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Apr 20

Taylor Donation

from Musical Merchandise Review-

Guitar maker Bob Taylor, of Taylor Guitars, has donated $400,000 to support ebony conservation research and restoration efforts in Cameroon.

Work will be coordinated by UCLA professor Thomas B. Smith, co-director of Congo Basin Institute, UCLA’s first foreign affiliate in its 97-year history. The gift was announced at a recent star-studded fundraising gala hosted by UCLA’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IoES).

Ebony is an exotic but endangered species coveted for the beauty and tonal qualities of its wood, making it a sought-after material for guitars and other stringed instruments.

“Making a difference in central Africa is very hard. Bob is making a difference at the nexus of poverty alleviation and conservation, and along the way he is creating jobs, supporting cutting edge science, and being a terrific partner for IoES and UCLA,” said Peter Kareiva, director of the IoES.

Taylor Guitars had long been committed to eco-conscious practices. About five years ago, Taylor began visiting Cameroon and saw firsthand not only the depleted state of the ebony forests but also the impoverished conditions of its people. In 2011, the company partnered with Madrid firm Madinter, which sells tone woods for musical instruments, to buy CRELICAM, Cameroon’s leading ebony sawmill, in a move to transform the ebony trade for the better and engage the community in the process. The mill now employs more than 70 people and continues to invest in the community’s future through employee training and the exploration of ebony propagation, including an onsite seedling nursery.

“We’ve accomplished much over the five years we’ve been in Cameroon, first by elevating the income of our employees, then training suppliers, adding equipment for greater yield, leaving more money in the country, all the while increasing legality and transparency in the forest,” Taylor said. “Now it’s time to plant trees in a meaningful way, but little is known about how to do it.”

It was on one of his trips to Cameroon that Taylor met Smith, director of the Center for Tropical Research at IoES and professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the UCLA College. Smith has been conducting biodiversity and conservation research in the Congo basin for 35 years.

According to Smith, the ecology of West African ebony remains poorly understood despite its economic importance.

“Thanks to Bob Taylor, the Congo Basin Institute is thrilled to help bring the best possible science to promote the sustainable harvest of ebony,” Smith said. “Bob cares deeply about the future of ebony and African hardwoods generally. The project is a true ‘win-win’ for people and for biodiversity.”

Taylor’s gift will fund a multi-pronged effort that includes engaging local farmers to propagate and steward ebony seedlings in rural areas; creating predictive models of West African ebony distribution and identifying suitable harvesting and planting areas; research on the basic ecology of ebony; and lab testing to identify optimal conditions for ebony cultivation.

“We must expand the range of ebony in the Congo Basin,” Taylor said. “It’s the right thing to do, and Congo Basin Institute is able to develop the science to assure the work is successful. With viable regrowth and conservative use, we can help to achieve sustainability.”

Written by Sharon Lose

Musical Merchandise Review

 

Mar 30

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Come on down to our showroom on April 14th to be a part of our Martin Custom Shop Experience Event! The event will consist of an up-close demonstration of how braces are scalloped, performed by a Martin Custom Shop builder, as well as a presentation with Custom Shop Designers Emily & Dan, guiding you through 183 years of rich music tradition, steeped in Martin culture and craftsmanship. Take part in a lively Q&A session, play unique Custom Shop guitars and be treated to an intimate in-store performance. Find out why Martin makes the finest guitars and strings in the world!

Apr 14, 2016 At The Music Zoo at 7pm

 

Location: 55 Lumber Rd
Roslyn, NY


String Special at this Event:

Buy any set of Martin strings, get a FREE set of SP Lifespan Strings
During event only, while supplies last.

