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Matt’s Music Demos the Guthrie Govan Model

Posted on December 17th, 2014 by MDuffy

Chris Bryant of Matt’s Music Center in Weymouth, Mass., recently tested out the new Charvel Guthrie Govan model.

For the demo, Bryant used the flame maple version of the guitar, although it is also available in bird’s–eye maple. Check it out after the jump.  (more…)

Charvel and the Gothenburg Concert Hall to Host Guthrie Govan Clinic

Posted on November 12th, 2014 by MDuffy


Charvel guitars and the Gothenburg Concert Hall, home to the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, are excited to host a clinic featuring Charvel signature artist and guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gothenburg Concert Hall in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The intimate event will also feature a Q&A session, a discussion on his Charvel signature model, a Charvel guitars exhibition and a one-of-a-kind performance by Govan in a beautiful venue.

In addition to his work as a music transcriber and entertaining guitar clinician, Govan has recorded and toured with acts ranging from Asia to Dizzee Rascal. His guitar and bass work for Replay Heaven (a sample recreation company) has graced hit singles by the likes of Gotye, the Sugababes, Cee Lo Green and Tinie Tempah.

Click here for tickets.

Go Inside the Studio with Guthrie Govan and Steven Wilson

Posted on October 16th, 2014 by MDuffy

Charvel signature artist Guthrie Govan is back in the studio with prolific prog rocker Steven Wilson to work on a new album.

Check out a behind-the-scenes video at AIR Studios in London that offers a taste of new music!

Jam Alongside Guthrie Govan’s Signature Tracks

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by MDuffy


Working with Jam Track Central, the great Guthrie Govan has released an instructional program that can teach you some of his trickiest tracks.

Watch Govan play snippets of the songs “Plucky Seven,” “Man Alive” and “Five to Three” and try to play along with him in the video after the jump. (more…)

Guthrie Govan Talks Shop with the I Heart Guitar Blog

Posted on May 20th, 2014 by MDuffy


The great Guthrie Govan recently chatted with Peter Hodgson of the I Heart Guitar blog, and the two covered such topics as Govan’s early career and his work with musician Steven Wilson.

In addition, Govan talked extensively about his Charvel signature guitars.  The versatile axeman worked closely with Charvel to achieve his dream instrument.

“In Charvel you have a company who really seemed receptive to any input I could give them as a player, as someone who’s out there on the battlefield testing their products in challenging conditions,” Govan said.  ”So we started out with this concept of a super Strat, 24 frets, two humbuckers and a single coil, basswood and maple. It’s stuff I’d figured out over years and years of using various other guitars. This is the rough formula that will work for me if I have to take one guitar to a gig or session not knowing what I’d need.

“They were willing to custom-wind pickups for me based on certain hard-to-describe qualities that I was looking for. Rather than saying ‘I want this particular midrange and I want it to output this many millivolts,’ I said I wanted it to be really responsive to the range of different ways you can hit the strings. I want someone else to pick up the same guitar with the same amp settings and sound completely different.”

Govan certainly had a lot more to say throughout the interview. To read the full piece, click here.

Watch Guthrie Govan Create a Killer Loop

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by MDuffy


Guthrie Govan recently filmed a demo of the Ditto X2 Looper from TC Electronics using his new signature Charvel guitar.

The Aristocrats axeman wasted no time in creating an amazing loop that built and built for just over two minutes.

Watch Govan in action after the jump. (more…)

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.

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