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Impellitteri Release New Song ‘Run For Your Life’

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Impellitteri released the new music video for “Run For Your Life” off their upcoming 11th album Nature Of The Beast, and there is no shortage of killer guitar riffs or solos at break-neck speeds.

“The new music was written with passion and a sincere love for heavy metal,” said Chris Impellitteri in a release. “I think as a band we grow stronger with each new album. Our artistic abilities seem to get better with age, but at the same time we seem to sound even more energetic, crazy, and youthful with this release.”

In the new video, Chris Impellitteri showed off wicked fret work on his Charvel Custom Shop Legacy Bloodsplatter guitar.

“As a guitarist, I challenge myself to conquer my human limitations,” he shared. “I practice for hours each day to improve my technique. I also spend a lot of time customizing my guitars, amps and pedals to achieve this crazy guitar sound. On this new record, my guitar sound is really me trying to create a tone that sounds a bit like a chainsaw blended with a beautiful Stradivarius violin. It is Beauty and the Beast with lots of pick attack! The guitar solos have lots of technical shredding elements, but at the same time they are very melodic and I think fun for everyone to listen to. The riffs are also exciting for me to play as there is a lot of obvious influences that I brought to this new record.”

Nature Of The Beast will be released Oct. 12. In the meantime, enjoy the video below.

Dumb Couch Lick of the Night with Thomas Griggs

Posted on September 12th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Guitarist Thomas Griggs showed off some slick arpeggio playing on his brand-new Pro Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM in this Instagram video, which he tagged as the “dumb couch lick of the night.”

 

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Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel Debuts New Single ‘Havana’

Posted on August 29th, 2018 by Chrissy Mauck

With sophomore album Patina slated for November, Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel is giving fans its first sampling of the new tunes with the official music video for rollicking (diff word) lead single “Havana.”

“I chose ‘Havana’ as the first song to be released from the new album for a few reasons,” Lee told Guitar World. “First off, it begins with a lone guitar playing the riff, promoting the idea that this is a guitar-heavy record. The song’s production is about as straightforward and basic as it gets on this album and I wanted it to be apparent that, overall, it’s more of an old school approach, as opposed to its predecessor. And it’s just a cool riff I couldn’t wait to share with anyone interested in what I’m doing!”

In the clip, the band (also featuring drummer Phil Varone, singer Darren James Smith and bassist Anthony Esposito) performs the track live in a dark venue. With a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, Lee rips into a new Charvel model custom-built by Master Builder Chip Ellis. Inspired by the album’s title, the guitar was sandblasted and stained with a patina finish also applied to the copper-plated hardware.

Recorded at Esposito’s Obscenic Arts studio in Dillsburg, Pa., Patina was co-produced by Lee and Esposito and mixed by legendary producer Max Norman.  Featuring 10 tracks, the new efforts leans more towards a bluesy hard rock direction as opposed to the band’s heavier debut album.

“The first album was more of a piecemeal production with some of the song ideas being 10 years old and never having more than one player in the room at any time,” said Lee. “I wanted to do this one from scratch with all the songs originating and worked on with everyone in the room, on their instruments. It felt much more organic, like the way I used to do it for the first 20 years of my career — more honest to my roots.”

Lee’s inspirations for the album also spanned quite the gamut.

“My inspirations for Patina are from the artists I loved during my youth,” he said. “Robin Trower, Santana, Black Sabbath, Captain Beyond, Thin Lizzy, Grand Funk Railroad, Dave Bowie … I could go on and on, but let me also say that there are also hints of Sly & the Family Stone, Dick Dale, psychedelia and even some George Benson. Don’t let any of that scare you — it all makes sense!”

Patina will drop Nov. 9. In the meantime, enjoy watching Lee and company below …

Al Estrada Shows Off Pro-Mod San Dimas

Posted on August 22nd, 2018 by Sara Norton

Guitar ace Al Estrada shows off his stellar playing on a Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E Ash (in Natural) in a recent video.

In the clip, Estrada exhibits both the model’s features and massive range with a couple slick hard rock riffs before then slowing down the tempo with a smooth, melodic solo.

Watch Estrada in action below.

Angel Vivaldi Releases Playthrough Video ‘Synapse’

Posted on August 14th, 2018 by Sara Norton

If you needed any more proof that instru-metal virtuoso Angel Vivaldi’s playing is not of this planet, look no further than his newest guitar playthrough video for “Synapse.”

“Synapse” is the perfect blend of harmonious atmospheric force Vivaldi is known for. His signature playing is on full display as he glides around on his custom Charvel DK247 at sonic speeds, effortlessly showing off his brisk fretwork.

As the song crests with explosive force, Vivaldi slows the tempo with a smooth tapping technique before screaming out a soaring solo as the song fades.

“Synapse” is the title track of Vivaldi’s fifth album, which you can order here.

Enjoy the video below.

 

Clint Vincent Joins Charvel

Posted on August 7th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Clint Vincent of Australian rock band Dead Letter Circus is a new Charvel artist, and we couldn’t be more amped to have the Aussie on board.

The Brisbane-native provides the beautiful palette of alternative riffs and soaring licks for Dead Letter Circus, and his playing is on full display in new single “The Real You” off their upcoming self-titled fifth album.

Dead Letter Circus made an impact on the Australian charts when their debut album This Is the Warning peaked at No. 2 and was later certified gold. Since then, they have generated three acclaimed albums and toured the world in support of bands such as Muse, Linkin Park, and Judas Priest. Their upcoming eponymous album will be released Sept. 21 via Rise Records and BMG.

