The Music Zoo's Blog Your destination for the best guitars on the internet. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:14:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Metal Allegiance Recap from House of Blues Anaheim – Part 2 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:04 +0000 IMG_7744

NAMM2015 After months of preparation, the day we were all waiting for finally arrived! Metal Allegiance was ready to rock their first live performance since the inaugural show on Motorhead’s Motorboat back in September– but this time around felt much, much different. Just like any other band, the Allegiance needed time to rehearse their favorite songs spanning from decades of heavy metal music.

Upon our arrival for soundcheck at the House of Blues in Anaheim, we immediately were blown away by the on-stage set up which included 3 custom Metal Allegiance drum kits for Mike Portnoy, Charlie Benante, and John Tempesta. The elite guitarists (Alex Skolnick, Gary Holt, Scott Ian, Andreas Kisser and Chris Broderick) cranked their signature Jackson and ESP guitars through a 3 full stack set up from EVH, Marshall and Orange amps while Rex Brown, Frank Bello and David Ellefson thumped their low end through a thunderous bass rig . The rotating cast of vocalists including Chuck Billy, Mark Osegueda, and Troy Sanders worked on remembering lyrics by plugging in their earphones and memorizing the old school way – on paper!

A complete soundcheck of the 20+ songs took hours to complete, and you could tell by the end that the guys were more than ready to deliver a performance that not only captured their talents, but their love for heavy metal music.

Shortly after 6PM we took a look outside and caught some dedicated fans already lining up to secure their spots at the venue. You could get a sense right away that they had no idea what they were in for tonight, and honestly – neither did we! When doors finally opened around 8PM, the rabid metal fans marched into the venue and enjoyed a few cold ones in preparation of an incredible night of music.

Scott Ian opened up the show with his hilarious, yet honest Speaking Words set that included a bit of pointers to metal fans and some great interaction with the lively crowd. You know that any time fans have the chance to yell “SLAYER!!!” that it’s going to be a good night…

Prior to the Metal Allegiance performance, host Jose Mangin from Liquid Metal on Sirius XM got the crowd even more amped up and ready. In a heartwarming turn of events, Jose asked if there were any kids in the audience …moments later Allegiance founder Mark Menghi presented the child with a Jackson Custom Metal Allegiance guitar on stage to a room full of applause and smiles for the young metalhead in training.

A few minutes after that amazing moment, the Metal Allegiance took to the stage in front of a packed house of eager Metalheads. The show started off with a bang, as Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Troy Sanders busted out a few S.O.D covers including March of the SOD and Freddy Krueger. The set continued to go back in time, and the cast of characters was ever-rotating as they churned through classic metal tracks like Accept’s “Balls to the Wall”, Judas Priest’s “Victim of Changes”, Ozzy Osbourne’s “Diary of a Madman”, and Black Sabbath’s brutal track “Into the Void”.

As the set continued on, things began to take shape in blocks of covers, as bands like Rainbow, Sepultura, and Iron Maiden were shown the love. A few of those highlights included amazing versions of “Stargazer”, “Refuse/Resist”, and “Revelations”. Soon after the blocks of madness, the raucous crowd was treated to a block of Music Zoo founder Tommy Colletti’s favorite hard rock band – the legendary Van Halen.  Ellefson and Bello handled backing vocals for Troy Sanders while Alex Skolnick proceeded to steal the show with his mindblowing version of “Eruption” – of which we will be posting a video of in the very near future!

As the show approached the 2 hour mark, you could tell the band was ready to close out the show in style with 2 of the best anthems in rock and roll music – “Cold Gin” and “I Love it Loud” from the 70’s shock rock legends  KISS. The entire lineup of metal all-stars jumped on stage and ran through these 2 songs as if the party would never end, with Troy Sanders leading the crowd through the sing-a-long choruses with his youthful energy and incredible stage presence (silly string included). Much to the appreciation of the crowd, the Allegiance closed out the show with yet another stellar 70’s hard rock cover – AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”.

This show was by far the greatest event that The Music Zoo has been a part of, and we were thankful to be part of such a special night to kick off NAMM 2015! See below for some amazing live shots captured by The Music Zoo!

