Experience The Music Zoo from a Unique Panoramic View!
Established in 1994, The Music Zoo began its existence in a small, humble storefront on Northern Boulevard in Queens, New York, with just a few pieces of gear and a lesson room in the back. After 15 years, we absorbed half of the storefronts on that particular block of Northern, routinely running down the street and up flights of stairs to locate the case for a guitar that just sold. As inefficient as it was, that location was home and we had great success there. However, we knew it was time to move when there was no more space on the block to expand into, not to mention the combination of too many stairwells, low ceilings, and a severe lack of parking (as many of you will remember). And so, we began our search for a new facility in which The Music Zoo can grow well into future. And, in January 2011 we finally found it: a space that served as our warehouse, shipping depot, offices, and showroom, all in one spot and with all the space and efficiency that our beloved Queens location never offered.
For six months, we designed and built our facility, collaborated with manufacturers, spent money, made too many decisions, and then finally moved into our dream home, a process documented in this earlier blog entry. As we approach our 25th Anniversary of selling the world’s finest gear to the world’s best customers, and we felt it was time to give the store a fitting tribute in photos. We hope you enjoy them. And if you have never visited us, we’d love to have you stop by and play as many guitars as you’d like! View the your below! Click the photos to enlarge!
The Music Zoo Main Floor
We’ve designed our space to be an environment conducive to people who love guitars, talking about guitars, playing guitars, talking to other people who love guitars, trying out an amp at full-tilt volume, and perhaps taking one home with you. We can’t promise you that you won’t become more of a guitar addict than you already may be when you leave. Our downstairs lobby/showroom is filled with a handful of guitar styles and serves as an example of what lays farther ahead in our store.
The Music Zoo Gibson Custom Room
From the balcony landing, a quick left turn leads you into our Gibson Custom showroom. The Music Zoo is one of four Gibson Custom Shop Benchmark Dealers in the world and is proud to offer the absolute best that Gibson has to offer, as well as unique, one-off Gibson guitars you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll also find plenty of Gibson-related accessories, from “bumblebee” capacitors to straps and Gibson guitar polish. Play through a vintage JMP-era Marshall combo (you know what they say about Gibson’s and Marshalls!) or a Friedman Brown Eye (when we manage to keep one in stock). In this room you'll also find our collection of B&G Guitars and a display case featuring effects pedals from companies such as Catalinbread, Fulltone, Pigtronix, and others.
The Music Zoo Fender Showroom
We teamed up with Fender to create this inviting and inspiring addition - a "store within a store" - which showcases the entire Fender line. From Squier to the workhorse American Original Series and Fender Custom Shop pieces, everything is on display and ready for you to sit down and try for yourself. The showroom is located upstairs in the loft of The Music Zoo showroom, with a skylight that lets natural light shine down onto the floor, displaying the fine details of each instrument. We encourage customers to sit down and take their time trying out each guitar, with both headphone amps as well as Fender tube amps available to plug in to.
Gretsch, Jackson, & Charvel Guitars Showroom
Just before you get to our Fender room, stop and pick up and strum on a Gretsch right or shred on your favorite Jackson or Charvel guitar on your left!
The Music Zoo Taylor Guitars "Find Your Fit" Showroom
Turn right from the balcony landing and you’ll be in our Taylor showroom. We have the only Taylor “Find Your Fit” showroom on the East Coast. This room allows you to find the body style that’s right for you, and also see and note the different tonewoods that Taylor uses on their guitars. Then, you can hear how it comes together in a Taylor guitar. Make yourself comfortable and discover the differences between Mahogany and Sapele, or a Grand Concert body versus a Grand Symphony body, and take the opportunity to play some fantastic six-string instruments. We have more Taylor guitars in stock than anyone this side of the Mississippi
A right and then a quick left from the Taylor showroom will lead you to a small room filled with boutique amplifiers, while a few EVH guitars and boutique models adorn the walls. You can actually take any guitar you want into this room, close the door, and be uninterrupted!
We teamed up with Yamaha to create this inviting and inspiring addition which showcases the entire Yamaha line. Check out the latest in their electric, acoustic, basses and amps! Everything is on display and ready for you to sit down and try for yourself.
Get your fix of low end in our bass room, loaded with a ton of awesome 4, 5 , and even 6 string bass guitars from your favorite brands! Plug in and jam through amps from brands like Orange, Begantino, Darkglass, and more!
Down the hallway from our Taylor area leads to one of the finest acoustic guitar rooms, period. We call it, “Our Acoustic Room”, and it’s filled with Martins, Gibsons, Seagulls and other brands of acoustic guitars all of them representing different builders, woods, tones and sizes that cater to personalized style such as your own. The room is acoustically perfect for trying out an acoustic guitar and it offers a balanced and neutral environment where you can “hear” the guitar and make the right selection. Go ahead, strum to your heart’s delight.
The Music Zoo Storefront
The Music Zoo makes its home in Roslyn, NY, an historic village on the North Shore of Long Island. Visit us and enjoy guitar nirvana, then take a walk into nearby Roslyn village which is filled with historic structures built in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. George Washington slept in an old house up the street from us, now a Zagat-rated restaurant called Hendrick’s Tavern.
The Music Zoo Harbor View
The Zoo’s 5000-foot facility is at the head of Hempstead Harbor, which connects to the Long Island Sound. Swans, geese, and egrets are a common sight in the nature preserve that is outside our windows.
Photography: Walter Bryant
Contributors: Mike Bieber, Tommy Colletti, Tim Reynolds