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.
Stone Sour guitarist Christian Martucci recently sat down with representatives from ENGL Amps to talk about why he wanted to use the Retro Tube 50 head during his band’s live shows.
In addition, he runs through a song he put together with Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga and Strung Out bassist Chris Aiken while wielding a beautiful ash Charvel guitar.
Watch Martucci in action after the jump. (more…)
With their new album and DVD combo, Culture Clash Live, coming out this week, the Aristocrats have released a video of guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann performing the title track.
Watch the “Culture Clash” after the jump and pick up Culture Clash Live here. (more…)
NeoGeoFanatic’s latest demo is certainly a doozy, as the prolific French guitarist pits the Charvel Super Stock So-Cal in Silver Sparkle and the Super Stock SD1 FR in Sunset Orange Flake against one another in a solo battle.
Watch after the jump as he puts each one through the paces, going back and forth with scorching licks. (more…)
Matt’s Music Center in Weymouth, Mass., has been waiting for about two-and-a-half years for their Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas models in a striking Red Flame finish, but they attest that the anticipation was worth it.
With only five models made, the Red Flame San Dimas axes are quite limited. Luckily, Chris Bryant of Matt’s Music recently pulled one of them out for a quick demo.
Check out what these guitars can do after the jump. (more…)
Paul Riario of Guitar World recently ran through one of the Charvel Jake E Lee signature model guitars and noted that it was one of his favorite new releases of 2014.
The axe is based on the distinctive white “Charvel-ized” instrument the former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist has played ever since he bought it new back in 1975.
“If you’ve been a fan of Jake E Lee, then this part guitar is a no-brainer,” said Riario. “But if you just like a no-nonsense guitar that is performance enhanced, this is the model to check out. It’s certainly one of my faves.”
Check out the demo after the jump. (more…)
Swedish metallers Evergrey recently released a breathtaking new video for the track “King of Errors,” the first single off their new album, Hymns for the Broken.
The clip begins with images of rugged forests and undulating water making it difficult for a group of hooded figures to make their journey. In addition, the band performs the song on a harrowing platform high above the ground below.
Check out the video for “King of Errors” after the jump and don’t miss the killer solo from guitarist Henrik Danhage. (more…)
Denver thrash band Havok recently dropped a new video for “Chasing the Edge,” a track off 2013′s Unnatural Selection.
The clip features the quartet jamming out in front of backdrop depicting the galaxy, which goes along with the song’s theme of space exploration.
Check out Havok in action after the jump. (more…)
Atlanta art-punk trio Dasher recently dropped a new video for searing track “Go Rambo.”
In the clip, drummer/vocalist Kylee Kimbrough attacks her kit inside a rehearsal space while guitarist Kelly Stroup and bassist David Michaud get similarly aggressive on their instruments. The performance footage is intercut with scenes of an unknown entity dismembering a doll.
Feel the rush of “Go Rambo” in the clip after the jump. (more…)
The great Guthrie Govan recently chatted with Peter Hodgson of the I Heart Guitar blog, and the two covered such topics as Govan’s early career and his work with musician Steven Wilson.
In addition, Govan talked extensively about his Charvel signature guitars. The versatile axeman worked closely with Charvel to achieve his dream instrument.
“In Charvel you have a company who really seemed receptive to any input I could give them as a player, as someone who’s out there on the battlefield testing their products in challenging conditions,” Govan said. ”So we started out with this concept of a super Strat, 24 frets, two humbuckers and a single coil, basswood and maple. It’s stuff I’d figured out over years and years of using various other guitars. This is the rough formula that will work for me if I have to take one guitar to a gig or session not knowing what I’d need.
“They were willing to custom-wind pickups for me based on certain hard-to-describe qualities that I was looking for. Rather than saying ‘I want this particular midrange and I want it to output this many millivolts,’ I said I wanted it to be really responsive to the range of different ways you can hit the strings. I want someone else to pick up the same guitar with the same amp settings and sound completely different.”
Govan certainly had a lot more to say throughout the interview. To read the full piece, click here.