Missed the live stream? Stay tuned to The Music Zoo blog, as we will soon be posting the historic performance in its entirety!

























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NAMM ’15 Gibson Custom Shop L9 Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:00:13 +0000 gibson l9

NAMM 2015 The Music Zoo was truly impressed by the incredible lineup of Gibson Custom Shop guitars at this year’s NAMM show, and one of our favorite ones is this L9. Think of it as the perfect mix of a historic reissue ’59 Les Paul and an L5.  With its thin line hollow body, dual humbucking pickups, and ebony fingerboard it truly is the best of both worlds. Have a look at the specs and additional pictures on this guitar below! This Gibson Custom Shop L9 guitar is available for pre-order through us by contacting our sales staff via email at or by calling 516-626-9292. Stay tuned to our blog…we are excited to show you what’s next!






2-piece figured Maple top

Mahogany Body

1-piece Mahogany Neck

Solid Indian Rosewood

Cellulose Trapezoid

Nylon Nut

Cherry Sunburst Finish

Kluson Deluxe Tuners

ABR Bridge with Thumbwheels

Lightweight Aluminum Tailpiece

’57 Classic Pickups

L9 Headstock Profile

Nickel Hardware



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NAMM ’15 New Martin Custom Shop Acoustic Guitars Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:29:07 +0000 martin custom shop namm 2015

NAMM2015 The Martin booth at NAMM was choc-full of new custom shop models this year. These models featured gorgeous wood appointments and carvings, ornate sound holes, and all types of tone-wood combinations! Have a look at the series of photos below to see what’s in store for 2015 from the Martin custom shop. Feel free to contact our sales staff  at if you’re interested in any of these amazing guitars! Be sure to have a look at the Martin acoustics we have on our site while you’re here!


Custom Dreadnought14 Fret

Highly Flamed Koa Back and sides

High Altitude Swiss Spruce Top

Martin SP Lifespan Strings



Custom Dreadnought 14 Fret

Mahogany Top, Back, and sides

Rope Wood Purfling

Martin SP Lifespan Strings




Custom Jumbo 14 Fret

Cocobolo Back and sides

High Altitude Swiss Spruce Top/Bearclaw

Martin SP Lifespan Strings




Custom Jumbo 14 Fret

Cocobolo Back and sides

High Altitude Swiss Spruce Top/Bearclaw

Martin SP Lifespan Strings



Custom 00 Sloped Shoulder 14-Fret

Premium Made Rosewood Back and Sides

Premium Adirondack Spruce Top

Martin SP Lifespan Strings






Custom 00 12-Fret

Brazilian Rosewood Adirondack Spruce

Select Abalone Pearl

Martin SP Lifespan Strings




Custom 000 14-Fret

Adirondack Spruce Top with VTS

Limited to 75 Pieces

Martin SP Lifespan Strings








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NAMM ’15 New EVH Guitar Models For 2015 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:46:36 +0000 IMG_5477

NAMM2015 We ran into these intriguing new models from EVH at their NAMM booth. The designs on these two models bring them to life with their black/yellow and black/white color schemes. Both the EVH Wolfang Special T.O.M. and the EVH Striped series Star will be a part of EVH’s line-up for 2015. You can pre-order these guitars by contacting! For more exclusive guitar releases, make sure you continue to follow our coverage of NAMM ’15 right here!






EVH Stripe Series Star
Black-and-white graphic gloss finish
Basswood body
quarter-sawn maple neck with oiled finish
fast compound-radius (12”-16”)
rosewood fingerboard with rolled edges
22 jumbo frets
EVH direct-mount pickup with single black plastic control knob (master volume),
EVH Floyd Rose bridge and locking nut
EVH tuners

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NAMM ’15 Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas Guitars Coming To The Zoo Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:13:32 +0000 IMG_5553


NAMM2015 Charvel really upped the ante on their custom shop guitars, and the two coming to The Zoo definitely reflect that. Check out this cool “John Deere” inspired San Dimas master built by Chip Ellis with a Caroline® Wave Cannon™ MKII Superdistorter …. Second on the list is an “Aged Lightning” San Dimas master built by “Red” Dave Nichols. Specs for these two guitars can be seen below! These awesome guitars are available for pre-order through us by contacting our sales staff via email at or calling 844-musiczoo. Stay tuned for more NAMM ’15 coverage!