Feb 19

Martin NAMM Guitar (1 of 7)

A beautiful creation from the Martin Custom Shop to create not only a visually appealing instrument for the NAMM 2016 show, but a sonically inspiring one as well! Here is a 00-14 built with great pieces of quilted mahogany for the body, with a genuine mahogany neck and a birdseye maple fretboard and matching bridge – something you don’t generally see on a Martin. The maple board is bound with mahogany, and the mahogany body is bound in maple with a maple cap on the headstock. The guitar has a nice midrange from the mahogany, but we also like that the maple gives a bit more snap and crispness that you usually lose out of an all mahogany guitar. Scroll below for hi-resolution photos of this one-of-a-kind instrument!

Available now! Click here for full specs and pricing!

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Martin NAMM Guitar (3 of 7)

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Martin NAMM Guitar (7 of 7)

Feb 11

Here’s Dennis DelGaudio of Shotgun Wedding giving us a rundown with one of our favorite new brands: Journey Instruments. These are the ultimate in purpose-built collapsible travel guitars for the musician on the go. Durable, yet ergonomic, while still being able to perform at the top level, Journey Instruments feature impeccable design and the highest quality materials. If you’re looking for the perfect traveling companion, you may have just found it! Free shipping in the US on all Journey orders!

View our entire stock of Journey Instruments here:

Call 516-626-9292 or click to email sales@themusiczoo.com!

 

You can hear more from Dennis DelGaudio and his band Shotgun Wedding here:

Website: www.shotgunweddingnyc.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ShotgunWeddingNYC

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NYCitycountry

Instagram: www.instagram.com/shotgunweddingnyc/

 

Feb 09

 

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Be one of the first to play new Taylor models, including 12-strings,12-frets, the revoiced 500 Series, one-off custom guitars, and the redesigned Maple 610e Dreadnought at our Taylor Sales Event on Friday, February 12th 2:00PM – 6:00PM at our shop (55 Lumber Road, Roslyn, NY 11576)

We’ve handpicked some of our favorite new Taylor 2016 models below and they’ll be here to play at the event!

510e/520e – $2299

Tortoise shell binding, new bracing pattern, and new rosette! The 510 and 520 Dreadnaught models get a unique feature set in 2016. Lutz spruce top on the 510 (all mahogany on 520), short scale (24 -7/8), slotted headstock, and a soft v-carve neck. This package makes for a unique Taylor model that will appeal to traditional players!

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562ce/552ce – $2699/$2599

Yes, a 12 fret, 12 string!  Grand Concert body shape, the 562ce is all mahogany, the 552ce has a cedar top with mahogany back/sides. These are unlike anything out there in the acoustic world! A compact, small body, short scale, 12 fret, 12 string guitar.  Warmer than you expect with all the comfort of our Grand Concert body style… one of the biggest hits at the NAMM Show!

Taylor 562ce Taylor 552ce

 

254ce Deluxe – $1299

The first 200 series 12 string Taylor has ever produced.  This is a Grand Auditorium body shape, with all the Deluxe features (hard shell case, all gloss, matching inner veneer, ES2).

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458e/858e –  $2099/$3399

Grand Orchestra 12 strings.  Andy Powers designed a bracing pattern for Grand Orchestra models that would work on a 12 string platform.  This was born out of customer requests for a BIG 12 string.

Taylor 458e Taylor 858e

 

Feb 04


from Reverb.com- 

Amidst all the violence in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film “The Hateful Eight” is the scene in which John Ruth, played by Kurt Russell, grabs a guitar from Daisy Domergue, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, and smashes it, eliciting horror.

“The Hateful Eight” is set in the years just after the American Civil War, which ran from 1861 to 1865. While the film earns points for authenticity in terms of the guitar, the song played by Domergue is the traditional Australian folk ballad “Jim Jones at Botany Bay,” which was published in 1907, almost four decades after when the film was set.

“What was supposed to happen was we were supposed to go up to that point, cut and trade guitars and smash the double,” explains the film’s Academy Award-winning sound mixer Mark Ulano, as quoted in SSNInsider.com. “Well, somehow that didn’t get communicated to Kurt, so when you see that happen on the frame, Jennifer’s reaction is genuine.”

