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Total Guitar Calls the Joe Duplantier Pro-Mod ‘One of the Most Exciting Mid-Priced Electrics of the Year’

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

In the July issue of UK’s Total Guitar magazine, editor Jonathan Horsley reviewed the Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH.

Duplantier has described his original signature model as a “killing machine with class,” and the new, moderately priced addition incorporates similar elements.  Featuring a single-cutaway mahogany body stacked with a set of super-hot custom-wound Duncan Designed HB-103 humbucking pickups, the new Pro-Mod version is primed for battle.

“Duplantier’s tone balances low-end power with a harmonic brilliance, typified by his trademark pick scrapes and natural harmonics, and those sorts of metal pyrotechnics are mother’s milk to his Signature Model,” wrote Horsley. “Played clean the Pro-Mod is persuasive with lots of gutsy Americana twang from the bridge pickup, with warmer woodier cream in the neck – perfect for creepy intros or blues, while cranking up the gain sees the Duplantier in its element.”

His final verdict?

“Its wholly shreddable playability and monstrous tone make it one of the most exciting mid-priced electrics of the year,” concludes Horsley.

Purchase the latest issue of Total Guitar here to get more terrific product reviews!

Watch Stone Sour’s Christian Martucci Give A Rundown of his Charvel Gear

Posted on July 25th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Stone Sour guitarist Christian Martucci is currently out on the road in support of fresh album Hydrograd, which debuted at No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 and features hit track “Song # 3.”  During one of his recent tour stops, Martucci allowed Charvel the unique opportunity of heading sidestage for a close look at his touring rig.

In the video from that visit (available below), Martucci shows off his road case, which just so happens to be loaded with Charvel guitars  — from a Jake E Lee signature guitar to an array of customized USA Select guitars.

“I started playing guitar around 1985, and my favorite guitar players at the time and even still to this day were guys like Warren DeMartini and Jake E Lee so Charvel was like the goal,” says Martucci.

As well as explaining what drew him to the Charvel brand, Martucci also gives a quick rundown of the features of each guitar, shares info about his tuning setups and details how he uses each one live or in the studio.

Check out the clip below, and be sure to enter for the chance to win a USA Select guitar signed by Martucci here.

Charvel Unveils New Artist Signature Models at Summer NAMM

Posted on July 14th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel continues its long-held partnerships with Warren DeMartini and Jake E Lee with the upcoming release of brand-new signature models. The Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie and the Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst will be unveiled this week at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn., and available to consumers in October 2017.

Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie

Fans have long clamored for a replica of Warren DeMartini’s famed and beloved “Frenchie” guitar, as seen live on tour and on a slew of magazine covers throughout Ratt’s reign in the 1980s. Charvel has responded with the Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie, available in a Snow White and a Gloss Black finish. Both are detailed with cross decals and a tribute quote to James Dean in French that translates “too fast to live, too young to die.”

The Frenchie also offers premium features such as a Dinky™ alder body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck and a 12″- 16″ compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo stainless steel frets and black dot inlays.

Custom-made for the legendary lead guitarist, the Seymour Duncan® Warren DeMartini RTM (“Rattus Tonus Maximus”) bridge pickup is a powerful high-output humbucker that naturally compresses for a well-balanced and even tone, perfect for complex chording and precision soloing. The RTM is boosted by an SSL-4 Quarter Pound neck pickup, adding fat, supercharged punch and extra sustain.

The Frenchie also features a single volume control knob, three-way toggle switching, a Floyd Rose Original locking bridge and Gotoh® tuning machines.

 Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst

Jake E Lee’s 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. Charvel® has recreated an unmistakable replica of Lee’s original model down to the very last detail.

The Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst features a poplar body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck and a 12” radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and white dot inlays.

Equipped with a versatile customized Seymour Duncan® JB Alnico II humbucking bridge pickup, this model can handle a diverse range of tones from sweet and warm to aggressive and distorted. It’s also supercharged with two powerful single-coil DiMarzio® SDS-1 pickups in the middle and neck for extra gain with a deeper, darker tone. The pickups are controlled with a five-way blade switch and single volume knob.

