The Music Zoo's Blog http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog Your destination for the best guitars on the internet. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:33:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 D’Addario Introduces String Tension Pro Web Application http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/daddario-introduces-string-tension-pro-web-application/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/daddario-introduces-string-tension-pro-web-application/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:28:24 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=12047 Daddario string tension pro

Are you a player who is looking to change your tuning, but love the feel and performance of your current string gauge? Or maybe you have a mess of alternative tunings on your guitars, but want to maintain the same string feel across them all. Well suffer no more, because D’Addario has developed a cool new online interface that calculates the best string gauge combination for you, saving players the time and trouble of trial and error testing.

This application’s ultimate intent is to educate players about string tension, but also features a number of elements to help musicians achieve a sound and feel perfect for their own unique playing, including the following:

  • Create custom sets based upon an existing D’Addario set.
  • Perform tension calculations in real-time so you no longer need to do the math.
  • Alter tuning, scale length, and string properties of an existing D’Addario set.
  • Compare your customization to other D’Addario sets.
  • Build your own custom set from the bottom up with access to every string D’Addario manufactures.
  • Access our Instrument Standards Library for information about tuning, scale lengths and string arrangements of over 275 instruments.

Click here to use the online D’Addario String Tension application now!

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Labor Day Sale On Music Zoo Guitars At Reverb.com http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/labor-day-sale-on-music-zoo-guitars-at-reverb-com/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/labor-day-sale-on-music-zoo-guitars-at-reverb-com/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:43:43 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=12041 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!

 

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The Fusion Guitar: The World’s First Smart Electric Guitar http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/the-fusion-guitar-the-worlds-first-smart-electric-guitar/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/the-fusion-guitar-the-worlds-first-smart-electric-guitar/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:27:59 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=12024

The “all-in-one” guitar has remained somewhat of an anomaly among guitarists for a long time, always falling short of what guitar players were looking for. However, with the advent of technological advances in amp modeling, virtual interfaces, and iPhone apps, the all-in-one guitar has come back to life once again; or at least it can with your help. Fusion Guitar, a brand that has spent many years developing this very technology, has started an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help launch what they call the “Fusion Guitar”. But what makes this one so different? For starters, the fusion guitar features an iPhone dock made for you to sync your favorite amp modeling apps to the guitar seamlessly. That, coupled with high definition speakers, a set of hot rail humbuckers, and a modern body design, sets this guitar apart from anything we’ve seen before!  Watch the video above and have a look at the specs below!

If you want to help make this a reality, click here to head on over to the Fusion Guitar crowdfunding campaign to make a donation!

 

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This Week’s Top 10 Acoustic Guitars At The Zoo http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/this-weeks-top-10-acoustic-guitars-at-the-zoo/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/this-weeks-top-10-acoustic-guitars-at-the-zoo/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:58:33 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=12002 Acoustic Guitars of the week

Every week we’ll be listing our favorite guitars, basses, amps, and pedals in our inventory. From custom models to rare finds you’ve never heard of, we’ve always got something new and interesting showing up in our New Arrivals Section! Scroll down to see our top ten acoustic picks from this week! Click the links below the photos to see full specs and info on our site!

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Gibson Montana Hummingbird Vintage Sitka Spruce

 

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Taylor 322ce Mahogany Top Grand Concert

 

 

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Taylor GS Mini-e Koa

 

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Taylor 914ce First Edition Grand Auditorium

 

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Gibson Montana SJ-100 Super Jumbo Walnut 

 

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Bedell Blackbird Vegan Parlor 

 

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D’Angelico EX-63 Archtop 

 

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Cordoba C12 Cedar Top Nylon-String

 

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Seagull Maritime SWS Mahogany

 

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Ovation CS24P Celebrity Standard Plus

 

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How To Set Up A Wet-Dry-Wet Amplifier Rig http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/how-to-set-up-a-wet-dry-wet-amplifier-rig/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/how-to-set-up-a-wet-dry-wet-amplifier-rig/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:09:25 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=11944 WetDryWetRig

The number of effects available for the electric guitar are seemingly endless in this day and age, and furthermore there are an endless number of ways you can utilize each one. Some of us prefer running them through fx-loops, while others love the sound you get putting them directly in front of the amp. Whatever your preference, it’s important to make sure your getting the most out of your gear. A method that is often used by gear-nerds like many of us at the Zoo, is setting up a wet-dry-wet rig. What is that you ask? Read the column below to gain a better understanding of this awesome technique!

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There are approximately 19,372.3 different ways to use effects within a guitar rig. You can use inbuilt amp effects like tremolo and reverb. External pedals like wah-wahs and overdrives. Little units that actually plug directly into your guitar. Effects racks. Multi-effect floorboards. Even an iPad can be used inline with the rest of your gear to provide effects or even synth sounds. But there’s one particular method which is preferred by many pro players, yet it’s relatively unknown and definitely under-utilized by the average shredder in the street: the ‘Wet-Dry-Wet’ rig.

