Like you, our team is obsessed with guitars and gear.  We're a tight-knit group of musicians and music lovers drawn to the higher calling of helping you find your next guitar.  Learn a bit more about us, our bands and interests below.  If you have questions on anything, call us, we'd be happy to help.  Toll Free: 844-MUSIC-ZOO (844-687-4296)

Tommy Colletti

Tommy Colletti

Owner & President

Tommy Colletti is a native New Yorker who grew up during the rock and roll heyday of the 1970s and '80s. As anyone who has heard Tommy plug into an amp will tell you, he has done his homework on the guitar and is a bona fide player. Learn More

Favorite Gear: 3 Pickup Les Paul Customs, Vintage Charvels, Dakota Red Fenders, Anything Rhoads or EVH

Tim Reynolds

Tim Reynolds

Operations, Marketing

Coming on board in 2001, Tim has managed the daily operations from the "wild west" years of selling online to the full throttle ecommerce world we enjoy today. He is also our webmaster and directs the marketing efforts.

Favorite Gear: Vintage Juniors, Esquires, Single 0 Martins, and Brown Fender Amps

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Mark Di Donna

Mark Di Donna

Sales Expert

Mark has been a sales leader since 2004, and is a custom order specialist. He handles a majority of our Artist accounts and has supplied gear to members of Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, Deftones, The Gaslight Anthem and The Roots to name a few. A Queens native and father of 2, Mark still finds time to record and gig around New York City.

Favorite Gear: Jazzmasters, Stratocasters, Les Pauls, Hollowbody Basses, Vintage Fender Amps, Anything Candy Apple Red

Associated Acts: The New Lines

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Jessica Koves

Jessica Koves

Sales Expert

She's been slinging gear for well over a decade, and brought her skills to The Zoo in 2009. You'll catch Jess playing drums and guitar in various rock and metal bands in New York. Her favorite players include Ritchie Blackmore and Tony Iommi. It's also possible she is the secret love child of Nikki Sixx and Lita Ford.

Favorite Gear: Fender, Gibson, Charvel, Suhr, BC Rich, Hovercraft, Friedman and Orange

Associated Acts: DRELLA, My So Called Band, Township Rebellion

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Nick Post

Nick Post

Guitar Sales, Pro Audio Specialist

Nick Post grew up in Massachusetts, and played guitar and bass in Boston-based indie bands for years until he making the move to New York. He found a home almost immediately at The Music Zoo, and has been sharing his love for guitars with his customers ever since. He also has an unhealthy obsession with recording gear, and when not gigging with his New Wave Synth-Punk band, loves staying home and cooking.

Favorite Gear: Teles, Martins, Microphones, Anything You Can Record With

Associated Acts: Glamour Assassins

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Garrett Hess

Garrett Hess

Guitar Sales, Acoustic/Archtop Specialist

Garrett began playing at 13, learning blues and roots music from his father, an avid Gibson player with several vintage pieces. He studied classical guitar and now resides in Brooklyn playing in numerous bands and projects.

Favorite Gear: Vintage Martins and Gibsons, Any Fender Strat, Yamaha SG 2000s, Late '70s Schecter Basses, Mustang Basses

Associated Acts: The Big Parade

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Rose Reina

Rose Reina

Guitar Sales, eBay & Reverb Manager

Rose was born in Queens, NY and studied music at Hunter College in the city. She grew up listening to bands such as Pearl Jam, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Sleater-Kinney. She plays lead guitar in a '90s riot grrrl cover band, as well as plays guitar and fronts hard rock / metal band DRELLA.

Favorite Gear: Gibson Guitars, Explorers, Les Pauls, Orange, Friedman, Marshall, Collects Vintage DOD Chorus, Phase and Flange Pedals

Associated Acts: DRELLA, My So Called Band

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Pete Mussillo

Pete Mussillo

Instrument Repair

Guitartech Pete has been a professional tech in and around New York City since 1999, and he has become known for his attention to detail, extensive knowledge of guitars, and his one on one approach with his clients. He has worked with numerous artists including Steve Vai, Nile Rodgers, McFly, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Glassjaw and Bayside. Learn More

Favorite Gear: PRS, Duesenbergs, Anything Already Set Up Properly

Pete Gerontakos

Pete Gerontakos

Product Manager, Promotional Marketing, Social Media

In ecommerce management for over a decade, Pete manages product flow and data vital to our online sales. He's also the guy responsible for our Free Gear Giveaways, concert tix, and artist meet & greets. Currently best friends with Ace Frehley, Misha Mansoor, Andreas Kisser, and Rex Brown, this lover of all things Metal, Hardcore and Rock is a craft beer enthusiast and die hard Islanders fan.

