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Feb 19

Fender vw gti

Considerably the ideal automobile for the modern gigging musician, the new Volkswagen GTI has most of everything a guitar player needs and wants in a car; space, comfort, sportiness, and a kickin’ sound system! Motor Trend Magazine recently released an article showcasing the new model as well as glorifying the “Convergence of Cars & Guitars” over the years. But what makes this VW GTI so special is it’s Fender Premium Audio package, which provides the incredibly clear and powerful sound experience you need to get in the zone while on your way to your next show. You can get this system on a number of vehicles in Volkswagen’s lineup.

Rory Jornecka, writer at Motor Trend, also goes on to explain his dual hobbies of car and guitar obsession in the article, which is humorous considering many of us at The Zoo share the same habits. Between Music Zoo owner Tommy Colletti’s SRT-8 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Walt’s (photographer/blogger) stanced VW Golf MKV, it’s not hard to see that The Music Zoo is full of gear-heads. Furthermore, this article features some great photos and information on the new GTI as well as past Fender advertisements showcasing Car/Guitar collaborations. You can read the full Motor Trend article by clicking here! Also, be sure to check out  our inventory of Fender guitars on our site to quench your guitar thirst!

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Feb 16

Guitar World Behind the Scenes (3 of 4)

We’ve been working with Guitar Aficionado Magazine on a lot of various projects lately and well, the fun just continues in their February issue, featuring a few of our guitars in front of some awesome automobiles! When we heard about it being a “Motoring” issue, we knew exactly who to team up with for the feature. Our good friend Howard Kroplick, whose cars we use for a number of our “Cars & Guitars” blogs, owns a bunch of cool rides that are on display in the same building as The Music Zoo. The outcome was an impeccable tandem of rare guitars and even more rare cars! Among the cars that make an appearance are Howard’s Shelby Gt-350H’s and 1960 Cheverolet Kingswood Station Wagon. As for the guitars, we supplied a Kramer Van Halen guitar (yes, Eddie’s actual guitar), a Music Zoo exclusive single-pickup Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul, our exclusive Jackson Custom Shop RR1.5 and a ’63 Fender Custom Shop Relic Telecaster.

Have a look at the page spreads from the magazine below! …as well as a few behind-the-scenes shots we took at the shoot!

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Check out some behind-the-scenes shot we took during the shoot.

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Behind-the-scenes photography by Walter Bryant

 

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Feb 10

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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

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Brandy Clark’s Martin

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Dwight Yoakam’s Gibson L-200

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Ed Sheeran’s Fender Strat

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

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Angus Young’s Gibson SG

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Beck’s Martin Acoustic

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Hozier’s Gretsch

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Juanes and his Sadowsky Guitar

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John Mayer’s Pink Jackson Soloist

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Paul McCartney’s Taylor

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Images courtesy of Getty Images

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Jan 27


NAMM2015: Fender Custom Shop Master Builder John Cruz, who is normally known for his vintage and relic works has changed it up quite a bit on this one. In an effort to showcase his artistic style and range of musical genres (Metal!) he, along with Fender Custom Shop debuted the Zombie Stratocaster at NAMM 2015. Think of it as a tribute to the highly popular AMC series The Walking Dead. The horror themed artwork on this guitar, which even allows for the flame to come thru, was done by Joaquin Lopez and is both vivid and disturbing – in a good way of course! Check out the video below to see John Cruz describe this amazing and one-of-a-kind Strat! Check out our amazing selection of Fender Custom Shop guitars here.

 

Specs:

2 piece ash body Quilted Maple Chambered

4A Flame Maple Neck

Pickups: EVH Humbuckers

Floyd Rose Original Tremolo with titanium upgraded parts and blocks

Burst finish with custom artwork by Joaquin Lopez

Custom inlays with spears and skulls

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Jan 26

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NAMM2015 Straight from the Fender Custom Shop is this 1959 Strat Relic Faded Fiesta Red over a 3-tone Sunburst. This guitar features a “faded” thin nitrocellulose finish, hand-selected tone wood, Custom Shop pickups, and unique appointments like a 10″ fingerboard radius and 6105 frets. The guitars ship with a Certificate of Authenticity and a Custom Shop Limited Edition black hardshell case.This thing is headed to The Zoo, so if you’re looking to get you’re hands on it, contact our sales staff at sales@themusiczoo.com before it’s gone!

