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Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M Nabs 5-Star Review From ‘Total Guitar’

Posted on May 15th, 2019 by Sara Norton

The Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M nabbed a trifecta of accolades from Total Guitar in its May issue including a 5-star review, the UK magazine’s “Best Buy” and “Best On Test” awards.

In an in-depth feature, the magazine pitted four killer guitars that play host to the iconic Floyd Rose double-locking vibrato head-to-head. While all four earned extremely high praise, it was our Charvel axe that took top honors.

“It’s the Charvel that took most of our attention,” noted TG. “The first Floyd-loaded metal machines were like hot rods: you take a lovely ’50s motor, strip it of all unnecessary clutter and weight, bolt on high performance parts, then paint the thing a cool colour. That’s the Charvel. The Seymour JB/’59 humbucker pairing, rolled fingerboard edges, effortless playability, perfectly set-up Floyd; it’s a dream machine.”

Playability was of course a big factor in the head to head competition and the Charvel definitely stood out from Ibanez, Schecter and Jackson guitars.

“The Charvel is slightly chubbier at the first fret, and the profile is pretty much the same as you travel up to the body end,” wrote TG. “We love the rolled fingerboard edges and the way the neck gently flattens out on the back. It’s supremely comfortable, and a good choice for those that don’t do the super-slim stuff.”

Directly mounting the Seymour Duncan JB and ’59 humbucking pickups to the body of this Pro Mod San Dimas boosts tonal resonance, and TG was definitely digging its old-school tonal range.

“The classic Seymour JB offers plenty of grunt and punch in the bridge position, but you get some excellent clarity even when the extreme dirt is dished,” wrote TG. “The neck pickup offers warm bluesy tones to complete a versatile package. Anybody who reckons Floyd guitars don’t do tone needs to try this.”

Pick up the latest issue on stands now to read the full article or click here to purchase a digital subscription.

Evergrey Release New Video For ‘All I Have’

Posted on April 17th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Swedish melodic death metal band Evergrey recently released the music video for the insanely heavy song “All I Have” off eleventh studio album The Atlantic.

Guitarist Henrick Danhage kicks off the song with an incredible riff on his custom Charvel that blends perfectly with Tom S. Englund’s pristine vocals. Then, while Danhage taps out an amazing solo, the footage cuts to Englund traversing a forest blanketed in snow in search of a buried chest.

Give the full song a listen below, and catch Evergrey on tour here.

‘Premier Guitar’ Goes Backstage with Jake E Lee

Posted on April 15th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Premier Guitar magazine’s John Bohlinger caught up with Jake E Lee during Red Dragon Cartel’s recent tour for an episode of Rig Rundown, in which the axe fiend showed off his iconic Charvel signature guitars.

“’Whitey’ was always my go-to guitar,” said Lee of his iconic Jake E Lee USA Signature model in Pearl White. “For the second Ozzy tour, I felt like I needed something else. I wanted to be a little classy, so I came up with the Blue Burst.”

Lee’s signature models feature a unique HSS pickup configuration with a Seymour Duncan® JB Alnico II humbucking bridge and a pair of DiMarzio® SDS-1 single-coils mounted at a reverse slant.

“[The reverse slant] gives a little more bite to the bass strings and a little more depth to the treble strings,” added Lee, right before using Whitey to run through the myriad of tones on his pedal board.

Check out Lee in the full Rig Rundown interview below.

Angel Vivaldi’s Charvel Signature Nova Reps ‘Innovation and Creativity’

Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Sara Norton

To say Angel Vivaldi knows a thing or two about guitar is an understatement. The axe genius has spent the better part of 17 years perfecting his craft to what it is today, and getting there meant overcoming several hurdles.

“I grew up with a lot of obstacles standing in my way of playing guitar, whether it was being very poor or having little-to-no support,” says Angel Vivaldi in an exclusive interview with Charvel. “Things like lessons and adequate gear were way out of the question. I spent a lot of time by myself just exploring the guitar, using my ear as a guide.”

Despite these setbacks, Vivaldi would soldier on and build an illustrious career in instrumental-prog rock with albums like Away With Words, Part 1 and Synapse. As his career blossomed, so did his need for an instrument that could keep up with his fiery fretwork.

“I remember playing with tons of different bands, some were in drop B and some were in drop C,” explains Vivaldi. “I couldn’t afford a guitar to play with each of these bands, so I figured if I had a 7-string I could cover all my bases. Sure enough, it did! Now it’s just become a huge part of how I riff and write.”

In early 2017, Charvel sent the guitarist a DK24 model to take for a spin. The guitar virtuoso immediately admired the classic-yet-unconventional approach Charvel took to crafting state-of-the-art instruments.

“I fell in love with the philosophy behind what Charvel does — breaking rules on traditional guitars,” says Vivaldi. “I found this philosophy really falls in line with my own philosophy of fusing modern-era guitar building with the blue prints of classic tradition.”

