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Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby JCG » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:22 pm

Zeus Acoustic Electric - These are available in 6/7/8 string both standard and Multiscale.

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby JCG » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:25 pm

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby amon » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:36 pm

That has to be the dopiest thing I've ever seen.

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby colossal » Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:16 pm

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby dbone » Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:58 pm

Wow that will hopefully be a wonderful addition to my collection soon.
I would like to hear it and know more about the electronics.
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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby spudmunkey » Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:36 pm

It looks like, just like the SCB, that there is not an 8 string straight scale model. Only multiscale for the Octo-stringers.

It's hilarious how timely this is... A friend of mine just two days ago was saying how much he wanted a guitar somewhere between the baby Taylor, and a Martin Backpacker. I've only glanced at the photos on Facebook, but I can imagine in my head with the pricing is... And I'm sure it's out of the price range of what my friend is looking at... But it's intriguing as hell!
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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby dbone » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:25 pm

Yeah timely was me hitting the “buy” button on an amp five minutes before seeing this post.
Thankfully the amp is a Mesa Boogie Rosette 300.
The bevel will make prolonged finger picking much more comfortable. The sound hole looks right at home and kind of re-centers the visual for me.
adjustable intonation. How does it sound plugged in next to a AC275 is the next question. How about a crescent sound hole.
There’s a couple videos on facebook, the one below the unplugged demo, is Jeffs Zeus Accoustic NGD couch vid plus a factory walk through and answering questions. He is using the graph tech piezo and AC275 electronics module. The knob layout will likely be moved slightly up and in per Jeff.
Mahogany body and neck with spruce top standard, Wood knobs likely standard, Jeff’s new custom thin finish for the body and a tung oiled neck.
unplugged volume should be similar to a AC175. A guitar like this is made to be plugged in but you can still strum it on the couch etc.
24 fret 25.5 scale. Looks good.
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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby spudmunkey » Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:18 pm

4.8 lbs for that one.

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby ElfDude » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:32 am

Y'know... I really don't like the look of the Zeus electrics.
Someone here called it the beluga whale hump on top, and I had to agree.
Just doesn't work for me.

But for some reason, this acoustic-electric version of it looks like it'd be a whole lot of fun!
Don't know why, but I like it!
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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby amon » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:40 am

The problem this model highlights for the other Kiesels acoustics is the lack of any treatment for the rosette. The gaping cutout with no decoration is just lazy.

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:13 am

amon wrote:The problem this model highlights for the other Kiesels acoustics is the lack of any treatment for the rosette. The gaping cutout with no decoration is just lazy.


Yeah but in this particular case the rest of the guitar is so out of the ordinary, with a top wood, the oddball bevel, the full electric hard tail bridge (plus solid, routed body woods devoid of any laminate) that your expectations in the "traditional oval acoustic electric" are already blown to pieces. With everything so hyper modern going on with that versus other ae guitars, the rosette is kind of an antique expectation. It's not like we're dealing with a Martin or traditional Gibson acoustic.

Since he went full on hollow body I wish he would have used a smaller bridge.

I'd be very interested to hear what it sounds like.

Jimmy D'Aquisto made a couple of oval jazz boxes with plain, unadorned ovals. But they were totally traditional bodies made of laminated wood.. built specifically for jazz.
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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby rlindsey0 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:38 am

amon wrote:The problem this model highlights for the other Kiesels acoustics is the lack of any treatment for the rosette. The gaping cutout with no decoration is just lazy.


I've never been crazy about the lack of rosette either, but I find I don't mind it, and may even prefer it, when the soundhole (a) is oval rather than the standard circular, (b) is offset to the upper or lower bout rather than right under the strings, or (c) both.

OTOH, f-holes might also have looked good here, preferably in a more modernistic style rather than the classic violin style.

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:12 am

Mike Jones mentioned on FB that he already asked about getting a humbucker on this but was shot down.

I was thinking along the lines of a floating berillyum in the neck (and a trapeze tail piece.. would have been really interesting because of the top and solid body woods as opposed to jazz ovals).
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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:17 am

Definitely a difference versus laminated wood guitars. Here vs Gibby 335's for example:

spudmunkey wrote:Video of the guitar unplugged:

https://www.facebook.com/kieselguitars/videos/2065980010351957/



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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby spudmunkey » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:23 am

In the facebook live announcement vid, he mentioned it was close to the AC175. A solid body, chambered, with the same top thickness (thinner than most other models), same standard woods. I suspect even if they re-worked the chambering and with the headless fixed bridge, it's still going to be within a stone's throw of the AC175.

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby amon » Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:44 pm


Hey, you notice something funny about this one? It's been re-fretted in the modern undercut tangs style.

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby ilyti » Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:48 pm

A headless acoustic. I don't see the accusation that Jeff is unoriginal and derivative anywhere near here. I love the hell out of it actually... But I too wish it could just have a bucker in the bridge so you can pull double duty. It would be the ultimate travel/gig/jam/teaching guitar for me in that case, since about 50% of what I'm playing these days is acoustic and it sucks having to lug two guitars!

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby amon » Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:51 pm

ilyti wrote:A headless acoustic. I don't see the accusation that Jeff is unoriginal and derivative anywhere near here.

Well, if ya wanna go there...

https://travelerguitar.com/acoustic/

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Re: Zeus Acoustic Electric

Postby ilyti » Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:58 pm

Oh there it is.

(FWIW, not saying no-one's done it before... just saying no one's done it well before ;) )


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