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11 Wild Throwback Charvel Custom Shop 40th Anniversary Models

Posted on February 11th, 2019 by Sara Norton

The Charvel Custom Shop is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a throwback collection hearkening back to the very genesis of Charvel. Eleven unmistakably colorful Charvel creations that perfectly recreate the dawn of hot-rodded high-performance sound, style and playability.

The 11 models in the 40th Anniversary Custom collection are reverently crafted recreations of some of Charvel’s original 1979 catalog offering. These bad boys are not only outfitted with select retro specs, but they were built old-school style, just like their ancestors.

Charvel 40th San Dimas Hot Rod Flames

This axe is on fire! This San Dimas Style 1 is wrapped in perhaps one of the most iconic graphic in Charvel history as red and orange flames reach out against the blue paint as if they are ready to engulf the guitar. Diehard fans of the brand will enjoy this trip down memory lane from a time when guitars were just as eccentric as the guys playing them.

The alder body is paired with a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck, featuring a straight 11”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 frets for the speediest single-note soloing.

A single DiMarzio® Super Distortion pickup delivers balls-to-the-wall tone with plenty of hot output. It may be standard these days, but back then adding a Floyd to a Super Strat was sacrilegious. Charvel did it anyway, and continues to do so here with a Floyd Rose® Original tremolo for pure wanking enjoyment.

Charvel 40th San Dimas Style 1 Cherry Burst

The Cherry Burst finish over the flame maple top of this San Dimas Style 1 is sweetness personified. A single humbucking Seymour Duncan® JB Trembucker cuts through the mix with unstoppable midrange attack, ideal for heavier riffing.

Charvel 40th San Dimas Style 1 Candy Apple Red

The 40th San Dimas Style 1 in a delicious Candy Apple Red wrapping with a maple fingerboard and gold hardware is one bodacious axe for the ages. Triple single-coil Fender® Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups deliver vintage hot-rod, snappy Strat tones, while the quartersawn maple neck features a straight 11”-radius maple fingerboard with rolled edges and retro 1/4” black dot inlays, just like the ones the almighty rock gods of the ‘80s used to rip on.

Charvel 40th San Dimas Style 1 Pink Bullseye

Charvel scores a direct hit with this one as another one of its iconic graphic patterns takes shape here with a Pink and Black bullseye paint job on this 40th San Dimas Style 1. This old-school style axe is loaded with a single DiMarzio® DP102 X2N humbucking bridge pickup for pure high gain bliss, while the 11”-radius straight rosewood fingerboard features rolled edges and 21 frets for your tapping pleasure.

Charvel 40th Star  Rocket Red

The custom 40th Charvel Star takes off in style in a shockingly bright Rocket Red paint job. Featuring a straight 11″-radius maple fingerboard, this wild ride is fueled with a DiMarzio® DP100 Super Distortion® humbucking bridge pickup and a DiMarzio DP158 Evolution® neck pickup, resulting in the ultimate blend of ultra-high output with tight harmonics.

Charvel 40th Star  Pink Spider Web

This custom 40th Star will quickly ensnare you with its famed old-school black spider web graphic against the ultra-pink finish. Its specs include a quartersawn maple neck topped with a rolled 11”-radius rolled rosewood fingerboard with 21 frets, single DiMarzio® Super Distortion® humbucking bridge pickup, Floyd Rose Original and gold hardware.

Charvel 40th Star Shazam Lightning Bolt

Whoever said lightning never strikes twice obviously hasn’t played the 40th Star Shazam Lightning Bolt, which rocks Charvel’s iconic Star body shape in a Gold finish with a Shazam Lightning Bolt graphic and a rosewood fingerboard. Dressed in stunning style, this axe is also ready to bring the thunder with a DiMarzio® X2N bridge humbucker.

Charvel 40th San Dimas PJ Bass Lime Gold

All you low-end junkies out there are in for a treat. The monster 40th San Dimas PJ Bass in an attention Lime Gold wrapping packs plenty of rolling punches with a DiMarzio® Model P® neck pickup and DiMarzio Area J™ bridge pickup. The alder body is paired with a quartersawn maple neck and a maple fingerboard that features retro ¼” black dot inlays.

