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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 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.

Be Bold with these 8 New So-Cal and San Dimas Models

Posted on January 26th, 2018 by Admin

Bold. The only way to describe the latest and greatest colors and wood options added to our incredible Charvel So-Cal and San Dimas models. With a myriad of new tints, hues and shades plus new fingerboard options, we’re certain we’ve got a finish that fits your style.

So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M Matte Blue Frost

Our ever-popular So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M is now available in a Matte Blue Frost. Don’t be fooled by its Frosty exterior, the So-Cal’s Seymour Duncan® TB-6 Distortion bridge and SH-6N Distortion neck pickups with black bobbins will warm you right up with their scorching tone.

So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M Satin Silver

Forged for rocking, the So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M’s new Satin Silver color option looks like a medieval axe ready-made for battle. Add in a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard, Floyd Rose® FRT-01000 recessed tremolo bridge, chrome hardware and a black pickguard, and you have a guitar that’s built for anything you can throw at it.

So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E Rocket Red

T-0 seconds. We have liftoff! Ignite the stage with the Rocket Red So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E, featuring an alder body in our popular vibrant scarlet finish with black pickguard and black hardware. This model now gets an even edgier, road-worn vibe with its new aged ebony fingerboard.  A heel-mounted truss rod adjustment wheel and bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement seal the deal.

San Dimas Style 1 HH HT M Snow White


The San Dimas Style 1 HH HT M will instantly grab your attention with its Snow White finish and glamorous gold hardware including a Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge and Charvel-branded sealed die-cast locking tuners.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M Matte Blue Frost

Love the Matte Blue Frost finish found on our So-Cal model, but prefer it sans pickguard? We’ve got you covered with the San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M, complete with chrome Floyd Rose® FRT-01000 double-locking recessed tremolo bridge and white pickup bobbins.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M Satin Black

The subdued styling of the San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M in Satin Black with gold hardware is the quintessential axe for those wanting both daring and discreet.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M QM Chlorine Burst

No restraints! The showy San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M QM adds a gorgeous, wave-like turquoise and blue Chlorine Burst quilt maple top to the alder bodied guitar.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M QM Purple Phaze

Stand out on stage with the Purple Phaze finish on our San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M QM featuring a beautiful, rippled quilt maple top.

8 Custom Shop Masterpieces Built by “Red” Dave Nichols

Posted on January 25th, 2018 by Admin

With years of experience to draw upon and an endless wealth of creativity, Charvel Custom Shop Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols went above and beyond for the NAMM 2018 Custom Shop event, bringing 8 one-of-a-kind masterpieces to the auction.

Go ahead and drool over all of the stunning, master-built guitars below. We sure did.

San Dimas® Style 1 HS White Angel Dust

This San Dimas® Style 1 HS is clear as the driven snow with its immaculate White Angel Dust finished alder body. To fit with the exquisite theme, Red Dave threw a beautiful 12”-16” compound radius flame maple fingerboard with 22 frets on top of the quartersawn maple neck. This heavenly guitar is topped off with gold hardware, including a Floyd Rose™ Original tremolo bridge and Gotoh tuners, and white DiMarzio Super Distortion and Seymour Duncan Flat Start pickups.

San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M 3-Tone Sunburst

As bright as the morning sun, the San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M’s 3-Tone Sunburst gradient brightens a cooked basswood body capped with a flame maple top. A light relic job and chrome hardware give this axe vintage style while the worn-in Charvel Custom pickups, Floyd Rose™ tremolo bridge, and 24 jumbo frets come together for a hard-rocking machine.

So-Cal Style 1 HSH FR M Daphne Blue Relic

This righteous rig screams Southern California thanks to the ocean vibes stemming from its Daphne Blue finish. The heavy relic’ing reveals the So-Cal Style 1 HSH FR M’s natural alder wood body, giving it an awesome vintage vibe. The bolt-on quartersawn maple neck’s fingerboard is scalloped between the 22 jumbo frets for fast action and playability. Despite its chilled beach-vibe, this guitar rocks hard thanks to its HSH layout, which utilizes a pair of Seymour Duncan™ humbucking pickups and a RWRP Flat Strat single coil pickup in the middle position.

San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M Black and Green

With its wild but understated Black and Green finish, the custom-built San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M is in your face without being obnoxious. The roasted quartersawn maple neck is topped with an ebony fingerboard, scrupulously hand-scalloped by Red Dave. Green DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups and an inverted headstock complete the “out there” ensemble.

San Dimas® Style 2 HT M QM Antique Burst

Style 2 fans will be stoked to see the San Dimas® Style 2 HT M QM custom shop build from Nichols. Like a fine piece of art, this single cut guitar’s Antique Burst finish preserves the pristine quilt maple top that sits above its alder body. A roasted maple neck is met with a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard.  The solid playing machine is powered by dual DiMarzio D Activator humbucking pickups, and is finished off with a Hipshot hardtail bridge and Gotoh tuners.

San Dimas® Style 1 FR M HSH Relic Surf Green

Nichols’ San Dimas® Style 1 FR M HSH Relic looks like it was pulled from a beachside shipwreck. The cooked basswood body and flame maple top peeks through the Surf Green veneer courtesy of some expert Charvel Custom Shop relic’ing. A bolt-on roasted maple neck and reverse matching headstock take this incredible guitar to new levels.

San Dimas® DK HT M QM 1H Dark Trans Amber

This gorgeous San Dimas® DK H FR M QM is the only Charvel custom guitar at this year’s NAMM showcase to feature a single pickup design. A powerful DiMarzio® Super Distortion humbucking pickup lives within the alder body, topped with quilt maple. The Dark Trans Amber paint gives off a honey-like appearance that is matched nicely by a bolt-on maple neck and a 12”-16” compound radius roasted maple fingerboard that leads to an inverted Tele headstock. A Floyd Rose™ Original hardtail bridge, Gotoh tuners, EVH high friction 250K pot, and chrome pickup bobbins finish off the custom build in sleek style.

San Dimas® Style 1 HS Sustainer FR M Orange/Red Stripe

The speed-demon San Dimas® Style 1 HS FR M Sustainer is slashed by a slick looking Orange and Red racing stripe paint scheme. Matching its quick looks, the alder body is met with a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets for fast fingering. For a truly unique sound, the custom build incorporates a Sustainer Driver neck pickup and an EMG 81 bridge pickup. Wow!

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

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 by Admin


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 Admin

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.

The Beat Keeps Coming with Lari Basilio and her Guthrie Govan Signature Charvel

Posted on December 15th, 2017 by Admin

Brazilian guitarist Lari Basilio recently dropped a quick, but cool video of her putting a Guthrie Govan Signature Charvel to work with some incredibly clean licks.

A former lawyer who opted instead to pursue her true passion as a guitarist, Basilo has incredible technique and versatility and has shared stages with music greats Paul Gilert and Hamilton de Holanda.

Check out the video of the ex-attorney-at-law below and watch the fancy finger-work yourself.

Basilio is always dropping new videos on her YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to by CLICKING HERE.

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