The Music Zoo's Blog Your destination for the best guitars on the internet. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:41:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gibson Article: Five Reasons Why the World Actually Does Need Another Guitar Cable Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:41:02 +0000 GibsonPureCable


After all, it’s not like there’s some great cable shortage. But Gibson is introducing a line of Gibson Pure cables, and in typical Gibson fashion, these cables feature innovative technology that takes them way out of the “me-too” category.

Silent plugging/unplugging from your instrument. There are other “silent” cables, but Gibson’s design is simple and reliable. Instead of using magnets and relays to produce a silent plug, a spring-loaded ring shorts the hot conductor to ground when unplugged. Plugging in or unplugging gives zero noise, and when unplugged, minimizes amp noise too.

Virtually no handling noise—even with super-high-gain amps. For me, this is the breakthrough feature because I like high-gain amps and effects, and moving the cable around always created noise. Tested against other cables, Gibson Pure Cables offer significantly lower handling noise levels—up to 30 dB lower—across the frequency spectrum. Mostly this improvement comes from a new type of insulation design within the cable, but the copper braid shield helps too.

This graph shows handling noise tests with the Gibson Pure cable (purple line) compared to three competitive cables (Click here to view the graph at full resolution).

No static crackles . The cable has a semi-conductive PVC shield, so you don’t hear clicks or pops from handling the cable in low-humidity environments.

Optimized tone. Some “designer” cables dull the highs because the cable’s internal capacitance acts like a secondary tone control. Gibson Pure cables have capacitance designed specifically to retain the tone of passive guitar pickups.

Lifetime warranty. I haven’t had to take advantage of it, but given how much cables have to endure I’m pretty impressed Gibson offers a lifetime warranty.

After evaluating these cables for the past several months, they definitely outperform cables I’ve used in the past. The lack of handling noise is a huge plus when playing on stage, but it’s also welcome when recording using high-gain effects boxes like distortion, or feeding amp sims in a computer. Recording always puts noise “under the microscope,” so the dramatic noise decrease is great for the studio.

So yes, the world does need another guitar cable—if it’s this one.

You can find this cable and others from Gibson on our site by clicking here!



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Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Pickup Set For Telecaster Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:18:48 +0000

The Quarter Pound Tele is our highest output Tele single coil. Its special high output coil with hand polished diameter alnico 5 rod magnets deliver a huge sound with a ton of almost P90-like growl. Leads will jump out and sound fatter than ever while chords will be rich with sparkly midrange harmonics. The perfect choice for Tele players who demand to be heard. Watch the video above to get a taste of this cool pickup set!

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Legendary Musician And Entrepreneur Vic Firth Dies At 85 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:43:24 +0000

Everett “Vic” Firth, the legendary musician,educator and entrepreneur who performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for fifty years and founded the world’s leading drumstick manufacturer, the Vic Firth Company, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 85.

A statement on the Vic Firth website reads:

“To our dear friends around the world:

We are heartbroken to share the news with you that Vic has passed away.

Vic was an inspiration to all of us. He was a visionary, a mentor, a leader and a friend. He always said he surrounded himself with the best people, but the truth is he brought out the best in all of us. His boundless passion for music and musicians drove every decision he made.

Vic’s spirit and legacy will continue to live at the core of the Vic Firth Company. He will be missed beyond words.”

Vic Firth’s contribution to not only the realm of drumming, but the entire music community can be felt by all of those a part of it. We are very saddened to report this news, and send our condolences to Vic Firth’s family and friends.



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Jackson Misha Mansoor Signature Juggernaut Guitars Are At The Zoo Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:00:58 +0000 Juggernaut Promo

The long-awaited hyper-axe, designed in collaboration with Misha Mansoor, has finally landed at The Zoo! We got a preview of this super-versatile guitar at this year’s NAMM, and we were blown away by the feel and design of the Dinky-inspired instrument. Available in a wide-range of finishes, from Tiger Eye pictured above to a smooth Matte Blue Frost, there are a number of styles available to suit the preference of a broad range of players. The quilt on these models is top-notch, and are accented nicely by the Maple binding. But aside from it looking cool, this thing is a players-guitar. Developed with subtle nuances to ensure maximum performance, the appropriately named Juggernaut features a highly carved horn for upper-fret access, a quartersawn, graphite-reinforced maple neck for stability, a sturdy and reliable Hipshot bridge with locking tuners, and a set of Misha’s own Signature Bare Knuckle Juggernaut pickups. Optimal and convenient placement of the truss rod adjustment will also be a favorite among touring musicians.