Charvel 40th San Dimas PJ Bass Taxi Cab Yellow

The 40th San Dimas PJ Bass in Taxi Cab Yellow with rosewood fingerboard sure as hell isn’t for backseat drivers. Loaded with a DiMarzio® Model P® neck pickup and DiMarzio Area J™ bridge pickup, this startling bass delivers deep growling notes and is ready to command the stage.

Charvel 40th San Dimas P Bass Blue Diamond

The 40th San Dimas P Bass Blue Diamond adds bling to your bassline. DiMarzio® Model P® neck pickup and DiMarzio Area J™ bridge pickup configuration delivers thumping bass tones, while a Merlin custom brass 4-string bass bridge maximizes note sustain.

Charvel 40th XP Bass Platinum Pink

This 40th XP Bass certainly puts on a show with its dynamic shape and eye-popping Platinum Pink finish. This bass radiates with booming tone courtesy of a DiMarzio® Model P® neck pickup and DiMarzio Area J™ bridge pickup.

Impellitteri Take On ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in New Music Video

Posted on February 6th, 2019 by Chrissy Mauck

Guitar wizard Chris Impellitteri and his eponymous band Impellitteri took on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed “Phantom of the Opera” with a unique speed/power metal type approach.

As Impellitteri explained to Guitar World, it’s a song he had wanted to remake since he was a kid.

“When we created our musical arrangement for this song our collective band vision was to basically take the Phantom on a wild musical ride through Hell!,” he stated. “We wanted to turn the song into a speed/power metal type song. I will say our version can seem fairly challenging to play as a guitarist due to the various complex scale sequences, modes and speed at which we are playing. At the same time the lead vocals are quite brutal on our singer, Rob Rock, as he had to sing both the male tenor part as well as the female vocal part, which resides in the alto and soprano ranges.”

As for Impellitteri, he is simply masterful on guitar — fluidly reaching his high notes on his custom Charvel Strat, played through various modified Marshall amps, pedals and speaker cabs.

The track, which appears on his latest The Nature of the Beast album, recently received the full music video treatment, which cuts between green tinted clips of the band performing the track live and imagery from the horror film.

Watch and enjoy below …

Gojira Bring You Their Pulverizing Live Show with Entrancing New Video

Posted on February 5th, 2019 by Chrissy Mauck

Feel up for an hour plus of being pummeled by French metal giants Gojira?

While the band may be currently holed up in New York working on their next album, fans can relive the thrill and palpable energy of their live show, courtesy of the recent video release featuring their entire Pol’And’Rock Festival set  in 2018.

Mixed by Raphaël Bovey at MyRoom Studio and edited by Bryce Hall, the multi-camera footage begins prior to the band’s stage entrance and spotlights the half million crowd as they quickly stir to a frenzy. From there, unreal stage production and Gojira’s crushing performance combine for an unforgettable experience.

Watch the set below as Charvel signature artists Joe Duplantier and his bandmates deliver a pulverizing and captivating performance.

 

00:00:00 Intro
00:02:24 Only Pain
00:06:21 The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe
00:10:38 Love
00:15:17
Stranded
00:20:00
Flying Whales
00:28:52
The Cell
00:35:45
Backbone
00:42:00 Terra Incognita
00:45:43
Silvera
00:49:43
L’Enfant Sauvage
00:54:02
Mario Drum Solo
00:58:45 The Shooting Star
01:03:48 Explosia
01:11:02 Vacuity

 

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Satchel Presents his New Charvel Sig Model Via Thomann

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Chrissy Mauck

(Parental Advisory: Explicit Content)

Thomann Music in Germany teamed up with Steel Panther lead guitarist Satchel at the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim,Calif., for a look at Satchel’s Signature Pro-Mod DK in a brand-new Slime Green Bengal finish.

Right from the get-go, things got, well, let’s just say a bit Steel Panther like with mentions of blow and strippers …

Eventually, they meander their way to the guitar, where Satchel highlights its cool “whammy bar,” “bitchin’ pickups,”awesome neck” and ability to “make anybody look cool.”

