The Music Zoo's Blog http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog Your destination for the best guitars on the internet. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:49:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Recap Of The Guthrie Govan Masterclass Event At The Music Zoo http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/recap-of-the-guthrie-govan-masterclass-event-at-the-music-zoo/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/recap-of-the-guthrie-govan-masterclass-event-at-the-music-zoo/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:49:17 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=9673 Guthrie Event (6 of 10)

Having the incredible Guthrie Govan at The Music Zoo was nothing short of a fantastic experience. Guthrie spent the evening putting on a full masterclass featuring a Q and A, interview session, and full song playthroughs! At the end, he was gracious enough to give a signing afterwards, meeting with the fans that came to the event. Oh, and for a few lucky buyers of the Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature guitar, he even signed a couple of them we had in stock! You can keep an eye on our Charvel section for more Guthrie Govan Signature models. All in all, the event was a huge success. Furthermore,  it would be rude of us not to share it with you all. So, watch as Guthrie performs song “Bad Asteroid” by his band “The Aristocrats”. Then scroll through our photo recap of the event in case you missed it! Stay tuned for more video from the masterclass coming soon!

 

Q & A Session with Guitar World’s Andy Aledort

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Guthrie played through a number of his most popular songs including “Sevens”, Ner Ner”, and “Waves”

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Audience members awaiting their chance to ask Mr. Govan questions

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Attendees wait in line for the after-show signing

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Guthrie having fun with fans

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EMG Artist: Tony Macalpine To Release New Studio Album http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/emg-artist-tony-macalpine-to-release-new-studio-album/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/emg-artist-tony-macalpine-to-release-new-studio-album/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:22:21 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=10272 unnamed (3)

EMG artist Tony Macalpine is set to release his 9th solo album to date on April 21st. Pre-order the Special Edition of “Concrete Gardens” featuring a 12-track CD and a bonus DVD containing a 50 minute live performance of the album! Filmed at EMGtv, the DVD features Aquiles Priester on drums, Pete Griffin on bass, Nili Brosh on guitar and a special appearance by Jeff Loomis! Watch Tony and his band perform “Square Circles” at the EMGtv studio in the video below! Jeff and Tony sure can rip it up!

Pre-order “Concrete Gardens” along with Tony’s other albums here! 

You can also have a look at our entire EMG Pickup selection here!

In addition to the album, Tony and the band will begin touring the U.S. late this May! Check out the dates below!

05/27 Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
05/28 Studio City, CA – The Baked Potato
05/29 Studio City, CA – The Baked Potato
05/30 Mexicali, B.C., MX – CEART – Centro Estatal de las Artes
05/31 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
06/02 San Jose, CA – To Be Announced
06/04 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
06/06 To Be Announced
06/08 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock Live **NEW
06/11 Austin, TX – The Saxon Pub **NEW
06/13 McKinney, TX – Sanctuary Music & Events Center **NEW
06/14 Tulsa, OK – Vanguard
06/17 Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe **NEW
06/18 Indianapolis, IN – Birdy’s Live **NEW
06/19 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s **NEW
06/20 Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
06/21 Cincinnati, OH – The Mad Frog **NEW
06/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe
06/24 Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
06/25 Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
06/26 New York, NY – Iridium
06/27 Cambridge, MA – Middle East – Upstairs

You can get more info and updates on Tony Macalpine on his Facebook and Twitter!

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Duesenberg Guitars Lineup For 2015 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/duesenberg-guitars-lineup-for-2015/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/duesenberg-guitars-lineup-for-2015/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:30:43 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=10327 10349000_10153226047294770_6964164401391544172_n

Duesenberg is bringing us an All-Star lineup this year, with the introduction of a new series as well as some updates to some of their originals. We’re definitely excited about the new Duesenberg releases, including the new Alliance (Joe Walsh) Series. Duesenbergs goal with this model was to achieve Joe Walsh’s thirst for a great tone as well as create a guitar that would appealed to a wide range of players. Have a look at the specs of this guitar among the rest of the 2015 lineup below! If you’re interested in ordering any one of these guitars, contact us at sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292!

