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Zac Brown Band Brought Down The House At CMT Awards

Posted on June 11th, 2019 by Sara Norton

The Zac Brown Band put on quite a show last Wednesday at the CMT Awards with an inspirational and massive-sounding performance of single “Someone I Used to Know.”

Multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook provided the twangy riffs on a Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash model that accompanied frontman Zac Brown’s husky vocals flawlessly.

Co-written by pop star Shawn Mendes, the track is expected to be found on the band’s upcoming sixth album. The country band also picked up the CMT Group Video of the Year for the song’s corresponding music video, which focuses on the journey of a young man dealing with PTSD after returning home from war.

Watch the full performance below, and catch Zac Brown Band on tour here.

Dee Snider Releases ‘Tomorrow’s No Concern’ Live Video

Posted on June 6th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Dee Snider released the high-octane live music video for the single “Tomorrow’s No Concern” off his upcoming fourth studio album, For the Love of Metal, due out July 27.

“[‘Tomorrow’s No Concern’] is the perfect bookend to my year in metal and beautifully shows the growing enthusiasm for my new music from my legion of heavy metal ‘Dee-sciples’!,” Snider said in a statement.

In the live video directed by Leo Libertine and shot during a stop in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the former Twisted Sister frontman’s distinctive growl rips through the air while guitarist Nick Petrino provides the blazing dexterity on a Charvel San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR M QM.

Watch the full music video below, and catch Snider on tour here.

Angus Clark Shows Off Skills Alongside Cher

Posted on June 4th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Angus Clark showed off impressive chops on his Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HH FR M QM alongside the legendary Cher during a recent stop on her Here We Go Again Tour 2019 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Seymour Duncan® Full Shred bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan Jazz neck pickup in the Pro-Mod DK24 provided the tone for Clark’s pristine intro to “Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) and paired ideally with the songstress’s smoky vocals in her iconic song “I Found Someone.”

Watch the clips of Angus’s performances below, and catch Cher on tour here.

Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M Nabs 5-Star Review From ‘Total Guitar’

Posted on May 15th, 2019 by Sara Norton

The Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M nabbed a trifecta of accolades from Total Guitar in its May issue including a 5-star review, the UK magazine’s “Best Buy” and “Best On Test” awards.

In an in-depth feature, the magazine pitted four killer guitars that play host to the iconic Floyd Rose double-locking vibrato head-to-head. While all four earned extremely high praise, it was our Charvel axe that took top honors.

“It’s the Charvel that took most of our attention,” noted TG. “The first Floyd-loaded metal machines were like hot rods: you take a lovely ’50s motor, strip it of all unnecessary clutter and weight, bolt on high performance parts, then paint the thing a cool colour. That’s the Charvel. The Seymour JB/’59 humbucker pairing, rolled fingerboard edges, effortless playability, perfectly set-up Floyd; it’s a dream machine.”

Playability was of course a big factor in the head to head competition and the Charvel definitely stood out from Ibanez, Schecter and Jackson guitars.

“The Charvel is slightly chubbier at the first fret, and the profile is pretty much the same as you travel up to the body end,” wrote TG. “We love the rolled fingerboard edges and the way the neck gently flattens out on the back. It’s supremely comfortable, and a good choice for those that don’t do the super-slim stuff.”

Directly mounting the Seymour Duncan JB and ’59 humbucking pickups to the body of this Pro Mod San Dimas boosts tonal resonance, and TG was definitely digging its old-school tonal range.

“The classic Seymour JB offers plenty of grunt and punch in the bridge position, but you get some excellent clarity even when the extreme dirt is dished,” wrote TG. “The neck pickup offers warm bluesy tones to complete a versatile package. Anybody who reckons Floyd guitars don’t do tone needs to try this.”

Pick up the latest issue on stands now to read the full article or click here to purchase a digital subscription.

Evergrey Release New Video For ‘All I Have’

Posted on April 17th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Swedish melodic death metal band Evergrey recently released the music video for the insanely heavy song “All I Have” off eleventh studio album The Atlantic.

Guitarist Henrick Danhage kicks off the song with an incredible riff on his custom Charvel that blends perfectly with Tom S. Englund’s pristine vocals. Then, while Danhage taps out an amazing solo, the footage cuts to Englund traversing a forest blanketed in snow in search of a buried chest.

Give the full song a listen below, and catch Evergrey on tour here.

‘Premier Guitar’ Goes Backstage with Jake E Lee

Posted on April 15th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Premier Guitar magazine’s John Bohlinger caught up with Jake E Lee during Red Dragon Cartel’s recent tour for an episode of Rig Rundown, in which the axe fiend showed off his iconic Charvel signature guitars.

“’Whitey’ was always my go-to guitar,” said Lee of his iconic Jake E Lee USA Signature model in Pearl White. “For the second Ozzy tour, I felt like I needed something else. I wanted to be a little classy, so I came up with the Blue Burst.”

Lee’s signature models feature a unique HSS pickup configuration with a Seymour Duncan® JB Alnico II humbucking bridge and a pair of DiMarzio® SDS-1 single-coils mounted at a reverse slant.

“[The reverse slant] gives a little more bite to the bass strings and a little more depth to the treble strings,” added Lee, right before using Whitey to run through the myriad of tones on his pedal board.

Check out Lee in the full Rig Rundown interview below.

Angel Vivaldi’s Charvel Signature Nova Reps ‘Innovation and Creativity’

Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Sara Norton

To say Angel Vivaldi knows a thing or two about guitar is an understatement. The axe genius has spent the better part of 17 years perfecting his craft to what it is today, and getting there meant overcoming several hurdles.

