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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…)

Guthrie Govan Breaks Down His Charvel Prototype

Posted on June 6th, 2013 by MDuffy


While out on the Raven tour with Steven Wilson, Guthrie Govan has been wielding a unique Charvel guitar.

Luckily for those that haven’t been able to see Govan live on stage, the noted guitarist and teacher took Premier Guitar backstage to run through his gear.

When talking about his Charvel prototype, Govan cites its “hilariously stable” neck, “massive steel frets” and custom pickups.

Check out the video after the jump and visit Wilson’s official website for tour dates. (more…)

Adrenaline Mob Covers Van Halen’s ‘Romeo Delight’

Posted on March 5th, 2013 by MDuffy

With their latest EP Covertá (due March 12), the members of Adrenaline Mob have covered eight of their favorite tracks, with offerings ranging from Heart to Dio.

The band — which features Russell Allen of Symphony X, Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy, John Moyer of Disturbed and Mike Orlando of Sonic Stomp — will also kick off a U.S. tour on March 12.

Leading up to Coverta‘s release, Adrenaline Mob dropped a video of the tracking of Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight” that features a searing solo from Orlando. (more…)

Guthrie Govan Demos Charvel Prototype

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 by Chrissy Mauck

Looks like the cat is out of the the bag.

U.K’.s Guitarist magazine video demo with Guthrie Govan on his Charvel prototype guitar already has more than 17,000 views.

The new prototype has custom pickups in an H/S/H configuration made by Michael Frank-Braun, who designed the pickups on Eric Johnson’s Fender signature Stratocaster.

“I just told him I want a certain kind of honesty in the pickups,” Govan told Guitarist. “I want them to reflect all the different ways you can hit a note, which is the opposite of the flattering pickup. I want the pickup to hear every subtlety, even if it’s a mistake, and also transmit the natural sound of the wood. They’re not ultra-high output.”

Enjoy the clip and stay tuned for the April issue of Guitarist for more details about this prototype.

All That Remains’ Mike Martin Talks Charvel in New Interview

Posted on February 13th, 2013 by MDuffy

Mike Martin of All That Remains took some time to talk about his career and his relationship with Charvel in this interview.

Watch below and visit the band’s official website for more information.

Watch a New Metal Guitar Solo from NeoGeofanatic

Posted on February 13th, 2013 by MDuffy

NeoGeofanatic is a self-taught guitarist from France who is prolific in the amount of demos and song covers on his official YouTube account.

And many of them feature a Charvel guitar from his prolific collection.  One of the latest is a metal solo that you can watch after the jump.  (more…)

MIke McGregor Shows New Pro Mods at 2013 NAMM Show

Posted on February 7th, 2013 by MDuffy

While at the 2013 NAMM Show, Charvel’s Mike McGregor hooked up with Andertons Music to talk about some of the Pro Mods that are coming this year, including the new So Cal and San Dimas models.

Watch the clip after the jump. (more…)

Affiance Guitarists Join Stable of Charvel Artists

Posted on December 11th, 2012 by MDuffy

 

Guitarists Brett Wondrak (upper) and Dominic Dickinson of Cleveland, Ohio, metallers Affiance have officially joined the Charvel stable of artists.

The band recently released The Campaign, a follow-up to their 2010 debut full-length, No Secrets Revealed.

Currently on tour, visit Affiance’s Facebook page for a full list of dates.

Photo credit: Nicole Cooke

Sirens and Sailors Release New Video for ‘Mirror for My Medusa’

Posted on November 20th, 2012 by MDuffy

When filming their music video for “Mirror for My Medusa,” Sirens and Sailors returned to their hometown of Rochester, N.Y., to capture footage of a live performance.

The final product shows the raw energy Sirens and Sailors has been known to bring once they hit the stage.

Check out the video below and visit Sirens and Sailors’ official website for more information.

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