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.
Guthrie Govan recently filmed a demo of the Ditto X2 Looper from TC Electronics using his new signature Charvel guitar.
The Aristocrats axeman wasted no time in creating an amazing loop that built and built for just over two minutes.
Watch Govan in action after the jump. (more…)
When Affiance was in the studio earlier this year, the Cleveland-based metal band brought a video camera along to document the recording process of their upcoming album.
Fans might be surprised to see some of the techniques Affiance used to create the follow-up to 2012′s The Campaign, too.
In one of the behind-the-scenes looks, guitarist Dominic Dickinson takes a power drill to his Charvel Desolation Soloist. Does it survive? You’ll have to watch the clip after the jump to find out. (more…)
The guys in Red Dragon Cartel recently posted a new video in which they discuss how the band originally formed and put together their debut full-length album.
With former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist Jake E Lee taking handling all axe duties and Beggars & Thieves’ Ronnie Mancuso on bass, the group was rounded out by drummer Jonas Fairley and singer D.J. Smith. Their 10-song collection of originals also features goes appearances from Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, In This Moment’s Maria Brink and former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno.
Red Dragon Cartel has already played a handful of shows promoting the album, and there is an extensive worldwide tour that kicks off March 5 in Tempe, Ariz.
Learn more about Red Dragon Cartel (in addition to a video for the new track “Deceived”) after the jump and visit the band’s official Facebook page for more information. (more…)
Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier worked with Charvel to come up with his perfect signature guitar, an iconic San Dimas Style 2. In this video, Duplantier talks about his new “killing machine with class,” which he uses on the stage and in the studio.
When walking by the Charvel Showcase at the 2014 NAMM Show, it’s almost impossible to not stop and look at the eye-popping guitars that are on display from the Custom Shop.
Or the electric new Transparent Purple Burst and Transparent Marigold guitars in Charvel’s Desolation series. Or the artist signature models for Guthrie Govan, Jake E Lee and Gojira’s Joe Duplantier.
Lee, in fact, made an appearance to check out his axes and talk about his new band Red Dragon Cartel, while Warren DeMartini and Dave Nassie were also spotted.
Go inside the Charvel Showcase in the video after the jump and click here to see more photos from NAMM. (more…)
Falling in Reverse decided to call their current run of shows with Escape the Fate the “Bury the Hatchet Tour,” and Wednesday night’s kickoff at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre certainly embodied that sentiment.
Not only did both bands deliver killer sets, but FIR frontman Ronnie Radke closed out the evening by performing two songs with Escape the Fate, marking the first time he’d shared the stage with his former group in over six years.
That joyous moment was met with wild cheers, as Radke and the guys from Escape the Fate tore through “Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliché” and “Situations” before the lights popped on inside the historic venue.
Before that, however, Radke and Falling in Reverse nearly blew the roof off the Wiltern.
An enthusiastic crowd chattered in anticipation while the crew set up Falling in Reverse’s gear, a din that only increased as a black curtain was slowly lowered to obscure the band’s entrance. Once it rose, a pair of white risers flanked drummer Ryan Seaman, whose kit sat atop a video screen that displayed graphics and song titles throughout the concert. (more…)
Many years ago, the legendary Jake E Lee quietly rode off into the sunset after an amazing career with Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands, preferring to live a life out of the spotlight.
Now, with a new band – Red Dragon Cartel – and a new white Charvel signature guitar, Lee is back. Twenty years was certainly a long time to wait, but perhaps that’s what made Thursday night’s debut concert at Whisky A Go Go so special.
Fans packed the Hollywood landmark eager to see the wild-haired guitarist do his thing, with the crowd growing after each opening act completed their brief sets.
By the time the clock struck 11, Eddie Trunk, the influential hard rock and heavy metal radio personality (and host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show), walked out on stage to introduce Lee. Trunk told the story of how he worked for years to not only seek out Lee, but also book him on That Metal Show, first as guest guitarist, and finally as a member of the rock-talk roundtable.
Eventually, around 11:30 p.m., it was time. Descending the Whisky’s stairs from the dressing room to wild applause, Lee unbound the topknot in his long hair, acknowledged the audience with an appreciative grin and picked up his trademark weapon. (more…)
Currently on tour with Letlive and Code Orange Kids, Andy Williams of Every Time I Die has been hard at work igniting sold-out crowds with his searing fretwork.
The Buffalo, N.Y., native has been doing it for a long time, too. Founding the metalcore band in 1998, Williams marvels at the fact that Every Time I Die continues to chug along 16 years later.
Charvel.com recently caught up with Williams to chat about the guitar he’s taking on the road with him and the secret to keeping a band together.
Charvel.com: What drew you to Charvel guitars originally?
Williams: I’m not really into guitars with a Floyd Rose on it, but I noticd that Joe [Duplantier] of Gojira has a stop tail piece on his. I thought, “Holy shit, they have stop tails, hard tails. This is going to work.” I’m a guy that has always loved Strats, and so what I ended up using is one of the super Strats, the Pro Mod San Dimas with a hard tail. It’s what I’ll bring out with me on the road.
Guitarist Cody Forsythe of the Tennessee-based rock band Lazersnake recently got his hands on a Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST, and as he explained in the video below, the guitar is a fit for him.
“It’s pretty much personified the sound of our record, and is one of the best-playing, best-sounding guitars I’ve ever played,” he said.
See what Forsythe had to say in this clip and visit Lazersnake’s official Facebook page for more information about their upcoming album Visual Eyes.