local pickup can be arranged.

*I’m currently shopping for a Tele (not necessarily Fender; will consider Nash and other builders) and a smaller combo amp (a single 12″ Carr Sportsman recently caught my ear). I might be interested in a Comins GCS-1 guitar. Will consider trades and trade/cash offers, too.

Will post current pictures in a couple of weeks (or upon request as time allows).

*For more information: ss@scottsawyer DOT net or 919-423-4853. Again, NO Facebook Messenger messages…I will NOT respond! ~  SS  11/26/2017


Monterey Jazz Festival; 2003