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Apr 01

March Limited Editions Main

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for the release of Gibson Acoustics Limited Edition models for 2015, and we’re excited to say the least. This year features a variety of styles and tonal options to suit your preferences. From a J-45 Custom Mystic Rosewood to an Ebony Hummingbird, the lineup offers a wide spectrum of guitars that will give you a strikingly difference response when you sit down to play them. Read the excerpts from Gibson below to see what each specific model has to offer and what sets them apart from one another. Many of these guitars will be in stock at The Zoo very soon! To order, contact us sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292!

While your here, check out our entire stock of Gibson Acoustics on our site by clicking here!

Mar 31

The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. The VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and women to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments. Watch the video above to have a look at Martin’s newest models that feature VTS! You can read more about the Vintage Tone System from Martin below…

You can view our entire stock of Martin Guitars by clicking here!

VTS Booklet

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Martin’s VTS system is featured on the following guitars…

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Mar 10


The last year has brought on a number of cool guitars from a lot of different brands…and it’s safe to say they’re all worth checking out for their own respective qualities! From the new Misha Mansoor model from Jackson, to the Gary Clark Jr. signature from Epiphone, 2014/15 saw the unveiling of a lot of new guitars from the most prominent guitar players out right now! Check out the list we compiled (in no particular order) of the top 10 signature guitars we think are worth picking up this year!

Jackson Bulb (Misha Mansoor)

Of all of the new signatures making their debut, we are probably the most excited about the new Bulb, by Jackson! This guitar, built for Misha Mansoor, leader of the progressive super-group, Periphery, features a distinctive Jackson body shape inspired by the Dinky™, with sleekly scalloped horns, a comfortably contoured neck heel and a gorgeous AAA quilt maple top on trans-finish models. The bolt-on quartersawn maple neck is sculpted with Mansoor’s own custom profile, and features graphite reinforcement, ivoroid binding and heel-end thumbwheel truss rod adjustment. Contact us to order at sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292!


Epiphone Blak & Blu Casino (Gary Clark Jr.)

There’s no denying this beauty from making our list! Epiphone is proud to present the debut of GRAMMY™ winner Gary Clark Jr.’s premier signature model, the Ltd. Ed. Gary Clark Jr. “Blak & Blu” Casino which features Gibson USA P-90 pickups and available with either a traditional trapeze tailpiece or a legendary Bigsby® B70 Vibrato. Contact us to order at sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292!


ESP JR-608 (Javier Reyes)


Javier Reyes, a member of the ever-so groovy Animals as Leaders, has recently become an endorsee of ESP! …and we couldn’t be any more happy about it! ESP is debuting the ESP JR-608/QM and the LTD JR-208. Both are eight-string baritone models with a comfortable 27” scale. The JR-608/QM however, features high-end appointments like neck-thru-body construction, and features Reyes’ signature DiMarzio pickups for those looking to get the full package! Contact us to order at sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292!


Jackson Chris Broderick Soloist 6/7 string


The Zoo has been good friends with Mr. Broderick for some time, so it’s only right that his awesome axe from Jackson graced our list! This sporty-looking guitar has a ton of cool features and even comes in a 7 string! Among the list of specs include a quartersawn maple neck with quilt maple binding and Floyd Rose® nut, natural body and headstock binding, ebony fingerboard with 12” radius and 24 jumbo stainless steel frets, Broderick-designed Custom DiMarzio® direct-mounted humbucking neck and bridge pickups, kill switch, recessed Floyd Rose® Pro bridge, black hardware, Planet Waves® Auto-Trim tuners. Check out this guitar on our site!


Charvel San Dimas Guthrie Govan Signature


Possibly the most popular signature release of the past year, the Guthrie Govan signature by Charvel is one wicked instrument! We watched Guthrie himself wield this super-axe at his masterclass held in our store, and boy does it have some tone! Features include three specially wound Charvel custom MFB pickups arranged in a versatile HSH configuration with five-way switching for the expansive tonal openness and dynamic sensitivity that Govan demands, two notched control knobs (master volume, master tone) with brass position markers set into the body, and a U.S.-made recessed Charvel locking tremolo bridge with a Tremol-No™ unit. Check it out here!


Caparison Apple Horn 8 (Mattius Eklundh)


Mattius Eklundh is the king of oddities when it comes to making guitar-music…he’s also the king of making a sick signature guitar. His Apple Horn 8 from Caparison is absolutely amazing! If your looking for tonal clarity and a natural feel in an 8 string, look no further. This guitar features  a Walnut neck that moulds comfortably into your hand making extended playing a breeze and fatigue free. Add to this the 27 fret True Temperament system on a select Rosewood fingerboard and the exacting harmonics that this guitar produces sing out in perfect intonation. Contact us to order at sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292!


