JLP's collection of electric violins - From left to right: 5-string Barcus-Berry 1980/Barytone by Barcus-Berry 1969 / 6-string Violectra (UK) 1997 / white Zeta prototype 1984/ blue "Jazz" Zeta 1988/ black Zeta 1990/ "Jean Luc Ponty" Signature Series Zeta 2002



Electric violin: Jean Luc Ponty's main instrument is a wood finish 5-string electro-acoustic violin with a low C string made by Barcus-Berry in California in 1980, and for a more electric sound he plays a blue 5-string model also made by Barcus-Berry in 1978, as seen on the cover of the album 'A Taste For Passion' from 1979. These are vintage instruments that are no longer in production.

He also plays a 5-string model made in 2005 by Eric Aceto www.ithacastring.com that can also be played completely acoustic without using the pickp. 

For live shows, JLP is using RADIAL PZ-Pre preamps/D.I. with EQ made by  www.radialeng.com et aussi le PARA ACOUSTIC et VENUE  L.R.BAGGS.

For his acoustic violin or to add an acoustic quality to his electro-acoustic instruments, JLP uses a small DPA 4099 microphone that is mounted on the instrument www.dpamicrophones.com 

Midi Violin:  Zeta Music Systems closed down. JLP now plays a Fourness solid body violin, very similar to his Jazz Fusion Signature model which he had designed for Zeta. For midi usage it goes through his old Zeta VC-225 controller or the Synthony, connected to a sampler or a synthesizer. 

JLP recommends to contact Blaise Kielar owner of the Electric Violin Shop in Durham, North Carolina, who is very knowledgeable and sells different types of electric violins including the new Fourness made by Evan Fourness, ex-engineer at Zeta Music Systems www.ElectricViolinShop.com


Violin Bow

One of JLP's favorite bows is a "Spiccato" made by Benoit Rolland, a very talented French bow maker who lives in Boston. This bow is made of composite material and has a unique system to adjust the tension and balance of the stick according to the personal needs of the player. www.benoitrolland.com


JLP's violins are equipped with Helicore medium tension strings by D'Addario.

Home Studio Monitoring - Hi Fi - 5.1

"Triangle" asked Jean-Luc to test their new studio monitors "Genese Trio". It took him only a few seconds to hear their superiority in terms of true sound reproduction and richness of the harmonic spectrum, he immediately adopted them in his home recording studio. For more information visit  www.triangle-fr.com.

Other equipment:

ChannelStrip plug in for E.Q. for digital recordings by www.mhlabs.com