Specs really mean nothing if it doesn’t sound the part. Well it isn’t called the Juggernaut for nothing; delivering an even balance of highs, mids, and lows. The Alder body and Maple top offer the perfect template for you to shape your tone through any amp. We plugged the Juggernaut 6 and 7 through a number of different amps, including an ENGL E-635 Fireball 100W, EVH 5150 III 2×12 combo, and a Victory V30. The Juggernaut brought a wealth of ear-pleasing sound before we even dialed in the amps, a testament to the superb qualities of the Bare Knuckles pickups. You can pull back the volume without fear of losing girth in your tone or crank it to 10 without losing clarity. A 5-way switch in combination with a push/pull master tone knob also adds to the already endless tonal possibilities this guitar provides. Oh, and yes of course it djents!

Needless to say, we’re huge fans of the new Jackson Juggernaut HT6 and HT7, and we’re stoked to finally have them in stock. If you are interested in these guitars, you can find them on our site by clicking here!

More guitars are on the way! Want to ensure you get one? Click the button below to pre-order yours now!


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The Laguna Burst and Tiger Eye finishes gleam in the protruding light of our showroom.

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The Laguna Burst finish has an undeniable presence in any setting.

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The ocean-like qualities of the Laguna Burst are accented nicely with Maple Binding.

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A deeply carved horn is a generous addition for sweep-pickers looking for unrestricted fret access down the neck.

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The headstock maintains the “pointy-edge” theme on both the 6 and 7 string models.

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The Hipshot-6 bridge is the perfect match for this guitar. Palm-muted chuggs come with ease.

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The Hipshot-6 bridge is the perfect match for this guitar. Palm-muted chuggs come with ease.


A conveniently placed truss-rod adjustment makes adjusting the neck quick and easy.

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Misha’s “Demon-bulb” logo adds the finishing touch on a blue accented hardshell case.


 More of these guitars are on the way! Click here to pre-order and ensure you get one!



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Guitarist Justin Lowe Of After The Burial Passes Away Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:28:09 +0000 justin-lowe

The metal-music world mourns today after news of the death of Justin Lowe surfaced the internet early Wednesday morning. Lowe, founder and ex-guitarist of metalcore act “After The Burial”, was found dead by a hiker early Tuesday morning. The unsettling news follows a month-long slew of reports surrounding his battle with mental illness, revealing itself to the public in various forms since his departure from the band just under a month ago. Lowe had since posted a statement on Facebook regarding the separation, uncovering the reason behind his decision. The band responded with the following message:

“This is a very sad and hurtful situation for us to grasp, and unfortunately it is one we still don’t fully understand. Our dear friend, our brother onstage and off, has fallen into a very broken state of mind. A state that, despite our continued efforts, we have been powerless to get him out of.”

According to his sister, Lowe was reported missing early Saturday, July 18th in Washington County, MN. A police search followed his disappearance. On July 22nd, Lowe was found by a hiker near Somerset, Wisconsin. Authorities state that the cause of death is consistent with a fall.

We’re very saddened to hear this news, and our deepest condolences extend to the family, friends, and fans of Justin Lowe. His passion and talent will continue to live on through his music. RIP.


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CrushStation Overdrive/Distortion For The Eventide H9 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:26:46 +0000

The award-winning H9 delivers Eventide’s acclaimed sound and can run all of Eventide’s stompbox effects.

The H9 features a simple, one-knob user interface which allows easy effect editing and preset selection. Two onboard footswitches let you change presets, tap tempo, and bypass with your feet during live performance.

While the H9 is fully controllable via its front panel, a free editor/librarian, H9 Control, can be downloaded to your Mac, PC, or iOS device. Use the H9 Control app for live editing, creating and managing presets, and changing system settings. H9 even connects via Bluetooth to iPods, iPhones and iPads for wireless live control.


So what is the CrushStation?


CrushStation turns your H9 stompbox into an overdrive/distortion command center with controls that drive your tone anywhere from a creamy saturation to a brutal sonic assault with everything in between. Control features include the usual suspects: Drive, Sustain, multi-band EQ. Plus control over features like Sag, Octaves and Grit that take the overdrive effect beyond the norm. Watch the video above to see it in action!

