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Sep 01

Acoustic Guitars of the week

Every week we’ll be listing our favorite guitars, basses, amps, and pedals in our inventory. From custom models to rare finds you’ve never heard of, we’ve always got something new and interesting showing up in our New Arrivals Section! Scroll down to see our top ten acoustic picks from this week! Click the links below the photos to see full specs and info on our site!

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Gibson Montana Hummingbird Vintage Sitka Spruce

 

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Taylor 322ce Mahogany Top Grand Concert

 

 

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Taylor GS Mini-e Koa

 

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Taylor 914ce First Edition Grand Auditorium

 

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Gibson Montana SJ-100 Super Jumbo Walnut 

 

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Bedell Blackbird Vegan Parlor 

 

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D’Angelico EX-63 Archtop 

 

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Cordoba C12 Cedar Top Nylon-String

 

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Seagull Maritime SWS Mahogany

 

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Ovation CS24P Celebrity Standard Plus

 

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Aug 24

Those of us who hold an occupation, hobby, or duty that requires us to use our hands extensively, can attest to a unique feeling of self-sufficiency. Not only from our satisfaction with the outcome, but from the transference of energy from ourselves to the subject of our objective. Catharsis, the process of releasing strong or repressed emotions, is a phenomena often experienced by musicians, and many other creatives alike. Alex Bishop, a guitar luthier as well as guitar player, is no stranger to such an experience. Partnered with the visuals above, Bishop’s coinciding words represent all that we creatives admire about guitar-making/playing. An excerpt from the video yields a very resonant statement about guitars: “You can’t freeze them in time,” he says. Watch the 4k video to see the passion of a devoted craftsmen first hand.

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Aug 13

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The 2016 Gibson Acoustic model lineup is here, straight from the Bozeman, Montana luthiers! All the classic Gibson acoustics you’ve come to know, and love, are included among the 26 models of the 2016 line. Several of the models are available in different versions, like for example the vintage line with thermally aged tops. You’ll find smoother fingerboard edges, upgraded pickups on applicable models, and all-new 2016 truss rod covers. But most important, the sound is still the same that guitarists around the world have come to expect from Gibson’s wide range of acoustic guitars.

When you look at the 2016 line of acoustic guitars, you’ll soon notice how the J-45 is easily the model with the most different versions available (seven to be exact). Known as the “The Workhorse” it is perhaps not surprising that the J-45 would warrant so many different iterations. There is the J-45 Vintage which has a thermally aged top to bring out that Gibson Acoustic vintage sound. The J-45 Progressive sports a tune-o-matic bridge, and Gibson’s G Force tuning system. The J-45 Custom sports a Rosewood back, and beautiful mother-of-pearl floral inlays on the headstock. Of course you can also pick up a J-45 Standard, which comes with an upgraded LR Baggs pickup, and all of the 2016 upgrades, like softened fingerboard edges, and Plek setup.

Interested in ordering any of these new Gibson models? Click the link below!

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The SJ-200 has been loved and played by guitarists as diverese as Pete Townshend, Sheryl Crow, and Aaron Lewis of Staind. This mustasche-clad classic comes in two versions – the SJ-200 Standard, and the Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player’s Edition. The SJ-200 Standard is available in both a Antique Natural, and Vintage Sunburst finished Sitka Spruce top. Just like with the J-45, the instrument comes with an upgraded pickup, this time it’s an LR Baggs Anthem. The Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player’s Edition, is based on Dylan’s personal guitar, and feature dual pickguards with a floral design pattern. The top is made from Adirondack Red Spruce, and finished in Vintage Sunburst, with a Flame Maple back.

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 Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player’s Edition

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Gibson recently devoted an entire feature to the Gibson Hummingbird, highlighting some of its most famous owners. Surely, if the Hummingbird was worthy for recording such Rolling Stones classics like “Jumping Jack Flash,” and “Street Fighting Man,” they must be on to something good here, right? The 2016 Gibson Acoustic line contain the Hummingbird Standard, and the Hummingbird Vintage. The Standard has all the 2016 appointments, and enhancements already mentioned, and of course the classic pickguard featuring a hummingbird and floral design is right there on the Sitka Spruce Heritage Cherry Sunburst top. The Hummingbird Vintage comes with a thermally aged Sitka Spruce top, where the aging process of the wood has been replicated on the cellular level to accurately replicate the sound of a classic Gibson Acoustic.

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Jul 07

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Our friends at Martin Guitars have recently announced that they will be unveiling four new guitars at this years Summer NAMM. Among them is the 00-15E Retro, and a unique LE-Cowboy. Be on the lookout for more updates from Martin Guitar and Summer NAMM news right here on our site!

