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The Beat Keeps Coming with Lari Basilio and her Guthrie Govan Signature Charvel

Posted on December 15th, 2017 by Ryan Chadwick

Brazilian guitarist Lari Basilio recently dropped a quick, but cool video of her putting a Guthrie Govan Signature Charvel to work with some incredibly clean licks.

A former lawyer who opted instead to pursue her true passion as a guitarist, Basilo has incredible technique and versatility and has shared stages with music greats Paul Gilert and Hamilton de Holanda.

Check out the video of the ex-attorney-at-law below and watch the fancy finger-work yourself.

Basilio is always dropping new videos on her YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to by CLICKING HERE.

Guthrie Govan’s Charvel Signature Models Earn Rave Marks

Posted on September 25th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

In its October issue, UK’s Guitarist magazine takes an in-depth look at Guthrie Govan’s newest Charvel signature models  — the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash and the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Flame Maple.

Both models earned a rave review, with the magazine concluding that these bolt-on instruments are “up there with the finest” they’d ever played, and more like a high-performance rifle than a guitar.

The article takes an in-depth look at all the features of these “uber axes,” noting its many subtle and well-thought out details.

“The bridge, initially, looks like an early Floyd Rose (without fine tuners) but is a USA-made Charvel design that centers around a thick brass inertia block, steel top plate and large saddles into which the strings are locked via those long Allen key bolts; once intonation is set each saddle is firmly locked in place,” writes reviewer Dave Burlluck. “It’s back routed too and the whole unit is recessed into the body so the top of the bridge plate is flush with the top of the body. A Tremol-No is fitted so you can prevent upbend, lock it in place as a fixed bridge or, as supplied, just use it as a free floating vibrato with a huge range from floppy to an upbend of approximately a fourth on the G string (it’ll go a bit higher but we stopped there).

“Guthrie Govan’s vision for an all round workhouse that’ll stand up to the rigors of professional touring is superbly realized in this signature. Every detail is wonderfully considered: the over-sized strap buttons, the Strat-like dished output jack placement, the hugely intuitive drive, that secret ‘single coil’ switch, the impressive tuning stability (and startling range) of the vibrato, not to mention the wood choice, graphite reinforced neck and a really unposh working player’s vibe. Is there anything Guthrie hasn’t considered?”

In summary, Guitarist proclaims Guthrie’s signature models as astonishing guitars and a player’s tools of of the highest caliber.

Purchase Guitarist here to read the full review.

Q&A with the Great Guthrie Govan

Posted on July 6th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel signature artist Guthrie Govan is currently in the middle of a summer-long Hans Zimmer Live tour, but he found a few minutes for this quick chat about the gig and his newest signature models.

Q:  Is it a true story that when Hans Zimmer first contacted you on Facebook you thought it was a joke?

A: Yeah, it might sound paranoid but my experience with Facebook – I’ve had a few episodes like that where people purport to me that which they are not so experience taught me to be suspicious and it just seemed so farfetched.

Q: How did you reply then?
A: I think it was something along the lines of, “Come on, we both know you are not Hans Zimmer. You are wasting my time and your time. You are not really Hans Zimmer so who are you and what do you really want?” And he replied, “no, no it really is Hans, the dodgy German composer. Here’s my phone number, please call me,” and I did.

It sounded authentic somehow, something about the second message and the persistence— like okay, he’s keeping up the charade, maybe it is really him.

Q: How did that call go when you rang him?

A: Very encouraging, very flattering because this is what Hans does. He stays up until 5 in the morning watching YouTube videos and looking for weird new musicians that he might want to work with and he found some clip of me playing fretless guitar and he liked the eccentricity of it. Originally he was looking for people playing fretless guitar because he wanted to reinvent the Thelma & Louise soundtrack and on the original recording it was played by Pete Haycock. Pete was very good friend of Hans and is no longer with us so it’s a very emotionally charged piece of music for Hans. So he went to all of this trouble to look for someone who could play slide guitar in a different way and then realized the piece of music was close to him that he didn’t want to do it in the set —he wasn’t ready and so we did a whole European tour last summer and only on the last gig of the tour did we play Thelma and Louise. I guess I didn’t screw up too badly because its back in the set every night now.

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Hans Zimmer Again Stuns the Coachella Masses

Posted on April 25th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck


Photo by Greg Noire. © Coachella 2017

“The crazy German is back,” said famed film composer Hans Zimmer as he again took the outdoor stage Sunday night at Coachella. “Tonight is all about the these people behind me and you. These are amazing musicians.”

A 40-piece orchestra and choir playing and singing some of the most famous movie scores of all-time on the last night of the 3-day festival?

Sounds a bit left of center even for Coachella, and maybe too dizzying of a contrast from other acts on the bill. But, not so. Well done to festival promoter Golden Voice. Well done. It was an inventive choice, and one that offered a truly stunning and mesmerizing moment for the masses.

As cast member and guitarist Guthrie Govan told us before the set, “I like the subversive aspect of it. As Hans himself put it at the last show we did a week ago, it takes a special kind of crazy person to bring an orchestra out into the desert but someone had to do it. The crowd reaction was amazing. I think no one knew what quite to expect. Maybe they gathered out of respect, maybe out of sheer curiosity, but no one knew the type of show they were about to experience and you could feel the enthusiasm in the crowd growing so I think it was a successful experiment.”

Indeed.

The cinematic trip included scores from Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar, Gladiator, The Dark Knight trilogy and crowd-favorite, The Lion King.

A roar to rival that of Mufasa’s went up among the audience when South African composer Lebo M. returned to the Coachella stage to sing his parts from the Academy-award winning animated film.