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Jan 22

 

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NAMM2015 This beautifully unique Clown Patch Active Strat Master Built by Dale Wilson really caught our eye at the Fender Custom Shop Special Event at NAMM 2015! We were lucky enough to get our hands on this active Strat that boasts a beautiful multi-colored laquer finish along with a Clapton “V” neck shape and electronics. Have a look at the specs and additional info on this guitar below! This one-of-a-kind guitar is available for pre-order through us by contacting our sales staff via email at sales@themusiczoo.com. Stay tuned to our blog…we are excited to show you what’s next!

 

Specs:

 

Masterbuilt by Dale Wilson

Alder Body

Multi-Colored Laquer Finish

1-Piece Maple Neck

7.25 Radius

Vintage Frets

Clapton “V” Neck Shape

Handwound Strat Fat 50’s Pickups

Clapton Electronics

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Jan 21

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For 2015 Fender has put out a new line of Custom Shop guitars that we were able to get a preview of at NAMM2015. This includes some reissues of their legendary instruments, Artisan series guitars, and some new twists on time honored models. The lineup includes ’60 Tele Custom, ’52 Tele, ’63 Tele, ’60 Jazz bass,and a ’59 Precision bass. The Limited Editions for this year will include a ’55 Strat, Tele, and Esquire; as well as a Caballo Tono Tele. We are very excited to get these guitars into The Zoo as soon as we can. Built with the highest quality materials and hand wound pickups, all of these instruments sound and play great! The Relic’ing process applied to some of these guitars give the feel of a well worn in instrument. This will be your opportunity to get some of the most iconic electric guitars in limited finishes. Here are some of out favorites from the booth at NAMM:

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The 2015 Limited Edition 1955 Stratocaster is an homage  to the instrument’s original era. The lightweight ash body is offered in Dirty White Blonde or Two-Color Sunburst Relic’d finishes that evoke years of hard-fought wear and tear. The sparkling trio of hand-wound ’55 single-coil Stratocaster pickups is mounted on a single-ply eight-hole white pickguard, with five-way switching for modern tonal versatility.

Other features include a quartersawn maple neck with highly worn Heavy Relic treatment on the back, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 narrow jumbo frets, rock-solid American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, American Vintage tuning machines and a Custom Shop Limited Edition neck plate.

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The Fender Custom Shop 1957 Relic Stratocaster takes you straight back to the pivotal year when the instrument was largely perfected into the form known worldwide today. Its deep-contoured alder body comes in Two-Color Sunburst, Black and HLE Gold Relic’d finishes, while an ash-body model is available in a White Blonde. Bell like tone comes from three hand-wound ’50s Stratocaster single-coil pickups (reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup) with a five-way switch.

Some key features include a quartersawn maple neck with a ’57 “soft V” profile and small headstock, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 narrow jumbo frets, single-ply parchment pickguard, vintage white control knobs, American Vintage bridge, and American Vintage tuning machines. Includes hard-shell tweed case with gold interior.

 

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This Artisan Series Strat has a light weight Okoume body.the  a one piece 5A Birsdeye maple neck that has been roasted to a deep brown hue and has a soft “V” profile with a 9.5″ fingerboard radius. It is equipped with  Hand wound 1969 pickups, 6105 frets, a bone nut, and all gold hardware. We found the natural maple skunk stripe to be a nice touch!

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This Okoume Telecaster has very similar features to it’s sister Strat. Again, the roasted birdeye maple neck has a 9.5″ radius, with a soft “V” profile, and 6105 frets. The electronics are handwound ’58 Tele pickups, with present day wiring. This would surely make a nice pair for anybody’s collection!