The victim was an authentic Martin from the 1870s, on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum, Ulano said, and everyone was pretty freaked out when they realized what happened. “Tarantino was in a corner of the room with a funny curl on his lips, because he got something out of it with the performance,” Ulano added.

You can view our selection of new Martin Acoustics here to help you recover from this tragic event!

Feb 02

Here’s a quick rundown on Martin’s new Americana Series guitars. These 6 new short scale models are constructed with Mahogany back and sides, a Sitka Spruce top, Guatemalan Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge, 24.9″ scale length, open geared tuning machines, and a modified low oval neck shape with high performance taper for easy playability. These are priced at a modest $1859 and are available in 3 different body types (000-17, 00-17S  and the 00L-17) and 2 color options (Black Smoke and Whiskey Sunset).

Shop the new line of Americana guitars right here!


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Jan 28

NAMM2016 A number of new and interesting models were at the Taylor booth this year, so we made sure we got the full scoop on what to lookout for in 2016. Our very own Nick Post sat down with Mark Seal of Taylor Guitars to discuss what new models and trends you can expect for 2016! 12-strings, 12-frets, and a redesigned 500 series were among the great things showcased at their NAMM booth!

Interested in any of the models discussed in the video? Contact us at 516-626-9292 or email sales@themusiczoo.com!

Click here to see our Taylor Guitars in stock!

Jan 22

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NAMM2016 Just in time for the 2016 Winter NAMM Show, Martin Guitar continues its tradition of innovation by enhancing its iconic 18, 28 and 35 Standard Series and introducing new cutaway models featuring the new Aura VT Enhance acoustic amplification by Fishman.

Martin’s 2016 lineup also includes the new 17 Series, which showcases stunning Black Smoke and Whiskey Sunset burst finish designs, plus two new cutaway models in the 15 Series that include the new Matrix VT Enhance acoustic amplification by Fishman.

You can find details on Martin’s new-for-2016 models below.

Complete product specs can be found atmartinguitar.com/new. Learn more about the new Aura VT Enhance (with Acoustic Imaging) and Matrix VT Enhance acoustic amplification by Fishman atmartinguitar.com/VTEnhance.

OK, here are the 14 new models! You can see photos of all of them below.

If you are interested in any of these models, don’t hesitate to contact us at 516-626-9292 or sales@themusiczoo.com!

STANDARD SERIES

Featuring New Aura VT Enhance acoustic amplification system with Acoustic Imaging


35 SERIES

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DC-35E: A Sitka spruce top is paired with East Indian rosewood sides and three-piece back in a classic combination called the DC-35E. This acoustic-electric Dreadnought cutaway features a black ebony fingerboard and bridge with a matching black pickguard, and is equipped with Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze strings. Plug into the new, state-of-the-art Aura VT Enhance electronics by Fishman for an added benefit and slide into another dimension. The D-35 is the base for this model and is the preferred instrument of choice for artist Seth Avett. (MSRP: $4,299)

 

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OMC-35E: A narrow waist, small bodied guitar that produces a remarkable full sound, the OMC-35E is a must have for players of all levels. This Orchestra, acoustic-electric cutaway model features a solid Sitka spruce top, East Indian rosewood sides and three-piece back, black ebony fingerboard and bridge and a matching black pickguard. The Aura VT Enhance electronics with discreet tone and volume controls inside the soundhole and a battery box integrated into the endpin jack for easy access make this guitar perfection amplified. Plug in and slide into another dimension. (MSRP: $4,299)

 

 

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GPC-35E: Slightly smaller than a Dreadnought, the GPC-35E still packs a tonal punch. This is a Grand Performance, acoustic-electric cutaway model, featuring a solid Sitka spruce top, East Indian rosewood sides and three-piece back, black ebony fingerboard and bridge and a matching black pickguard. Introduced this year, the Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics complete this model and enhances the tone that fuels your musical journey. (MSRP: $4,299)

 

