The Music Zoo's Blog Your destination for the best guitars on the internet. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:18:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Floyd Rose Introduces FRX Tremolo for Gibson Guitars Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:18:37 +0000 floyd-rose-frx-retrofit-tremolo-gibson-guitars main

Gibson owners who desire the capabilities of a Floyd Rose tremolo know that it can take quite a bit of effort to try and retro fit the bulky tailpieceFRTX01000 on a Les Paul. A lot of cutting is involved, and not everyone is a fan of getting rid some precious flamed maple for the sake of doing a divebomb. Well, thankfully, after years of development, Floyd Rose is announcing the FRX. The FRX will be the first direct-swap tremolo system for the Tune-o-matic bridges found in Gibson Les Pauls without having to put your beloved Gibson under the knife. The system consists of a main bridge mechanism with intonation saddles and tremolo arm and a combined locking nut and truss adjustment cover that mounts behind the existing nut.

The FRX system consists of a main bridge mechanism with intonation saddles and tremolo arm and a combined locking nut and truss adjustment cover that mounts behind the existing nut. It can be set to locked, assisted floating or full floating operation via a thumb-operated stop screw at the top and spring tension adjustment at the back of the bridge unit. Other adjustments, such as fine-tuning and intonation, are made on the top of the bridge, and a new tension-adjustable tremolo arm simply pushes in and pulls out. Available in a variety of nut sizes, the tremolo kit contains the bridge, locking nut, and all hardware necessary for installation. Best of all, the kit will be available in 10 different finishes. Have a look at the video below to view how easy it is to install. If interested in pre-ordering the new FRX system, contact our sales staff!

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Seymour Duncan Introduces The Vise Grip Compression Pedal Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:32:59 +0000 Vise Grip Main Image

The studio is one place where your sound needs to be at it’s best. To ensure that your playing comes out evenly on record, everyone knows your going toneed some compression; but which compressor do you need? Well, the Seymour Duncan Vise Grip is a studio-grade compressor designed for guitarists who want to take control of the dynamics of their sound, from a subtlevisegrip image smoothing-out of peaks and valleys to the most squished and pinched extremes and everywhere in between. It features a Blend knob that lets you add as much or as little of the original signal as you like to the compressed sound, while the Mid/Full/High lets you choose the character of the blended signal.

A sustain knob determines how long your notes will ring out and the Attack control regulates how quickly the compressor reacts to your initial pick attack. Higher settings give you a late attack that lets your picking dynamics come through before the compression kicks in; never worry about losing tonal character in your mixes again! Plus, the volume knob doubles as a boost while utilizing the Blend and Mid/Full/High controls. Believe us, this is one super-functional pedal. Just have a look at the presets Seymour Duncan has put together below!

To get your hands on this pedal, be sure to contact our sales staff to pre-order! Feel free to check out the Seymour Duncan pedals we have in stock as well!

Keepin’ It Clean
Neither too much nor too little, this will allow your chords to ring and sustain naturally, just as Seymour intended. Adjust the Blend to taste to further increase transients and keep it going without ever sounding forced or artificial.
Sustain For Days
This will give you more than enough time to go away and have a bite: you’ll certainly still be hearing this one. Great for chords and better for single notes, this flub-free, musical and silent sustain can seemingly go on forever…
Funky Chops
Rev up your bridge single coil and get that picking hand working. Give your rhythmic chops and single-note melody lines a rounded edge that sounds great on the three treble strings and adds muscle to those disco flavored stops.
Lo-Fi Thinning
Especially effective when using humbuckers, try this to wildly change your tone from warm and full to scratchy and toppy at the press of a footswitch. Want to recreate that garage band feel? If you have a use for a skinny humbucker tone, try this little trick for starters.
Clean Solo Emphasis
You don’t want any additional drive with a clean boost, and this setting gives you just that. Adjust the Volume knob to the output of your amp and balance the Blend to the tone of your guitar: your clean solos need never be buried again.


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Gibson Lists 20 Guitar Gifts for Holiday Season Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:52:50 +0000 Gibson Gifts Blog

When it comes to shopping for gifts for your guitar-playing loved one, it can get pretty tough to find just the right thing. Face it, guitar players are picky when it comes to their guitars, amps, and other trinkets. Thankfully, Gibson has organized a list to help us all out! Featuring cool stuff like Gibson’s Memory Cable and high-quality leather guitar straps, the list is full of slick gifts that will ensure you get the right thing this year! Check out the list below and click the links to buy the gift on our site!