If you are interested in pre-ordering any of these guitars contact our sales team at sales@themusiczoo.com or 516 626 9292

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Jan 21

Fender Custom Shop Pine Cone Stratocaster 7

NAMM2015 Strolling through the Fender booth at NAMM left us with our jaws on the floor when we came across this diamond encrusted Stratocaster masterbuilt by Yuriy Shishkoff! This amazing piece of art features top-tier appointments that o say the least, set this instrument apart from the rest.

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The Fender Custom Shop is proud to announce Senior Master Builder, Yuriy Shishkov’s latest masterpiece – the handcrafted “Pine Cone Stratocaster” guitar modeled after the antique “Pine Cone” Easter Egg made by Fabergé in 1900.

This exclusive one-of-a-kind guitar features 550 high-quality diamonds, 10 feet of 18 karat gold adorning a flawless single-piece maple body and exhibition grade bird’s eye maple neck.

The body artwork design was created in a 3D format and projected onto the guitar before it was hand-carved to produce the sphere surface effect of an egg. If all the scales on the guitar were extended beyond the instrument’s contour, they would create a perfect “egg” shape. The blue hand-stained “multi-composite” finish was specially invented for this particular guitar to recreate the “egg-like” appearance.

The guitar’s hardware was hand engraved; the knobs and switch tip were custom designed at the Fender Custom Shop and crowned with diamonds. In addition, the “Fender” logo on the headstock is made of 2mm gold plated solid silver; the fingerboard comes complete with inlaid diamonds and 10 feet of 18 karat gold ribbon wire inlay, and is finished with a gold-plated nut.

The “old stock” pickups were hand-wound by legendary Fender Custom Shop pickup winder, Abigail Ybarra, and feature “encapsulated” pickup mounting, a never before seen technique that eliminates additional routing and leaves more “real estate” surface on the guitar’s body for additional artwork.

The “Pine Cone” Stratocaster will be accommodated with an authentic limited edition Fabergé Easter “Pine Cone Egg”. Both the guitar and the egg have matching serial numbers (0074). Like the original antique egg, it has a surprise miniature “Elephant” inside. In addition, the egg has been signed by Maison Tatiana Fabergé.

The guitar comes complete with a custom carrying case, a hand-tooled blue leather matching design custom strap and lighted display case.

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Oct 30

Hardtop Strats Main

Wonderful results happen when The Music Zoo creates a customized, exclusive series of guitars. You’ll realize this when you play our brand new Hardtop Stratocasters that we designed and built with the Fender Custom Shop.

It’s called the Hardtop for a reason; each of these guitars is made rear-loaded without a pickguard, with easy access via a plate on the guitar’s back. The grain of the two-piece ash body looks fantastic under the nitrocellulose finish. And, as you’ll see, we went for a less-is-more, Hardtop Strats (5 of 11)minimalist, uncluttered aesthetic with these guitars. They’re available with one or two Bare Knuckle Mule humbucker pickups and the wiring is kept simple: just volume and tone controls on the one-pickup models and two volumes and a tone control, plus a heavy-duty three-way toggle switch. In the switch’s middle position, you can blend the output of each pickup using their independent volume controls.

Sonically, the Hardtop offers the kind of wide open tonal character that is rife with complex overtones and dynamic response. Musical information seems to pour out effortlessly and just like any guitar built using tap-tested tonewood—the kind that seems to ring like a bell before it’s even made into a guitar—the Hardtop has the kind of acoustic voice that is exceptional in every way. Strike a chord while unplugged, and you’ll feel the Hardtop shake and shimmer against your body and throughout your left Hardtop Strats (4 of 11)arm. The guitar’s body is very light—a contributing factor toward its rich tone—while the one-piece maple neck has a gentle,  rounded “V” profile that fits perfectly in your hand. A dark rosewood fretboard has a 9.5-inch radius and comes fitted with 6105 frets.

