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Preview the Aristocrats’ New Album ‘Tres Caballeros’

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 by MDuffy

Tres Caballeros
The Aristocrats have a new album called Tres Caballeros scheduled to drop on June 23, and for those that just can’t wait to sample the new music, the trio has released a teaser trailer that covers the entire record.

Recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, Tres Caballeros is the Aristocrats’ third full-length and represents another step in their layered fusion stylings.

“We’ve learned a lot since we started this band—four years, three studio albums, two live DVDs and about a billion notes ago—and I think our latest offering reflects this in all kinds of ways,” guitarist Guthrie Govan told Guitar World.

“The decision to road-test our new material in front of a live audience before commencing the recording process; the choice to record in a studio that had some thoroughly inspiring rock and roll ‘mojo;’ our sudden urge to become more bold and experimental with overdubs rather than feeling any pressure to record exclusively in a strict ‘trio’ format … all of this has had some kind of positive effect on the way the new record came out.

“Plus, I think the material on this album is some of the most interesting stuff we’ve ever written for each other, so … here’s hoping our noble listeners will like the finished product as much as we do!”

Check out the trailer after the jump.  (more…)

The Aristocrats Ready New Album ‘Tres Caballeros’

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan

Guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann are coming back soon with the Aristocrats’ third studio album, Tres Caballeros, which is due out June 23.

The effort will not only be released as a standard CD, but the band is also readying a deluxe CD/DVD that will include a 30-minute documentary featuring live and in-studio footage, outtakes and interviews.

For a taste of the music, preview the DVD after the jump and click here to pre-order your copy of Tres Caballeros.
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N Stuff Music Demos the Guthrie Govan Signature Model

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan demo
The folks at Pittsburgh’s N Stuff Music recently got their hands on a Govan Signature model and ran through some of the incredible tones the guitar achieves.

N Stuff’s featured model boasts a San Dimas body and a flame maple top, in addition to many other high-performance appointments at Govan’s exact specifications.

Check out the demo after the jump.

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Guthrie Govan, Chip Ellis Discuss New Govan Signature Model

Posted on February 18th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan Chip Ellis

At the this year’s NAMM Show, representatives from the Music Zoo got Guthrie Govan together with Charvel Master Builder Chip Ellis to talk about the Aristocrats axeman’s new signature guitar.

The two discussed the unique aspects of the model, in addition to some of the challenges that they overcame to get to the final masterpiece.

In addition, Govan will appear at the Music Zoo in Roslyn, N.Y., on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. to host a clinic and gear demo. The virtuoso guitarist will also participate in an interview moderated by Guitar World contributing editor and columnist Andy Aledort and a meet-and-greet with fans.

Watch Govan and Ellis’ conversation after the jump and click here for tickets to the exciting event.
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Guthrie Govan Answers Fan Questions at Masterclass

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan
The great Guthrie Govan recently answered a few questions from fans during a masterclass at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London.

The Aristocrats axeman talked about his favorite type of places to play and some of the best advice he’s ever received in the music industry.

Watch the clip after the jump.  (more…)

The Aristocrats Debut Sneak Peek of New Live Album

Posted on January 21st, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan
With their new album and DVD combo, Culture Clash Live, coming out this week, the Aristocrats have released a video of guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann performing the title track.

Watch the “Culture Clash” after the jump and pick up Culture Clash Live here. (more…)

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…)

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