“To be honest, I didn’t expect to fall in love as much as I did,” continues Vivaldi grinning. “I was initially sent a 6-string DK24. The fact that I am a 7-string player who fell in love with a 6-string says a lot.”

This partnership would eventually spawn the Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 Nova, an elegant 7-string guitar loaded with premium features and designed for an array of playing, from heavy metal riffs to articulate blues solos.

“The name Nova really represents so much of what I feel like this guitar stands for… which is driven innovation and creativity,” says Vivaldi of his signature model.

Watch the in-depth interview below, which includes a full rundown of the features on his signature axe as well as enticing playing snippets of his songs.

 

Satchel Promises his Signature Charvel Models are ‘Best-Sounding, Best-Playing Rock Guitars’

Posted on April 3rd, 2019 by Sara Norton

“If you’re like me and don’t want to play guitars that suck, you’re going to like these a lot because they’re the best-sounding, best-playing rock guitars,” promises Steel Panther guitarist Satchel in an exclusive new Charvel video about his Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK models.

An ultimate rock machine, the Satchel Pro-Mod DK is locked and loaded with premium appointments including an alder Dinky™ body, rock-solid two-piece bolt-on maple neck, blazing 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard and Fishman® Fluence Classic bridge and neck humbucking pickups.

“I love the way they sound,” says Satchel. “They make it easy to rock, especially for heavy metal. When you’re looking for a high-gain, high-saturated tone, these pickups sound amazing.”

In his spec rundown (sometimes on point and sometimes totally false), Satchel also praises its Floyd Rose trem, calling it “one of the best systems ever made” and calls out the “huge benefit” of the heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel.

If you’re not sold on the specs alone, Satchel assures you that the brand-new Slime Green Bengal finish or more familiar Yellow Bengal dressing will emphatically seal the deal.

“Even if you’re not a good guitar player, hang them on your wall,” he says. “These guitars look great in houses and apartments. Hang these in your bathroom or living room — girls go crazy for them!”

Oh, and if you like skateboards, we’ve got one of those with Satchel’s Yellow Bengal print, too! Pester your local authorized Charvel dealers for one of those.

Watch Satchel’s lively interview below, and catch Steel Panther on tour here.

Digital Tour Bus Goes Backstage With Angel Vivaldi

Posted on March 20th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Digital Tour Bus caught up with Angel Vivaldi on a stop during his Guitar Collective 2018 tour for a look at his rig, which of course included his Charvel Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 Nova.

“This guitar is that old school and new school type of hybrid,” said Vivaldi.

The Nova boasts a slew of premium features including a reverse 7-string Fender Strat headstock tilted back for improved string tension at the nut, a recessed heel and scooped lower horn for easy upper fret access and a Gotoh® custom 7-string 510 tremolo bridge.

“[The Nova] is great for shred!” added Vivaldi.

Check out the full interview below.

Gus G. Joins Steel Panther Onstage for ‘Crazy Train’

Posted on March 12th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Known for constant antics and humor, Steel Panther’s Satchel also boasted about his impersonation skills during the final show of their European tour. With Greek guitar phenom Gus G. proving support, Satchel informed the crowd that he was about to pull off a wardrobe change and then do “an impersonation of Gus G. doing an impersonation of Randy Rhoads that is going to blow your f***ing minds.”

A few beats later and armed with his signature Charvel Pro-Mod DK, “Satchel” returned to the stage as “Gus G.” and gave a stellar performance of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” which only makes sense given the virtuoso spent nearly a decade as Osbourne’s guitarist.

Check out the switcheroo below!

Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM Snags ‘Guitar World’ Platinum Award

Posted on March 5th, 2019 by Sara Norton

 

A huge hit since its summer 2018 release, the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM snagged a Guitar World “Platinum Award” in the magazine’s April issue.

The Paul Riario review and article, entitled “Crushin’ It”, raves how this Satin Orange Crush guitar “packs so much tonal firepower and high-performance features, it plays like an instrument built for virtuosos. Even though you don’t need to be one, it’ll make you feel it won’t take long to achieve.”

While Riario praised several of the axe’s features, it was the baked neck and custom Seymour Duncan pickups that took the cake.

“The standout feature of the Pro-Mod DK24 is its caramelized ‘speed’ neck,” he wrote. “It looks killer, and the torrefaction adds stability with a raw wood feel, plus a lively pop in tone.”

Riario also noted the versatility of the custom Seymour Duncan pickups in an HSH configuration.

“The trio of Seymour Duncan pickups along with its unique wiring configuration offers up a wealth of improved vintage and modern tones,” wrote Riario. “The blade selector does not have the typical five-way wiring scheme, but instead splits certain coils while disengaging others to give you a better-sounding range of single-coil sparkle, mid-range clarity and full-throttle humbucking slide.”

All in all, Riario proclaims that this DK24 2PT “might just be the ultimate Charvel I’ve ever come across, with a price that defies all that it offers.”

