One of the most beautiful pieces we caught at the NAMM2016 Show was this one of a kind (literally, only one was made) Custom Louver Champ. The Louver Champ was masterbuilt by Shawn Green and Jim Dolmage, with a Fender Modified ’57 Champ 5F1 circuit with NOS parts inside of a 4A-Grade flame maple cabinet with rosewood louvers all hand cut from a single block in a 25” radius pattern. This is truly an amp that looks as good as it sounds.
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Known for his fierce, take-no-prisoners virtuosic guitar playing that encompassed every style from jazz-fusion and progressive rock to heavy metal and blues, Irish guitarist Gary Moore set the world afire every time he took the stage or entered a studio. His storied career included stints with Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, Greg Lake, Colosseum II, and of course, solo works such as Corridors Of Power and Victims Of The Future. Impressed by Moore’s onstage energy and technical prowess during a performance with an early version of the Gary Moore Band, Custom Shop Master Builder John Cruz quickly adopted Moore as his favorite guitarist. Since 1987, when he first joined Fender’s production line, Cruz has dreamed of creating a reproduction of the 1961 Fiesta Red Stratocaster Moore favored in the ’80s, as “the ultimate tribute to the man and his fans.” When he was offered the chance to analyze Moore’s original instrument and create this peerless reproduction, he enthusiastically obliged. He experimented endlessly with the notoriously variable Fiesta Red color, matching the precise shade on Moore’s guitar, and lovingly reproduced every hard- won battle scar on the guitar.
Moore’s instrument was close to “stock,” including the original-spec low-output pickups and traditional 3-way pickup switch. The only modifications were the addition of copper shielding in the cavity and jumbo frets. Cruz’ masterful replica accurately reflects these modifications—even going so far as incorporating a 10”-radius rosewood fingerboard that reflects the original after many years of hard play and multiple re-frets. The pickups are Cruz’ own “Bonetone” design, hand wound by Josefina Campos, and packed full of soulful, authentic Fender tone. The Custom Shop’s boundless attention to detail even extends to the included accessories. The guitar comes with a custom Cruz-designed Anvil case with Moore’s logo stenciled on it, adding tour-worthy protection for the remarkable instrument and housing the included documentation. It also includes two recreations of Moore’s preferred straps: the studded leather strap he used with the guitar early on and the DiMarzio® strap with white clip locks that was added later in the guitar’s tour of duty. This Custom run is limited to just 60 pieces! Get yours from The Zoo!
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Up for grabs at an incredible 40% OFF is this Fender Custom Shop 60th Anniversary ’54 Stratocaster in a relic 2-Tone Sunburst finish, part of the 2014 commemoration of the ’60th Anniversary of the Stratocaster. The guitar has a modern 9.5″ radius and adds in 6105 frets and a 5-way switch for easier bending and a modern switching system. Get your hands on this guitar for an awesomely low price before it’s gone. Be sure to keep checking our website for more Wild Deals. You never know what might show up!
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Just in! This Fender Custom Shop Bass IV Relic is here in a gorgeous Faded Lake Placid Blue. The Bass VI gives you the lower bass register in a comfortable guitar-like setup. The specs of the Bass VI are dead on, so we gave it a custom color and an aged finish to kick it up a notch. Have a look at the photos below and get your hands on this axe now before it’s gone! Get in touch with us by calling 516-626-9292 or by clicking the button below to email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Photos by Walter Bryant
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!
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Jason Smith Garage Mod Stratocaster
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!
Photos by Walter Bryant
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!
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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!
Photos by Walter Bryant