Available in a mesmerizing Blue Burst, this signature axe also features a brass Charvel hardtail bridge and output jack plate, and black Gotoh® tuning machines.

Andertons TV Get a Neon Guitar Workout with Charvel Pro-Mods

Posted on April 18th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Rabea Massaad and Pete Honore over at Andertons Music got a workout in with Charvel’s Pro-Mod guitars in a new video gear segment.

After a really peaceful and nice opening jam session that the guys referenced as #thingsthatyoudontthinkispossibletoplayonneonyellowguitars, the guys delve into the versatility (well beyond “80s hair metal”), craftmanship, features, unique colors and reasonable price point of these Charvel Pro-Mod Style 1 San Dimas and So-Cal instruments.

And of course, the segment would not be complete without a bit of shreddage, too.

Check it all out below!

The Charvel Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH Model

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Get a quick look, listen and spec rundown for the NEW Charvel Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH Product as the Gojira singer and guitarist jams on the axe.

3 for the Lefties

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Every time we post new products on social, we tend to see comments asking “What about the lefties?”  Well, this post is just for the southpaws!  New for 2017, here are three new left-handed models.

San Dimas Style 2 HH FR LH M

Pro-Mod Style 2’s are brand new for 2017, offering a familiar and classic single-cut shape with all the high-performance features and appointments you’ve come to love from Charvel.

The San Dimas® Style 2 HH FR LH M features an alder body, maple neck and fingerboard, Floyd Rose double-locking trem, Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N neck pickup, volume control with a push/pull coil split, tone control with a push/pull activation and beveled output jack and a truss rod adjustment thumbwheel at the butt end of the neck. Comes in Black with matching black hardware and is topped off with a licensed Fender Strat headstock.

So-Cal Style 1 HH FR LH M

The So-Cal Style 1 HH FR LH M comes in Black with a black pickguard and features an alder body, maple neck and fingerboard, 12″-16″ compound radius, Seymour Duncan TB-6 Distortion bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan SH-6N Distortion neck pickup,  Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, volume control with a push/pull coil split and a tone control with a push/pull activation.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M LH

Available in Gloss Black with black hardware, this San Dimas Style 1 lefty features an alder body, bolt-on maple neck with 12″-16″ compound radius maple fingerboard with comfortable rolled edges, Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N neck pickup, volume control with a push/pull coil split, tone control with a push/pull activation and beveled output jack and a Floyd Rose double-locking trem.

 

Gear Gods Explore What’s New with Charvel for 2017

Posted on February 27th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

Gear Gods visited the Charvel booth at the 2017 NAMM show to learn more about the brand new models in the lineup.

In the clip below, Charvel Product Manager Peter Wichers gives a detailed look at the Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH, the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Flame Maple, the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash and the all-new Pro-Mod Style 2’s.

Check out the video below to discover more.

Get the Six Pack of Sound with the New Charvel Style 2′s

Posted on February 14th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Experience the six pack of sound in this video demo featuring guitarist Jordan Ziff on the NEW Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH FR M in Transparent Red. Firstly, Ziff runs through pickup positions 1, 2 and 3 with the volume knob in standard position. He then splits the coils by pulling the volume knob and again runs through all three pickup positions.

Watch below …

Ten Killer Pro-Mod Style 2’s Make their Debut

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Morgan Brunner


In 2016, Charvel introduced an upgraded collection of amped up Pro-Mod Style 1 guitars that shook up the lineup with all-new features. This year, Charvel continues to wreak havoc with a new lineup of all-new Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 guitars featuring a variety of finishes with options including ash, alder or okoume bodies, hardtail or Floyd Rose® bridges, 6-or 7-strings,  rosewood or maple fingerboards and a left-handed version.

