Here’s Dennis DelGaudio of Shotgun Wedding giving us a rundown of the Music Zoo Exclusive Fender Custom Shop ZF Series, a run of guitars that take our favorite Fenders and hot-rod them with locking Floyd Rose bridges and Seymour Duncan ’59 humbuckers; the Strat with a bridge humbucker, and the Tele with a neck humbucker.
NAMM2016 Our voyage to NAMM 2016 did not go in vain. We brought back some awesome Fender Custom Shop guitars for you all to enjoy. These 6 guitars from Fender each offer something special, whether it be a custom finish, or unique combination of neck and body. Get a closer look at these fantastic guitars below. They are currently available for purchase on our site. Click the links above the photos for specs and pricing! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 516-626-9292 or email@example.com!
Postmodern Top Bound Telecaster in Silver Sparkle
Photography by Walter Bryant
NAMM2016 Here’s some more exclusive Fender Masterbuilt Custom Shop Guitars that are headed to The Music Zoo! Want to get your hands on one of these exclusive Masterbuilt guitars? Give us a call at 516-626-9292 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Journeyman Tele Daphne Blue – Masterbuilt by Yuriy Shishkov
60’s Empress Journeyman Stratocaster Tennessee Orange – Masterbuilt by Yuriy Shishkov
Custom Louver Champ 120V – Masterbuilt by Shawn Green and Jim Dolmage
Frosted Duco Strat – Masterbuilt by Scott Buehl
Builder Select 50’s Control Plate Relic Strat Aged Copper – Masterbuilt by Todd Krause
NAMM2016 We were thrilled when we heard that the Fender Custom Shop Prestige Collection Katana master built by Todd Krause would be heading our way! Here’s a great video from Todd explaining what went into this amazing guitar! Want to make it yours? Contact us at email@example.com or call us at 516-626-9292
NAMM2016 Fender Custom Shop has unveiled the Music Repeater Tele, another glorious build from one of Fenders most talented Masterbuilders. The guitar is inlaid with over 1000 diamonds, 38 sapphires and 325 pearls!
The mastermind behind this remarkable build is none other than Custom Shop Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov, who brought us the Fender Custom Shop Pine Cone Stratocaster last year. Here are a few specs on this head-turning instrument…
- 1005 diamonds
- 38 sapphires
- 325 natural pearls
- 20′ 18-karat rose gold wire inlay
- 12 sq. inches of 18-karat rose gold sheet inlay
- Exhibition-grade bird’s-eye maple neck
“Swiss-made mechanical musical movement is married to intricately inlaid precious metals in this matchless Fender Custom Shop creation. Custom-designed hardware and hand-stained wood mesh with gilded hand-carved patterns, dancing along this precious instrument to form a sterling example of the luthier’s art, inspired by an 18th-century pocket watch.
“Custom pickup installed into the neck. O.B.E. custom electronics with a ‘pan’ control of guitar and musical movement. Comes with a 200 year old antique 18-karat gold and diamond Swiss repeater watch.”
Have a look at the rest of the photos we captured of this one-of-a-kind guitar below! Stay tuned for more NAMM 2016 coverage as well!
NAMM2016 Here’s your first look at the exclusive Fender Masterbuilt Guitars at this year’s NAMM Show! These first batch of guitars are coming to The Zoo!
See something you like? Let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 516-626-9292.
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The Exclusive Hardtop Stratocaster guitar is the result of a collaboration between The Music Zoo and Fender Custom Shop. We envisioned an instrument that acknowledged the Fender Stratocaster as being the original inspiration for all of the Strat-type guitars that broke the mold by having humbucker pickups and other modifications that earned them the moniker, “Super Strats.” Watch as Dennis DelGaudio of the City/Country band Shotgun Wedding gives us a thorough demo of the Hardtop Strat, detailing it’s inspiration, specifications, and even laying down a few tasty riffs!
You can hear more from Dennis DelGaudio and his band Shotgun Wedding here:
As a part of our Exclusive ZF Series with Fender, this heavily relic’d Stratocaster arrived through our doors in striking form. A meticulously relic’d finish with matching relic’d hardware sets the theme for a guitar that screams character. It’s bold H-S-H configured Seymour Duncan pickups makes you look twice at this axe. The trend of suprising features continues with it’s Floyd Rose Tremolo system, the keystone of the Fender ZF series. Plug it in, and you’re met with a whirlwind of aggressive sound, but with a classic tactile presence. Surely, this is a great guitar for the player who wants a traditional feel, while looking to break ground with it’s modern appointments. This guitar is one of a few Fender MZ exclusive models that have recently arrived at our doorstep. Click here to see them all!
3D rapid prototyping has been a part of Fender’s design process for years, and until recently the company outsourced this work to service bureaus. However, Greene (senior industrial designer for Fender) and his team were frustrated by the time and expense of outsourcing. It often took one to two weeks to get a “rapid” prototype back, a time lapse that really slowed down projects. By late 2007, Fender’s volume had grown to a point where Greene recommended that the company bring rapid prototyping technology in house. (C. Gillman, graphicdisplayworld.com)
“I calculated the cost of outsourcing prototypes for one year and compared it with the cost of bringing the function in-house. Even after factoring in the cost of the equipment and materials as well as staff time, I still concluded that we could significantly reduce our costs by doing it ourselves,” explains Greene.
Greene consulted with the service bureaus Fender had used for suggestions on 3D printer vendors. The most common recommendation by far was Objet. Greene ultimately chose Objet’s Eden350V 3D Printer. Built on Objet’s advanced Eden platform, this machine delivers the market’s most productive, flexible and high quality way to compress the product design-to-manufacturing cycle. The Objet Eden350V is designed to provide high quality 3D models quickly and conveniently throughout the CAD/CAM process. With a full 350 x 350 x 200mm build size, it offers the flexibility to produce a single large model or multiple smaller models in one build.
Now, the Fender design team can prototype a part within hours versus weeks – so they are doing a lot more of it. “We print anything from small guitar parts and amp knobs up to amp chassis and new guitar body designs,” he says. “We do a lot of overnight printing. We set the printer before we leave, and when we get back in the morning, the parts are ready. When we’re cranking on a project, getting those prototypes back quickly really, keeps the momentum going. When we outsource and have to wait a week or two for a prototype, it can cause us to lose our steam.”
Watch the video below showcasing a Fender Strat and Tele developed through 3-D printing!
2016 Fender Custom Shop models have arrived at The Music Zoo HQ in the form of a few Tele’s, Strats, and Precision basses, all just in time for the holiday season. Fender’s Heavy Relic work is better than ever, well represented on the Desert Tan Strat and Blonde Telecaster seen below! Don’t see one that suits your taste? Don’t give up just yet, Fender Custom Shop will build the one your looking for. Simply give us a call or email us to start the development of your tailor-made Fender Custom guitar today! Contact us at 1-844-MUSICZOO or email@example.com!
Limited Edition 1967 “Smugglers” Telecaster Closet Classic