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28 SERIES

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DC-28E: This Dreadnought, acoustic-electric cutaway takes advantage of the full tonal qualities of East Indian rosewood and pairs it with a solid Sitka spruce top. A black ebony fingerboard and bridge with complementing black pickguard complete this beautiful model. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Martin introduces the new Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics, the perfect addition to elevate the legendary Martin tone you’ve come to love and expect. D-28 style instruments have been played by many musical legends including Elvis Presley and Marcus Mumford. (MSRP: $4,199)

 

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OMC-28E: An Orchestra, acoustic-electric cutaway, the OMC-28E is crafted with solid Sitka spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, black ebony fingerboard and bridge and a complementing black pickguard. Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics make this the guitar that reminds you why you fell in love with us in the first place. (MSRP: $4,199)

 

 

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GPC-28E: The GPC-28E is a Grand Performance, acoustic-electric cutaway, featuring a solid Sitka spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, black ebony fingerboard and bridge and a complementing black pickguard. This combination of features and new Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics make this the guitar that will simply get better with time. (MSRP: $4,199)

 

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18 SERIES

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DC-18E: The warm tones of the genuine mahogany back and sides combined with a Sitka spruce top make this Dreadnought, acoustic-electric cutaway model truly sing. A solid black ebony fingerboard and bridge, tortoise color binding and matching pickguard adorn this model. Martin introduces the new, Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics on this model. Aura VT Enhance electronics uses the most advanced technology with discreet, soundhole-mounted controls for volume and tone preserving the pure and unique acoustic tone of each model. This is a classic Martin with contemporary playability, a modern take on the classic D-18 that was the instrument of choice for Hank Williams. (MSRP: $3,899)

 

 

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OMC-18E: The OMC-18E acoustic-electric cutaway model is crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top, genuine mahogany back and sides and solid black ebony fingerboard and bridge. Tortoise color binding and matching pickguard are also featured on this model. Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics make this guitar everything you’ve ever wanted from a Martin and more. The Aura VT electronics system provides you, the player, with added dimensions to customize your sound creating the ultimate Martin guitar experience. (MSRP: $3,899)

 

 

 

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GPC-18E: The GPC-18E Grand Performance, acoustic-electric cutaway model has been finely crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top, genuine mahogany back and sides and solid black ebony fingerboard and bridge. A sleek modified low oval neck with a Performing Artist taper give you greater ease of play up and down the fingerboard. Tortoise color binding and matching pickguard embellish this model. The all-new Aura VT Enhance electronics make this guitar the complete package for players of all levels. With Aura imaging specifically made for each guitar model, you can plug in and enhance the sound you fell in love with in the first place. (MSRP: $3,899)

 

 

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17 SERIES

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00L-17 Black Smoke: A solid Sitka spruce top and Mahogany back and sides are the foundation for this sloped shoulder Grand Concert model. The grained ivoroid binding and pickguard are beautiful against the satin black smoke finish. A modern straightline Guatemalan rosewood bridge and a modified low oval neck with Performing Artist taper complete the 00L-17 Black Smoke. Also available in Whiskey Sunset burst finish. (MSRP: $2,299)

 

 

 

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000-17 Whiskey Sunset: The 000-17 Whiskey Sunset Auditorium model boasts a rich, warm sunburst finish that will delight any player with its aesthetic beauty. It is crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides for a comforting, warm tone. The Guatemalan rosewood fingerboard and bridge pop against the rich, sunburst finish. The comfortable body size and modified low oval neck with a Performing Artist taper make this guitar easy to play. Also available in a Black Smoke finish. (MSRP: $2,299)

 

 

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00-17S Black Smoke: A Grand Concert addition to the 17 Series, this model features a beautiful satin black smoke finish with contrasting grained ivoroid binding. Despite its small size, this guitar projects and resonates beautifully. The model is constructed with a Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a Guatemalan rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Also available in a Whiskey Sunset burst finish. (MSRP: $2,299)

 

 

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15 SERIES
Featuring Matrix VT Enhance acoustic amplification system