1. Gibson Care Kit

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Keep your guitar clean and mean with this handy kit. Includes Gibson’s Low Abrasion Metal Cream, Gibson Premier Fretboard Conditioner, Gibson Pump Polish Finishing Cream, three Gibson Polishing Cloths and a 2”-black nylon strap — all in a bucket that can be taken with you anywhere. Check out the kit here!

2. Restoration Kit

Gibson gift ideas

2014 may have been tough on your guitar. If you have an old Gibson – or any old guitar – get the Vintage Reissue Guitar Restoration Kit to revive it to former glory.

3. Gibson Luthier’s Choice Triple Pak

Gibson gift ideas

For a stocking-filler, go for the Luthier’s Choice Triple Pak. Quality guitar care at a great price.

4. Gibson Barstool

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By popular demand, the Gibson barstool will even make your butt rock! You get a 24” aluminum, 4-legged base and a slick black-vinyl swivel top on which you can proudly plant yo’ Gibson ass. $109.99 for the most awesome way to sit down.

5. Gibson Shot Glasses

Gibson gift ideas

When on your Gibson barstool, you may desire an “adult beverage.” Sip in style with these shot glasses.

6. Gibson Straps

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Go large with Gibson’s Montana strap, crafted from the lushest leather in a great tan finish, perfect in particular for your Gib acoustic. Or simply get a classy woven number that salutes your favorite guitars. All of our Gibson straps are available here!

7. Gibson Stickers

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This quality Gibson sticker set is affordable and fun. They work outdoors, too. Stick one on your own carplate to say: “Serious guitar player driving.”

8. Gibson Strings

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A player can never have too many guitars. The problem is, we also need lots of strings. The Gibson Brite Wire 5-pack is thinking of y’all. Each pack contains 5 sets with a bonus – 2 extra Bs and 2 extra Es. Or get the steels preferred by Gibson heroes such as Ace Frehley and B.B. King. Tone! Check out all of our Gibson strings here!

9. Gibson Pick Tin

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“Dude, where’s my pick?” It’s in a tin. “Gibson does ‘classy’ very well, and this pick tin is another good example of the company’s refined taste.” Not even Gibson’s words, but those of 50 picks in thin, medium, heavy and extra heavy options. Grab a Gibson pick tin and put it in your gigbag/case. Check out our entire selection of Gibson picks here!

10. Gibson Cases

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Not even got a gigbag or case? Buy the best here, from padded gigbags to bespoke-designed hardshell cases for your Les Paul or SG. The Gibson gigbag is affordable and classy.

11. New Gibson Knobs

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Give your guitar a makeover with new knobs. It’s odd how such a simple change can make any guitar look different, but it will. Buy them here on our site!

12. Cerwin Vega Speakers

Gibson gift ideas

Your computer recording set-up needs good speakers. Indulge yourself – sorry, your friend – in these Cerwin Vega XD3 Powered Desktop Speakers. All the bass and power your PC needs.

13. KRK Headphones

Gibson gift ideas

You’ll need good headphones too. KRK have engineered these KNS 6400 ‘phones for more of the “open” sound of a pair of monitors and less of the unnatural “closeness” that often clouds the judgement of engineers mixing on headphones.

14. New P’ups For Your Guitar!

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Experiment with your Gibson guitar tone in 2015. Classic ’57 humbuckers are back in vogue, but there’s plenty of other choice on our site!

15. Quick Connect Humbuckers

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Still a great idea! If your Gibson electric is Quick Connect-enabled, you can swap pickups super-quick. Six options, from ‘57s to Angus Young-signatures to roaring Dirty Fingers ‘buckers. Rock the halls – you just got more tone options. Check out the Quick Connect we have in stock here!

16. Gibson Apparel

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From beanies to t-shirts to hoodies, Gibson will keep you rockin’ with style. Check out our cool Gibson threads here!

17. Gibson Phone App

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Rejoice. It’s Gibson’s gift to you. Get the Gibson App for Android and iOS phone platforms, with tuner, metronome, chords, lessons and more. It’s free!

18. Gibson Firebird X Bag

Gibson gift ideas

If you own a Firebird X, keep all your X bits neat in this stylish bag. Hey, keep anything in this stylish bag.

19. Gibson Cables

Gibson gift ideas

Many a pro guitarist will tell you that quality cables are key to your tone chain. Gibson’s own cables are top quality yet superb value. Plenty of length and color choices, too.

20. Gibson Memory Cable

Gibson gift ideas

Now we’re talking a cable! Never lose that “lightning bolt” of inspiration again. Designed by Gibson Brands’ company Tascam, the Gibson Memory Cable will store a huge 13 hours of your ideas. Inspiration insurance? Yep.


