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Andertons Music Loves The New DK24 Models

Posted on October 3rd, 2018 by Sara Norton

The Pro-Mod DK24 2PT CM has two new fans in Peter Honoré and Joss Allen of Andertons Music; the guys just couldn’t get enough of the guitar’s versatility and features after a recent video review.

Both chimed in with high praise for the new Gotoh® Custom 510 tremolo bridge.

“Underneath this unbelievably cool Satin Orange Crush finish, we’ve got the non-locking tremolo, very reminiscent of the Floyd Rose trem that doesn’t have the locking system,” said Allen. “It is recessed, so it is floating.”

“You know what I really like about [the non-locking tremolo]?” added Honoré. “It doesn’t flutter. When you hit it hard, it doesn’t buzz.”

Allen also ran through each of the pickup positions with the five-way selector blade, finding that the DK24 packs a wallop of versatile tone with custom Seymour Duncan pickups.

Check out the DK24 in action below.

Impellitteri Release New Song ‘Run For Your Life’

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Impellitteri released the new music video for “Run For Your Life” off their upcoming 11th album Nature Of The Beast, and there is no shortage of killer guitar riffs or solos at break-neck speeds.

“The new music was written with passion and a sincere love for heavy metal,” said Chris Impellitteri in a release. “I think as a band we grow stronger with each new album. Our artistic abilities seem to get better with age, but at the same time we seem to sound even more energetic, crazy, and youthful with this release.”

In the new video, Chris Impellitteri showed off wicked fret work on his Charvel Custom Shop Legacy Bloodsplatter guitar.

“As a guitarist, I challenge myself to conquer my human limitations,” he shared. “I practice for hours each day to improve my technique. I also spend a lot of time customizing my guitars, amps and pedals to achieve this crazy guitar sound. On this new record, my guitar sound is really me trying to create a tone that sounds a bit like a chainsaw blended with a beautiful Stradivarius violin. It is Beauty and the Beast with lots of pick attack! The guitar solos have lots of technical shredding elements, but at the same time they are very melodic and I think fun for everyone to listen to. The riffs are also exciting for me to play as there is a lot of obvious influences that I brought to this new record.”

Nature Of The Beast will be released Oct. 12. In the meantime, enjoy the video below.

Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel Debuts New Single ‘Havana’

Posted on August 29th, 2018 by Chrissy Mauck

With sophomore album Patina slated for November, Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel is giving fans its first sampling of the new tunes with the official music video for rollicking (diff word) lead single “Havana.”

“I chose ‘Havana’ as the first song to be released from the new album for a few reasons,” Lee told Guitar World. “First off, it begins with a lone guitar playing the riff, promoting the idea that this is a guitar-heavy record. The song’s production is about as straightforward and basic as it gets on this album and I wanted it to be apparent that, overall, it’s more of an old school approach, as opposed to its predecessor. And it’s just a cool riff I couldn’t wait to share with anyone interested in what I’m doing!”

In the clip, the band (also featuring drummer Phil Varone, singer Darren James Smith and bassist Anthony Esposito) performs the track live in a dark venue. With a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, Lee rips into a new Charvel model custom-built by Master Builder Chip Ellis. Inspired by the album’s title, the guitar was sandblasted and stained with a patina finish also applied to the copper-plated hardware.

Recorded at Esposito’s Obscenic Arts studio in Dillsburg, Pa., Patina was co-produced by Lee and Esposito and mixed by legendary producer Max Norman.  Featuring 10 tracks, the new efforts leans more towards a bluesy hard rock direction as opposed to the band’s heavier debut album.

“The first album was more of a piecemeal production with some of the song ideas being 10 years old and never having more than one player in the room at any time,” said Lee. “I wanted to do this one from scratch with all the songs originating and worked on with everyone in the room, on their instruments. It felt much more organic, like the way I used to do it for the first 20 years of my career — more honest to my roots.”

Lee’s inspirations for the album also spanned quite the gamut.

“My inspirations for Patina are from the artists I loved during my youth,” he said. “Robin Trower, Santana, Black Sabbath, Captain Beyond, Thin Lizzy, Grand Funk Railroad, Dave Bowie … I could go on and on, but let me also say that there are also hints of Sly & the Family Stone, Dick Dale, psychedelia and even some George Benson. Don’t let any of that scare you — it all makes sense!”

Patina will drop Nov. 9. In the meantime, enjoy watching Lee and company below …

Angel Vivaldi Releases Playthrough Video ‘Synapse’

Posted on August 14th, 2018 by Sara Norton

If you needed any more proof that instru-metal virtuoso Angel Vivaldi’s playing is not of this planet, look no further than his newest guitar playthrough video for “Synapse.”

