The Music Zoo's Blog Your destination for the best guitars on the internet. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:55:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2014 Gibson Memphis ES-335 Lemonburst Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:15:23 +0000 Gibson ES-335 Lemonburst Main

Gibson Memphis is set to release yet another hollow-body to add to it’s already elaborate assortment! For 2014, Gibson introduces the ES-335 Lemonburst in a gorgeous Figured Maple Top. The allure of the Figured Maple ES-335 coupled with the refreshing Lemon Burst and cream accents give this guitar an inviting look. In terms of pickups, the guitar is loaded with a set of Dimarzio Double Creams powered by the Memphis Tone Circuit to create a masterpiece of sound. Not only does it hold it’s own with it’s tone, but you’ll find that it resonates beautifully. Lastly, you’ll get the smooth feel and comfort that you’d come to expect from 120 years of expert guitar craftmanship! Below you’ll find a full image of this great instrument along with a list of it’s specs. For more info on this guitar, contact our sales staff. While you’re here, be sure to have a look at all of our guitars in stock from Gibson Memphis!

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Guitarists To Know: Bryan Baker Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:34:15 +0000 Bryan Baker Guitar Main

Every once in a while, you stumble upon a guitar player that opens your mind to a way of playing that is completely outside your zone of thinking. Well, Bryan Baker fits this category, and “outside” is the perfect way to describe the way this guy rips! Utilizing what sounds like a completely atonal approach, Baker is in fact well versed in all facets of musical theory, but seems to favor the outside playing style he’s grown known for. Prodigious in his own right, Baker received a full scholarship to the Brooklyn Academy of Music at the age of 13, and a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music at age 16. He has remained an active musician since the age of 12, and has created quite a name for himself among a variety of musical genres.

Gaining an immense amount of exposure for his time with the fusion super-group Steps Ahead, Baker’s playing has often been compared to that of saxophone player, Ornette Coleman. But fusion and straight-ahead jazz isn’t Baker’s only forte. bryan baker portraitThe man has just as much chops when he decides to pick up a 7-string for his progressive metal act “Vesser”, or composing a few classical numbers on his acoustic. With qualities heavy in rhythm and sonic variety, Baker makes his endless lines of signature note groupings look effortless. Coupled with his lively presence on stage and habit of mouthing notes as he plays them, watching Bryan Baker perform becomes a truly gratifying experience. His exceptional ability to create themes entirely on his own and on the fly is a testament to how amazing this guy’s improvisational skills are as well. Sync all of this with his raw, organic tone and you’ve got one all-around super-player!

bryan_baker_2With six critically-acclaimed albums under his belt and a resume full of top-tier collaborative work, Baker is no slacker. He continues to build his name with his successful guitar instructional book entitled “Principles Of Music”, and is set to release a follow-up book in the near future entitled “Between The Notes: concepts for discovering your voice within the world of non-tonal harmony.” He is also working on several side projects including a second album with his Roots/Doom/Sludge band Black Baptista as well as writing and recording a debut album for his Progressive/Technical/ Extreme metal band Vesser. You can keep up with everything Baker is working on at his website: You can also find most of his collaborative work with acts like Steps Ahead on YouTube. Check out the videos we posted below of him choppin’ it up with Bob van Luijt and Sebastiaan Cornelissen and then playing an amazing acoustic improvisational piece in The Royal Chapel! …Enjoy!


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Charvel Guthrie Govan Limited Edition Prototype Signature Guitar Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Charvel Guthrie Prototype

Guthrie Govan was once at a crossroads; should he pursue an intellectual course studying English at the esteemed Oxford University in Britain, or should he apply his smarts toward a musical career that currently finds him as one of the world’s leading and most virtuosic guitar talents… Of course he chose the latter and guitar lovers are so much the better for it.

Recently, Guthrie entered a crossroads regarding his choice of guthrie-0476instrument, ultimately leading to a collaboration with Charvel to create a signature model, based on the legendary Charvel San Dimas, that  encompasses all of his wants, needs, and desires within a guitar. After two years, finally, they’ve emerged with the Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature Model electric guitar, and The Music Zoo just took delivery of a handful of limited edition Prototypes that are based off what will become the regular production model signature guitars. We’re honored to be the only dealer in North America to receive these exclusive prototypes. These guitars are identical to the instruments that Guthrie has been playing on the road for the past two years.

