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Nov 25


from Fender Custom Shop-


Mike Campbell Tele (3 of 9)

The Mike Campbell Limited Edition “Heartbreaker” honors the revered vintage Fender that crafted a multitude of ear-pleasing hooks for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and other legendary artists including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and George Harrison. The epitome of a workhorse guitar, the Heartbreaker faithfully reproduces the beloved instrument that powers Campbell’s economically tasteful guitar playing.

The original Heartbreaker was examined, reverse-engineered and documented in exhaustive detail by Master Builder Dale Wilson to create this phenomenal reproduction. The body’s thin natural lacquer finish allows the instrument’s natural voice to shine through unhindered while a pair of hand wound Custom Shop pickups customized for Campbell generates the rich, warm authentic Fender tone you’ve heard on the many hits he’s cranked out with his Heartbreaker. The back of the flame maple neck is finish-free for an unparalleled smooth playing feel, reflecting the hours Campbell has spent caressing the neck while performing with The Heartbreakers.

Meticulously reproduced by the team of Dream Makers at the Custom Shop, led by Master Builder Dale Wilson, this guitar is nearly indistinguishable from the original; the sound, feel and the patina of 40 years of loving use is all there for you to experience. From the nail scratch on the front of the lower horn to the soldering iron burn near the output jack and the chipped nut, this guitar is visually and sonically comparable to Campbell’s trusty companion. As he said, “With a blindfold test I might not be able to tell the difference—that’s how close it is.” This historic collectible, is available in extremely limited quantities, so run down a dream while you can. Each instrument includes a small number of guitar picks used by Mike Campbell on the last Heartbreakers tour.

Have a look at the high-quality photos below, glorifying the superior relic’ing done by Fender Custom Shop’s Dale Wilson!

Want this guitar for yourself? Email sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292!


Mike Campbell Tele (4 of 9)

Mike Campbell Tele (5 of 9)

Mike Campbell Tele (7 of 9)

Mike Campbell Tele (2 of 9)

Mike Campbell Tele (6 of 9)

Mike Campbell Tele (8 of 9)

Oct 13


JUST ANNOUNCED: The Music Zoo is giving back!  Receive Special Deals on any new Fender Custom Shop or Gretsch Custom Shop guitar purchased the day of our event!  We hope you can attend and meet the Builders, but if not just contact our sales team directly during normal hours on October 22, 2015 for more details on our special one day only deals!

Please join us on October 22, 2015 for our annual Fender Custom Shop Roadshow Event right here at the store!  This year we’ll have Master Builder Dale Wilson on hand who will be building out a guitar with a focus on wiring up a pickguard assembly from scratch.  Additionally we’ll have Gretsch Custom Shop Master Builder Stephen Stern here to speak about his guitars, history and our new collaboration the Gretsch GT Model!  This event is free and open to the public.  It all starts at 7pm here at The Music Zoo.  You can find directions to our store right here.  If you have questions please contact our sales team.  Also there will definitely be a ton of cool guitars available for you to check out!


Dale Wilson:

dale wilson master builder

Stephen Stern:

stephen stern master builder

Sep 24
Roasted Fender Custom Shop (9 of 9)


Looking for a Strat or Tele with a unique touch? Well, we’ve got a few that satisfy those looking for a vintage strat style and modern materials, but with the added quality of a roasted body and neck! This process eliminates excess moisture and sugars for rock-solid stability and extra punchy tones. An added bonus of the cooking process yields an even, dark -brown color wood, visually setting these guitars apart from your everyday Strat and Teles. The Stratocaster models are available with ’55, ’56, and ’60 appointments, in a heavy relic Three-Tone Sunburst, NOS Two-Tone Sunburst, or black finish. They are also equipped with hand-wound Strat pickups that deliver that extra punch you need, yet stay true to the Strat tone we all know and love.


The 60’s Tele features a relic’d Vintage Blonde finish, a vintage-style three-saddle bridge, and vintage-style controls. The dual Twisted Tele pickups are 10% underwound for an added sparkle, but will surely deliver gobs of pure Tele tone. Scroll below to get a closer look at these two guitars from Fender Custom Shop!


