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‘Guitarist’ Demos a Custom Shop RTM San Dimas 1 H

Posted on November 24th, 2015 by MDuffy

magazine recently took a look at a Charvel Custom Shop RTM San Dimas 1 H in Slime Green, with demonstrator Richard Barrett destroying the guitar’s maple fretboard with a series of fiery licks.

“This guitar is ready for pure-bred shred!” the magazine wrote on their official Facebook page.

Watch the demo after the jump and click here to pick up your copy of Guitarist. (more…)

A Note from Guthrie Govan on his Charvel Sig Model Finish

Posted on November 18th, 2015 by Chrissy Mauck


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Greetings! Guthrie here, with a little update about the finish on my signature Charvel model …

During the last year or so, my “#1″ guitar has accumulated both air miles and “battle scars” in equal measure. Whilst there’s something undeniably “rock ‘n’ roll” about a well-worn instrument with a story to tell, a year’s worth of touring has somehow left my poor #1 looking like it’s endured a whole lifetime of neglect and abuse.

Mildly troubled by this, I asked Charvel if they could come up with a finish which would make the GG model more resistant to the rigours of life on the road, without compromising its tone in any way.

Well … I’m happy to report that they’ve found a way to achieve precisely that!



Thus, we hope you enjoy Govan’s Charvel signature model, now available with a thin layer of lacquer applied to the body as added protection.

Beau Monde Guitars Demos the Jake E Lee Signature Model

Posted on November 3rd, 2015 by MDuffy

Jake E Lee
Beau Monde Guitars in New Jersey recently pulled a Jake E Lee signature model off the wall to run through several of its special features.

The demo showcased the Seymour Duncan JB Humbucker in the bridge and the DiMarzio SDS-1 single-coil pickup in the neck position, demonstrating just how great the Red Dragon Cartel guitarist’s preferred axe sounds.

Check out the clip after the jump.  (more…)

Learn How to Play Legal Tender’s ‘Swallow Your Soul’

Posted on October 30th, 2015 by MDuffy

Frankie Lindia

Frankie Lindia of Los Angeles-based metallers Legal Tender recently released a play-through of the band’s track “Swallow Your Soul.”

The single, which was released in 2014, features some serious shredding from Lindia on his Charvel So-Cal Style 1 HH, and you can learn how to play it after the jump. (more…)

Learn How to Play Joe Satriani’s ‘The Forgotten (Part One)’ from Dave Nassie

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 by MDuffy

Dave Nassie
Dave Nassie recently posted a lesson in conjunction with Epic Guitar Instruction that takes a look at Joe Satriani’s “The Forgotten (Part One),” an epic guitar jam off 1989′s Flying in a Blue Dream.

In the clip, Nassie begins with the chord shapes for the left hand and slowly builds the tapping rhythms of the song.

“It seems intimidating, but it’s really not, I assure you,” said Nassie.

Learn more from Nassie after the jump.  (more…)

Mike Orlando to Host Clinic at All Music in New York

Posted on October 21st, 2015 by MDuffy

Mike Orlando All Music
Adrenaline Mob and Sonic Stomp guitarist Mike Orlando is hosting a clinic on Saturday, Oct. 24 at All Music in Long Island, N.Y.

The event – which includes a Q&A session and meet and greet – will take place from 6-8 p.m.

R.S.V.P. for the event here.

Guthrie Govan Releases Part II of String-Bending Master Class

Posted on October 7th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan

Earlier this month, we came across the first of a two-part master class Guthrie Govan filmed for Guitarist magazine that focused solely on string-bending within the framework of the minor pentatonic scale.

Guitarist has since posted the second edition of Govan’s expert lesson, except this time, the Aristocrats guitarist dealt with the diatonic scale.

“The main difference with these scales – as opposed to the pentatonic scales – is that the bends are smaller. They hurt less,” Govan said. “In some cases, it might place a different kind of demand on your ear in terms of trying to sound as in-tune as possible, but it’s all achievable. There will be no bleeding fingertips this month, I solemnly assure you.”

Of course, Govan led the class on one of his signature Charvel models, choosing a beauty with a flame maple top.

Watch the lesson after the jump and click here to pick up your copy of Guitarist. (more…)

Guitarguitar Demos the Guthrie Govan Signature Model

Posted on September 30th, 2015 by MDuffy

U.K. retailer Guitarguitar recently released a demo of the Guthrie Govan Signature model, running through all the guitar’s features with varied styles of playing and some killer beauty shots of the bird’s-eye maple top.

To hear what Govan’s two-years-in-the-making namesake axe can do, check out the demo after the jump.


Guthrie Govan Teaches a String-Bending Master Class for ‘Guitarist’

Posted on September 4th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan Charvel

Ever wonder what the best way is to flaunt your skills as a guitarist to an opposing piano player?

The great Guthrie Govan might just have the answer. In a new master class for Guitarist magazine, Govan ran through some of the best techniques for string-bending, which should surely confound those who tickle the ivories around you.

“I think there’s something about string-bending that’s uniquely awesome when you play it through the guitar,” Govan said in the 10-minute clip. “You can use your string-bending prowess to taunt the piano players of the world because try as they might, they can’t do it at all. And it’s a very nuanced, subtle thing.”

While wielding one of his own signature Charvel models with a flame maple top, Govan began with the minor pentatonic scale and finds all the ways one can bend a string within that box before moving on.

Learn more in the in-depth lesson after the jump.  (more…)

Learn Rock and Blues Songwriting in New Lesson from Dave Nassie

Posted on August 31st, 2015 by MDuffy

Dave Nassie
Guitarist Dave Nassie’s latest lesson for Next Level Guitar covers some basics when it comes to rock and blues songwriting.

“All of us at home learn all these great songs at home from so many people, and we want to take that information and have it become our own so we can turn around and write songs with it,” Nassie said.

In the tutorial, Nassie covers tone, structure and chord harmony that any guitarist can use to come up with tunes of their own.

Continue your guitar journey with Nassie’s new lesson after the jump …


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