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Jan 28

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 sales@themusiczoo.com

Journeyman Tele Daphne Blue – Masterbuilt by Yuriy Shishkov

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60’s Empress Journeyman Stratocaster Tennessee Orange  – Masterbuilt by Yuriy Shishkov

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Custom Louver Champ 120V  – Masterbuilt by Shawn Green and Jim Dolmage

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Frosted Duco Strat – Masterbuilt by Scott Buehl

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Builder Select 50’s Control Plate Relic Strat Aged Copper – Masterbuilt by Todd Krause

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Jan 25

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 sales@themusiczoo.com or call us at 516-626-9292

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Jan 22

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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

From Fender:

“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!

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Jan 21


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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!

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See something you like? Let us know by emailing us at sales@themusiczoo.com or calling us at 516-626-9292.

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Jan 21

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NAMM2016  Here’s a first look at the Fender American Elite Series, which boasts a combination of innovative features with traditional style. We totally dig  the modern “C”-shape at the nut that morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D”-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, it’s super comfortable! All of the American Elite Series guitars are loaded with the new 4th Generation Noiseless pickups that really catch that vintage Fender sound without the unnecessary noise and the Thinline introduces the new Elite Suspension bridges.

Up first is the Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker: Think tonal variety, with a Shawbucker™(Bridge) pickup and new 4th Generation Noiseless (Neck+Middle) pickups for pristine cleans and gigantic overdriven tones that can be achieved with its Push-Push passing lane switch that bypasses tone controls. This Shawbucker Strat is available in either Rosewood and Maple Fingerboards in a wide range of finishes including a 3-Color Sunburst, Mystic BlackOlympic Pearl, and our favorite: Autumn Blaze Metallic.

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Next we have the American Elite Stratocaster, which Fender has labeled the “progressive guitar for 21st Century musicians” thanks to its melding of  traditional Fender style with modern sound and features. . Fender stepped it up with this one, offering it in a variety of different options including Rosewood or Maple fingerboard options, and Ash bodies on the  Aged Cherry Burst and Tobacco Sunburst finishes! A Left handed version is also available in 3-Color Sunburst!

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Onto the  2016 American Elite Telecaster we go! Again, Fenders take on modern sound with vintage style results in a Tele that’s just an absolute pleasure to play and crank! Noiseless pickups, a super comfortable C to D neck, and ergonomic rear contour that hugs the player’s body – what more could you want? The American Elite Tele is also available with Rosewood or Maple fingerboards and also with an Ash body (Maple Fingerboard, Butterscotch Blonde and Rosewood Fingerboard,
Tobacco Sunburst)

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Lastly, we have the American Elite Telecaster Thinline, a flexible, easy playing instrument that sounds as beautiful as it looks! The new Elite Suspension Bridge with three intonatable brass saddles is a unique design engineered specifically for the Thinline Tele—a screwless mount increases the vibration transfer, driving the top for nearly endless sustain and lively response. Combine this with the 4th Generation Noiseless pickups, and super comfortable C to D neck, and you’ve got yourself quite the head-turner! This one’s only available with a Maple Fingerboard in Natural, Mystic Ice Blue, and 3-Color Sunburst.

The best part? They’re all under $2K!

Ready to pre-order? Contact our sales staff at sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292!

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Jan 06

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!

Click here to view our entire stock of Fender Hardtop Strats!

 

You can hear more from Dennis DelGaudio and his band Shotgun Wedding here:

Website: www.shotgunweddingnyc.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ShotgunWeddingNYC

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NYCitycountry

Instagram: www.instagram.com/shotgunweddingnyc/

 

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Dec 31

Fender ZF (3 of 5)

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!

SEE THIS GUITAR ON OUR SITE!

 

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Fender ZF (2 of 5)

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Dec 28

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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!

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Dec 11

2016-Fender-Custom-Shop-Models

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 sales@themusiczoo.com!

Click here to see our entire stock of 2016 Fender Custom Shop Models

 

2016 Fender Custom Shop (2 of 8)

Limited Edition ’56 Stratocaster Heavy Relic

 

2016 Fender Custom Shop (6 of 8)

Limited Edition ’51 Telecaster Heavy Relic

 

2016 Fender Custom Shop (8 of 8)

Limited Edition 1967 “Smugglers” Telecaster Closet Classic

 

2016 Fender Custom Shop (4 of 8)
Limited Edition ’57 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic

 

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Dec 03

The folks over at Signal Snowboards in Huntington Beach, California have a ton of fun making things out of cardboard, but the last thing we expected was for them to translate that passion into building a guitar! This episode documents their quest along with a master builder from the Fender Custom Shop to see if paper has the ability to handle the look, feel and sound of one of the world’s most recognizable guitars, the Fender Stratocaster. A master builder can make just about anything look good, but will it sound good?  It’s a tall order and with roughly 250lbs of torque put on the neck of a guitar from the strings, it seems nearly impossible! Watch the video and find out if this crazy idea turned reality met the grade!

See our collection of wooden Fender Custom Shop Stratocasters here!

 

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