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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 …

Watch Angel Vivaldi’s Guitar Playthrough for ‘Adenosine’

Posted on May 14th, 2018 by Chrissy Mauck

“Adenosine” is track No. 7 on instrumental guitar genius Angel Vivaldi’s latest album Synapse and also the most recent cut to get his slickly-produced guitar playthrough video treatment.

Fun fact … Adenosine plays an important role in our sleep schedule as it slows down the activity of neurons. It gradually builds up in our bodies when we are awake and makes us feel sleepy by the end of the day. As our bodies sleep, adenosine molecules break down, ensuring that the cycle starts all over again.

Vivaldi’s track seems to also have its own cycle, starting off fiery with big chords and a staccato rhythm, followed by a melodic lead that builds and then segues into a hypnotic tapping section. The New Jersey progressive axeman also keeps it interesting with his guitar selection as he kicks off the clip with a Charvel Limited Edition Super Stock DK24 and then switches to his very first Charvel signature prototype in Sage Metallic Green, which he’s nicknamed “Rue” after Rue McClanahan who played Blanche on television hit show Golden Girls.

Enjoy the clip below and if you want to learn to play along, tabs are for sale here and he’s even available for actual instruction too via a variety of lesson packages.

 

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