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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)

Seagull (4 of 12)

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.


Jan 06

d35 50th anniversary

C. F. Martin & Co. is celebrating 50 years of their legendary D-35 Dreadnought with a very special model to  debut at the 2015 Winter NAMM Trade Show…The D-35 Brazilian 50thAnniversary Limited Edition.

The innovative D-35 was first created by C.F. Martin & Co. in 1965 and has gone on to be one of the most popular and replicated models of our time. With no more than 100 created, the D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model  is constructed with Madagascar rosewood sides and back wings, a Brazilian rosewood back center wedge and headplate,  FSC certified European spruce top, ¼” non- scalloped X bracing, and ivoroid bindings.

Each model features an interior label personally signed by CEO & Chairman Chris Martin IV (numbered in sequence with the edition total), a limited edition D-35 Anniversary poster designed by Hatch Show Print  (mailed when model is registered, www.hatchshowprint.com) and a 50th Anniversary booklet and warranty card.

In addition to the Limited Edition Brazilian 50th Anniversary model offering, Martin is further celebrating the milestone year with the inclusion of a special 50th Anniversary interior label seen through the soundhole of every stock model D-35 initiated during 2015. (MSRP: $6,999.00) Specs on this guitar are available below!

If you just can’t wait until this guitar releases, have a look at our selection of Martin acoustics we have in stock!


Martin d35 50th anniversary


Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint

Body Size: D-14 Fret

Top: Certified European Spruce

Rosette: Style 28

Top Bracing Pattern: Standard “X” Non-Scalloped

Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 1/4″

Back Material: Solid Madagascar Rosewood Wings w/ Brazilian Rosewood Wedge

Back Purfling: Style 35

Side Material: Solid Madagascar Rosewood

Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid

Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron

Binding: Grained Ivoroid

Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron

Side Inlay: Multiple Black/White Boltaron

Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron

Neck Material: Genuine Mahogany

Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval w/ Performing Artist Taper

Nut Material: Bone

Headstock: Solid/Square Taper

Headplate: Solid Brazilian Rosewood w/ Large Old Style Decal

Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid w/ Multiple B/W Inlay

Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony

Scale Length: 25.4″

Number Of Frets Clear: 14

Number Of Frets Total: 20

Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4″

Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8″

Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 28

Fingerboard Binding: Grained Ivoroid

Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss

Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner

Finish Neck: Satin

Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony

Bridge Style: Modified 30’s Style w/ Drop-In Saddle

Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16″

Saddle: 16″ Radius/Compensated/Bone


Martin d35 50th anniversary

Dec 06

Bob Dylan Main Image shot

The canon of American Music would not be complete without the works of Bob Dylan. His songs and stylistic innovations continue to influence songwriters today. Before he “went electric” at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Dylan was near-exclusively an acoustic player. Though he has wound his way through multiple guitars (and in recent years even keyboards), Dylan has recently collaborated with Gibson to release a highly-customized SJ-200.

The Autographed SJ-200 Collector’s Edition is crafted from highly figured Indian Rosewood and AAA Sitka Spruce. Dylan’s Eye Logo is inlaid on the headstock in Mother-of-Pearl, and the fingerboard features Bella Voce Mother-of-Pearl inlay. The distinctive double pickguards are inlaid with Abalone detailing. The guitar includes a label autographed by Mr. Dylan himself, and features a unique serial number stamped into the head block. This guitar is a limited run of 175, so contact our sales staff today! Check out more of the guitar’s unique features below!

Body Language

Mystic Rosewood back and sides with AAA Sitka Spruce top

trimmed in vintage binding and abalone-inlaid double pickguards.


Superior Sounds

Premium tonewoods, scalloped X-bracing, and traditional

SJ-200 dimensions belt out stellar tones.

Heads Above
Multi-ply headstock binding and pearl artist’s eye logo inlay.
In Tune

High-quality Waverly open-backed tuners, in gold.


Chairman of the Board

Bound Rosewood fingerboard with elegant bella voce Mother-of-Pearl inlays.


Protection Perfection

Limited edition hardshell case with embroidered eye logo and brown

velvet interior. Includes a temperature and hygrometer guage.


Dec 04

First Editions Main

We’re always intrigued when Taylor has something new in the works. So we’re definitely excited that Taylor has announced their new 600 series First Editions for 2015. This collection of guitars is a product of Taylor’s efforts to enhance the bright tonal qualities of Maple tonewoods, giving them a richer and fuller sound than ever before. The Grand Orchestra and Grand Symphony models boast these sonic improvements with excellence. The combination of Sitka Spruce Tops with maple-specific back bracing profile bring not only a pleasing tone, but a greater level of responsiveness to the instrument. These outstanding guitar pieces are set to release in early January of 2015. If you are interested in pre-ordering, feel free to contact our sales staff. Also, make sure you check out our full stock of Taylor guitars on our site! Read on for more info and specifics on this new series from Taylor.

Among the upgrades to the 600s are a maple-specific back bracing profile and torrefied Sitka spruce tops, which together produce a played-in tonal character with greater acoustic resonance. Other tone-enhancing touches include the use of protein glues and an ultra-thin, 3.5-mil gloss finish to minimize dampening. A new, hand-rubbed “Brown Sugar” stain on the back and sides gives maple’s figure a beautiful violin-hued appearance without adding extra thickness to the finish. Featured appointments include new ivoroid Wings fretboard inlays, an inlaid ebony backstrap, ebony binding with ivoroid purfling, an ebony/ivoroid rosette, and a striped ebony pickguard, along with Taylor’s Expression System® 2 acoustic electronics. Exclusive First Edition features include Adirondack spruce braces, an additional headstock inlay, a First Edition guitar label, and a commemorative First Edition nameplate on the deluxe hardshell case.

616ce  Grand Symphony First Edition

616ce MainThe husky low-end horsepower that makes the Grand Symphony a potent strummer pairs well with the fresh voicing refinements of the maple 600 Series. With maple’s tonal potential fully unlocked to reveal a richer, warmer and more complex voice, this Grand Symphony becomes even more dynamic.


618e Grand Orchestra First Edition

618ce Main Image

The voicing refinements brought to the maple 600 Series come alive in especially dramatic fashion on our voluptuous Grand Orchestra model, as its already impressive blend of power and sonic detail is embellished further.

656ce 12-String First Edition

656ce Main Image

The maple 12-strings sound better than ever, thanks to the tone-enhancing refinements brought to the 600 Series. Greater warmth, complexity and sustain add to the natural clarity and balance of the Taylor sound, enabling more tonal definition to come through on these double-course instruments.



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