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Accordo.it Drops By Charvel Showcase at NAMM

Posted on January 30th, 2012 by MDuffy

The 2012 Charvel Showcase at NAMM welcomed Italian website accord.it to the booth, where they got an up-close tour of all the guitars on display.

Unfortunately, there are no subtitles, but check out what they found below:

 

Watch Footage From Weezer Cruise

Posted on January 27th, 2012 by MDuffy

Weezer recently spent a few days at sea with 15 other bands and a ton of friends for their 2012 Weezer Cruise.

Those participating included Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Gene Ween and Dave Dreiwitz, Wavves, The Antlers, Yuck, Free Energy, Boom Bip, J Mascis, Lou Barlow, Keepaway, Ozma, The Nervous Wreckords, The Knocks, Sleeper Agent and Yacht Rock Revue.

Check out a highlight video of Weezer’s cruise-opening performance below:

For more Weezer information, visit the band’s official website.

Red Dave Reviews Amazing Old Wood Charvels

Posted on January 25th, 2012 by MDuffy

The Music Zoo’s Tim Reynolds caught up with Charvel master builder Red Dave at the 2012 Charvel Showcase at NAMM over the weekend, where the two discussed a few amazing one-off guitars.

The axes feature vintage maple that came from some old logs that sat in a lake for years and was harvested by someone at a company called Yankee Veneer.

“He salvaged all this stuff, and now we’re making guitars out of it.  It’s just incredible stuff,” remarked Red Dave.

Check out the video below:

Charvel Desolation DS2-ST Gets Hands-On Review from Music Gear Review

Posted on January 25th, 2012 by Pauline France

The Charvel Desolation DS2-ST recently got tested by the Music Gear Review camp, which called the axe “striking” and “well-balanced.”

Staff at Music Gear Review praised the DS2-ST’s feel, and said it makes for a great stage companion.

“I played this guitar during a band rehearsal and had it strapped on me for 3 hours of uninterrupted duration and came to an obvious conclusion about this guitar: it’s VERY light!,” said the website. “The body feels as if it’s made of basswood and not mahogany. This goes a long way in making it a great stage instrument.”

Music Gear Review also dug the axe’s look and tone, and wrapped up by saying that the model offers great sound for the buck.

“Charvel has surprised me with this DS-2 model,” concluded Music Gear Review. “Not only in quality for a guitar with an MSRP of $469.99 – $529.99 USD, but simply because Charvel has broken the mold with a different look and constructed a guitar to appeal to a wider demographic of players looking for more than a double cut-away style.”

Read the entire review at www.musicgearreview.com

2012 Charvel Showcase At NAMM: Recap

Posted on January 24th, 2012 by MDuffy

The 2012 Charvel Showcase at NAMM brought out the best of shredders.

Not only did the booth at the Anaheim Convention Center feature the Desolation series – including the new Soloist and Star models – several heavy-hitters of the guitar world stopped by.

RATT’s Warren DeMartini was one of the first.  DeMartini participated in an autograph signing on Friday, and then stuck around for the weekend to mingle with fans.

In addition, the Charvel Showcase hosted a five-man autograph session on Saturday, with Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando, Bleeding Through’s Dave Nassie, Brian Nutter of Keith Urban’s band, and Winds of Plague’s Nick Piunno and Nick Eash all inking pictures.

When the guys weren’t signing, they messed around on Charvel axes, passing around the guitar in a round-robin of audio acrobatics.

Below is video of Orlando, Nassie and Nutter each taking their turn:

Orlando

Nassie

Nutter

Charvel Desolation Star Demo Videos

Posted on January 16th, 2012 by Chrissy Mauck

Bleeding Through’s Dave Nassie showcases the NEW Desolation Star guitar with both clean and dirty tones.

In the first video, Nassie is playing the guitar with a dirty tone through the EVH 5150III with a MXR GT-OD as a boost and a Cry Baby wah.

In the second clip, Nassie demonstrates a clean tone with the guitar again played through the EVH 5150III.

Decibel Magazine Reviews New Desolation Series

Posted on January 12th, 2012 by Pauline France

Decibel‘s Matt Olivo got his hands on a couple of Charvel axes, the DS-1 ST and DS-3 ST, and reviewed them in a recent issue of the magazine.

Olivo noticed that the DS-1 ST is built for speed right off the bat.

“Without exception, Charvel always designs guitars to be played fast,” said Olivo. This guitar is quite easy to shred on. Right out of the box, the low-action, 24 jumbo frets, compound radius fingerboard and slim profile neck beg you go shred!”

