The Music Zoo's Blog Your destination for the best guitars on the internet. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:29:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Suhr Hedgehog Guitar Amplifier At The Zoo Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:23:40 +0000

With Suhr’s reputation for building some of the highest quality instruments, pedals, and amps on the market, it’s worth having a look when they reveal something new! Well we’re glad we did, because the new Hedgehog 50 is a representation of how far Suhr can push the boundaries of innovation, while still maintaining the solid tone and variety that we know and love.

Featuring dual 5881 output tubes putting out 50 watts, this amp features a dazzling array of controls and options to let players dial in their exact tone. On the innovative side of things, the Hedgehog offers MIDI programmability, allowing players to achieve an real all-tube tone with the ease of programming previously only seen in modellers and emulators. Selectable 4, 8, and 16 ohm outputs guarantee you’ll have no problem plugging in at any gig.

This amp is definitely one of our favorites here at The Zoo, and a lot of us wouldn’t mind bringing one home for ourselves! …but we’ll save a few for you! You can view the full-spec list as well as purchase this amp right here on our website! Watch the videos above and below to hear this great amp in action!


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A Brief History Of The Epiphone Casino Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:58:46 +0000 N_010114E1

The storied past of the Epiphone Casino is one that transcends more than 60 years. Being played by a number of iconic musicians along the way, Epiphone prides themselves in making the Casino the same as they did during it’s initial introduction. This timeless model, which was essentially Epiphone’s version of the Gibson ES-330, remains in the spotlight among the newest generation of guitar players; most notably, Gary Clark Jr. Have a look at Epiphone’s article on their website, recalling the lengthly history of the Epiphone Casino and complimented with historic photos and video! Also, make yourself a part of this legendary brand, and browse through our large selection of Epiphone guitars on our site as well!



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An EVH Experience At The Music Zoo Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:02:19 +0000 EVH Room (1 of 6)

Eddie Van Halen and the EVH Brand are a major part of The Music Zoo, and can be seen at every corner of the store. Our respect and admiration for his talent and career is very prevalent as we seek to share that with our customers. In hopes of exposing the glory of his career, we have a number of EVH inspired displays throughout the store. Walk up the stairs to our upper level and you are greeted with a larger-than-life photo of EVH jumping on stage. Get to the top of the staircase, and you’ll find one of his infamous “Frankenstein” guitars nested within a gas-station-type display, along with a number of photos and magazine article of Eddie Van Halen with friends. Lastly, a room filled with EVH guitars, amps and pedals to play ends you’re journey through the corridor of our upper-level. If you’re an enthusiast of the EVH legacy, or just a fan of the guitars and music, feel free to come by the store. Everyone is welcome! Be sure to have a look at our entire stock of EVH guitars on our site as well!

A lively 7 foot tall photo of Eddie Van Halen greets you on your way upstairs

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One of EVH’s Frankenstein Guitars

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 Our EVH Room filled with a ton of EVH Gear

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Wolfgang Van Halen Shares Photos Of His Dad’s Legendary Guitars Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:00:48 +0000 main image

Our friends at the Van Halen News Desk recently showcased some photos from Wolfgang, Eddie Van Halen’s son, which feature some awesome guitars spanning EVH’s career. From a mini les paul shaped custom VH guitar, to the infamous Frankenstein, these photos definitely had us glued to our screens in awe! Check them out through the link below!

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NAMM ’15: Strandberg Guitars Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:11:09 +0000 IMG_6259

NAMM2015 Strandberg is one company we’ve kept our eyes on for some time now. Their unique headless design and ergonomic body is eye-catching, and lends itself to it’s seamless ability to balance function and form in a truly awesome fashion. We at The Zoo have been so intrigued by these fantastic instruments, that we are proud to have a few of these models coming to the store! If you have any questions or inquiries about any of these amazing guitars, feel free to contact our sales staff at or call 516-626-9292! Have a look at the photos from their NAMM display below!




