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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.

Gear Gods Dissect Guthrie Govan Signature Guitars at the Charvel Showcase

Posted on February 11th, 2014 by MDuffy

Charvel’s Mike McGregor recently led the folks over at Gear Gods on a tour of the Charvel Showcase at the 2014 NAMM Show, especially noting the new Guthrie Govan signature guitars that will be out in 2014.

McGregor showed off both versions of the model, one with a bird’s-eye maple top and another with a flame maple top.

Check out Govan’s signature models in the video below.

Andertons Music Tours Charvel Showcase at NAMM

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by MDuffy


The folks at Andertons Music recently spent time in Anaheim, Calif., for the 2014 NAMM Show, and the Charvel Showcase was a noted destination.

While in the Charvel booth, Product Manager Mike McGregor ran through the new Guthrie Govan and Jake E Lee signature guitars, in addition to several other killer axes on display.

Check out the tour below.

Red Dragon Cartel and the Aristocrats to Play NAMM Jam 2014

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by MDuffy


This year’s NAMM Jam at the annual NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., is set to be yet another blockbuster event, as the legendary Jake E Lee will headline the concert with his new project Red Dragon Cartel.

In addition, international guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan and his band the Aristocrats are set to perform, as will progressive metallers Periphery.

Now in its fifth year, NAMM Jam 2014  is an invitation-only event that will be held at the Grove of Anaheim on Friday, Jan. 24.  Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7 p.m.  NAMM Show attendees who would like an opportunity to attend should visit the Charvel Showcase in Ballroom E on the third floor of the Anaheim Convention Center or Rock-N-Roll Gang Star in booth No. 4196.

Learn Guthrie Govan- and Boston-Inspired Techniques With Dave Nassie

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by MDuffy


Bleeding Through axeman Dave Nassie will embark on the band’s farewell tour on Nov. 1 in Denver, but he’s also continuing to post guitar lessons with Next Level Guitar.

Two of his most recent lessons cover different genres, as Nassie added sessions inspired by Guthrie Govan and Boston.

Watch both videos below and visit Bleeding Through’s official Facebook page for tour dates.

Guthrie Govan Featured in November’s Guitar World

Posted on September 26th, 2013 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan the Aristocrats
Guthrie Govan is featured in the November edition of Guitar World, where the genre-bending virtuoso talked about his band the Aristocrats and their sophomore studio album Culture Clash.

Govan also touched on his history with the guitar, why he picked it up and who has influenced him over the years.

“I had this wide-eyed fascination with all of music when I was three years old and learning to play my first Elvis Presley songs on guitar,” he told the magazine. “And something that I figured out a long time ago is that music is all around you. You don’t just have to learn guitar solos from your favorite records; you can learn jingles from the TV; you can learn the music that the ice cream man is playing. I’ve always tried to stay open to all the noises I hear around me.”

Read a portion of the feature here and pick up a copy of the Aristocrats’ new album and DVD here.

In addition, check out a preview of the live DVD Accept the Mystery: The Making of the Aristocrats’ Culture Clash below.

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.

Guthrie Govan Talks New Album, Gear with Premier Guitar

Posted on August 20th, 2013 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan Charvel
In a recent interview with Premier Guitar, guitarist Guthrie Govan and bassist Bryan Beller of the Aristocrats talked about their latest album Culture Clash, their influences and the face-melting solos that manage to shine through both on the record and live.

Govan also discussed the prototype guitars that he is working with Charvel to perfect.

The English axeman noted that he is currently playing prototype No. 3 on the Aristocrats’ current tour.

“These guys really care when I give them suggestions and are on the case immediately. So they turned up at the gig yesterday with prototype #3. Different bridge—that’s all I’m saying,” he explained.

One of the main sticking points for Govan is the bridge, but he believes No. 3 might just be the charm.

One of the things that has worried me for years is I don’t like the full-on, double-locking trem and all the ungodly metal work that tends to come along with that design,” he said.  ”It gets in the way of your picking hand and then there’s the tedious locking nut and not being able to change the tuning in the middle of a gig. Life’s too short for double-locking trems, in my opinion. I’ve always tried to make a vintage-style trem stay in tune and I’ve never quite succeeded. When I was trying to relearn the songs for this current tour, I listened back to a couple of moments from our live DVD [Boing, We'll Do It Live!] and thought, ‘Really? That was in tune two minutes ago, what happened?’ But with this model, I think we have cracked it. Sorry to taunt your readers, but I think we cracked it … you’ll see!”

Govan also would not divulge much information when asked about the potential of a Charvel signature model.

“We’re working on it. It will probably happen fairly soon. I don’t want to promise anything, but I know how excited the Internet gets about these things,” he said.  ”If I put two Facebook posts out and one is about a new album and the one is about a signature guitar, the guitar one will distract everyone from the album. It’s weird to me, but that’s how things seem to work. I guess people need to know something. With that in mind, we’re working together and have one very nearly dialed in that is very close to deserving the title of a signature model. Other than that, I cannot and will not say — but something will happen in the foreseeable future.”

Read the entire interview here and visit the Aristocrats’ official website for tour dates.

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.

Preview the Aristocrats’ Upcoming Culture Clash Album

Posted on July 2nd, 2013 by MDuffy


Progressive/fusion band the Aristocrats have their second full-length album coming out July 16 in the form of Culture Clash, and the trio has offered fans a taste of the new tracks.

Made up of guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann, the Aristocrats believe they have pushed the envelope even further with this record.

Govan recently told MusicRadar, “We have an unreasonable amount of fun playing together. Every 20 seconds, I’ll hear something from one of the other guys that just makes me smile, or it terrifies me. But it keeps you on your toes. We all play for the same reasons.”

Watch the video below and visit the Aristocrats’ official website for a list of upcoming tour dates.

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