 

Alliance Series Joe Walsh
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Specs:
• Available in Gold Burst or Black
• Thin 3.5cm/1.37″ body profile
• American Hardrock Maple Neck
• Indian Rosewood 12″ fretboard featuring Morsecode inlays
• 650mm/25.6″ Scale length
• Flamed Maple Back and Sides, laminated spruce top
• Tibetian Knot Decal
• Duesenberg Radiator Tremolo (custom golden grill)
• Duesenberg Little Toaster Bridge Pickup
• Duesenberg HSC SingleTwin noiseless Neck Pickup
• Security Lock compatible Strap Pins
• Including Duesenberg Custom Line Guitar Case

 

Duesenberg Johnny Depp Series

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Specs:
• Custom Aluminium Top plate featuring Johnny’s personal tattoos
• JD-63 tapped Single Coil pickup
• Duesenberg Short Diamond Deluxe Tremola
• Sound chambered solid American Alder body with solid American Ash top layer
• Including Duesenberg Custom Line Case

 

Starplayer TV DLX Black

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Specs:
• One-Piece American Hardrock Maple Neck
• 12″ Indian Rosewood Fretboard, Medium Jumbo Frets
• Semi-Hollow Construction (Center-Block)
• Flamed Maple Sides and flat back, arched laminated Spruce Top
• Double F-Hole Design, Transparent Pickguard
• Vario-Tone Controls (Mid-scoop, Tone), 3-Way Toggle
• Duesenberg Grand Vintage Humbucker (Bridge)
• Duesenberg D-Tron Humbucker (Neck)
• Radiator Tremolo
• Pearloid Diamond Fretboard Inlays
• 650mm/25.6″ Scale Length

 

Triton Bass

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Specs:
• One-Piece American Hardrock Maple Neck
• 12″ Indian Rosewood Fretboard, Medium Jumbo Frets
• Semi-Hollow Construction (Center-Block)
• Flamed Maple Sides and flat back, arched laminated Spruce Top
• Double F-Hole Design, Transparent Pickguard
• Vario-Tone Controls (Mid-scoop, Tone), 3-Way Toggle
• Duesenberg Grand Vintage Humbucker (Bridge)
• Duesenberg D-Tron Humbucker (Neck)
• Radiator Tremolo
• Pearloid Diamond Fretboard Inlays
• 650mm/25.6″ Scale Length

 

Berlin Amplifier & Cabinet

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Specs:
Top:
45W tube amplifier (2 x 6L6WGC-STR matched power amp tubes, 2 x 12AX7 preamp tubes)
Custom wound transformers (made in Germany)
• Dual channel amplifier with a cascading gain structure
high dynamic clean channel, adjustable in Volume, Bass, Mid & Treble
• Boost channel extends clean channel, adjustable in Gain, Contour & Level
• Two preselectable Boost gain levels on the rear pannel (hi/low gain)
Passive serial effects loop
4/8/16 Ohm outputs
Footswitch for Boost
Handmade in Germany

1×12 Cab:
• Light weigt cabinet of multi-ply birch
Semi open back
Celestion Alnico Gold 8 Ohm / 50W power handling

• Head and Cabinet including Custom Duesenberg Softcover

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Guitarists To Know: Michael Lee Firkins http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/guitarists-to-know-michael-lee-firkins/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/guitarists-to-know-michael-lee-firkins/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 17:48:32 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=10314 Michael Lee Firkins Main

Michael Lee Firkins is one of those guitarists that happens to slip under the radar when talking about game-changing players. With his versatility, and out-of-the-way licks, Michael Lee Firkins is one of the most intriguing players we’ve seen…

Like most of the progressive-thinking guitar players we’ve showcased, Firkins was born into music. With a mother who was a pianist and a lap-steel guitar playing father, Firkins was destined to stumble upon something musical. Lucky for us, that something was the guitar.

Firkins began playing the acoustic at the age of eight, latching on to the works of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC after taking lessons at a local music store. It wasn’t until 1979 that Firkins began his quest with the electric guitar; a Gibson SG paired with a Princeton Reverb to be exact. Inevitably, as his stylistic interest started to expand, so did his influences; jamming along to the musical works of Chet Atkins, Albert Lee, and Danny Gatton. It wasn’t long before Firkins began borrowing a few techniques from Jeff Beck and others to create a slide-effect using the tremolo bar. This identifiable sound and perpetual desire to play the guitar led him to put together a 5-song demo of completely instrumental tracks. The demo would make it into the hands of Guitar Player Magazine talent scout, Mike Varney. Needless to say, Varney would go on to signing Firkins immediately.