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Tony Macalpine & Nili Brosh Perform With EMG Pickups Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:38:26 +0000

Neo-Classical super-player Tony Macalpine and up-and-coming female virtuoso, Nili Brosh stopped by EMG studios for a stellar performance of tracks from Tony’s legendary album, “Maximum Security!” Both Tony and Nili are proud endorsees of EMG pickups, and are seen using EMG 57-7H and EMG 66-7H humbucker pickups in the video. The active attributes of the 57-7H provide the headroom and punch necessary to deliver unparalleled definition and presence. The 66-7H features Alnico V magnets which provide the warm, smooth mid-range and expansive lows while the ceramic pole pieces bring out the clarity in the upper register. More info on these pickups are available below. You can get your hands on a set of these by contacting our sales staff! While you’re at it, check out our entire inventory of EMG pickups on our site!

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s of style or genre. The unique combination of Alnico V magnets and steel pole pieces evoke an unmistakably PAF-like quality in its tone. The active attributes provide the headroom and punch necessary to deliver unparalleled definition and presence. Designed and voiced specifically for the bridge position, the 57 comes in EMG’s exclusive brushedsteel cap giving it a sleek modern look that compliments any instrument. 


The 66 is a result of pickup designemg-66-n-7h-c_fixed_1_1 innovation inspired by the specific needs and requests of today’s players. Alnico V magnets provide the warm, smooth mid-range and expansive lows while the ceramic pole pieces bring out the clarity in the upper register. Designed and voiced as a neck pickup, the 66 comes in EMG’s exclusive brushed steel cap giving it a sleek modern look that compliments any instrument. 



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Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Pedal Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:27:22 +0000

Are you a guitar player that wishes you had a great organ player to back you up? Have you ever wondered what playing that slick guitar lick you came up with sounded like on a set of keys? Well these dreams can now become a reality with the new C9 Organ Machine by Electron-harmonix. This crazy pedal manages to achieve super-realistic organ tones, simulating a number of organ types to suit your style.

The C9, piggy-backing off of the revolutionary B9, will transform your instrument into a convincing full body, electric organ or vintage electronic keyboard. Not only will you have a plethora of organs to choose from, you have complete control over parameters to help perfectly shape your sound. For each preset chosen, you can adjust things like percussive click, modulation, attack/sustain, drawbar setting or high frequency content. Pair it with other pedals, or layer it over your dry signal to create a sound all your own. To order this amazing pedal, feel free to contact our sales staff! While you’re here, be sure to have a look at the collection of Electro-Harmonix pedals we have in stock!

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Alex Skolnick Of Testament Visits The Music Zoo Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:19:54 +0000

You can’t have a conversation about versatile guitar players without mentioning Alex Skolnick. Lucky for us, Mr. Skolnick stopped by the Zoo after his performance on Motörhead’s Motörboat Cruise to check out what all the buzz was about. Amazed by the variety of guitars the store held, it was only a matter of time before the ever-so-versatile Skolnick picked one up to lay down a few licks. He was even gracious enough to sit down with our very own Steve Ternai to talk about his most recent musical endeavors, including his time on Motorhead’s Motorboat Cruise, plans with Testament, and his solo project, “Planetary Coalition”. Skolnick has had nothing but good things to say about The Zoo, and we couldn’t be any more happy to hear them from a legend like him. Check out the three-part video of Skolnick at The Zoo below, featuring exclusive clips of an all-star jam from the Motorboat Cruise, and Skolnick doing some slick improv!


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Dino Cazares & The Seymour Duncan Retribution Pickups Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:16:46 +0000

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory / Divine Heresy) is a player that values attack, clarity and increased headroom for his 7 and 8-string guitars. Well, Seymour Duncan took on the challenge and delivered the Retribution pickup. Featuring a specially tuned preamp with just the right amount of gain, attack, definition and string clarity are all enhanced. They maintain an organic open sound that isn’t sterile, much like the standard Blackouts series and Mick Thomson EMTY Blackouts. These pickups provide a massive tone with a lower noise level and an increased dynamic response when compared to other active pickups. The Retribution does the job that so many 7 and 8 string guitar players demand. If interested in ordering a set of these great pickups, feel free to contact our sales staff! While you’re here, be sure to check out the collection of Seymour Duncan pickups we have in stock!



