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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.

Angel Vivaldi Wows Again in New ‘Oxytocin’ Playthrough

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by Admin

The enigmatic and incredible Angel Vivaldi has blessed his fans with another mind-blowing play through of “Oxytocin” from latest album SYNAPSE.

With his seven-string Charvel in hand, Vivaldi’s unbelievable fretboard skills are shown in full in this simple, but must watch video. Joining the gifted musician is the equally talented Gus G. from Firewind.

The two trade off solos in a full-on shred fest that you can watch below.

Dhani Harrison Talks New Record & Charvel in ‘Premier Guitar’ Interview

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by Admin

After fronting his band thenewno2, recording and touring with Fistful of Mercy, and workingwith a gamut of legendary performers including Bob Dylan and Wu-Tang Clan, Dhani Harrison continues to forge his musical journey with the release of his In Parallel album this past October. Harrison sat down with Premier Guitar magazine interviewer Paul Kobylensky to talk about his history in music and how his Custom Charvel S-Type helped in the making of the song “Summertime Police.”

Being the son of a Beatle, Harrison was surrounded by music from an early age, but he didn’t always want to be.

“I grew up in the studio,” said Harrison. “I always played music since I was a kid: piano, guitar, drums. And I sang a lot too. So, I got my 10,000 hours early. I’m pretty sure I tried everything possible to not do music. But I knew I was going to come back to it at some point.”

Harrison also goes into thorough detail about all of the gear he used to record his solo effort, including how a Custom Shop Charvel S-Type built by Paul Waller made an appearance on his track “Summertime Police.”

“It’s got to be bold. It’s got to be rude. You know what I mean,” Harrison told Kobylensky. “On the record, there’s Jon Bates playing a custom Charvel that was also built by Paul Waller. And Jon was saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to bring back some shredding on this record?’ And it made the cut. And then I was like, ‘Oh, great. Now, I’ve got to get a Charvel or something with a locking nut, because I’m going to be playing all these songs with these huge bends in them.’”

Harrison did pick up a new Charvel S0-Cal in Neon Pink, which he’s posted some photos on Instagram of as he hit the road in support of the album. You can hear Harrison perform “Summertime Police” here, and watch one of his live performances on Jimmy Kimmel here.

Read the full Premier Guitar interview with Harrison 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.

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!

7 Charvel Custom Shop Marvels

Posted on January 24th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

The Charvel Custom Shop unveiled some magnificent beauties during the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Here’s a look at 7 by Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols.

So-Cal Scallop Relic Black 

Pulling from the more classic and conservative side of Charvel, this custom So-Cal Scallop axe looks like it’s been slung around for the last 25 years with its black finish, white pickguard and excellent relic job on both the finish and hardware.

The guitar features an alder body with a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck,  scallop maple fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, a reverse headstock, Seymour Duncan pickups, Original Floyd Rose® and Gotoh tuners.

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Surfcaster Dart Swinger Brown 

This offset gem features an alder body with a bolt-on maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and bass sidebar inlay. Powered by Seymour Duncan P-90 Soapbar pickups, this axe also has a Tonepros Tune-O-Matic bridge and Gotoh tuners.

Its Dart Swinger Brown finish is set off nicely with vintage white binding around the body, neck and headstock, which features the Charvel script logo.

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San Dimas Sandblast

A pair of San Dimas Style 1 ash bodies were sandblasted for a raw and edgy-vibe.

The San Dimas HSH Sandblast model features a black body with neon green satin grainfill finish. A bolt-on quartersawn maple neck features an ebony fingerboard, while the DiMarzio pickups are finished with matching neon green covers for a truly spectacular combo.  Also offers a Floyd Rose Lo Pro Bridge.

The San Dimas Sandblast sticks with a basic monochromatic color palette, and yet is equally remarkable in looks, complete with a pair of Bare Knuckle Holy Driver pickups and a Hipshot hard tail bridge.

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Dinky Poplar

Sometimes you just need the bare essentials. The Custom Dinky Poplar is as natural as it gets, featuring a poplar body and a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with a scallop fingerboard and reverse headstock. Powered by a Bill Lawrence L-500XL bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan SH1 pickup, this high-performance axe also offers a spokewheel truss rod adjust at the butt-end of the neck, an Original Floyd Rose bridge, Gotoh tuners and chrome hardware.

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San Dimas Big Mouth

For those who like to run their mouth, this San Dimas alder body got a sick and vivid custom graphic paint job featuring some sharp canines with tongue hanging out Miley Cyrus style.   Its bolt-on quartersawn maple neck features a maple fingerboard with black dot inlays and 22 jumbo frets.

Also features Seymour Duncan pickups, a Charvel brass trem hardtail bridge and Gotoh Tuners.

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Style 2 Cherry Burst

Simple yet stunning. That’s what comes to mind when taking a close look at this Style 2 guitar featuring an ash body with a Cherry Burst finish, a bolt-on caramelized flame maple neck and black six in line reverse headstock with a script Charvel logo.

Also features a pair of DiMarzio DP-184 Chopper pickups, a Hipshot USA Tele bridge in black and a convenient thumbwheel truss rod adjustment at the butt-end of the neck.

 

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.

 

‘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…)

Master Builder Chip Ellis Dissects the Custom Shop San Dimas Stompbox

Posted on March 13th, 2015 by MDuffy

Chip Ellis Charvel
This year, Charvel teamed up with Caroline Guitar Company on a special set of Custom Shop San Dimas Stompbox guitars that were officially unveiled at the 2015 NAMM Show.

The axes were each built to match a Wave Cannon MKII Super Distorter pedal by Phillipe Herndon. In this video, Charvel Master Builder Chip Ellis and Herndon break down these amazing Charvel models.

For more information on the Charvel Custom Shop, click here, and check out the interview after the jump. (more…)

Matt’s Music Center Demos a Custom Shop Red Flame San Dimas

Posted on December 24th, 2014 by MDuffy

Matt’s Music Center in Weymouth, Mass., has been waiting for about two-and-a-half years for their Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas models in a striking Red Flame finish, but they attest that the anticipation was worth it.

With only five models made, the Red Flame San Dimas axes are quite limited. Luckily, Chris Bryant of Matt’s Music recently pulled one of them out for a quick demo.

Check out what these guitars can do after the jump. (more…)

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