Here’s a quick breakdown of all 10 variations:

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH HT M Ash

Showing off the beauty of the ash wood in a Natural finish, this guitar features a two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods, a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays, a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust, Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control, No-Load tone control, a Charvel® HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge and a licensed Fender® Stratocaster® headstock.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH HT M QM

This Style 2 stands out with gorgeous quilt maple top on an alder body that emphasizes the complementary turquoise to deep ocean gradient Chlorine Burst finish. Other features include a two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays, as well as a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust. It’s also equipped with a pair of high-output Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control, No-Load tone control, a Charvel® HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge, and a licensed Fender® Stratocaster® headstock.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2-7 HH HT Ash

This 7-string model is a unique creature fit for modern players looking to expand their sonic palette. The Charcoal Gray stain over the natural ash body looks meticulously charred to perfection, accentuating the grain of the wood with highlights of a light gray/nearly white crackling throughout.

Features include a two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods, a 12”-16” compound radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays, and a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust for easy access. It’s also equipped with a high-output Seymour Duncan® Nazgûl humbucking bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan Sentient humbucking neck pickup, controlled with a three-way blade switch. The Charvel® HT7 string-through-body hardtail bridge provides endless sustain with laser intonation.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2-7 HH HT M Okoume


For players that prefer a more raw look, this 7-string offers a gorgeous okoume body with a Natural finish and a maple fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays. Like its darker ash counterpart, it includes high-output Seymour Duncan® Nazgûl and Sentient humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control, No-Load tone control and a Charvel® HT7 string-through-body hardtail bridge.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH FR

The Style 2’s are also available with a Floyd Rose® double-locking recessed tremolo. This Metallic Black beauty is constructed with an alder body and a two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods for rock-solid stability. It also features a 12”-16” compound radius dark rosewood fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and white dot inlays, as well as a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust. It’s powered by high-output Seymour Duncan® JB TB-4 and ’59 SH-1N humbucking pickups, which are controlled by a three-way blade switch. A push/pull coil split volume control and No-Load tone control contribute to its “Six Pack of Sound” capabilities.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH FR M

With the same great features as the Style 2 HH FR, this model stands apart with a maple fingerboard with black dot inlays. The Style 2 HH FR M is also equipped with a Floyd Rose® double-locking tremolo bridge, high-output Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control and No-Load tone control.

Available in Satin Red with black hardware or Satin Silver with chrome hardware.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH FR Ash


So nice, we made it twice. The Natural Ash finish is such a stunner, it was also created with a Floyd Rose® double-locking tremolo bridge to complement the hardtail version. The Style 2 HH FR Ash includes a 12”-16” compound radius dark rosewood fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and white dot inlays, a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust, high-output Seymour Duncan® JB™ TB-4 and ‘59™ SH-1N humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control and No-Load tone control. Black hardware adds a bold contrast for a classic finishing touch.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH FR M QM

For fans that clamor for quilt maple tops, this Floyd Rose model delivers in a striking Transparent Red Burst or Transparent Blue Burst finish. Premium features include a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust, high-output Seymour Duncan® JB™ TB-4 and ‘59™ SH-1N humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control and No-Load tone control.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH FR QM


The Style 2 HH FR QM includes the same great features as the Style 2 HH FR M QM, with the exception of a dark rosewood fingerboard with white dot inlays in a classic Transparent Black finish. This sleek and slightly more subtle addition offers an alder body with a quilt maple top, two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods, high-output Seymour Duncan® JB™ TB-4 and ‘59™ SH-1N humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control, No-Load tone control and a Floyd Rose® double-locking recessed tremolo bridge.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH FR M LH

Southpaws, rejoice! This left-handed Pro-Mod Style 2 is available in a classic Black finish will all-black hardware. Features include an alder body, two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods, 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, and a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust. It’s also equipped with Seymour Duncan® JB™ TB-4 and ‘59™ SH-1N humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control and a Floyd Rose® double-locking recessed tremolo bridge.


Check Out the Charvel Booth at the 2017 NAMM Show

Posted on January 26th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

Check out the Charvel booth from the 2017 NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., offering a glimpse of the latest and greatest products for the year, including new Pro-Mod Style 2′s and signature models from Joe Duplantier and Guthrie Govan. Charvel artist and Stone Sour guitarist Christian Martucci and Revocation’s Dave Davidson also stopped by the showroom for an up-close look at what Charvel has to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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