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Angel Vivaldi Wows Again in New ‘Oxytocin’ Playthrough

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by Ryan Chadwick

The enigmatic and incredible Angel Vivaldi has blessed his fans with another mind-blowing play through of “Oxytocin” from latest album SYNAPSE.

With his seven-string Charvel in hand, Vivaldi’s unbelievable fretboard skills are shown in full in this simple, but must watch video. Joining the gifted musician is the equally talented Gus G. from Firewind.

The two trade off solos in a full-on shred fest that you can watch below.

Dhani Harrison Talks New Record & Charvel in ‘Premier Guitar’ Interview

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by Ryan Chadwick

After fronting his band thenewno2, recording and touring with Fistful of Mercy, and workingwith a gamut of legendary performers including Bob Dylan and Wu-Tang Clan, Dhani Harrison continues to forge his musical journey with the release of his In Parallel album this past October. Harrison sat down with Premier Guitar magazine interviewer Paul Kobylensky to talk about his history in music and how his Custom Charvel S-Type helped in the making of the song “Summertime Police.”

Being the son of a Beatle, Harrison was surrounded by music from an early age, but he didn’t always want to be.

“I grew up in the studio,” said Harrison. “I always played music since I was a kid: piano, guitar, drums. And I sang a lot too. So, I got my 10,000 hours early. I’m pretty sure I tried everything possible to not do music. But I knew I was going to come back to it at some point.”

Harrison also goes into thorough detail about all of the gear he used to record his solo effort, including how a Custom Shop Charvel S-Type built by Paul Waller made an appearance on his track “Summertime Police.”

“It’s got to be bold. It’s got to be rude. You know what I mean,” Harrison told Kobylensky. “On the record, there’s Jon Bates playing a custom Charvel that was also built by Paul Waller. And Jon was saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to bring back some shredding on this record?’ And it made the cut. And then I was like, ‘Oh, great. Now, I’ve got to get a Charvel or something with a locking nut, because I’m going to be playing all these songs with these huge bends in them.’”

Harrison did pick up a new Charvel S0-Cal in Neon Pink, which he’s posted some photos on Instagram of as he hit the road in support of the album. You can hear Harrison perform “Summertime Police” here, and watch one of his live performances on Jimmy Kimmel here.

Read the full Premier Guitar interview with Harrison by CLICKING HERE.

John Mayer Shares the Wealth with Instagram Live Guitar Lessons

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by Ryan Chadwick


Inspired by the countless number of NAMM related social media posts that flooded his feed at the end of January, mega-talented guitarist John Mayer took time out of his busy schedule to sit down in front of his camera phone and record a down and dirty Instagram Live guitar lesson for his hungry fans.

Armed with his trusty skate-inspired Charvel Custom Shop guitar, Mayer fielded questions from his 2.7 million followers. The 42-minute video, which has since been uploaded to YouTube, is filled with incredible information for beginners all the way to experts with topics ranging from the simple subtleties of utilizing a Floyd Rose to tips on adding bass lines while also playing lead.

Watch the full video below and see what you can learn.

Don’t miss out on any future lessons — follow Mayer on Instagram by CLICKING HERE.

Steel Panther’s Satchel Unveils His New Signature Charvel Pro-Mod DK Model

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 by Ryan Chadwick


When Steel Panther axe man Satchel met up with Charvel for an exclusive video interview, he covered all things guitar including his early guitar roots, some of his favorite players growing up, and most importantly, how his new Charvel Signature Pro-Mod DK model came to be.

After an unsuccessful attempt at football, Satchel began playing guitar at the age of 10. Over the years, he found inspiration from a myriad of different guitarists and styles including David Gilmore and Buck Dharma. Satchel eventually landed at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, where he connected with his glam rock Steel Panther bandmates.

For Satchel, Charvel was always number one. “In the ‘80s, Charvel was it,” said Satchel. “All the cool guitar players were playing Charvel. It’s always been a goal of mine to have a Charvel model at some point and I think I’ve achieved that.”

That box has been checked in 2018 with the introduction of his brand new Satchel Signature Charvel Pro-Mod DK model. The axe is a bright burst of fluorescent yellow finished off with a striking Bengal pattern that is matched only by the rockers personality. With two Fishman® Fluence Classic pickups and a Floyd Rose® 1000 series tremolo, the guitar is built with metal in mind.

“Fishman® pickups are the best pickups on the market as far as I’m concerned,” said Satchel. “They sound heavy metal. You can probably plug it in to your grandmother’s refrigerator and just turn the refrigerator up to 10, and it would sound like a modded Eddie Van Halen on Van Halen 1.”

Want more details about his new sig axe? Watch the full interview by hitting play on the video below.

