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Charvel Custom Shop Team Reflects on 40 Years and Debuts Throwback Collection

Posted on January 23rd, 2019 by Chrissy Mauck


2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Charvel® Custom Shop, which holds the unique distinction of being the longest continually running guitar custom shop.

In the new video below, the Charvel Custom Shop team including Senior Master Builder Mike Shannon, Master Builder Red Dave Nichols, Custom Shop Builder Pat McGarry and Master Builder Joe Williams share their perspective on the uniqueness of Charvel.

“We can do anything with Charvel,” Nichols said. “Nothing is out of bounds. It is kind of sacrilegious to put a Floyd on a Strat, but that’s second nature on a Charvel. We take the guidelines and throw them out the window and do what we want. We glue funky woods together. We do awesome crazy graphics. The trends have changed over the years, of course, and we’re always changing with them. Lately we’re seeing a lot of cooked woods and natural finishes.”

To commemorate four decades of hard-earned glory, Charvel proudly recreated 11 stunning Custom Shop models from Charvel’s original 1979 catalog offering. See these throwback models for the first time by watching the video below …

See the New Evergrey Music Video for ‘Weightless’

Posted on January 15th, 2019 by Chrissy Mauck

In advance of 11th studio album The Atlantic Jan. 25 drop date, Swedish dark prog metal masters Evergrey has debuted a new music video for its track “Weightless.”

Directed by Patric Ullaeus, the clip finds the band performing the track in the middle of a fiery blaze.

“This video is what you will get when watching us live pretty much,” stated the band. “Maybe minus burning down the drum kit every night! We’re really proud of ‘Weightless’ as it works as a phenomenal second chapter of The Atlantic drama.”

Frontman Tom S. Englund shared this about the making and direction of The Atlantic:

“We’ve fought through giant private obstacles as well as an extremely complicated break-in at our headquarters studio to bring this album to you. So at the same time as it’s certainly not been painless or at all easy, it’s been rewarding in new ways and our creativity has been painted in colors of honesty and sincerity.

“This is our heaviest, darkest, and perhaps also our most diverse album to date. It’s everything we wanted to compose and the written words come straight from a place of transparency and never before experienced lucidity. Finally, as of yesterday, we’ve reached new shores. We can’t wait for you to share this journey with us and dive into our worlds, our depths, and the waters of The Atlantic!”

Enjoy the clip below, featuring guitarist Henrik Danhage decimating his Charvel Star.

Metal Injection’s ‘Ask the Artist’ Q&A With Angel Vivaldi

Posted on January 7th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Angel Vivaldi recently sat down for a Metal Injection Ask the Artist session where the axeman dishes on everything from his approach to writing new material to which artist he draws the most inspiration from.

“My music always starts with a concept,” explains Vivaldi, while also playing a quick riff on his custom 7-string Charvel. “The theme of whatever that record is about really dictates the dynamic and the intention behind what I am writing.”

And which famous artist inspires this metal maven the most? Vivaldi’s answer might surprise you.

“Hands down, Michael Jackson!” says Vivaldi. “His music, his albums, his music videos, his live performances … he just cared so much about everything he did.”

Check out the full interview below!

 

Cameron Cooper Reviews the DK24 HSH 2PT CM

Posted on December 18th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Cameron Cooper is back with a new YouTube review of the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM in Satin Orange Crush with a rundown of the axe’s premium features and clear, crisp tone.

“[Charvel] nailed everything,” raves Cooper. “The body contouring, fit, finish, feel, sound. They are really brilliant, all-around guitars.”

The DK24 HSH packs a wallop with a Seymour Duncan® Custom Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup, Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 single-coil middle pickup and Seymour Duncan® Alnico II Pro APH-1N neck pickup. Cooper demonstrates the guitar’s versatility, playing through a spectrum of genres, including jazz and finger-style.

“Overall, it captures some Tele sounds, some Strat sounds… the heavy rock, full humbucker goodness,” says Cooper as he tosses up horns.

Check out the axeman and the DK24 HSH 2PT in action below.

Steel Panther Crash Thursday Night Football

Posted on November 15th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Steel Panther had a little fun crashing the set of FOX Sports prior to last Thursday night’s NFL game.

In a pre-game commercial, the glam metal jokesters were under the impression they were the headlining act and asked FOX Sports Thursday Night Football hosts Howie Long and Michael Strahan where they could set up their gear. Strahan thwarted their performance and clarified the mix up —  it wasn’t Steel Panther playing, but the Steelers vs. Panthers game.

