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Charvel Welcomes Neil Swanson to the Club

Posted on July 12th, 2018 by Sara Norton

We are psyched to announce Neil Swanson as our newest Charvel artist!

“Being a Charvel artist feels like being part of something traditional and classic, but also very fresh, modern and exciting,” said Swanson

The Texas-born and bred guitarist packs a punch of talent on the axe, as proven when he was crowned the winner of Orianthi’s worldwide Talenthouse.com “Be My Band” competition. Steve Vai also recognized him as one of the top 10 guitarists in America and invited him to open his tour after Swanson won Guitar Center’s Steve Vai Sessions contest with a solid cover of Vai’s song “Juice.”

Since then, Swanson has toured the world and shared the stage with some of music’s biggest acts including Vai, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Michelle Branch, and developed a playing style as iconic as his platinum blond hairdo.

Outfitted with a slick Snow White Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1, Swanson is currently tearing up the stage with the hard rock band Diamante.

Check out the video of Swanson with his new Charvel below, and catch him on tour with Diamante here.

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12 Dinky Models to Tear Into

Posted on June 27th, 2018 by Admin

Charvel is stoked with all the fresh Dinky offerings we have for our hungry fans to devour in 2018 and to catch you up with both our Winter and Summer NAMM releases, here’s a quick look at 12 all-new DK models.

Pro-Mod DK24 HSS 2PT CM Satin Shell Pink

Making it’s debut at Summer NAMM is the Pro-Mod DK24 HSS 2PT CM, available in a time-to-hit-the-beach Satin Shell Pink.  This model delivers unbelievably full and versatile tone with an HSS pickup configuration consisting of a Custom Seymour Duncan® Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup, Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 single-coil middle pickup and Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP single coil neck pickup.

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Miss May I’s Justin Aufdemkampe Finds Best Fit in Charvel

Posted on June 27th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Justin Aufdemkampe Signature Pro-Mod SD24D

Miss May I stands at the summit of modern U.S. metalcore, and Charvel® is proud to honor the formidably fast, aggressive, and melodic fret work of Justin Aufdemkampe with a killer, all-new model bearing his name.

“I am very excited to have a signature model guitar that was developed with the guitar player in mind,” said Aufdemkampe. “To me, being a musician, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

“Originally, I had been switching around to other guitar companies, trying to find the best fit for myself,” he continued. “A buddy of mine convinced me to play a pair of Charvel guitars on Warped Tour a while back, and I was hooked.”

The Limited Edition Justin Aufdemkampe Signature Pro-Mod SD24 model features a classic San Dimas body fashioned from mahogany that is finished in a slick Trans Red with chrome hardware. The two-piece bolt-on caramelized maple “speed” neck has graphite reinforcement and silky-smooth hand-rubbed urethane finish. Its 12”-16” compound radius caramelized maple fingerboard features comfortable rolled edges, 24 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays, allowing you to slide around and scream out solos with optimum ease.

Ferocious tone bites from a special HS pickup configuration combining a Fender® Texas Special single-coil neck pickup with a Seymour Duncan® Distortion SH-6 bridge pickup.

Other premium modern features include a three-way rotary pickup switch, domed volume and tone control knobs, momentary kill switch, Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge, and locking tuners.

“Charvel has the looks and the playability that make them great guitars, as well as the team that backs it,” summed up Aufdemkampe. “For me it was a no brainer, and I haven’t looked back since.”

See more from Aufkempkampe below as he stopped by the Charvel booth at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville to check out his signature axe!

Miss May I's Justin Aufdemkampe

Miss May I's Justin Aufdemkampe stops by #SummerNAMM to check out his brand new #Charvel Limited Edition Signature Pro-Mod SD24! http://www.charvel.com/guitars/artist/limited-edition-justin-aufdemkampe-signature-pro-mod-sd24-caramelized-maple-fingerboard-trans-red/

Posted by Charvel® Guitars on Saturday, June 30, 2018

NeoGeofanatic Posts New San Dimas 7-String Demo

Posted on March 22nd, 2018 by Chrissy Mauck

French guitar instructor and YouTube sensation NeoGeofanatic has posted a new video demo of the Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2-7 HH HT Ash.

With its fierce Charcoal Gray finish, this 7-string axe can handle anything you throw at it, as Neo demonstrates.

“This guitar is a hell of a 7-string, can ring as good in full humbucker mode as the split-coil mode,” he noted in his video description.

Watch the clip below …

Watch Henrik Danhage’s Sunday Solo

Posted on March 7th, 2018 by Admin

Swedish guitarist Henrik Danhage delighted his Facebook fans on a recent Sunday morning by uploading an amazing new video of himself performing a dreamy solo on his custom shop Charvel.

The Evergrey artist was caught on stage thanks to a trusty fan and his/her cell phone camera.

“Thank you all for the awesome support beautiful people of the internet,” said Danhage on his Facebook page. “A killer guitar, an amazing amp, two cheap delays and a pair of decent hands and voila. And an awesome keyboard player backing you up of course.”

