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  • Out Of The Case: ESP Custom Shop Armor Guitar

    Posted on by Walter Bryant

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    Words & Photographs by Walter Bryant

     

    If meticulous attention to detail and medieval armor design is your thing, then you’ll love the ESP Custom Shop guitar. A representation of the designing capabilities of the artists at ESP Custom Shop, the ESP Armor guitar is the product of time, patience, and creativity at it’s best. Making it’s debut at NAMM nearly a decade ago, this ultra-rare guitar...

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  • Out Of The Case: Jackson Custom Shop Legend of Zelda “Zoraxe”

    Posted on by Walter Bryant

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    There is no better example of the central role of music in video games than Nintendo’s classic Legend of Zelda series. 1998’s classic Ocarina of Time introduced a unique musical-style of game play, letting the player control the action via the titular wind instrument. Ocarina’s sequel, Majora’s Mask, integrates even more music-centric game play, giving Link three new instruments: Deku pipes,...

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  • Out Of The Case: The Chrysalis Guitar

    Posted on by Walter Bryant

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    By Jordan Usatch

    There are many models in the guitar industry that take notes and inspiration of guitars from the past. Like the musicians who play them, many designs tend to take a little bit of this model and a little bit of that model to make something new. It’s nice to see something that’s a cross up between two of your favorites; a Fano guitar that mixes a Les Paul’s Chrysalis Guitar (5 of 10)woods with Fender scale...

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  • Out Of The Case: Gibson ’69 Les Paul

    Posted on by Walter Bryant

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    Back in late 1960 sales for Gibson’s Traditional bodied, single cut Les Paul started declining and with other brands like Fender seeing huge success with their light-weight, slimmer bodied, double cutaway guitars the Gibson Company decided to make a move and totally redesigned the Les Paul in 1961 to a much slimmer, double cut guitar design. This newly designed Les Paul Standard would later be...

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  • Out Of The Case: 1985 Wayne Charvel Phoenix

    Posted on by Walter Bryant

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    Charvel Phoenix Watermarked (8 of 8)Unearthed from the bowels of 1985, The Music Zoo brings you an urban legend that is the Charvel Phoenix. Lost in an era of guitars that seemed to replicate everything but the kitchen sink, the Phoenix is a guitar with an undeniable presence whether plugged in or not. At first glance, one can appreciate it’s fine craftsmanship, from the metallic paint with hand-drawn storytelling details, to it’s...

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  • Out Of The Case: 1963 Epiphone Coronet

    Posted on by Walter Bryant

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    By Mike Bieber

    In 1995, I discovered that amazing, preowned guitars could be had for not a lot of dough-re-mi. That was then, of course. My first discovery was a 1968 Gibson SG Junior with a black “soapbar” P-90 for around four bills. Then came a real 1959 Les Paul TV Junior for around a grand. That was because it had a headstock break and various other issues. It wasn’t a collector’s guitar,...

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  • Out Of The Case: 1977 Kramer 650G

    Posted on by Walter Bryant

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    In the metal-crazy ‘80s, Kramer was thenumero uno-selling guitar brand on earth. However, some ten years before the Van Halen stripes and leopard print finishes that blended with spandex, Kramer guitars looked like this 650G from 1977. One of only 400 made, it’s owned by The Music Zoo’s Rose Reina, who reports that a number of stoner-rock bands in her native Queens, New York, have been using...

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  • Out Of The Case: 1983 Custom Shop Ibanez Artist

    Posted on by Walter Bryant

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    It’s 1983 and the Japanese are winning the export war, at least with regard to quality. Throughout the 1970s, America was stuck in an economic malaise that impacted the quality of its products: everything from cars to consumer electronics to—you guessed it—guitars. Gibson and Fender churned out, corporate style, mediocre products as did Ford and GM, and GE for that matter. Meanwhile, in the Land...

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  • Cars & Guitars: Gibbons Fender vs Shelby GT350H

    Posted on by Walter Bryant

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    We’ve always lusted after the 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H that lives in the stable of cars just beneath the Music Zoo. It’s owned by the Zoo’s landlord, Howard Kroplick, a car collector who knows the way to our hearts via a pretty amazing collection of vintage cars. With its Wimbledon White finish and gold Le Mans stripes, Ford Mustang GT “Fastback” body style, and car-isma that nearly had us...

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  • Out Of The Case: Charvel Star Hot Rod Flames

    Posted on by Tim Reynolds

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    You may have recently seen a post we did about a very cool original Charvel San Dimas Pink Star owned by Nitebob. Well, long time friend of The Music Zoo and Charvel enthusiast Craig Vaughn sure saw it, and he spotted something rather interesting in the above photo of our Pink Star in production: his very own Hot Rod Flame Star! Here in his own words and photos we present to you an exciting story...

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