Give “The Real You” a listen below, and check here for upcoming tour dates.

Charvel Welcomes Neil Swanson to the Club

Posted on July 12th, 2018 by Sara Norton

We are psyched to announce Neil Swanson as our newest Charvel artist!

“Being a Charvel artist feels like being part of something traditional and classic, but also very fresh, modern and exciting,” said Swanson

The Texas-born and bred guitarist packs a punch of talent on the axe, as proven when he was crowned the winner of Orianthi’s worldwide Talenthouse.com “Be My Band” competition. Steve Vai also recognized him as one of the top 10 guitarists in America and invited him to open his tour after Swanson won Guitar Center’s Steve Vai Sessions contest with a solid cover of Vai’s song “Juice.”

Since then, Swanson has toured the world and shared the stage with some of music’s biggest acts including Vai, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Michelle Branch, and developed a playing style as iconic as his platinum blond hairdo.

Outfitted with a slick Snow White Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1, Swanson is currently tearing up the stage with the hard rock band Diamante.

Check out the video of Swanson with his new Charvel below, and catch him on tour with Diamante here.

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12 Dinky Models to Tear Into

Posted on June 27th, 2018 by Admin

Charvel is stoked with all the fresh Dinky offerings we have for our hungry fans to devour in 2018 and to catch you up with both our Winter and Summer NAMM releases, here’s a quick look at 12 all-new DK models.

Pro-Mod DK24 HSS 2PT CM Satin Shell Pink

Making it’s debut at Summer NAMM is the Pro-Mod DK24 HSS 2PT CM, available in a time-to-hit-the-beach Satin Shell Pink.  This model delivers unbelievably full and versatile tone with an HSS pickup configuration consisting of a Custom Seymour Duncan® Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup, Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 single-coil middle pickup and Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP single coil neck pickup.

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Miss May I’s Justin Aufdemkampe Finds Best Fit in Charvel

Posted on June 27th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Justin Aufdemkampe Signature Pro-Mod SD24D

Miss May I stands at the summit of modern U.S. metalcore, and Charvel® is proud to honor the formidably fast, aggressive, and melodic fret work of Justin Aufdemkampe with a killer, all-new model bearing his name.

“I am very excited to have a signature model guitar that was developed with the guitar player in mind,” said Aufdemkampe. “To me, being a musician, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

“Originally, I had been switching around to other guitar companies, trying to find the best fit for myself,” he continued. “A buddy of mine convinced me to play a pair of Charvel guitars on Warped Tour a while back, and I was hooked.”

The Limited Edition Justin Aufdemkampe Signature Pro-Mod SD24 model features a classic San Dimas body fashioned from mahogany that is finished in a slick Trans Red with chrome hardware. The two-piece bolt-on caramelized maple “speed” neck has graphite reinforcement and silky-smooth hand-rubbed urethane finish. Its 12”-16” compound radius caramelized maple fingerboard features comfortable rolled edges, 24 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays, allowing you to slide around and scream out solos with optimum ease.

Ferocious tone bites from a special HS pickup configuration combining a Fender® Texas Special single-coil neck pickup with a Seymour Duncan® Distortion SH-6 bridge pickup.

Other premium modern features include a three-way rotary pickup switch, domed volume and tone control knobs, momentary kill switch, Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge, and locking tuners.

“Charvel has the looks and the playability that make them great guitars, as well as the team that backs it,” summed up Aufdemkampe. “For me it was a no brainer, and I haven’t looked back since.”

See more from Aufkempkampe below as he stopped by the Charvel booth at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville to check out his signature axe!

Miss May I's Justin Aufdemkampe

Miss May I's Justin Aufdemkampe stops by #SummerNAMM to check out his brand new #Charvel Limited Edition Signature Pro-Mod SD24! http://www.charvel.com/guitars/artist/limited-edition-justin-aufdemkampe-signature-pro-mod-sd24-caramelized-maple-fingerboard-trans-red/

Posted by Charvel® Guitars on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Jake E Lee Reflects on his ‘Special’ Years with Ozzy and Dishes on his USA Signature Blue Burst

Posted on May 31st, 2018 by Chrissy Mauck

Red Dragon Cartel guitarist Jake E Lee sat down with Charvel to discuss what initially inspired him to want to play guitar (any guesses?) as well as some of his favorite features on his Charvel USA Signature Blue Burst guitar.

His original Blue Burst guitar gained notoriety during his stint with Ozzy Osbourne, as he recorded and performed live with the famous instrument throughout the band’s pivotal Bark at the Moon and Ultimate Sin years.

In the clip below, Lee reflects back on that “interesting and special” time, calling it “one that I don’t think happens to a lot of people.”

As far as his Blue Burst, Lee explains why he’s a fan of slanted pickups, hardtails, thinner necks, wood with resonance and so on. He also touches on his longtime loyalty to Charvel, and how it all began.

“Eddie [Van Halen] used a Charvel and he was the guy who turned the whole guitar world upside down,” says Lee. “So, he kind of made it cool. You were either a Fender guy or a Gibson guy really and then Eddie comes along and f’s everybody’s shit up with his playing and he was playing a Charvel. It kind of became synonymous with just cool. Charvel. Yeah, I play Charvel.  It sounds cool. Everything they’ve made, even stuff I didn’t particularly care for — it’s well made, it’s as good as you can get. I can’t think of another brand or company that I would trust with making me stuff.”

Enjoy the video below …

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