The Music Zoo's Blog http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog Your destination for the best guitars on the internet. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:33:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NAMM ’15: Video – New Lipe USA Guitars Coming to the Zoo http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-new-lipe-usa-guitars-coming-to-the-zoo/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-new-lipe-usa-guitars-coming-to-the-zoo/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:33:41 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=8956

NAMM2015: It’s always a pleasure for us to stop by Lipe Guitars USA and take a look at Mike’s beautiful guitars at NAMM. This year was no different and we were fortunate enough to get our hands on 3 amazing models. Below you’ll find a short video with Mike Lipe, explaining what went into each of these custom guitars. If you like what you see here, they’re on the way to The Music Zoo and they can be pre-ordered by contacting our sales staff at sales@themusiczoo.com or by calling 516-626-9292!

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Virtuoso (Brown Burst)- inspired by vintage style guitars.

Specs:

Roasted Equatorial Mahogany Body

Buckeye Burl Top

Roasted Birdseye Maple Neck

12″ Radius

25 1/2 Scale Length

Roasted Pao Ferro Coco Bollo Fingerboard

Almafitano PU – Neck: PAF, Bridge: Full Bucker

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Hipshot bridge and tuners

1 CTS Volume, 1 CTS Tone, 5 Way CRL Switch

Dunlop Strap Locks

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Virtuoso (Natural Gloss Finish – Curly Walnut)

Specs:

Roasted Basswood Body

Curly Walnut Top

Roasted Curly Maple Neck

Roasted Pao Ferro Coco Bollo Fingerboard

12″ Radius

25 1/2″ Scale

Almafitano PU – Neck: PAF, Bridge: Full Bucker

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Hipshot bridge and tuners

1 CTS Volume, 1 CTS Tone, 5 Way CRL Switch

Dunlop Strap Locks

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Virtuoso (Fireburst)

Specs:

Spalted Alder Body

Curly Maple Top

Roasted Quartersawn Curly Maple Neck

12″ Radius

Almafitano PU – Neck: PAF, Bridge: Full Bucker

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Hipshot bridge and tuners

1 CTS Volume, 1 CTS Tone, 5 Way CRL Switch

Dunlop Strap Locks

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NAMM ’15: Video – Claudio Pagelli Showcases The Massari Super-Deluxe Guitar http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-claudio-pagelli-showcases-the-massari-super-deluxe-guitar/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-claudio-pagelli-showcases-the-massari-super-deluxe-guitar/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:16:45 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=9098

NAMM2015: We’re huge fans of Claudio and Claudia Pagelli, and their impeccable craftsmanship at building some of the most beautifully designed guitars we’ve ever laid eyes upon. We have been following the build-progress of several of their “Massari” models, and we are astounded at the level of time and passion invested in these super-guitars! We leaped at the opportunity to capture a video of Claudio explaining the nuances of the Massari Super-Deluxe model, and we can’t wait to get another back at The Zoo! Watch the informative video straight from NAMM ’15! Contact us at sales@themusiczoo.com if interested in pre-ordering.

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NAMM ’15 – New Gibson True Historic Les Paul Specs http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-new-gibson-true-historic-les-paul-specs/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-new-gibson-true-historic-les-paul-specs/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:39:09 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=8962 LSqnSUe

NAMM2015: One of the highlights for us at NAMM 2015 was the unveiling of the Gibson Custom True Historic Les Paul series. With a long list of True Historic Parts, Gibson was sure to cover all bases including the original materials, colors finishes, and electronics/dimensions. The True Historic Part specs were all displayed for all to see at the NAMM show on bright 3D model screens along with huge diagram of an unfinished Les Paul in between our favorite guitars the Gibson Custom booth.

All the little things from the top hats, to pick covers and rings, washers, backplates, pickguards, toggle caps, and pegged veneers have been carefully recreated. The body of the True Historic also features a thinner lacquer, which is wet sanded by hand, softer vintage edge profiles throughout, and a double carved and hand sanded top that’s glued now with hide glue. The dish of the top has been re-done using a new sanding process. The neck roll has been changed, while hand filled rolled fingerboard binding and a new scraping process were also utilized to get these as accurate to the original Les Paul. Check out our pictures from the Gibson Custom True Historic Les Paul display at NAMM 2015 below. You can pre-order the True Historic today by contacting our sales staff at sales@themusiczoo.com or calling 516-626-9292!

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New True Historic Parts:

Gold and Black Top Hat KNobs

Pickup Rings

Black Toggle Washer (’57 Custom Only)

Cream Toggle Washer (’57, ’58, ’59 and ’60 Les Paul)

Cream Backplate (’57, ’58, ’59 and ’60 Les Paul)

Cream Pickguard (’57, ’58, ’59, and ’60 Les Paul)

Cream Toggle Cap

True Historic Pegged Veneer

Thinner Lacquer, Wet-Sanded by Hand

Softer Vintage Edge Profiles Throughout

Double Carved and Hand Sanded Top

New Neck Carving Process

Hand Filed Rolled Fingerboard Binding

New Scraping Process

New, Multi-step set up process

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NAMM ’15: Video – Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor Pedal Demo http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-seymour-duncan-vise-grip-compressor-pedal-demo/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-seymour-duncan-vise-grip-compressor-pedal-demo/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:12:22 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=8940 IMG_6270

NAMM2015: We stopped by the Seymour Duncan booth at NAMM to get an update on their latest pedals and pickups. One thing we were able to get some feedback on from booth visitors is the Vise Grip Compressor, which is one of their most exciting products available in 2015. Here’s a video demo on how the soft-knee compressor/sustainer pedal works, direct from Seymour Duncan! Check our entire line of Seymour Duncan pedals or go direct to the Vise Grip Compressor by clicking here.