Gibson Memphis ES-335 Dave Grohl Signature


As if the ES-335 wasn’t a great enough, the Dave Grohl signature adds some extra zest to an already superb guitar! A natural playing feel is assured by a neck profile with optimum comfort, with stand-out looks from the striking Firebird-style six-a-side headstock. Stellar tone from mean to mellow is assured by a pair of Dave’s preferred Burstbucker pickups, a #2 in the neck and a hotter #3 in the bridge, with the classic control assembly and hardware complement. This limited edition sees 200 available in Pelham Blue Metallic and 400 in Gold Metallic finish. Check it out here!


Jackson Music Zoo Exclusive RR 1.5 (Randy Rhoads)


This short-wing, all maple guitar is the creation of Music Zoo owner Tommy Colletti and Jackson Masterbuilder Mike Shannon. Replicating the 25th Anniversary Rhoads identically is off-limits, so Tommy and Mike made a few subtle “Randy-style” changes to the model to create the 1.5. This one features a black finish, vintage trem, Seymour Duncan® Distortion & Jazz humbuckers, and a vintage logo on the headstock. The slim neck profile and 6230 fret wire help make it one incredible playing instrument. Check it out here!


Martin LX-1E (Ed Sheeran)


Paired with his awesome songwriting, Ed Sheeran’s guitar of choice is none-other than this stylish LX-1E from Martin guitars! features Ed’s signature “+” sign on the headstock and album logo laser-etched on the solid sapele top. Stage-ready, this model is small enough to take anywhere and comes equipped with Fishman Isys T electronics, SP Lifespan Martin strings and a padded gig bag. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this model will be donated to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. Contact us to order at sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292!


Gibson SG Derek Trucks Signature


Tone, tone, and more tone….that’s exactly what you’ll get from this lovely SG from Gibson. The Derek Trucks Signature SG is crafted by Gibson USA in the image of the groundbreaking 1961 SG, with its radical asymmetrical dual-horned body style with characteristic beveled body edges. Body and neck are made from Grade-A mahogany and finished in high-gloss Heritage Cherry. The neck is carved to the slim “true D” profile of the early ’60s, which measures .800” deep at the 1st fret and .895” at the 12th. A rosewood fingerboard carries 22 medium-jumbo frets, with a 12-inch radius for smooth, easy bending. Check it out here!

Honorable Mention: Music Man Artisan Majesty (John Petrucci)


There were so many great signature models in the past year that we forgot about this super-versatile machine! Available in 6 and 7 string, the new Artisan Majesty is the latest addition to the John Petrucci collection of fine Ernie Ball/Music Man instruments. The guitar is constructed with a through-neck design of mahogany and laser etched flame maple top; available in 5 rich translucent finishes. The Artisan comes with gold hardware featuring a custom John Petrucci Music Man® Piezo floating tremolo bridge and Schaller locking tuners. Contact us to order at sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292!

Feb 24

Seagull 2

We love showing our appreciation for all of our great costumers, so we’re gearing up for another guitar-giveaway! The Seagull S6 Koa acoustic guitar is one of our favorite exclusive guitars, and now one of you has the chance to win one! The Koa S6 guitar is constructed with a laminated Hawaiian koa back and sides with a mahogany top. The net result is tone that is warm, with plenty of upper-midrange presence and a bright, crisp top-end. The excellence in detail and clarity when playing chords and solo lines in the upper frets can be heard at first strum! Have a look at some photos of this great guitar below!

Enter to Win a Seagull S6 Music Zoo Exclusive Koa Dreadnought Guitar by clicking here!


Seagull (1 of 12)

Seagull (8 of 12)

Seagull (6 of 12)

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Seagull (12 of 12)





Feb 17


As he continues to top the charts with his captivating song-writing, Ed Sheeran is slowly becoming the face of the Martin acoustic guitar brand. With that said, Martin is set to release the EX, Sheeran’s second signature model with the company, featuring his identifiable multiply sign on the body. Best of all, this awesome guitar will be available at a price for the modern consumer!

From C.F. Martin & Co-

Designed in collaboration with the team at Martin Guitar, this edition features Ed’s Signature “X” (multiply) sign on the headstock and down the fretboard. The six times platinum-selling album’s logo is inlayed in solid koa on a solid spruce wood top. The model comes stage-ready equipped with Fishman® Isys T electronics, Martin® SP® Lifespan® strings and a padded gig bag.

To pre-order, contact our sales staff at at sales@themusiczoo.com or call 1-844-MUSIC-ZOO!