Boden 6 Custom Shop (Misha Mansoor Model)



Boden OS 7



Boden CL7 Custom Shop




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Keith Merrow Demos The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:20:24 +0000

The 805 Overdrive by Seymour Duncan is a classic overdrive aimed at getting you that smooth and crisp bluesy tone one minute, and a high gain metal tone the next. Well, Keith Merrow is here to show you the latter end of the spectrum. Email if interested in ordering this pedal. Check out the list of specs below, as well as some additional info from Seymour Duncan.

From Seymour Duncan

The 805 is a very transparent, classic Overdrive pedal designed using the chip found in the legendary 808 as a starting point but eventually ending with the MC33178, a chip we felt had superior sonic characteristics along with a lower noise figure and longer battery life. The 805 features an expanded gain range and 3-band active EQ that is not commonly found in 808 style overdrive pedals. It’s so versatile that you can use it for a smooth, lyrical bluesy overdrive one minute and a modern metal crunch the next. We started with the classic overdrive tones we all know and love but we tightened up the bottom end and added more sparkle in the highs as well as more detailed note articulation. Whether you’re after ringing cleans, a subtle boost, fat crunch, or even screaming sustaining solo tones, it’s all in there. And unlike other overdrives that become thin when you refine the gain, the 805’s 3-band active EQ lets you take back control over the low end while also fine-tuning the mids and highs.

Subtle Boost
With the Drive control fully counter-clockwise, the 805 Overdrive acts as a signal booster with 8dB of gain, adding more life and sparkle to your tone along with the flexibility of further contouring your sound with the active 3-band EQ. In this setup you may just want to leave it on all the time.
Scooped Mid
Setting the Mid control around 10 o’clock gives a bit of a scoop to the normally mid-range predominant punch, accentuating the beef and clarity for both picking and chunking. The Drive control around the 11 o’clock position gives you control with both your volume control and playing intensity, ranging from sparkly clean to fat crunch when you dig in.
Valve Howler (Thank you, Mr. Thesarus)
Push your amp’s front-end into overdrive, with some additional rich, tasty grit from the pedal. The personality of the tone will depend upon your specific amp and settings, so let your curiosity be your guide!
Keith Merrow recommends:
“I have the following setting, which I use for a tight modern metal sound in front of a high gain amp.”



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Seagull S6 Music Zoo Exclusive Koa Giveaway Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:31:28 +0000 Seagull 2

We love showing our appreciation for all of our great costumers, so we’re gearing up for another guitar-giveaway! The Seagull S6 Koa acoustic guitar is one of our favorite exclusive guitars, and now one of you has the chance to win one! The Koa S6 guitar is constructed with a laminated Hawaiian koa back and sides with a mahogany top. The net result is tone that is warm, with plenty of upper-midrange presence and a bright, crisp top-end. The excellence in detail and clarity when playing chords and solo lines in the upper frets can be heard at first strum! Have a look at some photos of this great guitar below!

Enter to Win a Seagull S6 Music Zoo Exclusive Koa Dreadnought Guitar by clicking here!


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Eddie Van Halen Talks Innovation and “What It Means to be American” at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:57:50 +0000 RWS2015-04385

Image courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History


Words: The Music Zoo Owner, Tommy Colletti.

As a young kid, I always dreamed of meeting my heroes. I think it must be part of our nature as human beings to want to say “ Thanks Tom Seaver. You’re the Best!” And although we have these thoughts tucked away somewhere in the crevices of our mind, we never really think that we’d live to see the day we actually live those dreams out.

Well on a bitterly cold night on February 12th 2015, Edward Van Halen received a most prestigious award, to have his instruments inducted into the Smithsonian Museum of American History and to be honored by the museum for his musical achievements. Also honored were his innovations in playing and contribution to the guitar itself. He’s carved a part of American history, shared by the likes of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison.

There is something that comes along with believing in someone so much that when an occasion like this comes along, as fans we feel vindication. I share the vindication along with millions of Van Halen fans around the world in honoring our man Edward and his many accomplishments. I couldn’t have been more excited to attend the festivities, all from steps away from Edward. I was also lucky enough to be among the few to congratulate him firsthand.

