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Angel Vivaldi’s Charvel Signature Nova Reps ‘Innovation and Creativity’

Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Sara Norton

To say Angel Vivaldi knows a thing or two about guitar is an understatement. The axe genius has spent the better part of 17 years perfecting his craft to what it is today, and getting there meant overcoming several hurdles.

“I grew up with a lot of obstacles standing in my way of playing guitar, whether it was being very poor or having little-to-no support,” says Angel Vivaldi in an exclusive interview with Charvel. “Things like lessons and adequate gear were way out of the question. I spent a lot of time by myself just exploring the guitar, using my ear as a guide.”

Despite these setbacks, Vivaldi would soldier on and build an illustrious career in instrumental-prog rock with albums like Away With Words, Part 1 and Synapse. As his career blossomed, so did his need for an instrument that could keep up with his fiery fretwork.

“I remember playing with tons of different bands, some were in drop B and some were in drop C,” explains Vivaldi. “I couldn’t afford a guitar to play with each of these bands, so I figured if I had a 7-string I could cover all my bases. Sure enough, it did! Now it’s just become a huge part of how I riff and write.”

In early 2017, Charvel sent the guitarist a DK24 model to take for a spin. The guitar virtuoso immediately admired the classic-yet-unconventional approach Charvel took to crafting state-of-the-art instruments.

“I fell in love with the philosophy behind what Charvel does — breaking rules on traditional guitars,” says Vivaldi. “I found this philosophy really falls in line with my own philosophy of fusing modern-era guitar building with the blue prints of classic tradition.”

“To be honest, I didn’t expect to fall in love as much as I did,” continues Vivaldi grinning. “I was initially sent a 6-string DK24. The fact that I am a 7-string player who fell in love with a 6-string says a lot.”

This partnership would eventually spawn the Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 Nova, an elegant 7-string guitar loaded with premium features and designed for an array of playing, from heavy metal riffs to articulate blues solos.

“The name Nova really represents so much of what I feel like this guitar stands for… which is driven innovation and creativity,” says Vivaldi of his signature model.

Watch the in-depth interview below, which includes a full rundown of the features on his signature axe as well as enticing playing snippets of his songs.

 

Digital Tour Bus Goes Backstage With Angel Vivaldi

Posted on March 20th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Digital Tour Bus caught up with Angel Vivaldi on a stop during his Guitar Collective 2018 tour for a look at his rig, which of course included his Charvel Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 Nova.

“This guitar is that old school and new school type of hybrid,” said Vivaldi.

The Nova boasts a slew of premium features including a reverse 7-string Fender Strat headstock tilted back for improved string tension at the nut, a recessed heel and scooped lower horn for easy upper fret access and a Gotoh® custom 7-string 510 tremolo bridge.

“[The Nova] is great for shred!” added Vivaldi.

Check out the full interview below.

11 Ripping New Charvel Axes for 2019

Posted on February 26th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Charvel is amped to add a variety of new axes  — from brand-new USA Select and artist signature models to even more bright and bold new finishes for our core Pro-Mod Series.  Here’s a quick intro of the 11 new guitars we have in store for you.

USA Select DK24 HH 2PT CM

A brand-new offering from our Corona, Calif.-based factory, the USA Select DK24 HH 2PT CM packs classic Charvel style and attitude with premium features. The bolt-on two-piece caramelized maple neck and fingerboard take it up a notch in tone and style, while direct mount custom Seymour Duncan bridge and neck pickups deliver in-your-face tone performance after performance.  Throw in a mini two-way toggle switch for parallel and series pickup combinations, volume knob with 500K EVH Bourns low-friction pot, black Strat-style skirt knobs, Gotoh Custom 510 recessed trem bridge with titanium saddles and thick brass block, and well, consider yourself unstoppable.

Looking for flash? The Oxblood finish is sure to scream for attention, while the Satin White might call more to those looking for an understated and classic vibe.

Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 NOVA


Elegance and power collide in the brand-spanking new Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 NOVA, available in an arresting Satin Sage Green with a matching reverse Fender® Stratocaster® headstock and gold hardware. This magnificent 7-string axe features a bolt-on three-piece maple neck with a profile designed to Vivaldi’s preferred specifications, while the maple fingerboard’s cascading black dot inlays add a sophisticated and unique touch. Under the hood, a DiMarzio Tone Zone bridge pickup and a DiMarzio Air Norton neck pickup add plenty of snappy warm tones.

Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK

Metal’s favorite jester Russ “Satchel” Parrish gets a new color addition to his wildly popular signature model. Now available in a vibrant Slime Green Bengal finish, the Satchel Pro-Mod DK features a pair of Fishman® Fluence Classic humbucking pickups for that iconic ‘80s metal tone.  Nothing is understated when it comes to Steel Panther and that includes the pickup bobbins, which are decked out in black and green. Grab the spandex, eyeliner, hairspray and set the room ablaze.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E Deep Purple

Our So-Cal Style 1 got dipped in a new royal Deep Purple Metallic finish and paired with a black pickguard and black hardware for a look that’s ready for the bigtime. Its alder body lends itself to a wider scope of tones, while the ebony fingerboard delivers tremendous percussive notes. Ideal for metal of any flavor, Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups fuel this axe with an annihilating and heavy voice.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E Gloss Black

Purple not your jam? Our So-Cal also sees a new Gloss Black finish with black pickguard and black hardware for those with a more brooding personality and/or those ladies out there who are always in need of the “perfect black dress axe.” Also offering a set of Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups, this guitar produces full-bodied, powerful mids that are ideal for scorching leads. A premium feature option on all of our FR Pro-Mods, the Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system will keep you in tune regardless of your whammy-histrionics.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M Snow White

Already a popular color in the lineup, our So-Cal Style 1 in Snow White now gets a refreshing new option with a parchment pickguard and chrome hardware. This axe features a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with black dot inlays.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M LH Snow White

Left-handed? You’re covered. This Snow White with black pickguard So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M LH model packs many of the Charvel chutzpah of its right-handed counterparts. Same Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups, same smooth 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard and same kickass Floyd Rose 1000 Series trem. Main difference besides its orientation? Instead of offering a no-load tone control, the lefty version features a tone control with push/pull tone activation.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR E

This San Dimas® Style 1 is in full bloom with a stunning Satin Burgundy Mist finish. Don’t let its rosy complexion fool you — courtesy the direct mount Seymour Duncan® JB TB-4 bridge and Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N neck pickups, this bad boy is ready to rip into any heavy, aggressive playing style with plenty of output and sustain. When the occasion calls for it, these pickups can also shift into warmer, sweet tones.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR E Deep Purple Metallic

The San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E is also offered in a bold and edgy new Deep Purple Metallic finish that complements its ebony fingerboard and black hardware beautifully.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR M QM Transparent Green Burst

Looking for a touch of elegance instead? The San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR M QM sports a stunning quilt maple top finished in Transparent Green Burst.  White pickup bobbins add another dimension to its classic looks, along with the durable maple fingerboard and chrome hardware.

 

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