Sep 15

The Jim Kelley 1×12 Combo Amplifier is the perfect amp for anyone looking for a raw, natural sound. With smooth tone across the spectrum, an on-board spring reverb, and simple controls, the Jim Kelley is surely one of our favorites at The Zoo. Watch the demo video above to get a sample of a few tones you can achieve with this amplifier. Riffs courtesy of our very own Joe Sanders! Learn more about this awesome amplifier below! Click here to see it on our site!


HI: Use this input for guitars with passive or high impedance pickups.
LO: Use this input for guitars with active or low impedance pickups.

Provides a Post-EQ boost in gain to the output section for more saturation while leaving the pre-amp clean and punchy.

The Single-Channel has two loudspeaker outputs and utilizes a custom built output transformer and has two loudspeaker outputs (one 8Ω and one 4Ω) to interface with a variety of speaker cabinet options.

Adjusts the boost and cut of bass frequencies. When control is set to “5”, bass response is considered flat.

Located on the Bass control, this adds thinkness and sustain for “fattening up” lead tones.

Adjusts the amount of reverb effect that is added to the original signal. Turning the knob fully clockwise will provide the maximum reverb effect.


Interested in the Jim Kelley Combo Amplifier? Click here to see our entire stock of Jim Kelley/Suhr Amps on our site! 



Sep 03

Reverb sale

Head on over to Reverb.com for amazing sale prices on tons of our guitars and gear! Reverb has handpicked some of our favorite items for their Labor Day sale, so you have a chance to get some awesome gear at great prices, but only for a limited time! Save 15% on select used gear now through Labor Day with coupon code PLAYMUSIC. Offer expires Monday, September 7, 2015 at midnight central time. Discount cannot be applied to negotiated offers. Other restrictions may apply.

Click here to see our gear on sale at Reverb.com!


Aug 10


Today, August 10th, 2015, we celebrate the 106th birthday of Leo Fender, a legend, inventor, and revolutionary. Founding not only the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, but the Music Man, and G&L Musical Instruments brands, Fender’s contribution to the world of music is unprecedented, especially for someone who never learned to play the guitar. That’s right, the founder of an instrument toted by the worlds most famous and noteworthy musicians of all-time never knew how to play. Nonetheless, it lends itself to the compelling story of Leo Fender and his legacy. Read the information below compiled from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to learn more about Leo Fender!

from rockhall.com

It’s safe to say there would be no such thing as rock and roll without its distinctive instrumentation. To put it another way, rock and roll as we know it could not exist without Leo Fender, inventor of the first solid-body electric guitar to be mass-produced: the Fender Broadcaster. Fender’s instruments – which also include the Stratocaster, the Precision bass (the first electric bass) and some of the music world’s most coveted amplifiers – revolutionized popular music in general and rock and roll in particular.

Leo Fender was born on August 10, 1909, near Anaheim, California, not far from the future site of his guitar factory. He was an electronics enthusiast and radio repairman who got involved with guitar design after guitar-playing customers kept bringing him their external pickups for repair. Before Fender came along, guitarists met their amplification needs by attaching pickups to the surface of their hollow-bodied instruments. While the question of who designed the first successful solid-body guitar is still being debated, Fender was the first to successfully design and market such an instrument with the introduction of the Broadcaster in 1948. Renamed the Telecaster two years later, Fender’s creation remains a mainstay of country and rock musicians who like its clean, biting sound. The guitar became an immediate success, particularly with country pickers. And now, more than 60 years after its introduction, the Telecaster still looks more or less the same.

“Fender could look at something and immediately discern the simplest method of doing whatever had to be done,” said Les Paul. “He was a good, honest guy who made a straightforward guitar.”