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NAMM ’15: Video – Interview With Misha Mansoor and His New Signature Jackson USA http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-interview-with-misha-mansoor-and-his-new-signature-jackson-usa-guitar/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-interview-with-misha-mansoor-and-his-new-signature-jackson-usa-guitar/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:24:54 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=8946

NAMM2015 : We were lucky enough to spend some time with Periphery’s own Misha Mansoor backstage at NAMM 2015 to discuss all things related to his new signature Jackson USA models, including the Bulb. To say that we were excited to get this exclusive interview with Misha Mansoor would be a serious understatement, and it was a pleasure to speak with the guitarist from Periphery in a one-on-one setting. Watch the video below as Misha explains in great detail about what went into this amazing signature model (available in 6 and 7 string versions). If interested in pre-ordering this Jackson USA Bulb signature guitar, feel free to contact our sales staff by emailing sales@themusiczoo.com or calling 516-626-9292!

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NAMM ’15: Video – Guthrie Govan and Chip Ellis Discuss Guthrie’s Signature Charvel http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-guthrie-govan-and-chip-ellis-discuss-guthries-signature-charvel/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-guthrie-govan-and-chip-ellis-discuss-guthries-signature-charvel/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:42:31 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=8950

NAMM2015: It’s not often you can get the 2 people behind a custom built guitar together in the same room, but when you get the opportunity – you start rolling! Check out The Music Zoo’s exclusive video below of Charvel Master Builder Chip Ellis and guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan as they discuss everything behind Guthrie’s Signature Charvel San Dimas guitar in a candid setting backstage at NAMM 2015! 

As you may know, The Music Zoo was lucky enough to get exclusive access to the prototypes of Guthrie’s signature guitar last fall, and we sold out of them in an expeditious fashion – that’s why we recommend you pre-order the signature Guthrie Govan San Dimas model due out later this year! And for our local friends: be sure to check out the Charvel GG in person at the Guthrie Govan Master Class Event happening at The Music Zoo on February 23rd, 2015 at 6PM! You can pre-order Guthrie’s Signature Guitar or secure tickets to this event by contacting our sales staff at sales@themusiczoo.com or calling 516-626-9292!

 

 

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NAMM ’15: Video – New Taylor 600 Series http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-new-taylor-600-series/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-new-taylor-600-series/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:33:01 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=8954

NAMM2015: We caught up at NAMM 2015 with Taylor Guitars to get a breakdown of the redesigned maple 600 series. Check out the interview below where Taylor explains the newest tone enhancing features from the maple 600 series including a torrefied tops, new appointments like it’s Brown Sugar Stain, and it’s greater sound characteristics including more warmth and richness as well as an enhanced response. The Music Zoo was lucky enough to get our hands on a few of the 2015 prototype 600 series Taylor acoustic guitars, and they are available on our website here. You can pre-order the new 600 series guitars by emailing our sales team at sales@themusiczoo.com or by calling 516-626-9292.

 

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NAMM ’15 New Dunlop Pedals Coming to the Zoo http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-new-dunlop-pedals-coming-to-the-zoo/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-new-dunlop-pedals-coming-to-the-zoo/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:07:25 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=8943 NAMM2015: We stopped by the Dunlop section at NAMM show and left really impressed by their innovative new pedals and effects. Our team was stoked to test a few of these out, and were excited to show off a few new models that are now available for preorder with The Music Zoo! Contact our sales team at sales@themusiczoo.com or by calling 516-626-9292!

One of our favorite and most exciting pedals at the booth was the CBM95 Cry Baby Mini Wah Pedal. It’s about half the size of a standard CryBaby Pedal, which makes it perfect for mini-boards. We were concerned that it may not have the tone or usability you’d expect from the regular size, but it definitely did not disappoint in either department! It comes loaded with the legendary Fasel inductor, a full range sweep and 3 internally adjustable voicings (Low, Vintage, and GCB95).

CBM95Next we came across the M85 MXR Bass Distortion, which was designed by Ryan Ratajski (Fuzzrocious Pedals founder). This small box delivers a nasty sounding tone with plenty of low end for modern players. Add in separate Dry and Wet level controls and you can set the perfect mix for whatever you desire. Another interesting bit is the Tone Control, which cuts the distortion signal’s top end while the Distortion control sets the signal’s intensity. You can really get a nice split between a dirty and clean signal chain in the small little box.