Michael_Lee_Firkins_-_1990_-_Michael_Lee_FirkinsCome 1990, Firkins would release a debut self-titled album on Shrapnel Records. The album showcased Firkins’s signature slide-esque sound with some shred flavoring. The album was truly the best of both worlds, and was widely received. It would go on to sell more than 100,000 copies, landing him with a number of accolades for the work. Firkins’s most prestigious award would be won in Europe where he would accept an Edison award (Holland’s version of a Grammy).

Firkins’s combination of hybrid picking and tremolo bar techniques creates a truly captivating sound that we have yet to hear from anyone else. The genesis of Michael Lee Firkins as a Shrapnel artist can be vividly represented by the Hot Licks videos MichaelLeeFirkins_photo05still lurking around YouTube. With the groove and punchiness of a Greg Howe, charisma of a Scott Henderson, and a sound and style all his own, Michael Lee Firkins was and still is the total package. Ironically, in addition to his fantastic slide-emulation technique, Firkins uses a slide in exceptional fashion as well, and can be heard in his later works. The albums that would follow his self-titled debut would also lend themselves to his astounding versatility, showcasing his effortless ability to delve into other musical genres; most notably Rock fusion and Jazz. The greatest part about his playing is his seamless ability to allude to other styles. Every once in a while he’ll surprise you with a jazzy phrase here and there to remind you.

In early years, Firkins could be found toting a Yamaha MichaelLeeFirkins_600Pacifica with a maple fretboard, but can now be seen using a variety of Fenders including a custom-built resonator Telecaster, a 1957 reissue Stratocaster, and a 2003 reissue Fender Nocaster.

With 7 solo-albums to date, and a number of collaborations and features on the works of countless artists, Michael Lee Firkins shows no signs of putting down the instrument any time soon. Furthermore, we urge you all to give a listen to his self-titled album, “Chapter-Eleven”, and “Yep”. But if you have the free time, you’d might as well listen to them all (you’ll thank us). Below is a clip from his Hot Licks instructional video from 1990. Also have a look at a more recent video from his performance at Fender’s Kickoff Event in Anaheim, California. Watch them and tell us what you think of this monster player! Remember to keep an eye on our page for more “Guitarists To Know”!

-Written by Walter Bryant

Sources: http://www.michaelleefirkins.com/

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Veil Of Maya Debuts Video For “Mikasa” http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/veil-of-maya-debuts-video-for-mikasa/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/veil-of-maya-debuts-video-for-mikasa/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:26:10 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=10245

A forerunner in today’s Metal-core scene, Veil of Maya has just released their new video for the track “Mikasa” from their latest album Matriarch. There is no shortage of heavy riffage on this album, so be sure to give it a listen. Not to mention a great mix of clean/guttural vocals by the band’s newest member, Lucas Magyar. The video also features lead guitarist Marc Okubo slinging his custom Jackson Soloist. Check out the close-up images below! You can siphon through our entire selection of Jackson guitars right here on our site!

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The Floyd Rose Turbo Trem http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/floyd-rose-releases-innovative-tremolo-arm/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/floyd-rose-releases-innovative-tremolo-arm/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:28:43 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=10303 TURBOTRMBNP

Here’s one for the Floyd Rose players…we’ve all had those moments where we’ve broken a string on stage or during band practice, and suddenly we find ourselves rummaging for what seems like an eternity for the ever elusive Allen key. Well, Floyd Rose has taken heed to our dilemma, and introduced a tremolo bar with an Allen key built right in! A truly ingenious idea in it’s own right, this innovation will surely save us some time during string changes. The Turbo Trem has been around for a some time now, but we thought we’d share for those who don’t know about this precious gem.

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…with the newly patented TurboTrem, the search will be over once and for all—this easily adaptable, sturdy, American made whammy bar features a 3mm allen end. In addition to this obvious upgrade, the bar also has a superior feel, delivering better response on dives, pull-ups, and vibrato than your average whammy bar.

 Comes with the new style arm coupling kit– if you already have the standard tremolo arm on your Floyd Rose, you can just swap the arm!

If interested in ordering this part, feel free to email us at sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292!