These limited edition prototypes feature an un-cooked (or un-roasted if you prefer) basswood body with gorgeous, figured maple tops (either birds-eye or flame) and a bolt-on, carmelized (roasted) maple neck with 24 extra-jumbo stainless-steel frets and a compound 12-16” radius. The roasting process Charvel Guthrie Prototype Neck (1 of 1)allows the neck to resonate better and generally have an older, worked-in feel. The neck and body are joined by a contoured heel, and minus the neck plate, allows for very comfortable access to the fretboard’s upper reaches. Electronics begin with custom-wound Charvel MFB pickups in a hum-sing-hum configuration that absolutely will cover plenty of sonic terrain, as required by Mr. Govan. The bridge is a Charvel Tremol-No unit with an oversized brass block, and in combination with Sperzel locking tuners and a bone nut, the instrument can withstand heavy tremolo activity and maintain tuning. Of course, being based on the San Dimas, Guthrie’s guitar has a 25.5” scale length and a neck width of 1.68” across the nut.

We’ll be receiving stock of the production model Guthrie Govan Signatures soon… These guitars will use cooked basswood bodies and they’ll be equally mind blowing! In sum, the Guthrie Signatures are  the kind of guitars that will stretch your playing to the limit. Contact about inquiring a Charvel Guthrie Govan Limited Edition Prototype Signature Guitar for yourself!

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The Wampler Clarksdale Delta Overdrive Pedal Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:57:05 +0000 Wampler Clarksdale delta Overdrive

The Clarksdale is set to arrive as Wampler’s take on the world famous Tube Screamer® circuit. It brings just the right amount of gain needed for your style whether it’s that loose, slightly overdriven classic tone, or the mid-range boost needed for a hi-gain sound. Unlike the traditional screamer overdrives, The Clarksdale is a more transparent drive, and as an added improvement from it’s predecessor, doesn’t fizz out when the gain is cranked! Coupled with it’s true-bypass circuitry, now you can enjoy the benefits of all around great tone at all gain levels without sacrificing the clarity of your sound. An added feature is the smooth/lift switch, which enables you to toggle between a tone that sits in the mix and a tone that will get you to stand out. This pedal is yet another powerhouse overdrive from our friends at Wampler! Check out the video demos below of this thing in action! For info on how you can order this divine metal box, feel free to contact our sales staff. Also, be sure to have a look at the Wampler Pedals we have in stock!


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Introducing The Pettyjohn Electronics PreDrive Pedal Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:57:06 +0000 PreDrive Ad - Clean Tone 2If your crazy about getting your clean tone just right, and are looking for more than just another eq, you’ve come to the right place. The Pettyjohn Electronics PreDrive has arrived at The Zoo to solve all of your problems! This pedal is not made to blanket your tone with a bunch of preset sounds, this pedal will preserve every detail of your tone while providing you with all of the parameters needed to enhance it. You’ll be able to cut through any mix that gets thrown at you!

The PreDrive studio grade, dual foot-switchable guitar preamp is designed to be the first pedal in your chain. Built in the USA with 2 discrete opamp chips and audiophile components throughout. The PreDrive’s preamp was designed to serve the unique needs of a matching impedances of magnetic pickups, typical in electric and bass guitars, and can be used as a preamp for almost any instrument outfitted with a magnetic pickup. With a full frequency range and a transformer coupled Direct Output, you can capture great direct in tones in the studio, perfect for reamping, using virtual amps or even use the PreDrive in front of digital effects units to add extra dimension and clarity to your tone.

This pedal can be found right here on our site by clicking here! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our sales staff!




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Gibson Robby Krieger 1954 Les Paul Custom Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:49:39 +0000 Gibson Robby Krieger Main

During his years making rock history as a member of the Doors, guitarist Robby Krieger was typically seen onstage with Jim and Ray and John playing a large-guard 1967 SG Standard (which Gibson Custom immortalized several years ago). For Krieger, however, the lesser-known workhorse among his guitars is a 1954 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty that he acquired in 1968.