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DC-15ME: With an all mahogany body, the DC-15ME produces a warm, rich, full tone. This Dreadnought acoustic-electric cutaway model is complete with an East Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The beauty of the fingerboard is enhanced with diamonds and squares position inlays. New Fishman Matrix VT Enhance electronics complete this model and make it a very affordable and versatile instrument for players looking for a classic, timeless model. This model is a variation on the D-15 played by Chris Martin of Coldplay. (MSRP: $2,249)

 

 

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OMC-15ME: The warm tones of mahogany pair beautifully with this small-bodied Orchestra model guitar. The OMC-15ME is an acoustic-electric cutaway featuring a mahogany top, back and sides and an East Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The fingerboard is enhanced with diamonds and squares position inlays. The sleek modified low oval neck with a Performing Artist taper allows for greater ease when playing up and down the fretboard. The all-new Fishman Matrix VT Enhance electronics complete this model to give you the tone you fell in love with in the first place. (MSRP: $2,249)

Jan 22

NAMM2016 The newest member of the family is the Godin Passion RG-4 Swamp Ash Bass. Part of the upscale Passion series, it features 5 tuned, Synchronized Resonance Chambers interconnected inside the body that allow for optimal air transfer, exceptional resonance and a lightweight, vibrant body.

The bass sports an comfortable contoured body made of Red Cedar with a carved Swamp Ash top and is powered by a set of Seymour Duncan Quarter-Pound PJ pickups, 1x volume, 1x tone and a 4-way switch, all housed in a 5-ply tortoise shell pickguard. Rosewood or maple finger- board options are available on a rock maple neck with large clover style high-ratio tuning machines.

Redesigned carved top Godin Core CT and Summit Classic CT models.

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Both models feature a 24 3⁄4” scale, chambered mahogany bodies and mahogany set necks. The Core CT includes the Graphtech ResoMax wraparound bridge, and available pickups options include 2x Seymour Duncan P90s (neck: Vintage SP90-1 / bridge: Classic SP90-3), or 1x Godin GHN1 (neck) & 1x Seymour Duncan 59’ humbucker (bridge).

The Summit classic CT features a beautifully bound Richlite fingerboard & headstock, large dot inlays, the Godin High-Definition Revoicer system, and Graphtech ResoMax bridge. Available Seymour Duncan pickup options include a P90 model (neck & bridge: Vintage SP90-1), Humbucker HB model (neck: Alnico 2 / bridge: 59’) and Convertible model with P-Rails, which allows the player to select between humbucker, single-coil or P90 tones. New color options on the Summit Classic CT HB include: Black HG, Burgundy HG and Cherryburst HG.

New Seagull Acoustic Models

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The Seagull S8 Mandolin, and S6 Original QIT, S6 Original Slim Concert Hall GT QIT, Performer CW Concert Hall QIT, and Maritime SWS Mahogany GT QIT models, all available in the stunning new Burnt Umber finish.

Also making it’s debut at NAMM 2016 is the Simon & Patrick line will see the new S&P Songsmith Concert Hall A3T and S&P Songsmith Sunburst Folk GT A3T making their debut at Winter Namm. The Art & Lutherie line will see the debut of the paired 6-string Cuban style steel string acoustic in the A&L Tres. Godin will also have the latest TRIC cases and Italian-made Godin Acoustic Solutions.

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The newest member of the family is the Godin Passion RG-4 Swamp Ash Bass. Part of the upscale Passion series, it features 5 tuned, Synchronized Resonance Chambers interconnected inside the body that allow for optimal air transfer, exceptional resonance and a lightweight, vibrant body.

Lastly, Godin’s Acousticaster and A6 Ultra Baritone below are here to stay for the year 2016!

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The A6 Ultra Baritone continues with the innovative concepts found in all Godin A-series guitars, such as combining amazing plugged-in acoustic sound with the feel of an electric neck, along with a chambered body design that virtually eliminates feedback in live & loud settings.

Interested in any of these new models? Pre-order by ontact us at 516-626-9292 or click the button below!

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