Feb 10


If you weren’t watching The Walking Dead this past Sunday, there’s a good chance you were probably tuned in to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. But aside from the actual awards, we couldn’t help but notice the variety of guitars that graced the stage this year; from Ed Sheeran’s signature Taylor, to John Mayer’s Jackson Soloist. If the performances didn’t entertain us, we sure got a kick out of seeing the guitars that popped up. Have a look at the images below to see the guitars that made an appearance!


Eric Church’s Gibson Hummingbird



Brandy Clark’s Martin



Dwight Yoakam’s Gibson L-200

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show


Ed Sheeran’s Fender Strat



Ed Sheeran’s Taylor Signature & Jeff Lynne’s Gibson Les Paul



Angus Young’s Gibson SG



Beck’s Martin Acoustic



Hozier’s Gretsch



Juanes and his Sadowsky Guitar



John Mayer’s Pink Jackson Soloist



Paul McCartney’s Taylor




Images courtesy of Getty Images

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Feb 05


NAMM2015 Here at The Zoo, we’re all fans of Bedell acoustic guitars as well as their ethical mission, so we made sure we caught a few photos of what everyone should expect from them in 2015! From the Angelica to their Earthsong series, Bedell’s signature quality and playing ability traverses their entire lineup! Have a look at the guitars with accompanying specs from their NAMM booth below. If interested in ordering any of these guitars, feel free to contact our sales staff at sales@themusiczoo.com or calling 516-626-9292! Also, be sure to browse through our stock of Bedell guitars on our site!

 Coffee House Deadnought




Coffee House Deadnought

Shape: Dreadnought

Top Wood: Solid Adirondack Spruce

Back/Sides Wood: Solid East Indian Rosewood

Binding: Koa

Inlays: Dots

Angelica Belissima




Angelica Belissima

Shape: Deep Body Parlor

Top Wood: Solid Sunken Red Cedar

Back/Sides Wood: Solid Figured East Indian Rosewood

Binding: East Indian Rosewood

Inlays: Angelica

Blackbird Vegan Dreanought




Blackbird Vegan Dreanought

Shape: Dreadnought

Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce

Back/Sides Wood: Solid Figured Bog Leaf Maple

Binding: Black

Inlays: Brass Dots

 1964 Dreadnought Natural




1964 Dreadnought Natural

Shape: Dreadnought

Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce

Back/Sides Wood: Solid Honduran Mahogany

Binding: East Indian Rosewood

Inlays: Dots



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Jan 29

NAMM2015: We caught up at NAMM 2015 with Taylor Guitars to get a breakdown of the redesigned maple 600 series. Check out the interview below where Taylor explains the newest tone enhancing features from the maple 600 series including a torrefied tops, new appointments like it’s Brown Sugar Stain, and it’s greater sound characteristics including more warmth and richness as well as an enhanced response. The Music Zoo was lucky enough to get our hands on a few of the 2015 prototype 600 series Taylor acoustic guitars, and they are available on our website here. You can pre-order the new 600 series guitars by emailing our sales team at sales@themusiczoo.com or by calling 516-626-9292.







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Jan 24

martin custom shop namm 2015

NAMM2015 The Martin booth at NAMM was choc-full of new custom shop models this year. These models featured gorgeous wood appointments and carvings, ornate sound holes, and all types of tone-wood combinations! Have a look at the series of photos below to see what’s in store for 2015 from the Martin custom shop. Feel free to contact our sales staff  at sales@themusiczoo.com if you’re interested in any of these amazing guitars! Be sure to have a look at the Martin acoustics we have on our site while you’re here!


Custom Dreadnought14 Fret

Highly Flamed Koa Back and sides

High Altitude Swiss Spruce Top

Martin SP Lifespan Strings



Custom Dreadnought 14 Fret

Mahogany Top, Back, and sides

Rope Wood Purfling

Martin SP Lifespan Strings




Custom Jumbo 14 Fret

Cocobolo Back and sides

High Altitude Swiss Spruce Top/Bearclaw

Martin SP Lifespan Strings




Custom Jumbo 14 Fret

Cocobolo Back and sides

High Altitude Swiss Spruce Top/Bearclaw

Martin SP Lifespan Strings



Custom 00 Sloped Shoulder 14-Fret

Premium Made Rosewood Back and Sides

Premium Adirondack Spruce Top

Martin SP Lifespan Strings






Custom 00 12-Fret

Brazilian Rosewood Adirondack Spruce

Select Abalone Pearl

Martin SP Lifespan Strings




Custom 000 14-Fret

Adirondack Spruce Top with VTS

Limited to 75 Pieces

Martin SP Lifespan Strings







Jan 12

Martin Namm new models 2015

-From C. F. Martin & Co.

