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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Charvel Custom Shop Marvels

Posted on January 24th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

The Charvel Custom Shop unveiled some magnificent beauties during the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Here’s a look at 7 by Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols.

So-Cal Scallop Relic Black 

Pulling from the more classic and conservative side of Charvel, this custom So-Cal Scallop axe looks like it’s been slung around for the last 25 years with its black finish, white pickguard and excellent relic job on both the finish and hardware.

The guitar features an alder body with a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck,  scallop maple fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, a reverse headstock, Seymour Duncan pickups, Original Floyd Rose® and Gotoh tuners.

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Surfcaster Dart Swinger Brown 

This offset gem features an alder body with a bolt-on maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and bass sidebar inlay. Powered by Seymour Duncan P-90 Soapbar pickups, this axe also has a Tonepros Tune-O-Matic bridge and Gotoh tuners.

Its Dart Swinger Brown finish is set off nicely with vintage white binding around the body, neck and headstock, which features the Charvel script logo.

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San Dimas Sandblast

A pair of San Dimas Style 1 ash bodies were sandblasted for a raw and edgy-vibe.

The San Dimas HSH Sandblast model features a black body with neon green satin grainfill finish. A bolt-on quartersawn maple neck features an ebony fingerboard, while the DiMarzio pickups are finished with matching neon green covers for a truly spectacular combo.  Also offers a Floyd Rose Lo Pro Bridge.

The San Dimas Sandblast sticks with a basic monochromatic color palette, and yet is equally remarkable in looks, complete with a pair of Bare Knuckle Holy Driver pickups and a Hipshot hard tail bridge.

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Dinky Poplar

Sometimes you just need the bare essentials. The Custom Dinky Poplar is as natural as it gets, featuring a poplar body and a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with a scallop fingerboard and reverse headstock. Powered by a Bill Lawrence L-500XL bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan SH1 pickup, this high-performance axe also offers a spokewheel truss rod adjust at the butt-end of the neck, an Original Floyd Rose bridge, Gotoh tuners and chrome hardware.

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San Dimas Big Mouth

For those who like to run their mouth, this San Dimas alder body got a sick and vivid custom graphic paint job featuring some sharp canines with tongue hanging out Miley Cyrus style.   Its bolt-on quartersawn maple neck features a maple fingerboard with black dot inlays and 22 jumbo frets.

Also features Seymour Duncan pickups, a Charvel brass trem hardtail bridge and Gotoh Tuners.

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Style 2 Cherry Burst

Simple yet stunning. That’s what comes to mind when taking a close look at this Style 2 guitar featuring an ash body with a Cherry Burst finish, a bolt-on caramelized flame maple neck and black six in line reverse headstock with a script Charvel logo.

Also features a pair of DiMarzio DP-184 Chopper pickups, a Hipshot USA Tele bridge in black and a convenient thumbwheel truss rod adjustment at the butt-end of the neck.

 

Gojira’s Joe Duplantier Says His New Signature Charvel was Built to Take a Pounding

Posted on January 18th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Although Joe Duplantier’s new signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH model is just now about to start shipping to dealers, Duplantier has been using his prototype since recording 2016′s Magma, and it’s held up rather admirably throughout a heavy touring cycle in support of the album.

“I’ve been using my signature model on the road and it’s very solid,” said Duplantier. “I’m pounding the guitar every night. I pound the strings and I need a guitar that’s solid and can handle this for touring.”

It also proved to be studio worthy, too.

“When I started working on the new record I wanted to find the perfect tone for what I was doing,” said Duplantier. “I usually use several guitars because in the studio you can’t make any mistakes and you have to pick the right guitar and this guitar was the winner. I called Charvel right away and was like, ‘Aah this is the guitar in the studio too!,’ which is pretty rare for a guitar to be the ultimate weapon on stage and in the studio. This guitar has both.”

Watch below as Duplantier demos some of its key features and explains why he chose them.

Evergrey’s Henrik Danhage Talks Gear with Bandist

Posted on November 10th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Lead guitarist Henrik Danhage of Swedish progressive metal band Evergrey recently took German instrument retailer and blogger Bandist on a tour of his live rig, which includes an impressive collection of Charvel guitars.

Danhage begins with the amps, pedals and effects he uses to achieve his signature sound, dialing in the details of the channels and settings. Saving the best for last, Danhage also walks the viewer through his prized group of modified Charvel guitars that he plays exclusively.

“All-time favorite,” says Danhage. “Growing up with all the cool players, like Steve Vai, Warren DeMartini, Jake E Lee, you know a lot of those cats had Charvels. I’m so honored that I can work with them and they make me awesome guitars. I couldn’t be happier on the guitar front.”

Watch the interview with Danhage below to get all the details on what he brings to the stage.

