We brought quite a few cool axes home with us from NAMM this year, but none quite as nostalgic as this Fender Masterbuilt Katana. Originally designed by marketing director Dan Smith, the Fender Katana was designed to compete with the unconventionally-shaped guitars of the era of the 1980’s. Unfortunately, the Katana did not sell as well as Fender anticipated, and was discontinued in 1986, just a year later. However, thanks to Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilder Todd Krause, the Katana is back and in a fierce “Mango Tango” finish! Hear Krause talk about the NAMM 2016 showpiece in the video below. You can also get a closer look at this guitar in the photo set we put together before it shipped to its new owner! Enjoy!
The Builder Select series celebrates those behind the Dream Factory’s magic—the master builders who craft the Fender Custom Shop’s legendary instruments and push the boundaries of possibility. Inspired by the coveted Fender instruments of yore, every Builder Select guitar is infused with a master builder’s passion, attention to detail and boundless imagination.
These authentic, hallmark Fender instruments reflect the best elements of the past, bearing modern enhancements personally selected and designed by each builder. High-end custom electronics, select pickup configurations and exclusive finish touches coalesce to create guitars that exhibit the ultimate in expressive tone, premium feel and classic Fender style. Among the models we have here at The Zoo are the Jason Smith Garage Mod Strat, Greg Fessler 1969 Strat, Yuriy Shishkov 1963 Strat, and the Todd Krause ’50s Control Plate Strat!
Get a closer look below at the models we have in stock right now!
Don’t stare too long! This Fender Custom Shop Jason Smith Masterbuilt Stratocaster features a super-cool Solar Eclipse finish that may put you into a trance! Displayed at the NAMM show back in 2015, the Solar Eclipse is a hot-rodded Strat with a satin finish on an alder body, smooth feeling U-shape maple neck that’s been hand-stained orange to match, and a DiMarzio Super Distortion and Texas Special. The Floyd Rose tremolo keeps things interesting as well. We really dig this one, but we know it won’t be here long!
The Fender Custom Shop George Harrison Tribute Telecaster is coming to The Zoo. Limited to 100 pieces worldwide, and just 40 pieces between the U.S. and Canada, this Tele will make a great piece for collectors and George Harrison fans alike.
In honor of George Harrison, the Fender Custom Shop has recreated the famous Rosewood Telecaster prototype seen in “Let It Be” with painstakingly detailed precision. Renowned for his masterfully understated, yet always inventive and inspirational guitar playing, Harrison laid the path for subsequent would-be rock guitarists to follow.
At an undisclosed location, Master Builder Paul Waller closely examined Harrison’s unique original instrument to recreate this legendary guitar as accurately as possible. Appearing stock to a casual observer, subtle details set this guitar apart as both a prototype instrument and an exceptional Custom Shop creation. The sleek rosewood neck is fashioned from two pieces of rosewood capped with a rosewood fingerboard, just like Harrison’s original, instead of the traditional one-piece construction. The neck’s visible seam line adds to the character of the instrument, marking it as a unique creation. The nut is 1/8” wider than most vintage Telecasters for a unique advantage while playing; the wider string spacing makes it easier to finger chords that ring out loud and clear, with plenty of crisp articulation. Click on the image below for full specs!
We will be receiving two of these extremely limited models, and they won’t last long!
Call us at 516-626-9292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-order yours now!
How fitting that a Zebrawood Strat would make its way through the doors of The Music Zoo! This a pre-owned custom Strat was made by masterbuilder Paul Waller at the Custom Shop back in 2010. It features an alder body, and a highly detailed Zebrawood top. The striated theme continues with black and white hardware and clever nickel and gold alternating hardware. As for some of the specs, you’ll be met with a set of Fat ‘50s Pickups, S-1 Switch, 2-post bridge, and a comfortable Modern C-shape neck with a 9.5″ radius. Scroll below to see more of this awesome guitar!
Weighing in at just 5lbs, this Fender Custom Shop Strat Masterbuilt by the amazing Yuriy Shishkov may be the lightest guitar to ever come through our doors. Made up of a Pawlonia body and airplane grade Spruce neck, you definitely won’t be compromising tone for comfort. Other features include a Tennessee Orange finish, 3-ply black pickguard, and a set of Fat ’50s single-coil pickups for a classic Strat quack and chime. We brought this unique model back with us from NAMM to share with you all, so get down to our showroom to play it! Get a closer look below!
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!
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 TeleDaphne Blue – Masterbuilt by Yuriy Shishkov
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