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A Note from Guthrie Govan on his Charvel Sig Model Finish

Posted on November 18th, 2015 by Chrissy Mauck


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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!



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.

Guthrie Govan Releases Part II of String-Bending Master Class

Posted on October 7th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan

Earlier this month, we came across the first of a two-part master class Guthrie Govan filmed for Guitarist magazine that focused solely on string-bending within the framework of the minor pentatonic scale.

Guitarist has since posted the second edition of Govan’s expert lesson, except this time, the Aristocrats guitarist dealt with the diatonic scale.

“The main difference with these scales – as opposed to the pentatonic scales – is that the bends are smaller. They hurt less,” Govan said. “In some cases, it might place a different kind of demand on your ear in terms of trying to sound as in-tune as possible, but it’s all achievable. There will be no bleeding fingertips this month, I solemnly assure you.”

Of course, Govan led the class on one of his signature Charvel models, choosing a beauty with a flame maple top.

Watch the lesson after the jump and click here to pick up your copy of Guitarist. (more…)

Guitarguitar Demos the Guthrie Govan Signature Model

Posted on September 30th, 2015 by MDuffy

U.K. retailer Guitarguitar recently released a demo of the Guthrie Govan Signature model, running through all the guitar’s features with varied styles of playing and some killer beauty shots of the bird’s-eye maple top.

To hear what Govan’s two-years-in-the-making namesake axe can do, check out the demo after the jump.


Guthrie Govan Teaches a String-Bending Master Class for ‘Guitarist’

Posted on September 4th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan Charvel

Ever wonder what the best way is to flaunt your skills as a guitarist to an opposing piano player?

The great Guthrie Govan might just have the answer. In a new master class for Guitarist magazine, Govan ran through some of the best techniques for string-bending, which should surely confound those who tickle the ivories around you.

“I think there’s something about string-bending that’s uniquely awesome when you play it through the guitar,” Govan said in the 10-minute clip. “You can use your string-bending prowess to taunt the piano players of the world because try as they might, they can’t do it at all. And it’s a very nuanced, subtle thing.”

While wielding one of his own signature Charvel models with a flame maple top, Govan began with the minor pentatonic scale and finds all the ways one can bend a string within that box before moving on.

Learn more in the in-depth lesson after the jump.  (more…)

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.

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.


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.

Guthrie Govan Answers Fan Questions at Master Class

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan
The great Guthrie Govan recently answered a few questions from fans during a master class 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…)

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