From NAMM knuckles (hey, real talk — it’s the only way to avoid #nammthrax) to one of the most sterile rooms we’ve ever seen at the show, please enjoy …

6 Wonderful & Whacky Charvel Custom Shop Creations

Posted on January 29th, 2019 by Sara Norton

“We can do anything with Charvel. 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.”  – Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols

True to his words, the Charvel Master Built creations he revealed at the Custom Shop NAMM Show event were replete with Southern California quirkiness, hot-rod style and a solid dose of roasted woods. Here’s a quick look at 6 of his wonderful and whacky finished pieces …

Charvel San Dimas® Style 2 Cooked Ash

Elegance personified.

That’s the first thing that crosses the mind when you see this Charvel San Dimas® Style 2 Cooked Ash in all of its Natural wonder. The roasted ash body is paired with a caramelized flame maple neck, topped with an ebony fingerboard that plays as smooth as a coastal cruise along Highway 1.

An EVH® Wolfgang® humbucking bridge pickup combines with a Mojotone “Quiet Coil™” neck pickup for crisp, stinging tone. Other features of this raw beauty include a gold EverTune® bridge, matching headstock, heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel, Gotoh® tuners, black hardware and more.

Charvel San Dimas® Style 1 Sassafras Koa

Hello gorgeous!

Stained in a Root Beer Burst finish, the flamed sassafras body of the Charvel Custom San Dimas® Style 1 Sassafras Koa rocks a koa center with purpleheart rails for a distinct look. The bolt-on koa neck features an ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and pearl dot inlays.

Red Dave loaded this stunner with Seymour Duncan® JB TB-4 bridge and Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N neck pickups for tones as rich and pristine as the axe they belong to. A Charvel hardtail bridge, Legacy Brass Crown head tuners and gold hardware completes the package.

Charvel San Dimas® Style 1 Exotic

Oh holy timber!

Exotic woods come together to form this exquisite custom San Dimas Style 1 Exotic. A chambered body is topped with lightly figured mahogany while 5A flame maple lines the sides and back of the guitar.  The multi-lam construction of the neck features a maple, walnut, flame maple, walnut to maple pattern and hosts a beautifully marbled pale moon ebony fingerboard.

A DiMarzio® Super Distortion humbucking bridge pickup and DiMarzio DP110 Flat Strat middle and neck pickups handle everything from ultra-high overdrive to snappy vintage tone. Other premium features include a recessed Floyd Rose® Original tremolo bridge and gold hardware.

Charvel Dinky™ Carbon Fiber

Bring on the Hard Frost!

The Charvel Dinky™ Carbon Fiber is at the forefront of axe technology. Sporting an alder body with a slick Matte Blue Frost finish, this pioneering model is ready to kick ass and take names with DiMarzio® humbucking pickups. The Tone Zone bridge pickup adds definition to your low-mid and bass notes, while the PAF Pro® slices through the heaviest gain with ease.

Contoured beveling around the butt and an expanded carbon fiber pickguard with cutouts for the volume and tone controls are a first for Charvel and give this axe added futuristic attitude.

Charvel San Dimas® Style 1 Purple Ash

Ready to have a blast? The Charvel San Dimas Style 1 Purple Ash punches unparalleled style with its cooked ash body and sandblasted Purple finish. Topped with violet purple bobbins, Bare Knuckle Holydiver 6 pickups deliver well-rounded, show-stopping harmonics.

Other fine goodies this axe has to offer include an oversized 3/4″ body radius on the back, bolt-on wenge neck, 12″-16″ compound radius wenge fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and mother of pearl dot inlays, 7-ply cream body binding, Floyd Rose® Original tremolo system, Gotoh® tuners and black hareware.

Charvel San Dimas® Style 2

You Sexy Thang!

This Charvel San Dimas Style 2 in classic Black with a scarlet red pickguard as well as matching red body binding and red Charvel headstock logo is in a league all its own.  An instant attention drawer, this sexy axe features an alder body, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck, ebony fingerboard, Bare Knuckle Aftermath humbucking  pickups, Hipshot Tele-style bridge and black hardware.

 

 

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.

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