SUMMER NAMM NEW MODELS:

  • 00-15E Retro
    The 00-15E Retro is the first 00-14 fret instrument in the successful Retro Series product family. This acoustic-electric, non-cutaway model features a solid mahogany top, back and sides and the top is finished with a visually distinctive 15-style burst. Equipped with our popular SP Lifespan strings and Fishman F1 Aura+ electronics, the 00-15E Retro will appeal to players at all levels who are seeking incredible tone and playability.

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  • CS-D41-15
    A 14 fret, non-cutaway Dreadnought, the CS-D41-15 features a Sitka spruce top with Martin’s new Vintage Tone System (VTS). The East Indian rosewood back and sides beautifully showcase a unique ribbon inlay of cocobolo and flamed mahogany. Flamed mahogany binding visually completes the CS-D41-15, making this limited edition model one that is both beautiful to the beholder and pleasing to the ear. Limited to a quantity of 115.

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  • LE-Cowboy-2015
    William Matthews is widely known for his beautiful watercolor portrayal of the working cowboys from the great ranches of the American West. Mr. Matthews created a design for us that will debut at the 2015 Summer NAMM trade show. The LE-Cowboy-2015 is a 000-12 fret with a Sitka spruce top finished with Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS). The top is inlaid with a multi-color rope design, and the back and sides are made of goncalo alves. This unique collector’s guitar will only be sold in 2015.

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  • SS-0041-15 The 2015 Summer NAMM Show Special has an Adirondack spruce top with Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS) and finished with a gorgeous cinnamon teardrop burst. The SS-0041-15 has Guatemalan rosewood back and sides, featuring various unique inlay designs: an alternate torch on the headstock and a tree-of-life on the fingerboard, both inlaid in a select abalone pearl. Equipped with Fishman Aura VT electronics, this limited edition guitar will be cherished for years to come.

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Browse through our entire stock of Martin Guitars! Click here!

 

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Jun 24

Seymour Duncan offers three choices in the Woody Series, but all have the commonality of instant mounting and unmounting, along with a great-looking maple cover that will look unobtrusively fantastic on your guitar. More importantly, if you already love the sound of your acoustic, the Woody Series will passively amplify your sound without anything to detract from it.

Especially great for singer-songwriters and folk strummers, the Woody Series offer a moderate response that gives you plenty of amplification while allowing your guitar to blend nicely with vocals and other instruments.

The Woody pickup fits any acoustic guitar with a sound hole diameter of 3.85 to 4.10 inches. They’re also priced to fit the budgets of most musicians, and are a much more affordable alternative to buying a mic for acoustic amplification.

The Seymour Duncan Woody Pickup is available now on our site! Click here!

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Jun 22

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Built with native American woods and handcrafted in America by American artisans Bedell Guitars is pleased to introduce the Bedell Wildfire Series of acoustic guitars—part of the Bedell Homegrown Collection—built with all American-grown tonewoods with stunning, handcrafted detail and sound. Available in Dreadnought, Orchestra and Parlor body shapes, the Bedell Wildfire Series combines solid Adirondack spruce and gorgeously figured bigleaf maple tonewoods to deliver the sound that made the guitar our country’s most popular musical instrument.

Additional features of the Bedell Wildfire Series include K&K Pure Mini electronics, maple binding, beautiful figured maple peghead veneer, mosaic pin inlays and deluxe hardshell case. Have a look at the guitars available in the series below!

If you are interested in ordering any of these guitars, click the button below or call us at 516-626-9292! You can also take a look at our entire stock of Bedell Guitars by clicking here!

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Bedell Wildfire Orchestra

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Bedell Wildfire Dreadnought

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Bedell Wildfire Parlor

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Jun 06

Here’s a refreshing piece of guitar gear…the ACPAD is the first MIDI guitar controller for acoustic guitar, featuring assignable midi pads and surface controllers to create an endless number of unique sounds!

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ACPAD was born out of necessity. A need for flexibility, live stability and creative freedom. Berlin musician Robin Sukroso needed a piece of equipment that would allow him to bring his love of both electronic and acoustic music together; that could withstand playing every night, that was easy and intuitive to play, and that could let him explore an entirely new world of sound.

The ACPAD began as an idea and a desire. After 3 years of research, development and a lot of trials, the ACPAD is finally ready for the world. Sukroso along with his partners at IIT Bombay created a new 2 mm thick interface having no wires or screws, a stick-on wireless MIDI controller that is powered by a rechargeable battery. ACPAD is a device with true portability and tonal versatility.

The ACPAD allows players to blend both acoustic and electronic sounds with FX and assignable tap pads. Create whatever sound you want with ACPAD. It is strong, flexible and offers a new world of creativity you have been looking for. ACPAD is an electronic orchestra in your hands!

The ACPAD is set to launch on Kickstarter very soon! Tell us what you think of this new product! Would you purchase one?

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Apr 01

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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!
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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!

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

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Mar 10

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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)

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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!

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