Put simply, this is a rig using one unaffected mono signal along with a stereo effect chain feeding its own speakers. The idea is that your spatial effects like delay and reverb, (and sometimes modulation effects like chorus and flanger) can live in their own stereo rig while the unaffected guitar gets its own speaker. Aside from adding quite literally three-dimensional depth to your tone, it also gives you unprecedented clarity because the effects aren’t all being crammed through a single amplifier and competing with the dry sound. This is especially a concern with effects like delay and reverb, where their detail can be smeared and mushed up in a mono rig.

There are lots of ways to accomplish this, and the pros often do so with elaborate buffered, power-conditioned, mega-thousand-dollar-costing rigs. If you have the budget, go nuts! A common way to do it is to plug your guitar into your amp, send the amp signal to a splitter/dummy load and into separate power amps – one for the dry guitar feeding a ‘dry only’ speaker cabinet, and another into a stereo effect unit or ten, then into a stereo power amp to drive the ‘wet’ speakers.

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There’s a much cheaper way which may not give you quite the fidelity of a full pro-assembled rig but it’ll get you pretty close: a stereo combo amp with a stereo effects loop. There are plenty of these on the market, especially used solid state or hybrid tube/solid state amps from the ‘90s. And it’s not much different to using a regular effect loop. Just plug a cable into your main amp’s effect send, hook up some stereo effects, then send the outputs of the last effect into the effect return of the stereo combo. Your dry sound will continue to be sent through your regular amp but the effects will go through the combo. You may or may not need a ground loop eliminator if you happen to get some hum, and it’s a good idea to use a filtered power supply for your effects. But once you’ve laid the ground work this can be a very effective technique.

 

A few tips:

 

* Use a delay that allows you to turn the dry sound all the way down. That way you won’t get weird phase cancellation issues between the dry and effect speakers.

* Some effects should remain a part of your dry amp’s signal chain: overdrive, fuzz, distortion, tremolo, wah-wah and octave pedals are particularly suited to being a part of your main sound rather than a parallel effect.

* Some effects like phasers and flangers will be more pronounced when used in a wet-dry-wet rig because their swooshy character will contrast with the dry sound.

* You can even get creative with the stereo signal chain and use one speaker for delay and the other for reverb. Or, for a classic ‘80s hard rock delay sound, try two or three slapback repeats at around 40ms delay time in one speaker and a couple of longer repeats in eighth notes in the other speaker.

* Most harmonizers give you the ability to send separate harmonies to different outputs.

* If chorus makes you feel a little queasy through a wet-dry-wet rig, try the Eddie Van Halen trick of using a stereo pitch shift effect (harmonizers are capable of this) with one voice shifted just a few cents higher than the dry note, and the other voice set just a bit lower. You’ll get a broad, rich multi-voice sound that doesn’t waver in the way the chorus does.

* Take advantage of stereo pan effects and subtle tremolo!

* Use an expression or volume pedal to fade the effects signal in and out as needed. This can really add drama to a solo or a particular part of a song.

The only real problem with running a wet-dry-wet amp rig is that it can be hard to back to a regular mono effects setup!

 

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Ernie Ball Announces New St. Vincent Signature Model For 2016 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/ernie-ball-announces-new-st-vincent-signature-guitar-model-for-2016/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/ernie-ball-announces-new-st-vincent-signature-guitar-model-for-2016/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:27:54 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=11971 1_stv_hero_1

St. Vincent has partnered with Ernie Ball to bring a refreshing new design for 2016. With all of the success of Ernie Ball’s signature models in the past, the St. Vincent model is a promising design for Ernie Ball, sporting a number of compelling features for fans of St. Vincent’s classic style. Read what St. Vincent had to say about the collaboration below.

“I’m extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to design a guitar this personal with this company, this family, in whom I believe so completely,” Clark said in an official statement. “The entirety of my experience as a guitarist is invested in this instrument. I sought to create a tool that would help and inspire those who share my priorities in a guitar, namely that it be comfortable and lightweight and that it exhibit clean lines, all without sacrificing tone flexibility.”

The imaginative new signature guitar for the GRAMMY® award-winning musician was envisioned and designed by St. Vincent herself, with support from the award-winning engineering team at Ernie Ball Music Man. The unique electric guitar was crafted to perfectly fit her form, playing technique and personal style. Crafted in Ernie Ball Music Man’s San Luis Obispo, California factory, the St. Vincent signature is available in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Annie. Featuring an African mahogany body, Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, 5-way pick up selector with custom configuration and 3-mini humbuckers, the guitar also comes complete with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings. Have a look at the pictures below.

Want to get your hands on this guitar when it releases? Click the button below to pre-order!