Get Your ‘Adrenaline’ Pumping With Angel Vivaldi’s Latest Video

Posted on January 10th, 2018 by Ryan Chadwick

Angel Vivaldi unleashed an incredible playthrough video of latest track “Adrenaline” off new album SYNAPSE last week. The album’s opener features all of the incredible guitar work that you’ve come to expect from Vivaldi and includes a solo from the equally talented Julian Cifuentes.

Sure to turn the heads of his gear obsessed fans, Vivaldi is rocking a prototype of his seven-string signature Charvel that features an inverted Strat headstock, 24 frets and gold hardware

If you want to know more about the new axe, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes demo below.

Subscribe to Vivaldi’s YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

Rise of the Northstar Recording New Album with Gojira’s Joe Duplantier

Posted on December 7th, 2017 by Ryan Chadwick

French rockers Rise of the Northstar have announced that they are currently underway recording the follow-up to their debut record Welcame. For the new effort, the crew even flew to Silver Cord Studio in New York to work with fellow Frenchman and Charvel signature artist Joe Duplantier from Gojira.

Everyone involved sounds fired up with the collaboration.

“If touring in Japan was always our goal, making an album in New York, one of the most influential cities in the world, with Joe Duplantier producing, is one big challenge,” said Rise of the Northstar. “We’re here to enhance our blend of metal and rap and to take it to the next level.”

Duplantier also shared his thoughts on working with the up-and-coming thrashers.

“I’m excited to contribute to this album — Rise of the Northstar is badass,” Duplantier said. “Their approach of music is so direct, and they drive their career the same way. Definitely a great experience for me.”

Stay connected with what ROTN is doing by following them on Facebook HERE.

Angel Vivaldi Tears Through His Guest Solo in New Scale the Summit Video

Posted on November 28th, 2017 by Ryan Chadwick

Charvel artist Angel Vivaldi is featured in the latest video from progressive metal band Scale the Summit. The talented guitarist takes his Charvel Limited Edition Super Stock DK24 guitar to the next level as he tears into a new dimension during a guest solo on “Witch House”.

Vivaldi is currently on tour with Scale the Summit through the end of December. If you want to catch the Guitar Collective 2017 tour, CLICK HERE for the remaining tour dates.

Watch the full “Witch House” video by clicking play below.

Guthrie Govan’s Signature Charvel Wins ‘Guitarist’ Gear of the Year Award

Posted on November 15th, 2017 by Ryan Chadwick

In its December issue, U.K.’s Guitarist magazine pretty much confirmed what we already knew about the Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash model — it’s the pinnacle of the electric luthier’s art.  When it came to designing his signature axe, Govan set stringent standards, resulting in an instrument that just notched the magazine’s 2017 “Prestige Electrics” Gear of the Year award.

Guitarist magazine was massively impressed by the complete package offered with the Charvel signature guitar, writing, “the key is Guthrie Govan and in collusion with Charvel, he has produced a guitar that’s ridiculously dialed in and designed for his high-level pro use as a touring musician.”

This isn’t the first time that Guitarist has raved over the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH.

“Guthrie Govan’s vision for an all round workhouse that’ll stand up to the rigors of professional touring is superbly realized in this signature,” gushed reviewer Dave Burlluck in Guitarist’s October issue. “Every detail is wonderfully considered: the over-sized strap buttons, the Strat-like dished output jack placement, the hugely intuitive drive, that secret ‘single coil’ switch, the impressive tuning stability (and startling range) of the vibrato, not to mention the wood choice, graphite reinforced neck and a really unposh working player’s vibe. Is there anything Guthrie hasn’t considered?”

Get your copy of Guitarist HERE to check out the full feature.

Watch Dhani Harrison Perform on ‘Kimmel’

Posted on October 11th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Dhani Harrison released his debut solo studio album In Parallel just a few days ago, and has since begun his promotional efforts with a television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

A darkly lit stage added to Harrison’s hypnotic and psychedelic soundscape, as he and his backing band showcased a pair of new tracks from the album including a blistering performance of lead single “All About Waiting” and the more ethereal, synth-heavy “Summertime Police.”

Harrison also paid tribute to Tom Petty, taping the initials TP as well as the outline of a broken heart on the body of his Charvel So-Cal.

Watch the clip below of “All About Waiting,” and purchase In Parallel here.

Angel Vivaldi Brings the Dance Party in his Latest Video

Posted on October 4th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

We already knew Angel Vivaldi had mad shred skills but in his new video for “Serotonin” off upcoming album Synapse, the New Jersey guitarist also shows off some smoking dance moves.

The song features a guest solo from Alice Cooper guitarist and We Start Wars founder Nita Strauss, and Strauss appears in the video also, throwing down on the guitar with Vivaldi in dance battle fashion.

Vivaldi conceptualized and designed the well-choreographed shoot, and you can enjoy it below …

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