Charvel Blog

Watch Music Store Live’s Demo of the San Dimas HT

Posted on February 16th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Music Store Live swung by Charvel headquarters to get an up-close look at the new Pro-Mod San Dimas HH HT models.

Watch the clip below, featuring a brief run through of the instrument’s key specs and a quick playing demo by guitarist Jordan Ziff.

Spanking My Plank

Posted on February 8th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

UK-based guitarist Sam Coulson, who has been touring the last few years with Asia, recently posted a clip on YouTube entitled “Spanking My Plank.”

Plank being his No. 1 Japanese-made Charvel So-Cal with DiMarzio pickups.

“Jamming some rough bluesy stuff in G blues,” he noted. “Always lots of fun.”

Check out the clip below …

Master Builder Red Dave on his Bengal Yellow San Dimas

Posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

For his 2016 NAMM showpiece, Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols built a San Dimas HH and gave it a ferocious Bengal Yellow paint job.

The custom-shop beauty features select alder wood, a quartersawn maple bolt-on neck, 12-16” compound radius maple fingerboard and a pair of Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups.

Hear from Red Dave in the quick video below …

Premier Guitar Gets a Rundown on the Charvel San Dimas

Posted on February 1st, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

When Premier Guitar visited the Charvel booth at NAMM, they caught up with product managers Matt Brown and Peter Wichers for a rundown on the new San Dimas guitar.

Watch below to learn more about what’s “under the hood” of these new 2016 San Dimas guitars, and to hear a quick demo of its various pickup combinations.

Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando Honors Randy Rhoads

Posted on January 26th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

During the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., several metal icons teamed up for the “Randy Rhoads Remembered” concert to honor one of the genre’s most legendary guitarists.

Founded in 2013 by former Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy and producer Joe Sutton, the event is aimed at recognizing the incredible contributions of the late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, whose life was tragically cut short at the young age of 25.

Several artists collaborated on Osbourne’s greatest hits, including “Crazy Train,” “Little Dolls” and “Diary of a Madman.And for those who couldn’t make it, fans have been sharing some of their footage, including the clip below featuring the fine talents of Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando.

Watch below as Orlando switches between his Charvel and an acoustic guitar for “Diary of a Madman.”

Master Builder Chip Ellis on his Custom Creations

Posted on January 23rd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel Custom Shop Master Builder Chip Ellis recently relocated to Nashville, and was a bit inspired by the local music scene when it came to working on a pair of custom guitars that were revealed during a Custom Shop event at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.

Watch below as Ellis gives the scoop on a custom Surfcaster Roasted Pine and Style 2 Roasted Pine.


Get a Down and Dirty Look at our Charvel NAMM Booth

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Get a quick down and dirty look at our Charvel NAMM booth! Just click the image below to watch our Facebook clip.

6 Stunning Charvel Custom Shop Guitars

Posted on January 21st, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Charvel’s team of Master Builders have created yet another collection of fantastic instruments for the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.

Here’s a quick look at six stunning Charvel Custom Shop guitars:

San Dimas 2H Bengal Yellow

This ferocious beast was built to roar. Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols created this ultra-cool cat using select alder wood, a quartersawn maple bolt-on neck, 12-16” compound radius maple fingerboard and a pair of Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups. The perfectly painted striped body and matching headstock has a realistic ombre effect to its finish, and you can’t help but notice the red Charvel logo on the headstock.

Surfcaster Roasted Pine

The Charvel Surfcaster Roasted Pine is a one-of-a-kind wonder with qualities so unique you can’t help but stare. Master Builder Chip Ellis created a piece of art when he selected this special piece of reclaimed pine wood. The tarnished copper hardware balances and enhances the light and dark tones of the wood for an elegant touch. It features a Jazzmaster bridge, Bigsby tailpiece, gold-foil Lollar pickups, and stainless steel vintage frets.

Style 2 Roasted Pine

In addition to the Surfcaster, Ellis created another model in its likeness. The Style 2 features the same appointments as the Surfcaster with the exception of the pickup configuration; this one comes with a single gold-foiled Loller humbucking pickup. Another distinguished feature includes a unique chicken head style volume knob that sits in the upper bout of the body. The vintage volume knob is an old TV or radio dial that Ellis picked up from a neighborhood antique store.

San Dimas Birdseye Top Ghost Squid Flames

Nearly too hot to handle, this custom built guitar features a brilliant twist on a flame design. The bright red-orange tentacle-like flames fade into a crimson body, making this San Dimas model unlike any other. It’s equipped with a pair of Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups, a Charvel bass bridge, and a 12-16” compound radius fingerboard. The basswood body has a birdseye maple top that accentuates the unique flame design that much more.

San Dimas HSH Quilt Top

This quilt maple top San Dimas may be beautiful on the outside, but it’s also a beast built to destroy. Packed with direct mount Seymour Duncan® pickups, this hum-single-hum monster is a force to be reckoned with, just like Nichols intended. Other standout features include a Floyd Rose® Bridge, Schaller tuning machines, a wheel-adjust truss rod, and a bolt-on wenge neck.

San Dimas 7-String Korina Walnut Top

Nichols was holding on to this stunning piece of wood for quite a while, waiting for the perfect design to strike him. It’s easy to see why he became so attached to the elegant markings that make this guitar a knockout. This 7-string beauty features dual Bare Knuckle Coldsweat 7 pickups, a Hipshot® hardtail 7 bridge, Schaller® tuning machines, and a quartersawn bolt-on maple neck.

 

Guthrie Govan String Bending Masterclass – Part Five

Posted on January 4th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Guitarist recently posted the “final installment of the bending odyssey” with Charvel signature artist Guthrie Govan.

“I figured it would be fun to end by adding a somewhat unfashionable technique to our bending repertoire,” said Govan. “‘What would happen,’ we must ask ourselves, ‘if we combine all of our string bending chops with a little bit of tapping. This is sometimes considered to be the province solely of the heavy metal shred monster but the way I see it, tapping is just another way to play notes that this hand (fretting hand) can’t reach on its own. So I’ve never been a fan of that whole stigma that gets attached to it. Tapping is just another way to make sounds and you can use it for all sorts of crazy purposes as hopefully we’re about to find out.”

Watch the lesson below to explore some of Govan’s interesting ideas.

NeoGeoFanatic Displays 23 Charvel Guitars in 4 Minutes

Posted on December 18th, 2015 by MDuffy

French YouTube personality NeoGeofanatic recently posted an incredible video in which he plays 23 Charvel guitars in just over four minutes.

Each axe is a gem unto itself, with several beautiful custom models you might not have seen before and some very recognizable ones, including a few Warren DeMartini signatures.

“Who will find the entire list? :D Be careful some of them are custom made, very hard to find, good luck,” he wrote on his YouTube channel.

Try to figure it out in the video after the jump.

(more…)

* */?>