Although Krieger’s Black Beauty did not see the stage time that his SG did, it’s nonetheless been at his side while writing songs and recording. You’ll hear it on numerous Doors classics, particularly “L.A. Woman.” The instrument’s connection to that timeless song has earned it the nickname, L.A. Woman, and Gibson Custom will be issuing a limited run of 300 replicas of the famed guitar. 50 of the L.A. Woman replicas will be signed and played by Robby and aged to perfectly replicate the present condition of the guitar. Another 100 will be aged, and another 150 will finished as VOS. The Music Zoo will be proud to carry two of the aged and signed instruments, three aged instruments, and five VOS instruments.

As for the guitar itself, it’s a ’54 Black Beauty as mentioned. The most apparent distinction from a stock guitar is the swapping of the original Alnico 5 neck pickup with a Seymour Duncan Mini Humbucker, which makes total sense for Krieger when you consider it; he generally prefers to play using the neck pickup and if you’re going to go for a hum-free tone while not altering the size of the pickup slot, a mini humbucker is the way to go. In recreating all the distinct markings that the instrument has attained throughout the decades making history, Gibson meticulously photographed and digitally scanned the guitar. Seeing, hearing, and playing this landmark instrument will be a wonderful experience. Throw on that neck pickup and plays some lines from the song the guitar’s named after: it will undoubtedly light your fire. Contact and learn how to acquire one of these historic reissues. Meanwhile, read below to see what Gibson Custom Shop has to say about the Robby Krieger Les Paul Custom, along with a list of it’s specs. Be sure to have a look at our entire sock of Gibson Custom Shop guitars while your here!


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DiMarzio Releases PAF Master Pickups Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:05:34 +0000 Paf master pickup main image

DiMarzio has announced the release of the PAF® Master Neck (DP260) and Bridge (DP261) hum-canceling pickups for electric guitars.

The PAF® Master Neck Model is truly special and give a great balance of full richness with a throaty tone, but it’s not too fat and notes still come through nice and clear, with beautiful, smooth and creamy highs. It has just the right amount of windings to allow the pickup to sing, sustain and still be articulate. Pair it up with the PAF® Master Bridge Model which is also quiet, bright, and very dynamic with real rock and roll character. It reacts to playing and sounds good when playing more than one note at the same time. Picked hard, it has a beautiful, snarly, thick, rockin’ tone. Specs for these two pickups are available below.

If interested in ordering these pickups, feel free to contact our sales staff. Also, don’t forget to browse through our selection of DiMarzio pickups we have in stock!


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Recommended For: Neck


Wiring: 4-conductor

Magnet: Alnico 5

Output: 193mV / Treble: 5.5 / Middle: 5.5 / Bass: 4.5

DC resistance: 7.37Kohms


PAF® Master Bridge DP261                                  

Recommended For: Bridge


Wiring: 4-conductor (1 Conductor optional)

Magnet: Alnico 4

Output: 278mV / Treble: 5.0 / Middle: 6.0 / Bass: 5.0

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Cars & Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Corvette Guitar Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:27:05 +0000 Corvette Les Paul Main

A friend of The Music Zoo  from the Gibson Custom Shop took notice of our Cars and Guitars blog posts and called up to suggest we write about his rare Gibson Custom Les Paul Corvette Tribute guitar. Perhaps we could find an automotive mate, who knows?

The guitar is 2003 collaboration between Gibson and Chevrolet to Corvette Gibson 2 (1 of 1)celebrate the car’s 50th Anniversary.  The instrument draws heavily from the ’03 Corvette, and it features a custom carve that recreates the ‘Vette’s side body vent while having a carved top that’s reminiscent of the famed car’s sexy curves. There’s a Corvette emblem at the 12th fret, a 50th anniversary badge (with the checkered flag on the upper bout, and a serial number that resembles the VIN (vehicle identification number). The guitar is finished in a metallic dark red (the 50th Anniversary Red finish) and has a tune-o-matic bridge and a unique string-through-body design that goes through a faux air vent. It’s powered by two vintage-appropriate P-90 pickups, and the ebony fretboard is stylishly inlaid with mother-of-pearl “CORVETTE” lettering. Appropriately, only 50 of these guitars were made, rendering them very rare.