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RIP Stevie Ray Vaughan http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/rip-stevie-ray-vaughan/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/rip-stevie-ray-vaughan/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:34:43 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=11953 RIp SRV

25 years ago today, the world lost one of the most iconic figures in guitar history; Stevie Ray Vaughan. But like all musicians, his legacy continues to flourish with the countless songs he left us with. Hailed as possessing one of the most recognizable voices (and guitar tones) of our time, SRV was an ambassador of Texas music, and it was evident with every single one of his compelling performances. He was truly an inspiration to many players to come after him, many of which attribute their success to Stevie’s legacy. “I don’t think anyone has commanded my respect more, to this day.”, says Eric Clapton. SRV’s presence is certainly missed, so we would like to use this opportunity to celebrate all that he has done for the world of music. Here are a few of our favorite SRV songs!

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This Week’s Top 10 Used Guitars At The Zoo http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/this-weeks-top-10-used-guitars-at-the-zoo/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/this-weeks-top-10-used-guitars-at-the-zoo/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:42:57 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=11910 Used Guitars of the week

Every week we’ll be listing our favorite guitars and basses in our inventory. From custom models to rare finds you’ve never heard of, we’ve always got something new and interesting showing up in our pre-owned guitars section! Scroll down to see our top ten picks from this week! Click the links below the photos to see full specs and info on our site!

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2007 Dingwall Super J Electric Bass Guitar 

 

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2007 Jeff Head Singlecut Melt Top Fanned Fret Seven String Electric Bass Guitar 

 

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Blueberry Tiger 12-String Hand-Carved Acoustic Electric Guitar 

 

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1990 Schecter Guitar Research Traditional Custom Electric Guitar 

 

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2008 Gibson Custom Shop 50th Anniversary Korina Tribute Les Paul Electric Guitar Natural

 

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1970 Gibson ES-335 TD Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar 

 

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2002 Brian Moore Custom C55P Limited Edition Electric Guitar Pearl White

 

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2010 Suhr Modern Set Neck Limited Edition Electric Guitar Aqua Blue Burst

 

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2012 Soloway Jazz Wing Redwood Electric Guitar 

 

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2013 Aristides 010 Arium Electric Guitar 

 

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Alex Bishop: The Craft Of Sound http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/alex-bishop-the-craft-of-sound/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/alex-bishop-the-craft-of-sound/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:44:44 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=11897

Those of us who hold an occupation, hobby, or duty that requires us to use our hands extensively, can attest to a unique feeling of self-sufficiency. Not only from our satisfaction with the outcome, but from the transference of energy from ourselves to the subject of our objective. Catharsis, the process of releasing strong or repressed emotions, is a phenomena often experienced by musicians, and many other creatives alike. Alex Bishop, a guitar luthier as well as guitar player, is no stranger to such an experience. Partnered with the visuals above, Bishop’s coinciding words represent all that we creatives admire about guitar-making/playing. An excerpt from the video yields a very resonant statement about guitars: “You can’t freeze them in time,” he says. Watch the 4k video to see the passion of a devoted craftsmen first hand.

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The Gizmotron® 2.0 Electro-Mechanical Bowing Device http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/the-gizmotron-2-0-electro-mechanical-bowing-device/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/the-gizmotron-2-0-electro-mechanical-bowing-device/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:42:49 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=11882 gizmotron-about

Guitar players love the guitar for a variety of different reasons. Some of us for it’s striking looks, others for it’s versatility, and many for the cool gadgets you can buy to create some awesome sounds. The Gizmotron® 2.0 certainly fits into the cool gadgets category, capable of creating some of the most intriguing sounds we’ve ever heard come out of the age-old instrument. The Gizmotron® is an electro-mechanical bowing device that attaches to electric guitar or bass, enabling you to produce string sounds such as cello, viola or violin. With the Gizmotron® 2.0, you can create endless sustain, haunting drones or bow polyphonic chord arrangements. It is an effect that entices orchestral sounds from your instrument and unveils a new dimension of sonic enjoyment for players and listeners alike.

A few of the features of this unique machine include:

  • 100% mechanically produced, organic, harmonically rich tone.
  • Speed Control – Vary the volume, tone and attack of the Gizmotron 2.0 using its speed control knob, or by using the optional SPD-1 speed control foot pedal (not included, sold separately).
  • Universal Quick Release Mounting System – Quickly release and lock the Gizmotron 2.0 to your instrument using three low-profile mounting pads.
  • USB Powered –  A 9.8ft (3m) USB cable and international AC Adapter is included with every unit.
  • Durable, Robust & User-Serviceable – Manufactured from industrial-strength ABS, the Gizmotron 2.0 contains a high-quality DC motor, precision swiss-machined driveshaft, and long-life quiet ball bearings.

The Gizmondo is nearing production, but as of right now you can join the waiting-list on their website to ensure that you’ll be notified of it’s official release. Pricing currently stands at $439.99 for the bass version, and $449.99 for the guitar version. Not bad for something as cool as this. Watch the demo video below and tell us what you think of this cool device!

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