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Watch Kelly Simonz Demo the Pro-Mod Collection at Tokyo Guitar Clinic

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 by Morgan Brunner


Charvel artist Kelly Simonz held a guitar clinic last month at the Gakki Center in Tokyo, where he showed off his impressive skills on the latest Pro-Mod collection.

The guitar virtuoso from Japan demoed a Rocket Red Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR on his song “Future Destination” and a Transparent Black Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR on “Tales Of The Viking.”

View Simonz’s special appearance at the clinic below.

Watch New Rock Bottom Bros. Video with Charvel Artist Jordan Ziff

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Live From the Nest, a YouTube channel dedicated to local Phoenix artists grooving to

Charvel artist Jordan Ziff recently joined Rock Bottom Bros. (a music/social media project based in Phoenix featuring Paul Anthony and Mike Hill) for a new video for a song called “Maurice and Verdine.” Watch below as the trio grooves along to this ode to the legendary Earth, Wind and Fire brothers.

Al Estrada Lights Up Stage at Dana Point Summer Concert Series

Posted on August 3rd, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Lights, a So Cal band billed for its note for note renditions of Journey’s classic catalog, recently ignited the stage at the Dana Point Summer Concert Series.

Playing a U.S.A. Charvel San Dimas that he modded with stainless steel frets, Lights guitarist Al Estrada wowed with a blistering solo, which can be viewed in the clip below.

Watch G3 in Action

Posted on July 27th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

G3, featuring a new lineup comprised by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and the Aristocrats (Guthre Govan, Marco Minnemann and Bryan Beller), have wrapped their European run, but thanks to some excellent fan footage, everyone can enjoy seeing these masterful guitarists in action.

Prior to the tour, the Aristocrats had this to say:

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for Joe and Steve as groundbreaking artists in the world of instrumental rock who continue to bring it year after year. It will be a special privilege to bring our subversive brew of Aristocratic musical mayhem to the G3 stage – and especially the G3 audience. Let the games begin!”

Looks those games included covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” the Police’s “Message in a Bottle”  and more.

Watch some of the clips below …

‘I Just Beat My Guitar’ – Gojira’s Joe Duplantier to ‘Total Guitar’

Posted on July 19th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

In its July issue, Total Guitar features a lengthy article with Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier.

The piece covers the blood, sweat and tears that went into making new album Magma, including building a recording studio, Joe and sticksman brother Mario moving to New York and the loss of their mother.

“It drastically affected the creative process,” Duplantier said of her passing. “I kinda want to say the entire record is all about that … I’m all about that, I mean, I lost my mum. It’s difficult to explain the reasons behind the art sometimes. You recycle every single thing that happens to you. We’re all confronted by death… that’s what people do. They die! It’s interesting how something like that can be that extraordinary and painful, yet totally normal. Life has all these traps and forces you to evolve, so our music is a good image of what we are – anger, frustration, violence … but also peace.”

Duplantier also provides insight into the band’s gear and sonic approach for the album.

“For me, when it’s time to record, I just run around, try to find my guitar (signature Charvel San Dimas), quickly get it all working and wrestle it into submission.

“But the Whammy is an exciting and cool tool. This was the first time we’ve actually used a pedal. Before that, our noises have been hand-made, like the pick scrape, which came from an accident on tour when I made this sound with strings and thought it was cool. So I did it again the next night and wrote it into some of our songs, along with pinched harmonics and weird bends. People always ask what pedal I use, and I always have to say ‘I just beat my guitar and find sounds!’ I was really proud of that. The only effect for us really has been the distortion of the amp. Now it will be impossible for me to play those riffs without the Whammy!”

Instead of stacking guitar tracks on top of each other, Duplantier said the band went for a more minimalistic approach.

“I wanted to record something that allowed people to hear the texture and tone of the guitars more than ever before,” he shared. “Like the pick attack on the strings. So rather than a wall of sound, it would be at most two guitars. During the choruses I added a Telecaster underneath my signature Charvel— I love the sound of them because they’re very bright and make a big difference even when super low in the mix. It brings a different vibe with the single-coils.”