Warren DeMartini Performs on the Monsters of Rock Cruise West

Posted on October 4th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel signature artist Warren DeMartini joined RATT bandmates, singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier for a “surprise band” performance on Saturday night on the Monsters of Rock Cruise West. Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT 2010 studio album Infestation, and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, White Lion and Megadeth) also joined them onstage.

Watch fan footage below as the band plays RATT’s “Wanted Man” …

Premier Guitar Reviews the Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR

Posted on September 29th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

 

The Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR received a glowing two-page review in Premier Guitar’s October issue, also earning the magazine’s “Premier Gear” stamp of approval.

“For a lot of aspiring shredders, the image of Warren DeMartini’s Charvel San Dimas in Ratt’s ‘Round and Round’ video—with its blood and skull graphic—was about as badass as you could get in 1984,” writes reviewer Joe Charupakorn. “That image helped cement the San Dimas’ place as one of the must-have axes of the shred era. But it was no flash in the pan.”

The San Dimas still stays true to those roots but offers many upgraded features that technical players covet, and Charupakorn’s review offers a deep dive into the newest Pro-Mod Style 1 HH FR guitar’s looks, specs and sound.

“With its transparent, tobacco sunburst, quilted maple top on an alder body, zebra humbuckers, and maple neck, the Pro-Mod version looks sharp, and a lot like an ‘80s shred kid grown up and keeping it classy in middle age. Rather more lurid solid colors like slime green and neon pink are also available for permanent adolescents.”

Charupakorn continues with a detailed tour of the guitar’s construction before turning his focus on the “six pack of sound” that makes this guitar standout sonically.

“You can get great sounds from just about every configuration,” he wrote. “The neck pickup is crisp with a lot of bite, and free of tubbiness. The middle sounded a little glassier than the neck position and inspired whammy-infused, clean melodies (Steve Vai’s ‘Call it Sleep’ riff among them). The bridge pickup is muscular, open, and sounds reminiscent of some of Guthrie Govan’s brash lead tones. For rhythm playing, the tight low end makes Eddie Van Halen-style metal-boogie riffs and percussive djent-type rhythms sound equally tough and clear.”

Charupakorn also praises the addition of the tone knob, which unlocks more tonal options to players.

“Several years ago, I pondered buying a San Dimas, but held off because it didn’t have a tone knob. This edition of the San Dimas finally features that missing knob. But in order to please old-school San Dimas users, the tone knob has a very effective and useful no-load option, which removes the capacitor from the circuit entirely at maximum levels.”

Read the full review, and hear a demo of the Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR here.

The Pro-Mod So-Cal Wins Guitar World Gold

Posted on September 7th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

The Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR won Gold in Guitar World magazine’s September issue. The article features a brief history of the instrument, quick spec overview and killer performance review.

“The new Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR epitomizes the classic stripped-down super Strat with premium components and an eye-catching finish that’ll turn heads, but with a price tag that won’t leave you down on the Sunset Strip,” wrote reviewer Paul Riario. “The pickups sound huge with a fat bottom end, warm mids and searing highs when I played with tons of high-gain distortion, and the coil-tap on the volume knob gets you brighter spank on cleaner settings. The guitar is solidly built and feels sleek, but more importantly, it entices you to play fast with its ‘speed neck’ profile, low action and finely dressed jumbo frets that made me effortlessly shred above my talent level.”

Riario’s verdict?

“Hot-rodded with Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups, a hand-rubbed neck and a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, the Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR is a street lethal, fretboard-racing machine built for breakneck speed.”

Read the full review here, and watch Riario’s demonstration below.

Watch Chris Impellitteri Live with his Bloodsplatter Charvel

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Los Angeles heavy metal act Impellitteri has been enjoying the festival scene abroad this summer, including slots at Busan Rock Festival in South Korea, Bang Your Head Festival in Germany and Rock Fest Barcelona.

All the while, guitarist Chris Impellitteri has been shredding away on a Charvel Custom Shop Legacy Bloodsplatter guitar.

Watch below to enjoy some fan footage, including a surprising choice for a metal show in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in which Impellitteri really shows off his chops.

Watch Kelly Simonz Demo the Pro-Mod Collection at Tokyo Guitar Clinic

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 by Morgan Brunner


Charvel artist Kelly Simonz held a guitar clinic last month at the Gakki Center in Tokyo, where he showed off his impressive skills on the latest Pro-Mod collection.

The guitar virtuoso from Japan demoed a Rocket Red Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR on his song “Future Destination” and a Transparent Black Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR on “Tales Of The Viking.”

View Simonz’s special appearance at the clinic below.

Watch New Rock Bottom Bros. Video with Charvel Artist Jordan Ziff

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Live From the Nest, a YouTube channel dedicated to local Phoenix artists grooving to

Charvel artist Jordan Ziff recently joined Rock Bottom Bros. (a music/social media project based in Phoenix featuring Paul Anthony and Mike Hill) for a new video for a song called “Maurice and Verdine.” Watch below as the trio grooves along to this ode to the legendary Earth, Wind and Fire brothers.

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