Favorite Gear: Black Les Pauls, Peavey T40 Basses, 1980s Ibanez Guitars

Associated Acts: Divider

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Jordan Usatch

Jordan Usatch

Product Specialist, Social Media

Jordan is the guy who writes our product descriptions, lists all of the gear you see on The Music Zoo website, and is responsible for the funny Instagram posts. He’s a Queens native, and spends his time rearranging his pedalboard and dragging his gear to gigs around the city.

Favorite Gear: Vintage big muffs, Marshall JMPs, and pitch shifters with questionable tracking

Associated Acts: Husbandry

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Walter Bryant

Walter Bryant

Marketing, Promotional Photo/Videographer, Social Media

Walter’s artistic eye landed him a spot in our creative dept. Jumping onboard in 2014, he helped tame a new demographic by introducing us to brands like .strandberg*. When not behind the lens, you’ll catch him playing 6, 7, or 8 strings for his musical projects, drumming, or simply relaxing to his favorite fusion tunes.

Favorite Gear: Boogie Mark Series, Suhr, Carvin, Fender, Dyno-My-Piano Tri-Stereo Chorus, B.K. Butler Tube-Driver

Associated Acts: Mind Haven, End_Game, Upon The Skies The Nova

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Dennis DelGaudio

Dennis DelGaudio

Product Video Host, Contributor, Performer

You'll see Dennis all over our YouTube channel performing and reviewing the latest products. A super-knowledgeable gearhead, Dennis is also a pro musician based in NYC with an impressive resume.

Favorite Gear: Fender Telecaster, Custom Shop Anything, Gretsch Guitars

Associated Acts: Shotgun Wedding, Billy Joel

John Lustig

John Lustig

Product Photographer

John Walter Lustig is a filmmaker and animator from Queens, NY. For years, all of the beautiful products you see on the site have been shot and edited by this man.

Favorite Gear: Les Pauls, Victory Amplifiers

Associated Acts: John Walter Lustig

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Sam Allen

Sam Allen

Sales Channels, Product Specialist

Sam graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1981 with a performance diploma in music. He moved to NYC in 1982 and has been making a living playing and teaching drums ever since. He has performed with jazz artists Dizzy Gillespie, Kevin Eubanks, Victor Bailey, Mike Stern, Ralph Moore, Ursula Dudziak, David Goldblatt and many more.

Favorite Gear: Sonor, Gretsch, DW, Zildjian, Istanbul

Associated Acts: The Mark Peterson Band, Skyline Drive

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Rich Boehm

Rich Boehm

Order Fulfillment

Rich began playing guitar in college in an attempt to impress women. Eventually developing the courage to sing in front of a crowd, he started performing live in 2009, and even spent a year in the UK playing various pubs in London, Wales and Scotland. Now he gigs frequently around NYC while patrons hilariously request "Freebird" a dozen times a night. He's also dabbling in stand-up and is pretty funny.

Favorite Gear: Martin OM-28, Acoustic Instruments

Andrew Hartenstine

Andrew Hartenstine

Accounting

Andrew is our accountant, a huge hockey fan and a beer connoisseur. He is unusual in regards to our staff, in that, he prefers to listen to his music rather than perform his own. But while he can't even play a simple G chord, he still manages to enjoy every minute of his employment at The Zoo.

Favorite Gear: Lefty Guitars

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Bobby Pilla

Bobby Pilla

Used and Vintage Buyer

Bobby is a songwriter and bassist, who has performed in a number of Top 40 cover bands since 1977 and lived through the heyday of the rock scene in New York City. He worked for Music Services in Wantagh, NY with legendary proprietor Gary Blankenburg, and presently consults on vintage and used gear for The Music Zoo.

Favorite Gear: Vintage Basses

Gary Blankenburg

Gary Blankenburg

Used and Vintage Buyer

Gary has been a guitar fanatic for decades and has the worst case of GAS we've ever seen. He has owned and run Music Services for many years and virtually every guitar player in NYC and Long Island has dealt with him at some point. He is our inspiration for continuing to chase new gear, tinker with new ideas, and take apart our Telecasters.

Favorite Gear: Telecasters, Single Coil Pickups, Princetons