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Staff Picks


Nearly all of us on staff at The Music Zoo play an instrument, or have a band, or have a guitar collection. Or all three. As a result, we are always talking about the latest gear at the shop. Here's what we're currently obsessed with:



Martin Custom Shop 5 Terz 12-String Claro Walnut Custom Acoustic Guitar
Wow what a sound from this Custom Shop Martin! This little 12-string guitar has so much power and presence; we were completely blown away it could come from the deceptively diminutive Martin 5 Terz body style. Think jangly, sparkly, crispy attack, with a lush midrange the fills the rafters…all coming out from under your arm in what could be considered a Martin 512-21W. At The Music Zoo we couldn’t figure out what makes this thing so powerful. Perhaps it’s the special ordered, highly figured Claro walnut back and sides, or the Italian Alpine spruce top. Maybe it is the unique maple 2 piece neck with black ebony fretboard. Either way, we will hate to see this special little guy go. It sounds so good, and special appointments like the style 45 rosette and back purfling add just enough adornment.
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Jackson Custom Shop KE2 Kelly Electric Guitar Vanilla Shake
The Jackson Custom Shop KE2 Kelly: a rock staple that we all know and love here at the Zoo. It’s hard to find a faster playing axe, with its 12”-16” compound radius rosewood fretboard, and the neck-through construction delivers abiding sustain that will hold out as long as you can. Well the folks at Jackson have come out with a Vanilla Shake model; a classy gold on cream aesthetic that looks as great as it sounds. Tried and true specs including an alder body, maple neck, Floyd Rose tremolo, and Seymour Duncan pickups complete the full package. 
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Jackson Custom Shop DK1 Dinky Flame Maple Top with White
Here we have an ultra exclusive Jackson DK1 Dinky with a gorgeous flame maple top and white back and sides. There are only 6 of these made so you'll want to get yours as soon as possible. Some premium features include an alder body, a hard rock maple neck, a bound maple fretboard with 24 jumbo frets, and a recessed Floyd Rose tremolo. The custom picked white Seymour Duncans include a SH-2n Jazz in the neck and a SH-1n '59 in the bridge, for a powerful sound that remains clear and natural, well into ultra-high gain situations. You just won't find another Jackson Dinky quite like this...
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Ovation Yngwie Malmsteen YM63 Nylon Acoustic/Electric Rossa Corsa Red
This is not your typical acoustic/electric. Ovation has teamed up with the unrivaled master of neo/classical metal shred, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, to create two new Viper models that are built for blazing speeds and stage-level volumes with zero-feedback.

The YM68 (steel string) and YM63 (nylon string) models feature a solid chambered mahogany body, with the perfect blend of weight relief and airy resonance. A solid cedar top delivers warmth and dynamic compression that perfectly suits a light touch, and Malmsteen style sweeps and runs. Of course this model would not be a true Yngwie guitar without a hand-scalloped fretboard, a build technique used to improve left hand speeds, with zero friction underneath your fingers. This also makes note bending and vibrato feel effortless. Ovation’s Viper preamp circuitry is designed to allow no feedback issue, even at high volume levels, with a simple 3-band eq design for easy tonal sculpting.
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Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar
Designed to be the ultimate musical companion, the Taylor GS mini is a compact guitar with a giant sound. Built with the same concept as its full-sized cousin, the GS mini features a patented NT Neck, a comfortable shape built specially by Taylor with top notch intonation and and playability. Complete with a Taylor gig bag, this is a great acoustic guitar for the traveling or space conscious musician.
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Duesenberg DTV Mike Campbell Heartbreaker SS Electric Guitar
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have just celebrated their Thirtieth Year together, and to commemorate the career of Mike Campbell, Duesenberg has built a guitar that honors his career.

Very few guitar players have created a following and the respect among their fans and peers as much as Mike Campbell. Mike's incomparable style and songwriting over the years has left its mark in Rock & Roll History and Duesenberg has the privilege of being a part of it.
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Dunlop FFM1 Silicon Fuzz Face Mini Blue Pedal
If you’re tired of having the great sound of a Fuzz Face pedal take up half of your pedal board real estate, these new Mini Fuzz Face pedals will solve your problem. These pedals are all AC powered, and feature an on/off LED and True Bypass switching. The FFM1 Silicon Fuzz Face is based on a 1970 Fuzz Face prized for its bright and aggressive sound delivered by its matched BC108 silicon transistors.
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