And so, this very cool guitar rolled into The Music Zoo over the Summer and our team (Gary, Walter, and Mike) was determined to head out to some local vintage car shows in search of a Corvette car that we could photograph with the guitar, but it was a rainy summer and vintage car guys don’t bring their cars out in the rain. It was finally September when we made it to a neighboring town, Bayville, situated on the Long Island Sound. Friday nights at Ransome Beach is a gathering for the dudes who like to show off their antique cars while basking in Bayville’s carny atmosphere as doo-wop and R&B music permeates the Long Island Sound fog. Through the mist, Stamford Connecticut twilighted alongside a few lighthouses and pleasure boats.  It was a feast for the senses, and a nice opportunity to enjoy some beautiful cars, made in simpler times before engines became computerized and complicated.  As our luck turned out, no four-wheel Corvette showed up that night. Rather than give up and go home, however, we posed the Corvette guitar with a few vintage cars that stood apart from a crowd that included lots of late ‘50s Bel Aires, Mustangs from every era, a Lotus racer from the ‘70s, and other vehicles in time capsule condition.

Corvette Les Paul Main Photos 1 (1 of 3)Our first setup was with a ’56 Ford Thunderbird owned by Barbara (who preferred not to give her last name). “I always liked the ’56 T-bird, so I went on the internet and found one in Pennsylvania,” Barbara told us. “I grabbed my husband, we went out to see it, and I brought it home the next weekend.” Barbara had the car inspected, gave it a road test, and had her mechanic at home give it a look-over. Said mechanic gave the thumbs up and the rest is history. The car features an automatic transmission and added-on air conditioning. Another cool thing endemic to T-birds is the continental tire (a spare) on the trunk. Barbara’s car had its hard-top, although she regularly uses the soft-top in warmer weather. Yes, this car is a convertible through and through. It’s an eight cylinder, 289 horsepower engine that really moves.  Although Barbara confessed that she once took the car on a local main drag on Long Island and opened up the throttle, she drives slow and safe due to congestion on the Long Island roads. Not that she doesn’t want to drive fast. The car was originally finished in an Antique White shade. One of its previous owners repainted it in its current metallic grey/pewter finish.

The next matchup was with a 1969 CCorvette Les Paul Main Photos 3 (1 of 1)hevy Camaro owned by John (no last name given). We admired this relatively compact—for its era, anyway—machine for being such a great example of the golden era of Detroit muscle cars.John informed us that the car has a 502cc, 502 horsepower “Big Block” engine, which translates as an eight-cylinder power train. “I’ve had it for six years. It came from Connecticut and one of its previous owners restored it in the mid ‘90s and gave it this Le Mans Blue finish. John added his own aftermarket air conditioner, which is a vast improvement insofar as power and cleanliness over the stock AC.  He also wanted us to know that his car is regularly driven on errands, and it isn’t sitting in the garage.

By this time (6:30pm), daylight was turning from lipstick red to burnt sienna and our window for photographing the ‘Vette guitar  and vintage cars was beginning to wane. We gave one last scout across a not-very-crowded parking lot for the elusive Corvette, and it turned out that the only thing that said Corvette was the fretboard of our Gibson. We were almost ready to go home when we noticed a very unusual turquoise and white coupe sitting pretty with its hood open, and without its owner present. Who could leave such an amazing car alone like that? Although nobody was available to answer our questions, such as ‘What is Corvette Guitar Green Buick (1 of 1)that?’, we did a little researched and found that the car turned out to be a heavily customized 1961 Buick LeSabre. The car was powered by a strong Buick 401 motor. The car also featured a set of mag wheels, a custom-built (painted to match) intake manifold cover that was routed from underneath the car, an Air Ride Tech suspension system with electronic management, and late-model Buick seats. Yes, sitting alone. All by its lonesome. Looking lonely and badass!

By 7 o’clock, we had given one last look for a Corvette, prepared to even flag one down if it had come chugging along the Bayville strip.  Realizing we’d been stood up, it was time for some fish ‘n’ chips at the local tavern before heading home after what turned out to be a very fun evening—with or without a GM ‘Vette.