“Synapse” is the perfect blend of harmonious atmospheric force Vivaldi is known for. His signature playing is on full display as he glides around on his custom Charvel DK247 at sonic speeds, effortlessly showing off his brisk fretwork.

As the song crests with explosive force, Vivaldi slows the tempo with a smooth tapping technique before screaming out a soaring solo as the song fades.

“Synapse” is the title track of Vivaldi’s fifth album, which you can order here.

Enjoy the video below.

 

Miss May I’s Justin Aufdemkampe Finds Best Fit in Charvel

Posted on June 27th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Justin Aufdemkampe Signature Pro-Mod SD24D

Miss May I stands at the summit of modern U.S. metalcore, and Charvel® is proud to honor the formidably fast, aggressive, and melodic fret work of Justin Aufdemkampe with a killer, all-new model bearing his name.

“I am very excited to have a signature model guitar that was developed with the guitar player in mind,” said Aufdemkampe. “To me, being a musician, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

“Originally, I had been switching around to other guitar companies, trying to find the best fit for myself,” he continued. “A buddy of mine convinced me to play a pair of Charvel guitars on Warped Tour a while back, and I was hooked.”

The Limited Edition Justin Aufdemkampe Signature Pro-Mod SD24 model features a classic San Dimas body fashioned from mahogany that is finished in a slick Trans Red with chrome hardware. The two-piece bolt-on caramelized maple “speed” neck has graphite reinforcement and silky-smooth hand-rubbed urethane finish. Its 12”-16” compound radius caramelized maple fingerboard features comfortable rolled edges, 24 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays, allowing you to slide around and scream out solos with optimum ease.

Ferocious tone bites from a special HS pickup configuration combining a Fender® Texas Special single-coil neck pickup with a Seymour Duncan® Distortion SH-6 bridge pickup.

Other premium modern features include a three-way rotary pickup switch, domed volume and tone control knobs, momentary kill switch, Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge, and locking tuners.

“Charvel has the looks and the playability that make them great guitars, as well as the team that backs it,” summed up Aufdemkampe. “For me it was a no brainer, and I haven’t looked back since.”

See more from Aufkempkampe below as he stopped by the Charvel booth at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville to check out his signature axe!

Miss May I's Justin Aufdemkampe

Miss May I's Justin Aufdemkampe stops by #SummerNAMM to check out his brand new #Charvel Limited Edition Signature Pro-Mod SD24! http://www.charvel.com/guitars/artist/limited-edition-justin-aufdemkampe-signature-pro-mod-sd24-caramelized-maple-fingerboard-trans-red/

Posted by Charvel® Guitars on Saturday, June 30, 2018

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 Warren DeMartini Discuss Frenchie

Posted on April 27th, 2018 by Chrissy Mauck

Famed RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini caught up with Total Guitar magazine during the 2018 NAMM Show for an episode of “Me and My Guitar.”

The clip features DeMartini sharing the history behind his most recent Charvel signature release — the long sought-after Frenchie.

He also gives a detailed rundown on some of Frenchie’s key features.

What Does Andertons TV Think About the New 2018 Charvel Models?

Posted on February 21st, 2018 by Admin


Charvel has a bevy of new guitars for 2018, and the enthusiastic Andertons TV crew recently put together a quick showcase of a few of their favorite additions. In the new video, Rob Chapman wields both the Pro-Mod DK24 HH FR M QM in Trans Purple Burst and the Pro-Mod DK24 HH HT M Ash in Charcoal Gray as he runs down some of the finer points of these all-new models with Andertons co-owner Lee Anderton.

Switching between both Floyd Rose® tremolo and Charvel HT6 hardtail bridge options, Chapman lays down a few licks on the 24-fret machines. Both he and Anderton find themselves incredibly impressed by the wide tonal range found in the dual humbucking Seymour Duncan® Full Shred and Jazz pickups.

“It sounds great man,” says Anderton. “I’ve been a big, big fan of the Pro-Mod series from Charvel for the past four or five years now and it’s cool to see the Dinky in the range. It’s a really good mid-price option for anybody that wants a bit of an all-rounder.”

Watch the full reveal below and subscribe to Andertons YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

John Mayer Shares the Wealth with Instagram Live Guitar Lessons

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by Admin


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.

Charvel Unveils Latest Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 Models In New Video

Posted on January 30th, 2018 by Admin

Guitar maestro Jordan Ziff gave us a hand in introducing our newest Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 guitars by scoring and starring in our latest Charvel video below.

2018 sees new finishes, body and fingerboard wood options for our tried and true Pro-Mod axes and you can get a close look at the latest offerings as Ziff puts these guitars to work in a way only he can.

See the full lineup by CLICKING HERE.

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