Order the magazine online to read the full article here.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark Demos DK24 HH FR M QM

Posted on March 1st, 2019 by Sara Norton

Rock of Ages and Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitarist Angus Clark took the Pro-Mod DK24 HH FR M QM for a spin in a recent YouTube demo.

“This is a Charvel—it’s synonymous with that kind of ’80s ‘lead machine,’” said Clark. “You know you can count on this guitar to do that; I was just impressed that I could do so much more with it.”

Clark ran through each of the 5-pickup positions of the Seymour Duncan® Full Shred SH-10B neck Seymour Duncan SH2N bridge pickups, providing a stellar showcase of the axe’s versatility — from snappy pop and country riffs to jazz solos or gritty leads.

“It’s really hard to get everything you want exactly the way you want it, but this guitar is succeeding,” pointed out Clark.

Check out Clark’s full playthrough below.

11 Ripping New Charvel Axes for 2019

Posted on February 26th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Charvel is amped to add a variety of new axes  — from brand-new USA Select and artist signature models to even more bright and bold new finishes for our core Pro-Mod Series.  Here’s a quick intro of the 11 new guitars we have in store for you.

USA Select DK24 HH 2PT CM

A brand-new offering from our Corona, Calif.-based factory, the USA Select DK24 HH 2PT CM packs classic Charvel style and attitude with premium features. The bolt-on two-piece caramelized maple neck and fingerboard take it up a notch in tone and style, while direct mount custom Seymour Duncan bridge and neck pickups deliver in-your-face tone performance after performance.  Throw in a mini two-way toggle switch for parallel and series pickup combinations, volume knob with 500K EVH Bourns low-friction pot, black Strat-style skirt knobs, Gotoh Custom 510 recessed trem bridge with titanium saddles and thick brass block, and well, consider yourself unstoppable.

Looking for flash? The Oxblood finish is sure to scream for attention, while the Satin White might call more to those looking for an understated and classic vibe.

Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 NOVA


Elegance and power collide in the brand-spanking new Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 NOVA, available in an arresting Satin Sage Green with a matching reverse Fender® Stratocaster® headstock and gold hardware. This magnificent 7-string axe features a bolt-on three-piece maple neck with a profile designed to Vivaldi’s preferred specifications, while the maple fingerboard’s cascading black dot inlays add a sophisticated and unique touch. Under the hood, a DiMarzio Tone Zone bridge pickup and a DiMarzio Air Norton neck pickup add plenty of snappy warm tones.

Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK

Metal’s favorite jester Russ “Satchel” Parrish gets a new color addition to his wildly popular signature model. Now available in a vibrant Slime Green Bengal finish, the Satchel Pro-Mod DK features a pair of Fishman® Fluence Classic humbucking pickups for that iconic ‘80s metal tone.  Nothing is understated when it comes to Steel Panther and that includes the pickup bobbins, which are decked out in black and green. Grab the spandex, eyeliner, hairspray and set the room ablaze.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E Deep Purple

Our So-Cal Style 1 got dipped in a new royal Deep Purple Metallic finish and paired with a black pickguard and black hardware for a look that’s ready for the bigtime. Its alder body lends itself to a wider scope of tones, while the ebony fingerboard delivers tremendous percussive notes. Ideal for metal of any flavor, Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups fuel this axe with an annihilating and heavy voice.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E Gloss Black

Purple not your jam? Our So-Cal also sees a new Gloss Black finish with black pickguard and black hardware for those with a more brooding personality and/or those ladies out there who are always in need of the “perfect black dress axe.” Also offering a set of Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups, this guitar produces full-bodied, powerful mids that are ideal for scorching leads. A premium feature option on all of our FR Pro-Mods, the Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system will keep you in tune regardless of your whammy-histrionics.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M Snow White

Already a popular color in the lineup, our So-Cal Style 1 in Snow White now gets a refreshing new option with a parchment pickguard and chrome hardware. This axe features a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with black dot inlays.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M LH Snow White

Left-handed? You’re covered. This Snow White with black pickguard So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M LH model packs many of the Charvel chutzpah of its right-handed counterparts. Same Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups, same smooth 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard and same kickass Floyd Rose 1000 Series trem. Main difference besides its orientation? Instead of offering a no-load tone control, the lefty version features a tone control with push/pull tone activation.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR E

This San Dimas® Style 1 is in full bloom with a stunning Satin Burgundy Mist finish. Don’t let its rosy complexion fool you — courtesy the direct mount Seymour Duncan® JB TB-4 bridge and Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N neck pickups, this bad boy is ready to rip into any heavy, aggressive playing style with plenty of output and sustain. When the occasion calls for it, these pickups can also shift into warmer, sweet tones.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR E Deep Purple Metallic

The San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E is also offered in a bold and edgy new Deep Purple Metallic finish that complements its ebony fingerboard and black hardware beautifully.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR M QM Transparent Green Burst

Looking for a touch of elegance instead? The San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR M QM sports a stunning quilt maple top finished in Transparent Green Burst.  White pickup bobbins add another dimension to its classic looks, along with the durable maple fingerboard and chrome hardware.

 

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