Written By Mike Bieber

Photography By Walter Bryant

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Guitarists To Know: Tim Miller Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:54:46 +0000 Tim Miller Main Image

Tim Miller, a name that has developed in the New York and Boston Jazz circuit over the last couple of years, has brought the world a captivating new sound from the electric guitar. A native of Michigan, Miller embodies a unique style that can be considered a product of the tim_miller_promo_pic_categoryjazz giants of old as well as the fusion pioneers of the last 30 years. Scrounge through YouTube and you’ll find a few clips of Miller playing at clubs across the east coast as people watch in awe of his smooth articulate lines on his custom semi-hollow Rick Toone guitar. Miller claims that some of his influences include Pat Metheny and Eric Johnson, but it was none other than the sounds of Eddie Van Halen that really encouraged him to get serious about the instrument. Hearing Miller for the first time, one would sense a Holdsworthian vibe, but divulge a little deeper into his phrasing, and you’ll unveil something all-the-more interesting. For starters, Miller utilizes a hybrid-picking technique that he believes developed out of his will to replicate sounds in his head that were otherwise impossible with alternate picking. A feather-like picking stroke also contributes to his unorthodox sound.

With a tone on the cleaner side, Miller’s style is very articulate; even during what seem like endless runs of intervallic scales and emotive phrasing. Lastly, a major constributing factor to his astronomical sound is his guitar built by Rick Canton; a luthier who is currently building Rick Toone Guitarguitars for metal acts such as Tosin Abasi and Misha Mansoor. Inspired by the original Klein guitars, what makes Miller’s guitar so special is not only it’s shape, but it’s on-board mic which captures a raw acoustic tone straight from the sound-hole, combining a clean and organic sound with a slightly over-driven tone from Miller’s amplifier…the result is nothing short of gratifying. It is a sound that brings life to his live trio that released their second album just a couple of years ago. Currently, Miller is a renowned professor at the Berklee College of Music, and is all-the-while actively playing live shows when he can. You can usually catch him at the 55 Bar in NYC or at a few jazz-clubs in Boston with his trio. He also hosts a series of online lessons set to offer insight into jazz-guitar playing and his particular approach. Tim Miller is truly a testament to what the Experimental-Jazz world has to offer, and we’re nothing but excited!  You can keep up to date with Tim Miller’s exceptional work on his website at: Below you’ll find one of his lesson videos where he offers some tips on legato technique. You’ll get a brief taste of his solo-playing at the beginning of the video. Enjoy!


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Fender Tom Petty Kingman Custom Shop Guitar Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:21:24 +0000

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The Fender Acoustic Custom Shop is very proud to introduce the limited edition Tom Petty Kingman dreadnought, beautifully crafted with the famed singer/songwriter’s personal style and specs and bearing his signature on the back of the headstock and on the soundhole label. With the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys, on his own and more, Petty has crafted hit after smartly infectious hit for five decades now, and the Tom Petty Kingman is a great-looking, rich-sounding tribute to one of rock’s most enduringly acclaimed figures. Have a look below for all of the special features as well as the full spec-list for this guitar. For info on ordering, feel free to contact our sales staff! While your here, check out our inventory of Fender Custom Shop Guitars on our site!



The Tom Petty Kingman guitar’s AA Sitka spruce top resonates delightfully

alongside warm, balanced genuine mahogany back and sides.



Petty tweaked his Fishman® VT-2 pickup/preamp system with the addition

of two top-mounted control knobs, a feature typically seen on ’60s-style acoustic guitars.



For retro-style resonance and a natural feel, the Tom Petty Kingman

comes lacquered with a thin nitrocellulose finish.



A ’62 Stratocaster headstock adorns a classic “C” shaped

neck, glossed with a “Midas gold” finish.



Petty gave his namesake instrument a true seal of approval, with a genuine

signature inside the soundbox alongside a handwritten serial number.


Body Material: Solid AA Sitka Spruce Top with Genuine Mahogany Back and Sides
Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape: Dreadnought
Bracing: Forward Shifted Scalloped X
Rosette: Checkerboard
Body Binding: Ivoroid
Body Back: Solid Mahogany
Body Sides: Solid Mahogany
Body Top: Solid AA Sitka Spruce
Purfling: Black/White/Black
Neck Material: 1-Piece Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape: “C” Shape
Scale Length: 25.625″ (650.8 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 10″ (254 mm)
Number of Frets: 20
Fret Size: Vintage-Style
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.7″ (43.2 mm)
Position Inlays: Vintage Clay Dot


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