Govan also enjoyed the spotlight during several songs, including a demonstration of his masterful and face-melting playing on his signature Charvel model during “One Day” from Pirates.

The addition of electric guitar and bass took many of the orchestral arrangements to a new, and if possible, even more grandiose level.  Johnny Marr’s son Nile, who Govan said “uncannily has the exact same timing as his father,” traded riffs with Zimmer during the Inception opus, which also included a lengthy drum breakdown.

“It’s going to get considerably darker,” Zimmer warned the audience in an ominous and deep voice before what sounded like an air raid horn and a hair-raising pounding bass line kicked in for the Dark Knight trilogy.

And while, yes, it did get darker, Zimmer’s masterpieces also fed a sea of festival souls with inspiration and a true sense of magic.

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Watch G3 in Action

Posted on July 27th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

G3, featuring a new lineup comprised by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and the Aristocrats (Guthre Govan, Marco Minnemann and Bryan Beller), have wrapped their European run, but thanks to some excellent fan footage, everyone can enjoy seeing these masterful guitarists in action.

Prior to the tour, the Aristocrats had this to say:

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for Joe and Steve as groundbreaking artists in the world of instrumental rock who continue to bring it year after year. It will be a special privilege to bring our subversive brew of Aristocratic musical mayhem to the G3 stage – and especially the G3 audience. Let the games begin!”

Looks those games included covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” the Police’s “Message in a Bottle”  and more.

Watch some of the clips below …

Hans Zimmer Live on Tour : 3M5 Guitars Echo In Eternity

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Legendary film composer Hans Zimmer recruited guitarists Mike Einziger, Guthrie Govan and Johnny Marr to join his choir and orchestra for his Hans Zimmer Live tour, which is currently making its way across Europe.

In the clip below, the three phenom guitarists talk about what it means to join Zimmer’s tour.

See Guthrie Govan in Hans Zimmer Live Rehearsal Video

Posted on April 6th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

A new behind-the-scenes video for the Hans Zimmer Live tour, which kicked off April 6 in London, takes viewers through the first few days of rehearsals as Zimmer and his 77-piece orchestra get ready for what looks to be a phenomenal show.

Included in the festivities is Charvel artist Guthrie Govan, who can be seen a few times throughout the package with his signature model.

Govan previously shared how he connected with Zimmer during a 2014 interview with Ultimate Guitar‘s Rebecca Livingstone.

“He sent me a Facebook message and I didn’t believe it was him,” Govan revealed. “I get some fairly weird Facebook messages, sometimes people seem a bit like stalkers or whatever. So I replied to this, ‘You’re probably some 14-year-old kid looking for my email address, please don’t waste my time.”

Zimmer apparently wrote back, saying, “No it really is me the dodgy German film composer, I found you on YouTube, I love what you do with a fretless guitar. Do you want to be in my band?”

“So I was like okay maybe it really is him,” shared Govan. “I just find it funny that I nearly blew the whole thing by refusing to believe it was actually Hans. It just seemed so implausible that someone in his musical world would know about what I do because I’m kind of a specialized player. But that’s what he does, he watches YouTube. He’s always looking for new musicians, new inspirations stuff like that. He’s a great guy to work with.”

Hear from Govan and Zimmer, and enjoy a look at rehearsals in the clip below. Click here for tour dates & ticket info!

Guthrie Govan String Bending Masterclass – Part Five

Posted on January 4th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Guitarist recently posted the “final installment of the bending odyssey” with Charvel signature artist Guthrie Govan.

“I figured it would be fun to end by adding a somewhat unfashionable technique to our bending repertoire,” said Govan. “‘What would happen,’ we must ask ourselves, ‘if we combine all of our string bending chops with a little bit of tapping. This is sometimes considered to be the province solely of the heavy metal shred monster but the way I see it, tapping is just another way to play notes that this hand (fretting hand) can’t reach on its own. So I’ve never been a fan of that whole stigma that gets attached to it. Tapping is just another way to make sounds and you can use it for all sorts of crazy purposes as hopefully we’re about to find out.”

Watch the lesson below to explore some of Govan’s interesting ideas.

GAK Music Demos the Guthrie Govan Signature Model

Posted on December 2nd, 2015 by MDuffy


Joss Allen of GAK Music in the U.K. recently got his hands on one of Guthrie Govan’s signature Charvel guitars and ram through all the instrument’s special features in a video demo.

Those include three specially wound Charvel custom MFB pickups arranged in a versatile HSH configuration with five-way switching and a specially contoured heel without a neck plate for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard.

In addition, Allen spent some time playing the guitar, showing off the tonal capabilities of Govan’s namesake model.

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A Note from Guthrie Govan on his Charvel Sig Model Finish

Posted on November 18th, 2015 by Chrissy Mauck

 

Charvel Translation if picture size was too difficult to read …

Greetings! Guthrie here, with a little update about the finish on my signature Charvel model …

During the last year or so, my “#1″ guitar has accumulated both air miles and “battle scars” in equal measure. Whilst there’s something undeniably “rock ‘n’ roll” about a well-worn instrument with a story to tell, a year’s worth of touring has somehow left my poor #1 looking like it’s endured a whole lifetime of neglect and abuse.

Mildly troubled by this, I asked Charvel if they could come up with a finish which would make the GG model more resistant to the rigours of life on the road, without compromising its tone in any way.

Well … I’m happy to report that they’ve found a way to achieve precisely that!

Cheers!

Guthrie

Thus, we hope you enjoy Govan’s Charvel signature model, now available with a thin layer of lacquer applied to the body as added protection.

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