10 CrushStation presets to help show the range of sounds possible:

  1. Fra Diavolo (a spicy metal preset)
  2. Bisque (smooth and creamy)
  3. Sag Harbor (with heavy sag)
  4. Bottom Feeder (chunky, with added low octave)
  5. Jumbo Shrimp (a big little sound)
  6. Scuttle Butter (thick blues)
  7. PunkRock Lobster (lots of trouble)
  8. Steamed in Beer (that amp’s gonna blow!)
  9. Crawdaddy (1 1/2 oz. Vodka, 1 splash Soda Water, 5 oz. Lemonade)
  10. Decapod Muff (a “Big” sound)

Interested in this pedal? Click the link below to order, or call 516-626-9292!

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Yuriy Shishkov & Greg Fessler Builder Select Fender Custom Shop Models Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:51:42 +0000 11224793_10153011139562844_889738067277176762_o

 The 2015 Builder Select series celebrates those behind the Dream Factory’s magic—the master builders who craft the Fender Custom Shop’s legendary instruments and push the boundaries of possibility. Inspired by the coveted Fender instruments of yore, every Builder Select guitar is infused with a master builder’s passion, attention to detail and boundless imagination.

These authentic, hallmark Fender instruments reflect the best elements of the past, bearing modern enhancements personally selected and designed by each builder. High-end custom electronics, select pickup configurations and exclusive finish touches coalesce to create guitars that exhibit the ultimate in expressive tone, premium feel and classic Fender style.



Yuriy Shishkov 2015 Builder Select 1963 Stratocaster


This inspired example of Shishkov’s luthiery reflects an instrument that has been played with loving respect versus careless abandon. The Aged Arctic White Journeyman Relic® finish shows the marks of countless gigs over the years. The quartersawn ’60s “C”-shaped maple neck reflects a master’s touch—a smooth, silky finish on the front and lack of finish on the back, where the player’s hands would caress the neck. “The neck is the part handled the most,“ Shishkov said, “so it had to be comfortable and reflect a well-loved instrument.” Using authentic ’60s-era construction techniques, Shishkov created an eminently playable 9.5”-radius round-lam rosewood fingerboard with 21 jumbo frets to top off this exceptional neck.

The Custom Shop Hand-Wound ’60s Strat® Single-Coil pickups include a reverse-wound, reverse polarity middle pickup for hum-free playing while accurately recreating classic Fender tone and dynamic response. In a personal touch, Shishkov included a modern five-way pickup switch along with Vintage Modified Stratocaster wiring. The traditional master volume and neck pickup tone controls are left unmodified, while the second tone control affects the middle and bridge pickups. Period-accurate touches include a responsive six-saddle American Vintage synchronized tremolo, nickel/chrome hardware and nitrocellulose lacquer finish—allowing the guitar’s body to breathe with extra resonance and a more natural sound.

Riffing on a classic—while staying true to Fender’s roots—the Yuriy Shishkov Builder Select 1963 Stratocaster springs from the master’s mind to your waiting hands.









Greg Fessler 2015 Builder Select 1969 Stratocaster


This sterling instrument bears a few Fessler-designed custom modifications, otherwise remaining as period-accurate as possible—from the F-style tuning machines and 6-point tremolo to the mid-60s Oval “C”-shaped maple neck and narrow jumbo frets. The Custom Shop pickup complement is the well-known “Fessler Set” originally developed in 2006—three hand-wound single-coil pickups carefully selected by Fessler for their classic, highly dynamic and reactive tone when used together: a singing Custom ‘69 neck pickup, thick Fat ‘50s middle pickup and hot, high output Texas Special bridge pickup. The wiring is the special sauce that completes this tonal recipe— a treble bleed circuit maintains clarity while adjusting the guitar’s volume knob, retaining crisp clear high end and creating consistent tone while “cleaning up” nicely. The traditional control scheme is also slightly altered—one tone control affects the neck and middle pickups while the second tone control adjusts the bridge pickup for even more tonal variety.

Attention to minute details and master-level craftsmanship are the hallmarks of Greg Fessler’s carefully researched and constructed instruments—the limited edition Greg Fessler Builder Select ’69 Stratocaster is a premier example of his skill and dedication to the art of luthiery.