C. F. Martin & Co. continues to innovate and present unparalleled artistry as seen in their new models at Winter NAMM 2015. Martin Guitar continues brings its “A” game with several new models that include the CS-00041-15, CEO 8 and two new Authentics Series models. Details on the products featured at the showcase are below and complete product specs can be found at www.martinguitar.com/new. Contact our sales staff for info on pre-ordering. Also, make sure you check out our entire stock of Martin Guitars on our website as well.



  • Dreadnought Junior – Martin introduces a new body size with the solid wood Dreadnought Junior, which is fashioned for player comfort, clear powerful tone and easy action. The affordably-priced Dreadnought Junior is ideal for smaller players, students, travelers, or anyone who aspires to the clarity and depth of tone that has defined Martin instruments for more than 180 years. (MSRP: $799.00)




  • OM-28 Authentic 1931 – This guitar shares Martin’s significant 14-fret neck Orchestra Model innovation and is based on a rare 1931 OM-28 model originally owned by Mike Seeger. The specifications have been closely followed with the following exceptions: Madagascar rosewood replaces the rarer Brazilian rosewood, vintage gloss finish and torrefied Adirondack spruce top and braces – Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS) –  used to replicate the aged appearance and tonality of the 1931 original. (MSRP: $8,499.00)


  • OM-45 De Luxe Authentic 1930 – Drawing inspiration and specifications from the 1930 OM-45 Deluxe, only 11 guitars (like the original run made in 1930) are offered in this edition. Each is a hand-crafted replica of the original model featured in the Martin Guitar museum collection. The model boasts a torrefied Adirondack spruce top and braces – Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS) – to replicate the aged appearance and tonality of the 1930’s original and Brazilian rosewood back and sides. We also replaced elephant ivory on the guitar, which is in line with Martin’s advocacy with The Nature Conservancy’s Save Elephants campaign to bring awareness to the senseless slaughter of elephants for their ivory. Each guitar comes with a Harp Tone guitar case.  (MSRP: $99,999.00)




  • CS-00041-15 Limited to just 75 special guitars, the Martin Custom Shop offers this stunning edition for 2015. The back and sides of brilliant orange and black grained solid cocobolo are combined with a torrefied Adirondack spruce top – Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS) – delicately scalloped with high performance bracing for a complex and vibrant tone – a perfect example of The Custom Shop’s skill and taste. (MSRP: $9,999.00)




  • D-41 Purple Martin Cocobolo – The Purple Martin is the largest North American swallow and produces sounds that have been described as “throaty and rich,” much like the limited edition guitar that bears its name.  A favorite theme of CEO & Chairman Chris Martin, this 2015 version is the second in a series of Purple Martin Limited Editions. The black pickguard as well as the ebony fingerboard and bridge are all inlaid with a dramatic Purple Martin motif. With no more than 50 produced, each D-41 Purple Martin will bear an interior label personally signed by C. F. Martin IV and numbered in sequence with the edition total. (MSRP: $12,499.00)


  • SS-GP42-15 – Martin’s Anaheim NAMM Show Special for 2015 is a spectacular stage performance guitar with an aged torrefied European spruce soundboard - Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS) – and highly flamed Hawaiian koa back and sides. Personally signed by C. F. Martin IV and numbered in sequence, no more than fifty of these special guitars will be offered. (MSRP: $10,999.00)


  •  SSC-OM35-15 – This is the second in a series of NAMM Show Special guitars created specifically for the Canadian marketplace. The unique style 35 3-piece back features solid cherry wings with a Pacific big leaf flamed maple center wedge.  Each instrument bears an interior label signed by C. F. Martin IV and numbered in sequence. (MSRP: $4,699.00)




  • 000-15M Burst – The 000-15M Burst, constructed with solid mahogany top, back, sides and neck, is already an extremely popular and affordable Martin model, exhibiting a clear, powerful, expressive and balanced tone. With a beautifully applied sunburst, this model is joining its Dreadnought visual counterpart in the Martin line – the D-15M Burst. (MSRP: $1,849.00)


  • CEO 8 – This is the eighth incarnation of C. F. Martin IV’s “CEO’s Choice” series, with favored specifications selected by Chris Martin. Martin’s largest acoustic body size, the Grand Jumbo, delivers great value for all of the included features. Each CEO-8 Special Edition comes with stage ready D-TAR Wave-length Multi-Source electronics and bears an interior label individually numbered in sequence and personally signed by C. F. Martin IV. (MSRP: $6,999.00)


About Martin Guitar & Strings

C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 180 years.  It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards, including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the “Dreadnought” size. One of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques, along with those introduced by the company founder.


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