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Master Builder Red Dave on his Bengal Yellow San Dimas

Posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

For his 2016 NAMM showpiece, Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols built a San Dimas HH and gave it a ferocious Bengal Yellow paint job.

The custom-shop beauty features select alder wood, a quartersawn maple bolt-on neck, 12-16” compound radius maple fingerboard and a pair of Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups.

Hear from Red Dave in the quick video below …

Guthrie Govan String Bending Masterclass – Part Five

Posted on January 4th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Guitarist recently posted the “final installment of the bending odyssey” with Charvel signature artist Guthrie Govan.

“I figured it would be fun to end by adding a somewhat unfashionable technique to our bending repertoire,” said Govan. “‘What would happen,’ we must ask ourselves, ‘if we combine all of our string bending chops with a little bit of tapping. This is sometimes considered to be the province solely of the heavy metal shred monster but the way I see it, tapping is just another way to play notes that this hand (fretting hand) can’t reach on its own. So I’ve never been a fan of that whole stigma that gets attached to it. Tapping is just another way to make sounds and you can use it for all sorts of crazy purposes as hopefully we’re about to find out.”

Watch the lesson below to explore some of Govan’s interesting ideas.

GAK Music Demos the Guthrie Govan Signature Model

Posted on December 2nd, 2015 by MDuffy


Joss Allen of GAK Music in the U.K. recently got his hands on one of Guthrie Govan’s signature Charvel guitars and ram through all the instrument’s special features in a video demo.

Those include three specially wound Charvel custom MFB pickups arranged in a versatile HSH configuration with five-way switching and a specially contoured heel without a neck plate for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard.

In addition, Allen spent some time playing the guitar, showing off the tonal capabilities of Govan’s namesake model.

Watch the demo after the jump.  (more…)

Learn How to Play Legal Tender’s ‘Swallow Your Soul’

Posted on October 30th, 2015 by MDuffy

Frankie Lindia

Frankie Lindia of Los Angeles-based metallers Legal Tender recently released a play-through of the band’s track “Swallow Your Soul.”

The single, which was released in 2014, features some serious shredding from Lindia on his Charvel So-Cal Style 1 HH, and you can learn how to play it after the jump. (more…)

Guthrie Govan Teaches a String-Bending Master Class for ‘Guitarist’

Posted on September 4th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan Charvel

Ever wonder what the best way is to flaunt your skills as a guitarist to an opposing piano player?

The great Guthrie Govan might just have the answer. In a new master class for Guitarist magazine, Govan ran through some of the best techniques for string-bending, which should surely confound those who tickle the ivories around you.

“I think there’s something about string-bending that’s uniquely awesome when you play it through the guitar,” Govan said in the 10-minute clip. “You can use your string-bending prowess to taunt the piano players of the world because try as they might, they can’t do it at all. And it’s a very nuanced, subtle thing.”

While wielding one of his own signature Charvel models with a flame maple top, Govan began with the minor pentatonic scale and finds all the ways one can bend a string within that box before moving on.

Learn more in the in-depth lesson after the jump.  (more…)

Young Guns Release Live Video for ‘Rising Up’

Posted on July 7th, 2015 by MDuffy

Young Guns
U.K. rockers Young Guns recently dropped an energetic new video for the track “Rising Up,” a killer single off 2015 album Ones and Zeroes.

In the visual, the band performs the song in several live concert settings, all of them in front of crazy crowds eating up every note.

Watch “Rising Up” after the jump.  (more…)

Mike Orlando Runs Through His Rig on ‘That Metal Gear’

Posted on June 17th, 2015 by MDuffy

Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob recently appeared on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, where he exhibited his supreme shredding skills while taking the program in and out of commercial breaks.

In addition, he took some time to run through his rig with Mark Strigl for an online-exclusive episode of That Metal Gear.

Orlando discussed his favorite guitars, which include a shimmering Charvel Super Stock So-Cal.

Check it out after the jump. (more…)

The Aristocrats Ready New Album ‘Tres Caballeros’

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan

Guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann are coming back soon with the Aristocrats’ third studio album, Tres Caballeros, which is due out June 23.

The effort will not only be released as a standard CD, but the band is also readying a deluxe CD/DVD that will include a 30-minute documentary featuring live and in-studio footage, outtakes and interviews.

For a taste of the music, preview the DVD after the jump and click here to pre-order your copy of Tres Caballeros.
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Young Guns Release Kerrang! Tour Video Diary

Posted on March 25th, 2015 by MDuffy

Young Guns Charvel

While they were on the recent Kerrang! Tour, English rock band Young Guns played in front of crazy crowds eager to hear tracks from their upcoming album, Ones and Zeroes (June 8).

How were they received? And what’s coming for the rest of 2015? Well, you can get the inside scoop on Young Guns’ life on the tour with a new video diary.

Check it out after the jump.

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Guthrie Govan, Chip Ellis Discuss New Govan Signature Model

Posted on February 18th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan Chip Ellis

At the this year’s NAMM Show, representatives from the Music Zoo got Guthrie Govan together with Charvel Master Builder Chip Ellis to talk about the Aristocrats axeman’s new signature guitar.

The two discussed the unique aspects of the model, in addition to some of the challenges that they overcame to get to the final masterpiece.

In addition, Govan will appear at the Music Zoo in Roslyn, N.Y., on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. to host a clinic and gear demo. The virtuoso guitarist will also participate in an interview moderated by Guitar World contributing editor and columnist Andy Aledort and a meet-and-greet with fans.

Watch Govan and Ellis’ conversation after the jump and click here for tickets to the exciting event.
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