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Guitarists To Know: Plini Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:37:11 +0000 PLINI Main Image

As technology evolves, the talent that lies within the rooms of young guitarists finally has the ability to flourish and reach the ears of people outside of their neighborhood. Plini is evidence of the immense amount of mastery that can be accomplished with music behind closed doors. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Plini is a university student studying toward a Masters Degree in Architecture, and his design expertise is surelyplini guitar represented in the works he’s written thus far. With influences including Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, Animals as Leaders, and TesseracT, it’s easy to see Plini has a taste for aggressive experimental music to say the least. Delve into a few of Plini’s compositions and you’ll instantly realize that the spectrum of emotions within his music doesn’t end with just aggressive themes. Track 2 of his EP entitled “Other Things”, gives off a “Yellow Jackets” vibe, with accompanying horns and piano to accentuate the fusion feel of the track. His most recent release, entitled Plini Sweet Nothings Album Cover“Sweet Nothings”, has spawned YouTube comments like  “reminds me of Greg Howe fused with Al Di Meola”. That, in itself should get anyone’s brain turning. The EP is a mixture of chill, atmospheric, aggressive, and rhythmic moments that come together to create a more than fulfilling album; not to mention the amazing artwork that accompanies his music, all done by Australian artist, Alex Pryle. Plini has also done a lot of work with Sithu Aye, a progressive guitar player from Scotland who’s compositions seem to pair seamlessly with Plini’s playing style.

But Plini is a truly inspiring individual because of more than just his nack for sonic and architectural design. After he finishes his degree, Plini plans to travel to Cambodia to help build a community center for the poor who have been displaced by the government; all the more reason Plini is such a beautiful soul. His mission is just as beautiful as his music, supplying his audience with a plethora of emotions that has thus far, resonated far beyond his small computer desk recording studio. Plini’s music spans a number of self-released albums including his releases under his former name, Halycon. You can check out his spectacular musical works on his YouTube channel or his Bandcamps listed below. Have a look and listen to the videos below to get a feel for his music. Prepare to be inspired!

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Shelby Mustang & Gibson Custom Shop in Guitar Aficionado/Guitar World Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:12:33 +0000 Shelby Goldtops Main Final The Music Zoo will be debuting a new ad campaign in both Guitar Aficionado and Guitar World magazines, featuring two legends in their own right… The Shelby GT-350, owned by Howard Kroplick, is a rare piece of American history. If you remember our post from a couple of months ago, we featured this bada** pony car in one of our “Cars and Guitars” blogs. You guys loved it, so we brought it to the big leagues for a full page ad in these two iconic guitar magazines.

To refresh your memory, the Shelby was 1 of 999 GT-350′s specially modified for the Hertz Sports Car Club. The gold stripes specifically indicate that the car is a Hertz rental, along with the standard automatic transmission. Kroplick acquired the GT350H in 2004 at an auto auction and has been winning praise for it’s impeccable condition ever since. We contacted Howard, parked the Cobra powered muscle-car at the Waterfront, and set up our most enamored Gibsons we had in our showroom. Furthermore, the result is within the current issues of these two great magazines. Gibson-LP-Custom-Shelby-ad.indd

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Gibson Autographed Bob Dylan SJ-200 Acoustic Sat, 06 Dec 2014 19:42:18 +0000 Bob Dylan Main Image shot

The canon of American Music would not be complete without the works of Bob Dylan. His songs and stylistic innovations continue to influence songwriters today. Before he “went electric” at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Dylan was near-exclusively an acoustic player. Though he has wound his way through multiple guitars (and in recent years even keyboards), Dylan has recently collaborated with Gibson to release a highly-customized SJ-200.

The Autographed SJ-200 Collector’s Edition is crafted from highly figured Indian Rosewood and AAA Sitka Spruce. Dylan’s Eye Logo is inlaid on the headstock in Mother-of-Pearl, and the fingerboard features Bella Voce Mother-of-Pearl inlay. The distinctive double pickguards are inlaid with Abalone detailing. The guitar includes a label autographed by Mr. Dylan himself, and features a unique serial number stamped into the head block. This guitar is a limited run of 175, so contact our sales staff today! Check out more of the guitar’s unique features below!

Body Language

Mystic Rosewood back and sides with AAA Sitka Spruce top

trimmed in vintage binding and abalone-inlaid double pickguards.


Superior Sounds

Premium tonewoods, scalloped X-bracing, and traditional

SJ-200 dimensions belt out stellar tones.

Heads Above
Multi-ply headstock binding and pearl artist’s eye logo inlay.
In Tune

High-quality Waverly open-backed tuners, in gold.


Chairman of the Board

Bound Rosewood fingerboard with elegant bella voce Mother-of-Pearl inlays.


Protection Perfection

Limited edition hardshell case with embroidered eye logo and brown

velvet interior. Includes a temperature and hygrometer guage.



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