In a memorable scene from the ‘80s kitsch classic Crocodile Dundee, the title character’s tour of NYC is interrupted by a would-be mugger who waves his small switchblade in the hero’s face, prompting the ever-unflappable Aussie to casually unsheath his massive hunting knife and chuckle, “That’s not a knife; now this is a knife.”
What does that have to do with this ‘60s-era Zenon (made by Teisco) solidbody? Simple. When someone brags up the palm-filling neck on his favorite axe, this Japanese-made beauty will inspire you to reply, “That’s not a neck; now this is a neck.”
Aside from the ultra-comfortable c-shaped neck that somehow manages the neat trick of being both ultra-navigable and hefty, all at once, this guitar sports three gold-foil pickups that are similar to those favored by Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Jackson Browne, and other well-known tone cognoscenti; a metal (instead of the more common plastic) pickguard and a trio of corresponding rocker switches, which function just as they should. Dial in a bit of distortion and the guitar’s raw tones are perfect for barroom raunch. Roll back the volume and the gold foil pickups maintain enough definition to convey the nuances of arpeggiated favorites like “House of the Rising Sun.”
Originally red, this guitar has been professionally resprayed in a cool, lustrous black. With original hardshell case. SOLD!