Watch the video below and be sure to follow Henrik Danhage on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.

John Mayer Shares the Wealth with Instagram Live Guitar Lessons

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by Admin


Inspired by the countless number of NAMM related social media posts that flooded his feed at the end of January, mega-talented guitarist John Mayer took time out of his busy schedule to sit down in front of his camera phone and record a down and dirty Instagram Live guitar lesson for his hungry fans.

Armed with his trusty skate-inspired Charvel Custom Shop guitar, Mayer fielded questions from his 2.7 million followers. The 42-minute video, which has since been uploaded to YouTube, is filled with incredible information for beginners all the way to experts with topics ranging from the simple subtleties of utilizing a Floyd Rose to tips on adding bass lines while also playing lead.

Watch the full video below and see what you can learn.

Don’t miss out on any future lessons — follow Mayer on Instagram by CLICKING HERE.

Charvel Unveils Latest Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 Models In New Video

Posted on January 30th, 2018 by Admin

Guitar maestro Jordan Ziff gave us a hand in introducing our newest Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 guitars by scoring and starring in our latest Charvel video below.

2018 sees new finishes, body and fingerboard wood options for our tried and true Pro-Mod axes and you can get a close look at the latest offerings as Ziff puts these guitars to work in a way only he can.

See the full lineup by CLICKING HERE.

Charvel Goes Au Natural with 5 New Models

Posted on January 30th, 2018 by Admin

Every guitarist knows that each instrument has its own unique voice and feeling depending on the material used to craft the instrument. The type of wood, along with how it is treated in the factory, will determine what the instrument looks, sounds, and plays like. Charvel is excited to add 5 new “au natural” models that incorporate a variety of different woods and finishes to enhance the guitar’s natural brilliance.

San Dimas Style 1 HH HT E Ash Natural

The understated San Dimas Style 1 HH HT E Ash utilizes an ash wood body that gives this guitar a snappier tone. Accented with gold hardware, the Natural finish combined with a 12”-16” compound radius aged ebony fingerboard and Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge makes for an even snappier look.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E Ash Natural

Our San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E offers the same awesome wood combo with a Natural finish ash body and killer streaky aged ebony fingerboard, but with a recessed Floyd Rose® FRT-01000 double-locking tremolo bridge system in chrome.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E Ash Charcoal Gray

Set the stage ablaze with the San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E Ash in Charcoal Gray. The surface of the ash body is accentuated by the scorched finish, preserving the intricate detail of the wood grain. The distinct aged ebony fingerboard and black Floyd Rose® FRT-02000 double-locking tremolo bridge retains this guitar’s dark demeanor.

San Dimas Style 2 HH FR M Okoume Natural

Long set? No problem! The new San Dimas Style 2 HH FR M Okoume has a single-cut body made from the exotic and lightweight tonewood okoume which won’t break your back on stage when playing for an extended period of time. The Natural finish is front and center thanks to the modest black hardware that includes a Floyd Rose® FRT-02000 double-locking recessed tremolo bridge system.

San Dimas Style 2 HH HT M Okoume Natural

The San Dimas Style 2 HH HT M Okoume is the same brilliant guitar as its tremolo equipped brother but built with a Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge and Charvel-branded sealed die-cast locking tuners. The okoume body provides tight low-ends with a touch of brightness on top.

Be Bold with these 8 New So-Cal and San Dimas Models

Posted on January 26th, 2018 by Admin

Bold. The only way to describe the latest and greatest colors and wood options added to our incredible Charvel So-Cal and San Dimas models. With a myriad of new tints, hues and shades plus new fingerboard options, we’re certain we’ve got a finish that fits your style.

So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M Matte Blue Frost

Our ever-popular So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M is now available in a Matte Blue Frost. Don’t be fooled by its Frosty exterior, the So-Cal’s Seymour Duncan® TB-6 Distortion bridge and SH-6N Distortion neck pickups with black bobbins will warm you right up with their scorching tone.

So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M Satin Silver

Forged for rocking, the So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M’s new Satin Silver color option looks like a medieval axe ready-made for battle. Add in a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard, Floyd Rose® FRT-01000 recessed tremolo bridge, chrome hardware and a black pickguard, and you have a guitar that’s built for anything you can throw at it.

So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E Rocket Red

T-0 seconds. We have liftoff! Ignite the stage with the Rocket Red So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E, featuring an alder body in our popular vibrant scarlet finish with black pickguard and black hardware. This model now gets an even edgier, road-worn vibe with its new aged ebony fingerboard.  A heel-mounted truss rod adjustment wheel and bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement seal the deal.