Click here to purchase the July issue (available via print or digital) to read the full article!

Total Guitar Reviews the Pro-Mod Collection

Posted on July 11th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Total Guitar magazine reviewed the full lineup of the new Charvel Pro-Mod guitars in its August issue, honoring each of the three new models—So-Cal Style 1 HH FR, San Dimas Style 1 HH FR and San Dimas HH HT—with a “Total Guitar Best Buy” award.

The five-page spread includes a spotlight on Charvel’s history, a highlight of the models and a side-by-side quick glance spec comparison. The breakdown also includes a stellar rating of each instrument for features, sound quality, value for money, build quality and playability. The So-Cal Style 1 HH FR and San Dimas Style 1 HH FR scored a perfect five-star rating across all categories, while the San Dimas HH HT earned five stars in all categories, save for features and value for money, which received four stars.

So with those excellent ratings, here’s the mag’s final verdict:

“Some guitars choose their new owners, and retro metal guitars such as the Charvel Pro-Mods will appeal to a particular type of player. If you need us to spell it out, we’re talking shredders, metalheads and the hair-metal throwbacks. To us, the wide tonal range, flawless playability and choice of tasteful or retina-melting finishes take us back to a fun era to be a guitarist. It was a time of innovation, and Charvel was at the forefront of that. There are countless rock machines out there these days, but few are better than these well-priced Pro-Mods. They are, as Bill and Ted might say, most triumphant…”

Guitar World Features the USA Select Series at Summer NAMM 2016

Posted on July 6th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Guitar World visited the FMIC High Performance booth at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn., for a first look at new products arriving this fall from Charvel, Jackson and EVH.

In the video below,  Charvel’s Jon Romanowski introduces the all-new USA Select models that will debut in August.

Watch the clip below, and click here for more details.

Gojira Teams Up with Arte for Brilliant Concert Video

Posted on June 28th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Joe Duplantier and his band Gojira recently teamed up with Arte.TV for an epic 70-minute video of their private concert held at Studio 500.

The artfully crafted video captures the band and their fans in a movie-quality production full of clever angles that puts the viewer on stage with the band and in the moshing crowd. The fast-paced clips intensify the emotion and with so many up-close shots, it manages to make you feel like you are truly experiencing the performance in person.

During the set, Gojira played three new songs off brand new album Magma, including “Stranded,” “Silvera” and “Only Pain.”

Watch the incredible footage below:

Charvel Unveils New Flagship USA Select Series

Posted on June 23rd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Taps Straight Into Original-Era Charvel DNA for High-Performance Players

During this week’s 2016 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn., Charvel is unveiling its new flagship USA Select series with the San Dimas® Style 1 HSS FR, San Dimas Style 1 HSS HT, So-Cal Style 1 HSS FR and San Dimas Style 2 HH FR models.

Each gorgeous guitar taps straight into original-era Charvel DNA for a sleek, ferocious model with “old-school throwback” specs our high-performance players have been clamoring for, including ’80s-style body perimeters, finely shaped neck profiles, fast compound radius fingerboards with rolled edges, non-recessed Floyd Rose® bridges, and more.

Available in August, the new USA Select models will be offered in Pitch Black, Satin Plum, Snow Blind Satin and Torred.

Stay tuned to charvel.com for more product details.

All That Remains Recording New Album

Posted on June 20th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner


Massachusetts-based metallers All That Remains have returned to a studio in Woodland Hills, Calif., to record their follow-up to 2015’s The Order of Things. Frontman Phil Labonte recently invited fans into the recording space via a live stream with an update on their progress.

Labonte’s video was a casual introduction to what appears will be the first of many. The band plans to keep fans in the loop on a weekly basis, and will post behind-the-scenes videos of their sessions to YouTube once recording wraps.

Watch Labonte’s clip below, and be on the lookout for more streaming sessions from the guys soon ..

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