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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.

Guthrie Govan Breaks Down His Charvel Prototype

Posted on June 6th, 2013 by MDuffy


While out on the Raven tour with Steven Wilson, Guthrie Govan has been wielding a unique Charvel guitar.

Luckily for those that haven’t been able to see Govan live on stage, the noted guitarist and teacher took Premier Guitar backstage to run through his gear.

When talking about his Charvel prototype, Govan cites its “hilariously stable” neck, “massive steel frets” and custom pickups.

Check out the video after the jump and visit Wilson’s official website for tour dates. (more…)

Guthrie Govan, Steven Wilson Rock Club Nokia

Posted on May 13th, 2013 by MDuffy

An eerie moon with two eyes and mouth agape provided the pre-set backdrop for Steven Wilson’s show Friday night at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia, just before whispers were projected in over the speakers to create a stir within the capacity crowd.

As Wilson took the stage with his on-point collective consisting of guitarist Guthrie Govan, woodwind player Theo Travis, keyboardist Adam Holzman, bassist Nick Beggs and local drummer Chad Wackerman, there was a palpable sense of excitement and almost uncertainty as to what was to come.

You see, Wilson isn’t really known for creating tight four-minute tracks that are radio-ready.  Instead, the Porcupine Tree frontman is known for his epic opuses, whether it is with his typical band or as a solo artist.

In fact, his latest album, the critically-acclaimed The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories), is comprised of six tracks that clock in with over 50 minutes of material.  Friday’s performance pulled from several of those compositions to the delight of the rapt audience.

Wilson, who carries the progressive rock banner for such acts like Yes, Genesis and King Crimson, perfectly commanded his band while regularly switching between acoustic and electric guitars, bass and keys. (more…)

Guthrie Govan Demos Charvel Prototype

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 by Chrissy Mauck

Looks like the cat is out of the the bag.

U.K’.s Guitarist magazine video demo with Guthrie Govan on his Charvel prototype guitar already has more than 17,000 views.

The new prototype has custom pickups in an H/S/H configuration made by Michael Frank-Braun, who designed the pickups on Eric Johnson’s Fender signature Stratocaster.

“I just told him I want a certain kind of honesty in the pickups,” Govan told Guitarist. “I want them to reflect all the different ways you can hit a note, which is the opposite of the flattering pickup. I want the pickup to hear every subtlety, even if it’s a mistake, and also transmit the natural sound of the wood. They’re not ultra-high output.”

Enjoy the clip and stay tuned for the April issue of Guitarist for more details about this prototype.

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