“I grew up with a lot of obstacles standing in my way of playing guitar, whether it was being very poor or having little-to-no support,” says Angel Vivaldi in an exclusive interview with Charvel. “Things like lessons and adequate gear were way out of the question. I spent a lot of time by myself just exploring the guitar, using my ear as a guide.”

Despite these setbacks, Vivaldi would soldier on and build an illustrious career in instrumental-prog rock with albums like Away With Words, Part 1 and Synapse. As his career blossomed, so did his need for an instrument that could keep up with his fiery fretwork.

“I remember playing with tons of different bands, some were in drop B and some were in drop C,” explains Vivaldi. “I couldn’t afford a guitar to play with each of these bands, so I figured if I had a 7-string I could cover all my bases. Sure enough, it did! Now it’s just become a huge part of how I riff and write.”

In early 2017, Charvel sent the guitarist a DK24 model to take for a spin. The guitar virtuoso immediately admired the classic-yet-unconventional approach Charvel took to crafting state-of-the-art instruments.

“I fell in love with the philosophy behind what Charvel does — breaking rules on traditional guitars,” says Vivaldi. “I found this philosophy really falls in line with my own philosophy of fusing modern-era guitar building with the blue prints of classic tradition.”

“To be honest, I didn’t expect to fall in love as much as I did,” continues Vivaldi grinning. “I was initially sent a 6-string DK24. The fact that I am a 7-string player who fell in love with a 6-string says a lot.”

This partnership would eventually spawn the Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 Nova, an elegant 7-string guitar loaded with premium features and designed for an array of playing, from heavy metal riffs to articulate blues solos.

“The name Nova really represents so much of what I feel like this guitar stands for… which is driven innovation and creativity,” says Vivaldi of his signature model.

Watch the in-depth interview below, which includes a full rundown of the features on his signature axe as well as enticing playing snippets of his songs.


Satchel Promises his Signature Charvel Models are ‘Best-Sounding, Best-Playing Rock Guitars’

Posted on April 3rd, 2019 by Sara Norton

“If you’re like me and don’t want to play guitars that suck, you’re going to like these a lot because they’re the best-sounding, best-playing rock guitars,” promises Steel Panther guitarist Satchel in an exclusive new Charvel video about his Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK models.

An ultimate rock machine, the Satchel Pro-Mod DK is locked and loaded with premium appointments including an alder Dinky™ body, rock-solid two-piece bolt-on maple neck, blazing 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard and Fishman® Fluence Classic bridge and neck humbucking pickups.

“I love the way they sound,” says Satchel. “They make it easy to rock, especially for heavy metal. When you’re looking for a high-gain, high-saturated tone, these pickups sound amazing.”

In his spec rundown (sometimes on point and sometimes totally false), Satchel also praises its Floyd Rose trem, calling it “one of the best systems ever made” and calls out the “huge benefit” of the heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel.

If you’re not sold on the specs alone, Satchel assures you that the brand-new Slime Green Bengal finish or more familiar Yellow Bengal dressing will emphatically seal the deal.

“Even if you’re not a good guitar player, hang them on your wall,” he says. “These guitars look great in houses and apartments. Hang these in your bathroom or living room — girls go crazy for them!”

Oh, and if you like skateboards, we’ve got one of those with Satchel’s Yellow Bengal print, too! Pester your local authorized Charvel dealers for one of those.

Watch Satchel’s lively interview below, and catch Steel Panther on tour here.

Digital Tour Bus Goes Backstage With Angel Vivaldi

Posted on March 20th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Digital Tour Bus caught up with Angel Vivaldi on a stop during his Guitar Collective 2018 tour for a look at his rig, which of course included his Charvel Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 Nova.

“This guitar is that old school and new school type of hybrid,” said Vivaldi.

The Nova boasts a slew of premium features including a reverse 7-string Fender Strat headstock tilted back for improved string tension at the nut, a recessed heel and scooped lower horn for easy upper fret access and a Gotoh® custom 7-string 510 tremolo bridge.

“[The Nova] is great for shred!” added Vivaldi.

Check out the full interview below.

Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM Snags ‘Guitar World’ Platinum Award

Posted on March 5th, 2019 by Sara Norton


A huge hit since its summer 2018 release, the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM snagged a Guitar World “Platinum Award” in the magazine’s April issue.

The Paul Riario review and article, entitled “Crushin’ It”, raves how this Satin Orange Crush guitar “packs so much tonal firepower and high-performance features, it plays like an instrument built for virtuosos. Even though you don’t need to be one, it’ll make you feel it won’t take long to achieve.”

While Riario praised several of the axe’s features, it was the baked neck and custom Seymour Duncan pickups that took the cake.

“The standout feature of the Pro-Mod DK24 is its caramelized ‘speed’ neck,” he wrote. “It looks killer, and the torrefaction adds stability with a raw wood feel, plus a lively pop in tone.”

Riario also noted the versatility of the custom Seymour Duncan pickups in an HSH configuration.

“The trio of Seymour Duncan pickups along with its unique wiring configuration offers up a wealth of improved vintage and modern tones,” wrote Riario. “The blade selector does not have the typical five-way wiring scheme, but instead splits certain coils while disengaging others to give you a better-sounding range of single-coil sparkle, mid-range clarity and full-throttle humbucking slide.”

All in all, Riario proclaims that this DK24 2PT “might just be the ultimate Charvel I’ve ever come across, with a price that defies all that it offers.”

Order the magazine online to read the full article here.

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