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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.

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GAK Music Demos the Guthrie Govan Signature Model

Posted on December 2nd, 2015 by MDuffy


Joss Allen of GAK Music in the U.K. recently got his hands on one of Guthrie Govan’s signature Charvel guitars and ram through all the instrument’s special features in a video demo.

Those include three specially wound Charvel custom MFB pickups arranged in a versatile HSH configuration with five-way switching and a specially contoured heel without a neck plate for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard.

In addition, Allen spent some time playing the guitar, showing off the tonal capabilities of Govan’s namesake model.

Watch the demo after the jump.  (more…)

‘Guitarist’ Demos a Custom Shop RTM San Dimas 1 H

Posted on November 24th, 2015 by MDuffy


Guitarist
magazine recently took a look at a Charvel Custom Shop RTM San Dimas 1 H in Slime Green, with demonstrator Richard Barrett destroying the guitar’s maple fretboard with a series of fiery licks.

“This guitar is ready for pure-bred shred!” the magazine wrote on their official Facebook page.

Watch the demo after the jump and click here to pick up your copy of Guitarist. (more…)

A Note from Guthrie Govan on his Charvel Sig Model Finish

Posted on November 18th, 2015 by Chrissy Mauck

 

Charvel Translation if picture size was too difficult to read …

Greetings! Guthrie here, with a little update about the finish on my signature Charvel model …

During the last year or so, my “#1″ guitar has accumulated both air miles and “battle scars” in equal measure. Whilst there’s something undeniably “rock ‘n’ roll” about a well-worn instrument with a story to tell, a year’s worth of touring has somehow left my poor #1 looking like it’s endured a whole lifetime of neglect and abuse.

Mildly troubled by this, I asked Charvel if they could come up with a finish which would make the GG model more resistant to the rigours of life on the road, without compromising its tone in any way.

Well … I’m happy to report that they’ve found a way to achieve precisely that!

Cheers!

Guthrie

Thus, we hope you enjoy Govan’s Charvel signature model, now available with a thin layer of lacquer applied to the body as added protection.

Beau Monde Guitars Demos the Jake E Lee Signature Model

Posted on November 3rd, 2015 by MDuffy

Jake E Lee
Beau Monde Guitars in New Jersey recently pulled a Jake E Lee signature model off the wall to run through several of its special features.

The demo showcased the Seymour Duncan JB Humbucker in the bridge and the DiMarzio SDS-1 single-coil pickup in the neck position, demonstrating just how great the Red Dragon Cartel guitarist’s preferred axe sounds.

Check out the clip after the jump.  (more…)

Learn How to Play Legal Tender’s ‘Swallow Your Soul’

Posted on October 30th, 2015 by MDuffy

Frankie Lindia

Frankie Lindia of Los Angeles-based metallers Legal Tender recently released a play-through of the band’s track “Swallow Your Soul.”

The single, which was released in 2014, features some serious shredding from Lindia on his Charvel So-Cal Style 1 HH, and you can learn how to play it after the jump. (more…)

Learn How to Play Joe Satriani’s ‘The Forgotten (Part One)’ from Dave Nassie

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 by MDuffy

Dave Nassie
Dave Nassie recently posted a lesson in conjunction with Epic Guitar Instruction that takes a look at Joe Satriani’s “The Forgotten (Part One),” an epic guitar jam off 1989′s Flying in a Blue Dream.

In the clip, Nassie begins with the chord shapes for the left hand and slowly builds the tapping rhythms of the song.

“It seems intimidating, but it’s really not, I assure you,” said Nassie.

Learn more from Nassie after the jump.  (more…)

Mike Orlando to Host Clinic at All Music in New York

Posted on October 21st, 2015 by MDuffy

Mike Orlando All Music
Adrenaline Mob and Sonic Stomp guitarist Mike Orlando is hosting a clinic on Saturday, Oct. 24 at All Music in Long Island, N.Y.

The event – which includes a Q&A session and meet and greet – will take place from 6-8 p.m.

R.S.V.P. for the event here.

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