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Guitarists To Know: Ben Eunson Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:30:55 +0000 Ben Eunson Guitarists To Know Main

Written by Walter Bryant

Blend the qualities of the legends of contemporary jazz guitar and you’ve got an ear-ful of compelling music. There’s also a good chance you’re probably listening to Ben Eunson if that is the case. For so long, NYC has been the birthplace of so many refreshing musical sounds, and although Ben Eunson was born in Melbourne, Australia, he now resides in NYC, adding to the list of talented artists ben-bio-image-3f413f68d6860becde74c59c3c7fea30emerging from the bustling city’s Jazz circuit. Ben Eunson started focusing on the guitar at the age of 10, progressing through his teens, where he was eventually accepted into the Victorian College of The Arts. This opportunity situated himself among Australia’s most talented musicians. Eunson would become a regular at a number of live venues, where audiences would get their first taste of his ever-developing unique style.

It wasn’t long before Ben made the pilgrimage to the states to pursue his music career even further. Ben would receive a scholarship to the New England Conservatory in Boston, an experience which offered him the opportunity to study with prominent jazz constituents, including the likes of Jerry Bergonzi and Dave Holland.

Ben Eunson now resides in New York, performing at several venues across the city with a handful of equally talented musicians. But what is it that makes Ben stand out from the melting pot that is the NYC jazz community? Well, aside from his blazing arsenal of smooth, in-pocket solo-lines, Eunson’s musical vocabulary alludes to our favorite musicians of late and old, tumblr_ni8c9qHq9D1tsf4axo5_1280creating an enlightening blend of everything we know and love about jazz guitar. Eunson’s versatility is another ear-grabbing quality he possesses. We’ve seen Eunson with an Ibanez archtop and combo amp in tow, as well as a Strat or Tele with some grit behind it; both of which left us blown away. Ben’s seemingly flawless delivery and captivating phrasing will be sure to keep you on your toes.

Ben’s debut album entitled “Autumn” is a autumn-cover-fa9af04de0f511ff7e3e178475f61d7frepresentation of everything we’ve grown to admire about Mr. Eunson. Featuring Sean Wayland on piano, Alexander Claffy on Bass, and Kush Abadey on drums, Ben has no shortage of talent backing him up. With one album under his belt, we can certify that it won’t be his last. Fortunately for us, Ben Eunson is currently a New York regular. So for those of you in the tri-state area, keep an eye out at the local Jazz clubs to see this talented player live in action. In the meantime, have a look at a few videos from his performances with the Sean Wayland Band and more. You can also purchase Ben Eunson’s album on itunes here!




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2015 Gibson USA Price Drops Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:10:14 +0000 Gibson USA Price Drops

Looking for a new Gibson USA guitar? Now is the best time to begin your search! Tons of 2015 Gibson USA guitars have been marked down, from your favorite style Les Paul to the SG, there’s something for everyone…and at a great price. Browse through our inventory now to see these super-deals!

Click here to browse our entire stock of 2015 Gibson USA Guitars!


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Gibson Custom Shop Collector’s Choice #5 “Donna” Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:04:01 +0000

The “Donna” is another awesome piece to roll in as a part of Gibson Custom’s “Collector’s Choice” line. For those who don’t know, the Collector’s Choice series comes straight from the Gibson Custom Shop, where Gibson takes a great vintage guitar—whether it be celebrity owned or a rare, all-original piece—and through the marvels of modern technology, create a limited run of a near-exact recreation of that instrument. Read what Gibson has to say about Collector’s Choice #5 aka “Donna”.

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One of the most anticipated Collector’s Choice releases since the series was introduced, Collector’s Choice #5, 1959 Les Paul #9-1923 aka “Donna” was well worth the wait.  In a happy accident of circumstance, Donna’s very unique top was years in the finding, causing a delay of nearly half a decade as qualifying wood was identified and set aside.  We were so concerned with getting the selection of top woods right that Tom Wittrock, “Donna’s” current owner, was brought in for final approval of each and every one.  As time passed, the Collector’s Choice ranged continued to evolve alongside Gibson Custom’s Historic Reissue series, which reaches an entirely new level in 2015.  As a result, a now mythic “Donna” comes to the world as one of the most beautiful guitars in the Collector’s Choice series and one of the first to feature our True Historic specifications, making her among the first to achieve a level of replica that would be considered counterfeit if it weren’t built by Gibson. Have a look at the specs below!

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Les Paul
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Maple
Color Donna Burst
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape True Historic
Scale Length 24.75″
Fingerboard Material Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Aged Cellulose Trapezoids
Bridge/Tailpiece ABR-1 with Thumbwheels/Lightweight Aluminum Tailpiece
Tuners Reissue Kluson Deluxe
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Custom Bucker-Alnico 3
Bridge Pickup Custom Bucker-Alnico 3
Case Included Hardshell


Feel free to call us at 516-626-9292 with any inquiries!


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