M85We’re also pretty big Jimi Hendrix fans here at The Music Zoo, so it should come as no surprise that we were all about the new Band Of Gypsys Fuzz Face Distortion Pedal. It’s got all the snarling aggressive fuzz tone you’d expect, and was based on a rare vintage fuzz circuit from ’69-’70.  The Fuzzface comes in two different versions, including a the full size one (JHF3) with hand wired components, and the Mini (FFM6), which is perfect for pedal boards. We have to agree that the team of engineers from Dunlop did a great job recreating the sound on these!

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Think of the Way Huge Saffron Squeeze Compressor (designed by Jeorge Tripps) as a revitalized version of the original MKII compressor. Some of the new features include a gain control to allow you to set the input gain level, a tone control to cut off post compression high-end, and an Attack control to set the reaction speed of the compressor. All these fine-tuning features make it an even better pedal than it originally was!

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For a more organic amp-like overdrive pedal look to the Way Huge Saucy Box Overdrive. This overdrive offers an unparalleled versatility from discrete clean and overdrive signal paths allowing the user to go from a clean boost to buttery overdrive in seamless fashion.

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This Limited Edition Blue Hippo Analog Chorus, famous for its diverse range of luscious and liquefied tones now comes with a vibe switch forsome thick vibrato goodness. This easy to use pedal allows you to go from lush tone-widening to rotating speaker sounds with ease. This MKII analog chorus was a joy to mess around with!

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NAMM ’15: Video – Master Builder John Cruz and the Zombie Stratocaster http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-fender-custom-shop-master-builder-john-cruz-and-the-zombie-stratocaster/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-video-fender-custom-shop-master-builder-john-cruz-and-the-zombie-stratocaster/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:39:15 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=8952
NAMM2015: Fender Custom Shop Master Builder John Cruz, who is normally known for his vintage and relic works has changed it up quite a bit on this one. In an effort to showcase his artistic style and range of musical genres (Metal!) he, along with Fender Custom Shop debuted the Zombie Stratocaster at NAMM 2015. Think of it as a tribute to the highly popular AMC series The Walking Dead. The horror themed artwork on this guitar, which even allows for the flame to come thru, was done by Joaquin Lopez and is both vivid and disturbing – in a good way of course! Check out the video below to see John Cruz describe this amazing and one-of-a-kind Strat! Check out our amazing selection of Fender Custom Shop guitars here.

 

Specs:

2 piece ash body Quilted Maple Chambered

4A Flame Maple Neck

Pickups: EVH Humbuckers

Floyd Rose Original Tremolo with titanium upgraded parts and blocks

Burst finish with custom artwork by Joaquin Lopez

Custom inlays with spears and skulls

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NAMM ’15 – Gibson Custom Solid-Formed 17″ Venetian Cutaway Arch Top Guitar http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-gibson-custom-solid-formed-17-venetian-cutaway-arch-top-guitar/ http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2015/namm-15-gibson-custom-solid-formed-17-venetian-cutaway-arch-top-guitar/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:33:45 +0000 http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/?p=8959 IMG_6143

NAMM2015: We are really impressed with the introduction of the new Gibson Custom Solid Formed 17” Venetian Cutaway Arch Top guitars. This elegant guitar is the first to be introduced in the Gibson Solid-Formed range, and we are excited to be one of the very few North American dealers to make it available for pre-order!

The Music Zoo was fortunate to get our hands on this well thought out beauty at the NAMM show last week in Anaheim and here’s what we loved:

A rich and more pronounced tone due to a breakthrough in the Arch Top’s design. The top and back are built from two book-matched pieces of solid wood with redirected grain instead of being severed, as you’ll find in traditional carving. This process was in development for years, and it is finally being presented in this beauty of a guitar. In addition, the design is also eco-friendly in that it was constructed through a process that required only 1/3 of the wood of conventional carved top design for the top and back.

A redesigned neck with ½ less wood is grafted to the headstock in a continuous grain for a very special neck that not only makes it stronger, but actually enhances the guitar’s tone and sound performance. Over where the neck and body meet, you’ll find a heel block that’s precision glued to the neck shaft and has a precision dovetail joint. You’ll then see the neck shaft is glued into a matching dovetail joint in the body. A dual action truss rod also allows for complete flexibility in adjustment. We felt Gibson Custom did a great job redesigning this neck and it really shined through in person.

Now back to some other reasons why the tone on this one had us giddy. A Johnny Smith mini Humbucker floats above the body and is attached to the pickguard, and this design actually creates an amplified acoustic sound. That means there’s no dampening. To further avoid messing with the guitar’s natural tone, Gibson designed this with no rim jack. The input jack is actually thoughtfully run through the end pin, and the tone/volume controls are mounted to the pickguard – keeping them away from touching the guitar. The pickguard and electronics can even be removed if you’d like to make it completely acoustic!

These features and well thought out design improvements have us excited to offer these lively Solid-Formed 17” Venetian Cutaway guitars at The Music Zoo. They will be available in 3 colors: Bourbon Burst, Sunset Tea Burst, and Cremona Brown. To pre-order, please contact our sales team at sales@themusiczoo.com or by calling 516-626-9292. Have a look at our pictures below of this beautiful Gibson Custom Solid-Formed guitar!You can also view our full line of Gibson Arch Top guitars by clicking here.

 

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