On the DS-3 ST, Olivo said that it offers similar playability as the DS-1 ST, and that it’s got features more suitable for beginner guitarists.

Olivo wrapped up by saying that Charvel is up there with “major guitar manufacturers who offer a wide range of quality guitars for players of all levels.”

Get your copy of Decibel here to read the full review.

Gear Vault Tries Out Charvel Desolation DS-1T and DS-1 ST Guitars

Posted on January 12th, 2012 by Pauline France

Gear Vault tested brand new Charvel Desolation DS-1T and DS-1 ST guitars, and gave them raving reviews.

After describing the guitars’ specs in detail, the website lists the models’ several virtues.

“The craftsmanship is flawless, the feel is awesome and the options are plentiful — a level of versatility that’s impressive at these price points,” says Gear Vault. “If you are starting out or watching your budget, but are still ready for a professional guitar that builds on decades of custom guitar expertise, rock out with the new line of Desolation guitars from Charvel.”

Read the full review and watch a video demo at GearVault.com

CHARVEL INTRODUCES NEW DESOLATION SERIES MODELS

Posted on January 10th, 2012 by MDuffy

Charvel welcomes the return of two classic body shapes, both in sleekly modern Desolation series form. New Desolation DST and DX guitars offer a variety of features and finishes prized by discerning players everywhere, and both deadly models deliver the devastating tone, killer looks and high-performance playability that separate the Desolation series from all others.

The DST-1 ST Star marks the return of Charvel’s classic Star body profile, with features including a neck-through body, maple neck, compound radius (12”-16”) rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and Charvel “shark tooth” inlays, EMG® 85 (neck) and 81 (bridge) humbucking pickups with black bezels and three-way toggle switching, single domed metal volume control knob, stop-tailpiece bridge, locking tuners and black nickel hardware. Available in Black and Snow White gloss finishes with matching headstock; flame maple-top models also available with multi-ply binding (body, neck and headstock) in Trans Red, Trans Black and Trans Blue Smear gloss finishes with matching headstock. The tremolo-equipped DST-1 FR Star shares all the same formidable features and finish options, with the sole exceptions of having a Floyd Rose® locking tremolo and sealed die-cast tuners.

The DST-3 FR 1H Star also has a Star body, with features including a bolt-on maple neck with angled heel, 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and dot inlays, single humbucking pickup with black bezel, single domed metal volume control knob, Floyd Rose® locking tremolo, sealed die-cast tuners and black nickel hardware. Available in Black and Snow White gloss finishes.

The DX-1 ST Soloist has Charvel’s classic Soloist body profile, with features including a flame maple top (on trans finishes), multi-ply binding (body, neck and headstock; single-ply on Satin Black finish), neck-through body, maple neck with scalloped heel, scalloped upper horn, compound radius (12”-16”) rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and Charvel “shark tooth” inlays, EMG® 85 (neck) and 81 (bridge) humbucking pickups with black bezels and three-way toggle switching, single domed metal volume control knob, “football” jack plate, adjustable string-through-body bridge, locking tuners and black nickel hardware. Available in Black, Satin Black, Snow White, Cherry Sunburst, Trans Black, Trans Red and Trans Blue Smear gloss finishes with matching headstock. The DX-1 FR Soloist shares many of the same features, again with the sole exceptions of having a Floyd Rose® locking tremolo and sealed die-cast tuners.

Adrenaline Mob To Drop Debut Album In March

Posted on January 6th, 2012 by MDuffy

After releasing a self-titled EP last August, Adrenaline Mob has their debut full-length scheduled to drop on March 13.

Titled Omertá, the album will be released by the newly formed Elm City Music in conjunction with EMI Label Services.

With Mike Orlando shredding his guitar, Russell Allen (Symphony X) handling vocals and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) destroying the drums, Omertá contains 11 tracks, including fan favorites “Psychosane,” “Believe Me” and “Down To The Floor.”

There is also a blistering interpretation of Duran Duran’s classic “Come Undone” that features guest vocals by Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.

The supergroup will be heading out on tour this spring in support of the album, but no dates have officially been announced.

For more information, visit Adrenaline Mob’s official website.

Track listing for Omertá:

01. ‘Undaunted’
02. ‘Psychosane’
03. ‘Indifferent’
04. ‘All on the Line’
05. ‘Hit the Wall’
06. ‘Feelin’ Me’
07. ‘Come Undone’ (Ft. Lzzy Hale)
08. ‘Believe Me’
09. ‘Down to the Floor’
10. ‘Angel Sky’
11. ‘Freight Train’

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