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Jake E Lee on His Charvel Signature ‘White Pearl’

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by MDuffy

Jake E. Lee rocking at the Whisky.

The Jake E Lee Signature Charvel guitar, a.k.a. The “White Pearl,” boasts unmistakable So-Cal ash body contours and a distinctive lavender-hued Pearl White finish.

Watch the legendary guitarist talk about his iconic instrument in this video and click here for more information.

Guitar World Features Guthrie Govan & Jake E Lee Signature Models

Posted on February 25th, 2014 by MDuffy

Representatives from Guitar World were on-hand at the 2014 Charvel Showcase at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., where they got a close look at the new Guthrie Govan and Jake E Lee signature guitars.

Charvel’s own Mike McGregor points out all the key features of each model in the videos below.

Joe Duplantier on His Charvel Signature Model

Posted on January 28th, 2014 by Chrissy Mauck

Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier worked with Charvel to come up with his perfect signature guitar, an iconic San Dimas Style 2. In this video, Duplantier talks about his new “killing machine with class,” which he uses on the stage and in the studio.

Lazersnake’s Cody Forsythe Demos a Desolation DS-1 ST

Posted on November 5th, 2013 by MDuffy


Guitarist Cody Forsythe of the Tennessee-based rock band Lazersnake recently got his hands on a Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST, and as he explained in the video below, the guitar is a fit for him.

“It’s pretty much personified the sound of our record, and is one of the best-playing, best-sounding guitars I’ve ever played,” he said.

See what Forsythe had to say in this clip and visit Lazersnake’s official Facebook page for more information about their upcoming album Visual Eyes.

Guthrie Govan Demos Charvel Prototype for the Music Zoo

Posted on September 10th, 2013 by MDuffy

During a recent tour stop at New York City’s Highland Ballroom with his band the Aristocrats, guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan was paid a visit by the folks from Music Zoo to check out his latest prototype guitar from the Charvel Custom Shop.

Check out the breakdown below and visit the Aristocrats’ official website for more information.

Andertons Music Checks Out Charvel Pro Mods

Posted on August 27th, 2013 by MDuffy

Anderton's Music Charvel Pro-Mod
The guys at Andertons Music in the U.K. recently checked out a few of the new Charvel Pro-Mod series of guitars, featuring both the So-Cal and San Dimas models.

And, the review of these hot-rodded axes would not be complete without some input from hair-metal “legends” Richie Sambuka and Wilder “The Beastmaster” Beast, who get a call in the second half of the video to teach the audience how to really rock.

Watch what these guitars can do in the clip below.

Charvel Q&A: Andreas Kisser

Posted on August 13th, 2013 by MDuffy

Andreas Kisser with Charvel
Andreas Kisser is widely known as the ace shredder for Brazilian metal stalwarts Sepultura, and that band has an album coming out on Oct. 25.

But in the past year, Kisser has been working with another band, the all-star lineup of De La Tierra.

Made up of Álex González (Maná), Flavio Cianciarulo (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs) and Andrés Giménez (D-mente, A.N.I.M.A.L.), De La Tierra has paired with Stanley Soares, a longtime Sepultura collaborator, to produce music that is definitely heavy.

This is no supergroup, however.  Kisser notes that the collaboration came together organically with a notion to continue as a group beyond their debut album.

Charvel.com recently caught up with Kisser to get the inside scoop on De La Tierra.

Charvel.com:  How did De La Tierra originally come about?

Kisser:  It’s amazing. I’m so glad that I received the invitation from these guys.  It started with Álex González, who is the drummer from Maná, and Andrés Giménez from Argentina. Álex is a metalhead. Even when he plays with Maná, you see the skulls on his drum set.  He wants to show that he has some metal blood.  He and Andres were talking about this project for like eight years.  It was always, “Come on, let’s do this.”  And finally, they said, “Let’s make it happen.”  That was last year, and Álex called me about this heavy project.  He said we wanted to sing in Spanish, and I said, “F**k, that’s great!” With me here, we could put some Portuguese on there, as well. (more…)

Matt Marshall and Xavier Adames of Palisades Join the Charvel Family

Posted on August 6th, 2013 by MDuffy

Guitarists Matt Marshall and Xavier Adames of New Jersey-based post-hardcore band Palisades have officially joined the Charvel family.

The sextet teamed up with producer Cameron Mizell at Chango Studios (Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire, Woe Is Me) to recently release the full-length album Outcasts, on which Andy Leo from Crown The Empire, Chris Roetter from Like Moths To Flames and Tyler Carter of Issues contributed guest vocals.

Palisades currently has a few U.S. tour dates scheduled for this summer before heading to Europe with Silverstein and Dream on Dreamer.

Armed with the strength of their new album “Outcasts”, PALISADES will be unstoppable by this summer.

Visit Palisades’ official Facebook page for more information.

Charvel Joins Forces With Guthrie Govan

Posted on July 18th, 2013 by MDuffy


Charvel is proud to welcome U.K. guitarist Guthrie Govan to the family. A highly-respected and in-demand virtuoso guitarist, Govan travels the world as both a performer and clinician. Govan is currently splitting time between his rock/fusion trio, The Aristocrats, and touring the world with Steven Wilson’s band, promoting Wilson’s Alan Parsons-produced album, The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories).

Govan made a name for himself in 1993, winning Guitarist Magazine’s “Guitarist of the Year” competition: he subsequently worked as a regular transcriber for U.K. magazine Guitar Techniques. He has since appeared with Asia, GPS, Dizzee Rascal and The Young Punx. His diverse playing style ranges from classic shred to jazz-fusion to blues-rock, all of which are clearly evident on his solo album Erotic Cakes and throughout his numerous other musical projects.

“These guitars sound great, and the necks are just ridiculous,” said Govan. “The good people at Charvel are encouragingly keen to hear all my feedback about their instruments. Whenever I share an idea with them, it feels like they’re really listening – so I’m very excited to be working with these guys and I look forward to seeing what we can do together in the future.”

“Guthrie Govan is one of the best performers playing today, and we’re proud to welcome him to the Charvel ‘family,’” said Michael McGregor, product manager for Charvel Guitars. “He is currently road-testing a few Charvel models, and we are in the research and development phase of some possible future Charvel guitars.”

Visit the Aristocrats’ official website to check out their recently-released album Culture Clash and a list of upcoming tour dates.

Ice Nine Kills Shreds Vans Warped Tour

Posted on June 24th, 2013 by MDuffy

Ice Nine Kills was one of the standout acts manning the Battle of the Bands Stage at last weekend’s Vans Warped Tour in Ventura, Calif.

With a new EP out titled The Predator, the band was locked and loaded to deliver a few fresh tracks while still giving the crowd a bit of familiarity. (more…)

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