Caroline® Wave Cannon™ MKII Superdistorter

Alder body, Quartersawn Maple Neck

12″-16″ Compound-Radius

Stainless frets

Seymour Duncan® pickup, 5-way Mega Swtich

1. Parallel, 2.Bridge Coil, 3.Series, 4.Neck Coil, 5.Phase




Chip Ellis Headstock



Select Alder Body

Bolt-on Quartersawn Maple Neck

12″-16″ Compound Radius Ebony Board

Seymour Duncan Pickup

Floyd Rose Bridge





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Metal Allegiance Recap from House of Blues Anaheim – Part 1 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:35:38 +0000 get-attachment.aspx-4

NAMM2015:  Shortly after landing on Tuesday, a few members of The Music Zoo crew headed over Sound Studios in Southern California to catch the Metal Allegiance rehearsal for the NAMM 2015 kickoff event at House of Blues in Anaheim. As the all-star lineup of some of the biggest names in metal started filing into the studio with their  gear, we could tell right off the bat that this crew of talented musicians was truly a  brotherhood as they greeted each other with hugs, laughter, and even homemade cupcakes!

We soaked in the entire 2 hour practice session that included some off-cue vocal performances (and Paul Stanley/Gene Simmons imitations)  from the likes of Frank Bello (Anthrax) and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). As the rehearsal marched on, Andreas Kisser (Seupultura), Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth),Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Rex Brown (Pantera) and Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) among others busted out their incredible talents on their Jackson and ESP guitars to the tune of some of the greatest hard rock and metal songs of all time. The highlight for the rehearsal included a stellar rundown of the KISS classic “I Love It Loud”, with Troy Sanders (Mastodon) nailing both Gene’s persona and voice…little did we know how it would all play out at the show on Wednesday night at the House of Blues.

Stay tuned to our blog for our entire show review in Part 2 of the Metal Allegiance recap from the House of Blues in Anaheim!



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NAMM ’15 Dale Wilson Clown Patch Strat Coming to The Zoo Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:04:49 +0000  

Fender custom shop patchwork guitar stratocaster

NAMM2015 This beautifully unique Clown Patch Active Strat Master Built by Dale Wilson really caught our eye at the Fender Custom Shop Special Event at NAMM 2015! We were lucky enough to get our hands on this active Strat that boasts a beautiful multi-colored laquer finish along with a Clapton “V” neck shape and electronics. Have a look at the specs and additional info on this guitar below! This one-of-a-kind guitar is available for pre-order through us by contacting our sales staff via email at Stay tuned to our blog…we are excited to show you what’s next!




Masterbuilt by Dale Wilson

Alder Body

Multi-Colored Laquer Finish

1-Piece Maple Neck

7.25 Radius

Vintage Frets

Clapton “V” Neck Shape

Handwound Strat Fat 50’s Pickups

Clapton Electronics

½ Power Active Circuit


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NAMM ’15 Jackson Custom Shop 8-String Soloist Coming To The Zoo Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:56:45 +0000 IMG_5566

NAMM2015  This beast is on is on it’s way to The Zoo straight from NAMM 2015. A Jackson Custom Shop 8-string Soloist custom built by Mike Shannon. Two notable features of this guitar that caught our eye was the arch-top and angry-looking transparent black finish over a quilted top. Have a look at the specs and additional info of this guitar below. This awesome guitar is available for pre-order through us by contacting our sales staff via email at or calling 516-626-9292. Stay tuned to our blog…there’s plenty more to come!