I recently viewed a YouTube video of Dwezil Zappa speaking about the first time he met Edward. Dwezil had mentioned it looked as if Edward leaped right off the “Women and Children First” album cover dressed in the same jump suit. It was as if he was in his super hero costume and he was a “bona fide super hero”.

Thanks Dwezil. I couldn’t agree more…

Edward Van Halen is a super hero. The guy is a genius. A combination Mozart and Benjamin Franklin. He’s overcome some great odds to be in the position he’s in and still remains as humble as ever. At one point after the event he leaned over to a friend and said, “How do you think it went?” speaking of the interview…

As I watched Edward signing the guitars into the Smithsonian, the thing most moving to me, beyond the genius status, beyond him being this super hero figure, beyond being in shock that I was sitting five feet away from all, was the love and pride emanating from brother Alex Van Halen, Wolfgang and longtime guitar tech and right hand man Matt Bruck and the rest of the Van Halens. Alex’s eyes were filled with tears. They were being vindicated as well and so were Mr. and Mrs. Van Halen looking down on this momentous occasion. The family perseverance was obvious, the story is incredible and in the end, it all boiled down to love. Van Halen’s parents endured many obstacles as a young couple coming to America with no money, but they obviously had love and they gave that gift to their children and I witnessed it first hand.

Congratulations to the Van Halens. And God Bless Edward Van Halen and the gifts he has bestowed onto us as guitar players, music fans and Americans. We’re all better people for it…

A special thank you to Jeff Cary and Rob Kaplan.

If you haven’t seen the video of Eddie’s interview with the Smithsonian on “What it Means to be American – A National Conversation” check it out here:


Image courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History



Image courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History


The following images were taken By Mark DiDonna of The Music Zoo:







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Victory “The Duchess” Amplifier Demo Video Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:29:59 +0000

Here at The Zoo, we have a staff with a variety of styles and opinions, so when we can all agree that one piece of gear is awesome, you can assume it’s a big deal. When we first got our hands on the “The Countess”, we were wowed to say the least. Well, “The Duchess” is no different. This little box packs some serious punch, with some of the best tones we’ve heard in a while! Super-easy to dial in, the Victory gets you to that tone in your head in an instant.

This single-channel, all-valve design is all about maximum tone with  minimum confusion, housed in the same light and portable chassis as the award-winning V30 The Countess. Blues/roots-inspired players will find all the elusive, vintage pushed clean and drive sounds they love. Voice 1 offers mid-’60-type American warm clean tones. Voice II is subtly stronger and more ’50s in character. As you push the gain and engage the Mid-Kick function, the V40 takes on a more ’60s British voice for timeless blues-rock tones.

This cool little amp is available right here on our site! Watch the video above to hear some of the great sounds you can get from this amplifier, and be sure to have a look at the Victory amps we have in stock!


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Motor Trend Showcases The New VW GTI And The Fender Audio System Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:31:36 +0000 Fender vw gti

Considerably the ideal automobile for the modern gigging musician, the new Volkswagen GTI has most of everything a guitar player needs and wants in a car; space, comfort, sportiness, and a kickin’ sound system! Motor Trend Magazine recently released an article showcasing the new model as well as glorifying the “Convergence of Cars & Guitars” over the years. But what makes this VW GTI so special is it’s Fender Premium Audio package, which provides the incredibly clear and powerful sound experience you need to get in the zone while on your way to your next show. You can get this system on a number of vehicles in Volkswagen’s lineup.

Rory Jornecka, writer at Motor Trend, also goes on to explain his dual hobbies of car and guitar obsession in the article, which is humorous considering many of us at The Zoo share the same habits. Between Music Zoo owner Tommy Colletti’s SRT-8 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Walt’s (photographer/blogger) stanced VW Golf MKV, it’s not hard to see that The Music Zoo is full of gear-heads. Furthermore, this article features some great photos and information on the new GTI as well as past Fender advertisements showcasing Car/Guitar collaborations. You can read the full Motor Trend article by clicking here! Also, be sure to check out  our inventory of Fender guitars on our site to quench your guitar thirst!

gti trunk open fender amp

vw mk7 trunk fender

fender vw speaker



Photos from Motor Trend Magazine




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