Is it a case of form following function? With regard to the one-pickup Hardtops, the answer is yes. Many guitarists love the one-pickup look and the message it seems to convey: “I just need one pickup by the bridge and a volume control to play mind-numbingly brilliant guitar,” as evidenced by the brilliance of Edward Van Halen. But there’s a function that underlies the form; using one pickup rather than two or three allows for less magnetic interference between the electronic components and less string-pull that would result from additional pickups. Which isn’t to say that the two-pickup Hardtop and the tonal versatility it offers is more or less preferable than the Hardtop Strats (1 of 1)-4one-pickup version. It’s a subjective choice for the musician that will use and enjoy this guitar. While on the topic of pickups, the Bare Knuckle Mules seem perfect for the Hardtop; they use Alnico IV magnets and other components that are identical to a vintage PAF. Response is quick in the bass and mids, while lower output offers great clarity and top-end shimmer that perfectly captures the nuances and harmonics present in the guitar’s acoustic voice.

Other details particular to the Hardtop Stratocaster include a dark-tint nitro finish on the neck, a very cool and basic Nocaster Fender headstock decal, and a custom tremolo bridge with vintage saddles. When it comes down to basics, the Hardtop Strat is the perfect combination of simplicity and complexity intertwined. It’s a Music Zoo exclusive, designed and built for players who can tell the difference between good and great…a guitar for the guitarists! These guitars are available right here on our site! Feel free to check out our entire stock of exclusive Fender Custom Shop guitars as well!

Have a look at the set of photos below showcasing two of these Fender Custom Shop beauties!

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Oct 08

Tom Petty Kingman Main 2

The Fender Acoustic Custom Shop is very proud to introduce the limited edition Tom Petty Kingman dreadnought, beautifully crafted with the famed singer/songwriter’s personal style and specs and bearing his signature on the back of the headstock and on the soundhole label. With the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys, on his own and more, Petty has crafted hit after smartly infectious hit for five decades now, and the Tom Petty Kingman is a great-looking, rich-sounding tribute to one of rock’s most enduringly acclaimed figures. Have a look below for all of the special features as well as the full spec-list for this guitar. For info on ordering, feel free to contact our sales staff! While your here, check out our inventory of Fender Custom Shop Guitars on our site!

PREMIUM TONE WOODS

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The Tom Petty Kingman guitar’s AA Sitka spruce top resonates delightfully

alongside warm, balanced genuine mahogany back and sides.

PICKUP SYSTEM WITH TOP-MOUNTED KNOBS

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Petty tweaked his Fishman® VT-2 pickup/preamp system with the addition

of two top-mounted control knobs, a feature typically seen on ’60s-style acoustic guitars.

NITRO FINISH

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For retro-style resonance and a natural feel, the Tom Petty Kingman

comes lacquered with a thin nitrocellulose finish.

GENUINE STRATOCASTER® NECK

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A ’62 Stratocaster headstock adorns a classic “C” shaped

neck, glossed with a “Midas gold” finish.

EXCLUSIVE SOUNDHOLE SIGNATURE

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Petty gave his namesake instrument a true seal of approval, with a genuine

signature inside the soundbox alongside a handwritten serial number.

Specs:

Body Material: Solid AA Sitka Spruce Top with Genuine Mahogany Back and Sides
Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape: Dreadnought
Bracing: Forward Shifted Scalloped X
Rosette: Checkerboard
Body Binding: Ivoroid
Body Back: Solid Mahogany
Body Sides: Solid Mahogany
Body Top: Solid AA Sitka Spruce
Purfling: Black/White/Black
Neck Material: 1-Piece Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape: “C” Shape
Scale Length: 25.625″ (650.8 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 10″ (254 mm)
Number of Frets: 20
Fret Size: Vintage-Style
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.7″ (43.2 mm)
Position Inlays: Vintage Clay Dot
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