Fender’s Precision bass, introduced in 1950, brought a new sound and flexibility to the rhythm section of bands, liberating the bassist from cumbersome standup instruments. The bass-driven soul music of Motown and Stax would have been inconceivable without Fender’s handiwork. In 1954, Fender introduced the Stratocaster, a flashier instrument featuring a contoured, double-cutaway body, three (as opposed to two) single-coil pickups and a revolutionary string-bending (tremolo) unit. Fender’s Strat has been the favored model of such virtuosic rock guitarists as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In 1965, Fender sold his company to CBS for $13 million. Then, in 1971, he formed the Tri-Sonic Company. In 1974, he changed the company’s name to Music Man. One of that firm’s most notable instruments was the Stingray bass. Then, in 1979, he founded yet another company, G&L Musical Products.

Leo Fender died on March 21, 1991, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for many years.

Jul 22


 The 2015 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.



Yuriy Shishkov 2015 Builder Select 1963 Stratocaster


This inspired example of Shishkov’s luthiery reflects an instrument that has been played with loving respect versus careless abandon. The Aged Arctic White Journeyman Relic® finish shows the marks of countless gigs over the years. The quartersawn ’60s “C”-shaped maple neck reflects a master’s touch—a smooth, silky finish on the front and lack of finish on the back, where the player’s hands would caress the neck. “The neck is the part handled the most,“ Shishkov said, “so it had to be comfortable and reflect a well-loved instrument.” Using authentic ’60s-era construction techniques, Shishkov created an eminently playable 9.5”-radius round-lam rosewood fingerboard with 21 jumbo frets to top off this exceptional neck.

The Custom Shop Hand-Wound ’60s Strat® Single-Coil pickups include a reverse-wound, reverse polarity middle pickup for hum-free playing while accurately recreating classic Fender tone and dynamic response. In a personal touch, Shishkov included a modern five-way pickup switch along with Vintage Modified Stratocaster wiring. The traditional master volume and neck pickup tone controls are left unmodified, while the second tone control affects the middle and bridge pickups. Period-accurate touches include a responsive six-saddle American Vintage synchronized tremolo, nickel/chrome hardware and nitrocellulose lacquer finish—allowing the guitar’s body to breathe with extra resonance and a more natural sound.

Riffing on a classic—while staying true to Fender’s roots—the Yuriy Shishkov Builder Select 1963 Stratocaster springs from the master’s mind to your waiting hands.









Greg Fessler 2015 Builder Select 1969 Stratocaster


This sterling instrument bears a few Fessler-designed custom modifications, otherwise remaining as period-accurate as possible—from the F-style tuning machines and 6-point tremolo to the mid-60s Oval “C”-shaped maple neck and narrow jumbo frets. The Custom Shop pickup complement is the well-known “Fessler Set” originally developed in 2006—three hand-wound single-coil pickups carefully selected by Fessler for their classic, highly dynamic and reactive tone when used together: a singing Custom ‘69 neck pickup, thick Fat ‘50s middle pickup and hot, high output Texas Special bridge pickup. The wiring is the special sauce that completes this tonal recipe— a treble bleed circuit maintains clarity while adjusting the guitar’s volume knob, retaining crisp clear high end and creating consistent tone while “cleaning up” nicely. The traditional control scheme is also slightly altered—one tone control affects the neck and middle pickups while the second tone control adjusts the bridge pickup for even more tonal variety.

Attention to minute details and master-level craftsmanship are the hallmarks of Greg Fessler’s carefully researched and constructed instruments—the limited edition Greg Fessler Builder Select ’69 Stratocaster is a premier example of his skill and dedication to the art of luthiery.







Jul 15

Music still mourns at the untimely passing of Amy Winehouse…It’s safe to say anyone with ears could hear that Amy Winehouse was an exceptionally talented musician. From her captivating vocal performances, to her unique song-writing skills, Ms. Winehouse brought something so refreshing to the world of music. Well, Amy’s talents extended even further when she decided to pick up the guitar, remaining faithful to the Fender Stratocaster! Have a look at this video from 2004 featuring Amy discussing her love for the good ol’ Strat, as well as giving us a mini-performance for us to enjoy!