Masterbuilt by Mike Shannon

Premium Ash Body

Quilt Maple Top

Transparent Black Finish

Quartersawn Maple Neck

12″- 16″ Compound Radius with Ebony board

Dimarzio Pickups

Push/Pull Coil Split Tone

Planet Waves Tuners





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New Fender Limited Edition Sand Blasted Model Guitars & Basses Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:30:52 +0000 sand blasted stratocaster fender

NAMM2015 Fender is introducing a load of new styles for this year, among the lot are these new limited edition models featuring a head-turning sand-blasted finish. These guitars and basses have a rough-hewn look and feel and solid ash body. They’re all equipped with American standard pickups as well. If interested in pre-ordering any of these instruments, feel free to contact our sales staff via email at or calling 516-626-9292. Check out the photos straight from the Fender booth at NAMM below!


Fender Limited Edition Sand-Blasted Stratocaster 

-Maple Fingerboard

-Sapphire Blue Transparent

Sand blasted fender 2015 namm


Fender Limited Edition Sand-Blasted Jazz Bass

-Maple Fingerboard

-Crimson Stain or Sapphire Blue Transparent



Fender Limited Edition Sand-Blasted Telecaster 

-Maple Fingerboard

-Sapphire Blue Transparent

Sand blasted fender 2015 namm


Fender Limited Edition Sand-Blasted Stratocaster 

-Maple Fingerboard

-Crimson Stain

Sand blasted fender 2015 namm


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2015 Fender Custom Shop Collection Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:29:40 +0000 IMG_5500

For 2015 Fender has put out a new line of Custom Shop guitars that we were able to get a preview of at NAMM2015. This includes some reissues of their legendary instruments, Artisan series guitars, and some new twists on time honored models. The lineup includes ’60 Tele Custom, ’52 Tele, ’63 Tele, ’60 Jazz bass,and a ’59 Precision bass. The Limited Editions for this year will include a ’55 Strat, Tele, and Esquire; as well as a Caballo Tono Tele. We are very excited to get these guitars into The Zoo as soon as we can. Built with the highest quality materials and hand wound pickups, all of these instruments sound and play great! The Relic’ing process applied to some of these guitars give the feel of a well worn in instrument. This will be your opportunity to get some of the most iconic electric guitars in limited finishes. Here are some of out favorites from the booth at NAMM:





The 2015 Limited Edition 1955 Stratocaster is an homage  to the instrument’s original era. The lightweight ash body is offered in Dirty White Blonde or Two-Color Sunburst Relic’d finishes that evoke years of hard-fought wear and tear. The sparkling trio of hand-wound ’55 single-coil Stratocaster pickups is mounted on a single-ply eight-hole white pickguard, with five-way switching for modern tonal versatility.

Other features include a quartersawn maple neck with highly worn Heavy Relic treatment on the back, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 narrow jumbo frets, rock-solid American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, American Vintage tuning machines and a Custom Shop Limited Edition neck plate.



The Fender Custom Shop 1957 Relic Stratocaster takes you straight back to the pivotal year when the instrument was largely perfected into the form known worldwide today. Its deep-contoured alder body comes in Two-Color Sunburst, Black and HLE Gold Relic’d finishes, while an ash-body model is available in a White Blonde. Bell like tone comes from three hand-wound ’50s Stratocaster single-coil pickups (reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup) with a five-way switch.

Some key features include a quartersawn maple neck with a ’57 “soft V” profile and small headstock, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 narrow jumbo frets, single-ply parchment pickguard, vintage white control knobs, American Vintage bridge, and American Vintage tuning machines. Includes hard-shell tweed case with gold interior.







This Artisan Series Strat has a light weight Okoume body.the  a one piece 5A Birsdeye maple neck that has been roasted to a deep brown hue and has a soft “V” profile with a 9.5″ fingerboard radius. It is equipped with  Hand wound 1969 pickups, 6105 frets, a bone nut, and all gold hardware. We found the natural maple skunk stripe to be a nice touch!

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This Okoume Telecaster has very similar features to it’s sister Strat. Again, the roasted birdeye maple neck has a 9.5″ radius, with a soft “V” profile, and 6105 frets. The electronics are handwound ’58 Tele pickups, with present day wiring. This would surely make a nice pair for anybody’s collection!

If you are interested in pre-ordering any of these guitars contact our sales team at or 516 626 9292


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