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Nov 27

reverb sale

Black Friday is here, folks, and Reverb.com is serving up the an awesome sale that includes vintage, used, and new gear!

Get 15% off of select offerings from Fender, Gibson, Ibanez, Boss pedals, and tons more using the coupon code FRIDAY15 at checkout. What are you waiting for? Let’s get rockin’!

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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)

Nov 03


from iheartguitarblog-

To the surprise of many, for almost twenty years, all Fender Stratocasters came with a chrome bridge cover. When the Strat was first designed, the bridge itself was considered a bit ugly, so it made sense to cover it up and make it appear smoother and more sleek. The cover has a small notch on one side so that the whammy bar can still do its thing, and when it’s in place it gives the Strat a slight Cadillac vibe.

But players found the cover to be a little restrictive, especially those beginning to explore palm muting techniques. So typically the cover was removed, and many players quite literally used it as an ashtray instead! And even if the cover was spared from this most dusty and smelly of fates, it was easily lost, since most players took it off and chucked it in a draw, under the sofa or in the bin. So it’s pretty common for vintage Strats to be sold without the cover.

These days the bridge cover is packaged with the American Vintage series and the occasional Fender Custom Shop instrument. It doesn’t fit every Fender bridge type, but if you have a vintage-type six-screw bridge, the ashtray bridge cover can probably fit it.

The cover is supposed to simply slip onto the bridge and hold onto it by compression. There is no actual latch or anything to ‘click’ it into place: it just hangs on for dear life. So if your guitar came with an ashtray bridge cover (or has a bridge type that the cover is compatible with) and your cover isn’t simply staying put when you place it over the bridge, there’s an easy fix: just push the sides in a little bit by pressing the cover against a hard surface such as the edge of a table (don’t try this with a valuable antique table!). It’s fairly tough, so don’t be worried about breaking the cover. Just bend it enough on each side that it will grip onto the edges of the outermost bridge saddles.

The Strat wasn’t the only Fender to have covers like15671_American_Vintage_52_Telecaster_Butterscotch_Blonde_V65701_1 this: the Telecaster had one before the Strat did, and it covered the entire bridge plate. The Jaguar and Jazzmaster also had a cover for their bridge, as did the Precision Bass (the 51 version and later) and the Jazz Bass. They’re not entirely practical for today’s playing styles, they add a lot of vibe and I like to pop mine onto my Strat every now and then just for kicks. It forces me to play in a certain way due to the inability to palm mute, and it’s kinda fun to challenge yourself like that every now and then.

Source: iheartguitarblog.com

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 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 11

When Matthew Curry gets his hands on an American Standard Stratocaster, you know you’re in for a treat. Luckily for us, Curry’s prodigious talents were on full display at Bloomington’s Castle Theatre for this exclusive Fender Studio Session performance of “Set Me Free,” a gem from 2013’s “Electric Religion.” Watch this video of Mr. Curry doing what he does best at Fender Studios!

Check out our entire stock of Fender Stratocasters and more! Click here!

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 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!

Jul 07

Just when you thought it was over, Gary is back with yet another case of GAS! We all know what it feels like to have a bad case of GAS.  It’s hot.  It’s uncomfortable.  It can be downright shameful.   Luckily, we’re not talking about the kind of gas you get after wolfing down three plates of Thanksgiving dinner, we’re talking about Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  What exactly is GAS?  We’re glad we have Gary Blankenburg (one of The Music Zoo’s favorite people on earth) in this video series to help diagnose some of the most common cases.

Here, Gary tells the story of the Fender Telecaster, what makes it so unique, and some of his favorite Telecaster players.

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May 30

The Fender Stratocaster is one of the most modded electric guitars. One of the easiest things to do to upgrade or mod your tone is to switch out your pickups. This video will go through the process of converting from three single coil pickups to two Fender humbucking Twin Head pickups. It’ll also show you how to install new pots and a new 3-way switch.

Watch to learn how to take an American Standard Strat and go from vintage tone to modern tone in a few easy steps, resulting in an American Standard HH Strat.

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