May 05

from Fender Custom Shop-

Not bound to any particular year or design era, reverently irreverent Custom Shop Postmodern guitars represent six decades of “Fender firsts” based simply on our own subjective view of what works best in a single instrument. Player friendly with enhanced sonic and ergonomic features, the Postmoderns open the door to an even wider range of individual musical expression and creativity, with elegantly crafted Stratocaster® and Telecaster® models, and a special combination Precision/Jazz Bass® model.

The 2015 Postmodern Stratocaster® is elegantly designed with a reappraisal of modern assumptions. A thoroughly contemporary take on a time-honored classic, it has a lightweight ash body with a comfortably contoured heel, a quartersawn maple neck with a finely sculpted ’60s “C” profile, a fast compound-radius (9.5″-12″) “round-laminated” maple or rosewood fingerboard with 21 narrow jumbo frets, and three sparkling Fat ’60s single-coil pickups (reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup) with modern five-way switching and a special “Tone-Saver” treble-bleed network that keeps tone consistent at any volume (no loss of highs when decreasing volume).

Other premium features include a three-ply parchment pickguard, American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, staggered tuning machines (no string tree), Schaller® strap locks and Fender “F” logo engraved neck plate. Available in Black, Olympic White, Dakota Red and Three-Color-Sunburst new “Journeyman” Relic® lacquer finishes, which imparts the appearance of years of aging and light use without heavy wear and tear. Includes black textured vinyl hard-shell case.

The 2015 Postmodern Telecaster® features many of the same accouterments as the Strat, but with dual Twisted Tele® pickups with three-way switching and a Greasebucket™ tone circuit, which rolls off highs without reducing gain. Watch the video above to get a closer look!

If you are interested in either of these guitars, you can email our sales staff through the link below. Feel free to call us as well, at 516-626-9292!

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Apr 23

Fender article

from Fender.com-

The first weekend of Coachella was jam-packed with a wide-range of artists covering several different genres of music, from rock to punk to country and nearly everything in between.

And more often than not, bands were playing their Fender gear, bringing a lot of interesting instruments to the stage.

Although there were some arguments over which to pick, we’ve compiled a list of five Fender guitars that stood out from the pack, rare and eye-catching pieces that require a closer look.


Spencer Dunham of the surf-influenced Los Angeles psych-rock band Allah-Lahs held down the low-end with a vintage-looking Mustang Bass.

The creaky old instrument had a dark green finish with a matching headstock and blue racing stripes. And you can almost see what’s underneath that, as various chips and wear spots have exposed parts of the wood underneath.



It was an early set for Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger on Friday – the first of the day at Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre – and guitarist Robbie Mangano rocked out on his red flame top Stratocaster with a rosewood fingerboard. It was such a beautiful instrument that it shined brightly amid the afternoon sun.



The War on Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel pulled out an amazing Japanese 12-string Stratocaster midway through his band’s soaring Friday set.

Granduciel actually came across the instrument in Asheville, N.C. and knew he had to take it home.

“It’s so sick, and it plays so sweet,” he told Guitar World about the 12-stringer. “I went into this guitar store in town to pick up some strings for a friend and I saw this white 12-string. I was like, ‘You gotta be shitting me!” I had to get it.’”



Outlaw country crooner Sturgill Simpson typically plays an acoustic guitar in a live setting, but his sideman Laur Joamet is an avowed Telecaster man.

And when the band performed on Sunday at the Gobi Tent, Joamet wielded his 1974 Tele that he bought about 10 years ago in Estonia. As the story goes, it was in rough shape when he got it, but after a little TLC, it’s been his main axe for a long time. Note how the control panel is flipped, a modification that allows him to play pedal steel swells more easily.


Touche Amore Fender

Touché Amoré guitarist Nick Steinhardt drew oohs and aahs for his American Vintage Jazzmaster. The shimmering gem is stock except for its unique Royal Blue Sparkle finish, a great look for the post-hardcore band.

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