San Dimas Style 1 HH HT M Snow White


The San Dimas Style 1 HH HT M will instantly grab your attention with its Snow White finish and glamorous gold hardware including a Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge and Charvel-branded sealed die-cast locking tuners.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M Matte Blue Frost

Love the Matte Blue Frost finish found on our So-Cal model, but prefer it sans pickguard? We’ve got you covered with the San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M, complete with chrome Floyd Rose® FRT-01000 double-locking recessed tremolo bridge and white pickup bobbins.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M Satin Black

The subdued styling of the San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M in Satin Black with gold hardware is the quintessential axe for those wanting both daring and discreet.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M QM Chlorine Burst

No restraints! The showy San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M QM adds a gorgeous, wave-like turquoise and blue Chlorine Burst quilt maple top to the alder bodied guitar.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M QM Purple Phaze

Stand out on stage with the Purple Phaze finish on our San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M QM featuring a beautiful, rippled quilt maple top.

8 Custom Shop Masterpieces Built by “Red” Dave Nichols

Posted on January 25th, 2018 by Admin

With years of experience to draw upon and an endless wealth of creativity, Charvel Custom Shop Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols went above and beyond for the NAMM 2018 Custom Shop event, bringing 8 one-of-a-kind masterpieces to the auction.

Go ahead and drool over all of the stunning, master-built guitars below. We sure did.

San Dimas® Style 1 HS White Angel Dust

This San Dimas® Style 1 HS is clear as the driven snow with its immaculate White Angel Dust finished alder body. To fit with the exquisite theme, Red Dave threw a beautiful 12”-16” compound radius flame maple fingerboard with 22 frets on top of the quartersawn maple neck. This heavenly guitar is topped off with gold hardware, including a Floyd Rose™ Original tremolo bridge and Gotoh tuners, and white DiMarzio Super Distortion and Seymour Duncan Flat Start pickups.

San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M 3-Tone Sunburst

As bright as the morning sun, the San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M’s 3-Tone Sunburst gradient brightens a cooked basswood body capped with a flame maple top. A light relic job and chrome hardware give this axe vintage style while the worn-in Charvel Custom pickups, Floyd Rose™ tremolo bridge, and 24 jumbo frets come together for a hard-rocking machine.

So-Cal Style 1 HSH FR M Daphne Blue Relic

This righteous rig screams Southern California thanks to the ocean vibes stemming from its Daphne Blue finish. The heavy relic’ing reveals the So-Cal Style 1 HSH FR M’s natural alder wood body, giving it an awesome vintage vibe. The bolt-on quartersawn maple neck’s fingerboard is scalloped between the 22 jumbo frets for fast action and playability. Despite its chilled beach-vibe, this guitar rocks hard thanks to its HSH layout, which utilizes a pair of Seymour Duncan™ humbucking pickups and a RWRP Flat Strat single coil pickup in the middle position.

San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M Black and Green

With its wild but understated Black and Green finish, the custom-built San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M is in your face without being obnoxious. The roasted quartersawn maple neck is topped with an ebony fingerboard, scrupulously hand-scalloped by Red Dave. Green DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups and an inverted headstock complete the “out there” ensemble.

San Dimas® Style 2 HT M QM Antique Burst

Style 2 fans will be stoked to see the San Dimas® Style 2 HT M QM custom shop build from Nichols. Like a fine piece of art, this single cut guitar’s Antique Burst finish preserves the pristine quilt maple top that sits above its alder body. A roasted maple neck is met with a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard.  The solid playing machine is powered by dual DiMarzio D Activator humbucking pickups, and is finished off with a Hipshot hardtail bridge and Gotoh tuners.

San Dimas® Style 1 FR M HSH Relic Surf Green

Nichols’ San Dimas® Style 1 FR M HSH Relic looks like it was pulled from a beachside shipwreck. The cooked basswood body and flame maple top peeks through the Surf Green veneer courtesy of some expert Charvel Custom Shop relic’ing. A bolt-on roasted maple neck and reverse matching headstock take this incredible guitar to new levels.

San Dimas® DK HT M QM 1H Dark Trans Amber

This gorgeous San Dimas® DK H FR M QM is the only Charvel custom guitar at this year’s NAMM showcase to feature a single pickup design. A powerful DiMarzio® Super Distortion humbucking pickup lives within the alder body, topped with quilt maple. The Dark Trans Amber paint gives off a honey-like appearance that is matched nicely by a bolt-on maple neck and a 12”-16” compound radius roasted maple fingerboard that leads to an inverted Tele headstock. A Floyd Rose™ Original hardtail bridge, Gotoh tuners, EVH high friction 250K pot, and chrome pickup bobbins finish off the custom build in sleek style.

San Dimas® Style 1 HS Sustainer FR M Orange/Red Stripe

The speed-demon San Dimas® Style 1 HS FR M Sustainer is slashed by a slick looking Orange and Red racing stripe paint scheme. Matching its quick looks, the alder body is met with a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets for fast fingering. For a truly unique sound, the custom build incorporates a Sustainer Driver neck pickup and an EMG 81 bridge pickup. Wow!

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