Unfazed by the flub but sensing Long and Strahan were unconvinced of the show’s need of a house band, Satchel tore out a pretty solid cover of the NFL’s theme song on his signature Pro-Mod DK.

Check out the humorous and classic Steel Panther clip below.

YouTuber Cameron Cooper Reviews DK24 HSS 2PT CM

Posted on November 6th, 2018 by Sara Norton

U.K.-based axeman Cameron Cooper showed off his swift fret work in a new video review of the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSS 2PT CM in Primer Gray.

Cooper kicked off his review with a demo of the DK24’s versatile tones. A Custom Seymour Duncan® Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup delivered crystal clear warm notes while a Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 single-coil middle pickup and Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP single-coil neck pickup pack plenty of bouncy, Strat-like tones.

After the quick tone demo, Cooper ran through the DK24’s specs and expressed a particular love for the back body contouring, which features a carved belly cut that comfortably hugs the player’s body, as well as the baked caramelized maple neck and fingerboard.

“For those of you who have never owned caramelized maple before, it’s an experience to behold,” said Cooper. “A cooked maple neck is… completely impervious to climatic changes, all of the moisture is sucked out of it when it is cooked. In terms of feel, it is unbelievably comfortable. [The neck] feels familiar as soon as you try it.”

His bottom-line conclusion?

“[Charvel] has done it again, guys. It is a truly amazing guitar, super high quality, a really amazing instrument,” raved Cooper.

Check Cooper out in action in the video below.

Mike Orlando to Release First Instrumental DVD

Posted on October 31st, 2018 by Sara Norton

Mike Orlando knows his way around a guitar. End of story.

But, in case you need further proof, bear witness to the new video trailer to Mike Orlando’s Sonic Stomp, the Adrenaline Mob guitarist’s upcoming DVD.

Due out Dec. 3, Mike Orlando’s Sonic Stomp was recorded at Thiago Bianchi’s Fusao Studios in Brazil with members of the Brazilian progressive metal band Noturnal.

In the new four-minute trailer, Orlando showcased a few songs from the DVD, including “Jam,” “A Vision Of You” and the title track. On each, he delivered searing performances on his custom Charvel. His brisk fretwork is paired nicely with the instrumental prowess of Noturnall’s drummer Aquiles Priester, bassist Fernando Quesada and keyboardist Junior Carelli.

Brazilian fans can pre-order the DVD here, while U.S. and other international fans can pre-order here.

Enjoy the trailer below.

Explore the All-new Charvel DK24 2PT Models

Posted on October 25th, 2018 by Chrissy Mauck

The all-new Charvel DK24 2PT guitars were designed for modern players who are looking to push boundaries in their playing, performance and creativity.

In a new rapid-fire video, we showcase the HSH (in Matte Army Drab or Satin Orange Crush) and HSS (in Primer Gray or Satin Shell Pink) models and highlight of all the premium features that take these instruments to the next level. Those include custom Seymour Duncan® pickups that deliver a versatile sonic punch, caramelized maple necks and fingerboards, scalloped lower back bout and shredder’s cut heel for effortless upper fret access, 24 jumbo frets for greater note articulation, Gotoh® Custom 510 tremolo bridge that can flutter like a standard floating locking bridge and Luminlay® side dots to light your way up the neck even on the darkest of stages.

The clip is scored with an instrumental rock fusion track called “Crispy,” recorded by guitar virtuoso Prashant Aswani.

Enjoy …

 

Watch Red Dragon Cartel’s Newest Video for ‘Crooked Man’

Posted on October 18th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Red Dragon Cartel released a new lyric video for “Crooked Man,” the second single off upcoming album Patina.

In the new clip, guitarist Jake E. Lee looks every bit the rock star on a Charvel guitar built by Master Builder Chip Ellis, who sandblasted and stained the custom axe in a patina finish inspired by the album’s title, and then added copper-plated hardware.

As Lee digs into the bluesy song with the rest of his bandmates, images of notorious political figures flash on the screen.

Patina, the band’s sophomore album, was recorded at drummer Anthony Esposito’s studio in Dillsburg, Pa., and will be released Nov. 9.  In the meantime, whet your appetite with the full lyric video below.

Angel Vivaldi Debuts “Noradrenaline”

Posted on October 5th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Angel Vivaldi recently released a playthrough video of “Noradrenaline” off his album Synapse, with the video delivering plenty of his radiant fret work.

Compared to the majority of Vivaldi’s heavier work, he slows down the tempo on “Noradrenaline” with an angelic solo played over cascading chords on his Charvel signature 7-string prototype.

Check out the video below.

 

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