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ESP Custom Shop “Rinne (Transmigration)” Guitar http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/esp-custom-shop-rinne-transmigration-guitar/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/esp-custom-shop-rinne-transmigration-guitar/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:30:36 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=10257 b7aqzwucuaeaxdb

Not too long ago, ESP Custom Shop wowed us when they revealed the “Rinnes” guitar. This intricately sculpted piece is the type of guitar you just want to stare at. With it’s impressive detail, you will inevitably find something new every time you look at it. We appreciated this guitar even more once we saw the body of work put into it from start to finish. See for yourself in the video below documenting the guitar’s entire build! Tell us what you think of this wild guitar! We’ve got more to offer from ESP Custom Shop on our site as well! Have a look here!

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Mark Mitchell Of Scale The Summit Demos EMG Pickups http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/mark-mitchell-of-scale-the-summit-demos-emg-pickups/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/mark-mitchell-of-scale-the-summit-demos-emg-pickups/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:02:59 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=10294

Scale The Summit is one band you should give a listen to! Since their debut in 2004, they’ve been a force to be reckoned with on the progressive metal front. EMG caught up with the bassist, Mark Mitchell, to put together an awesome demo through a set of EMG 45JX-CS and EMG 45JX pickups! Watch as Mark performs the band’s song “Narrow Salient” in the video above! Read below for more info on the pickups he’s using. If you are interested in ordering these pickups, email sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292! 

Check out our entire stock of EMG Pickups on our site!

 

EMG 45JX-CS

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The 45JX-CS has increased headroom that gives the voicing a more open tone while still retaining the clarity and response that EMG’s are renowned for. Featuring ceramic steel magnets and powered by a newly designed preamp, the 45JX-CS pickup has characteristic jazz bass tone, but due to the custom radiused ceramic steel bar magnet, and the very low ratio of resistance to inductance, the tone is much warmer as a result of the higher inductance of the steel, and thus has a smoother attack and a flatter high end. This is all housed within a 45 extended series cover cap that is 4.5 inches (115mm) and is intended for 6-string models that have a maximum string spacing of 3.75 inches.

So whether you play fretted or fretless bass, are playing live or in the studio, with the 45JX-CS backing you up, you’ll get an incredible full sound to get the job done. Give it a try and experience why the “X” factor is exciting players all around the world.

 

EMG 45JX

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The 45JX has increased headroom that gives the voicing a more open tone while still retaining the clarity and response that EMG’s are renowned for. This model features custom radiused ceramic bar magnets (from our standard JX design), a newly designed preamp, and is housed in a 45 extended series cover cap that is 4.5 inches (115mm). The tone of the 45JX has a modern, tight mid-range punch, and superior dynamic high end response. It is intended for 6-string models that have a maximum string spacing of 3.75 inches.

So whether you play fretted or fretless bass, are playing live or in the studio, with the 45JX backing you up, you’ll get an incredible full sound to get the job done. Give it a try and experience why the “X” factor is exciting players all around the world.

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Guitars Crafted From The Ruins Of Detroit http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/guitars-crafted-from-the-ruins-of-detroit/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/guitars-crafted-from-the-ruins-of-detroit/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:07:36 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=10238 reid-guitars-transferframe2053.jpg

An resourceful guitar-builder out of Detroit is using the remnants of the city’s reclaimed wood to build some spectacular guitars. Have a read through the article on this innovative luthier’s idea!

from CBSnews.com-

Detroit has more than 70,000 abandoned buildings. Among them is an old Cadillac plant that houses piles of wood. Where others see trash, Mark Wallace sees buried treasure. Wallace started making guitars out of Detroit’s reclaimed wood a year and a half ago. He not only enjoys making the instruments but also playing them.”It feels great, as an instrument. It’s also great to know that it’s something I built and something that came out of the city of Detroit,” Wallace told me…..

Read the rest of the article on CBSnews.com!

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Seymour Duncan Article: Vintage vs Modern Guitar Designs http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/seymour-duncan-article-vintage-vs-modern-guitar-designs/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/seymour-duncan-article-vintage-vs-modern-guitar-designs/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 20:03:12 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=10231 Seymour Duncan Main Image

The spawn of the new generation of guitar players and the emergence of new techniques and playing styles has created a new demand for instruments that meet the requirements of today’s “new guitar player”. However, the guitars of old aren’t going anywhere to say the least. The clash between modern and traditional guitar design will exist for as long as players are still strumming, but what makes these two opposing guitar-types so different. Read this thought-provoking article by Seymour Duncan for a bit of clarity behind the madness behind our guitar-preferences.

Read the full article from Seymour Duncan here!

 

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