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That Just Happened Interviews Jake E Lee

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

That Just Happened caught up with Red Dragon Cartel guitarist Jake E Lee at Obscenic Arts Recording Studio in Pennsylvania where he’s been working on the band’s sophomore album, Patina.

In an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview, Lee dives into his “Guitar-senal,” which includes his signature Charvel guitar, and how his goal is to make music that he wants to hear and to “stir things up a bit.”

Watch the clip below …

Charvel Unveils New Artist Signature Models at Summer NAMM

Posted on July 14th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel continues its long-held partnerships with Warren DeMartini and Jake E Lee with the upcoming release of brand-new signature models. The Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie and the Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst will be unveiled this week at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn., and available to consumers in October 2017.

Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie

Fans have long clamored for a replica of Warren DeMartini’s famed and beloved “Frenchie” guitar, as seen live on tour and on a slew of magazine covers throughout Ratt’s reign in the 1980s. Charvel has responded with the Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie, available in a Snow White and a Gloss Black finish. Both are detailed with cross decals and a tribute quote to James Dean in French that translates “too fast to live, too young to die.”

The Frenchie also offers premium features such as a Dinky™ alder body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck and a 12″- 16″ compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo stainless steel frets and black dot inlays.

Custom-made for the legendary lead guitarist, the Seymour Duncan® Warren DeMartini RTM (“Rattus Tonus Maximus”) bridge pickup is a powerful high-output humbucker that naturally compresses for a well-balanced and even tone, perfect for complex chording and precision soloing. The RTM is boosted by an SSL-4 Quarter Pound neck pickup, adding fat, supercharged punch and extra sustain.

The Frenchie also features a single volume control knob, three-way toggle switching, a Floyd Rose Original locking bridge and Gotoh® tuning machines.

 Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst

Jake E Lee’s original Blue Burst guitar gained notoriety during his stint with Ozzy Osbourne, as he recorded and performed live with the famous instrument throughout the band’s pivotal Bark at the Moon and Ultimate Sin years. Charvel® has recreated an unmistakable replica of Lee’s original model down to the very last detail.

The Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst features a poplar body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck and a 12” radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and white dot inlays.

Equipped with a versatile customized Seymour Duncan® JB Alnico II humbucking bridge pickup, this model can handle a diverse range of tones from sweet and warm to aggressive and distorted. It’s also supercharged with two powerful single-coil DiMarzio® SDS-1 pickups in the middle and neck for extra gain with a deeper, darker tone. The pickups are controlled with a five-way blade switch and single volume knob.

Available in a mesmerizing Blue Burst, this signature axe also features a brass Charvel hardtail bridge and output jack plate, and black Gotoh® tuning machines.

Evergrey’s Henrik Danhage Talks Gear with Bandist

Posted on November 10th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Lead guitarist Henrik Danhage of Swedish progressive metal band Evergrey recently took German instrument retailer and blogger Bandist on a tour of his live rig, which includes an impressive collection of Charvel guitars.

Danhage begins with the amps, pedals and effects he uses to achieve his signature sound, dialing in the details of the channels and settings. Saving the best for last, Danhage also walks the viewer through his prized group of modified Charvel guitars that he plays exclusively.

“All-time favorite,” says Danhage. “Growing up with all the cool players, like Steve Vai, Warren DeMartini, Jake E Lee, you know a lot of those cats had Charvels. I’m so honored that I can work with them and they make me awesome guitars. I couldn’t be happier on the guitar front.”

Watch the interview with Danhage below to get all the details on what he brings to the stage.

Beau Monde Guitars Demos the Jake E Lee Signature Model

Posted on November 3rd, 2015 by MDuffy

Jake E Lee
Beau Monde Guitars in New Jersey recently pulled a Jake E Lee signature model off the wall to run through several of its special features.

The demo showcased the Seymour Duncan JB Humbucker in the bridge and the DiMarzio SDS-1 single-coil pickup in the neck position, demonstrating just how great the Red Dragon Cartel guitarist’s preferred axe sounds.

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

Guitar World Demos the Jake E Lee Signature Model

Posted on December 3rd, 2014 by MDuffy


Paul Riario of Guitar World recently ran through one of the Charvel Jake E Lee signature model guitars and noted that it was one of his favorite new releases of 2014.

The axe is based on the distinctive white “Charvel-ized” instrument the former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist has played ever since he bought it new back in 1975.

“If you’ve been a fan of Jake E Lee, then this part guitar is a no-brainer,” said Riario. “But if you just like a no-nonsense guitar that is performance enhanced, this is the model to check out. It’s certainly one of my faves.”

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

Beau Monde Guitars Demos the Jake E Lee Signature Model

Posted on October 31st, 2014 by MDuffy


The folks at New Jersey’s Beau Monde Guitars recently took a Charvel Jake E Lee Signature Model guitar for a ride in a new video demo.

In it, the reviewer runs through all the specs and gets some monster sounds through both the neck and bridge pickups.

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

Guitar World Taps the Jake E Lee Sig Model for Latest Demo

Posted on September 4th, 2014 by MDuffy

Paul Riario of Guitar World recently issued a demo of the new Ninebuzz Modal Buddy app for the iPhone and iPod touch, and he used a familiar guitar to put it through the paces.

Check out the Jake E Lee signature “White Pearl” in action below.

Jake E Lee Talks ‘Bark at the Moon’

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by MDuffy

The legendary Jake E Lee recently helped the folks at Lava Cable celebrate their 10th anniversary by performing a show with his new band Red Dragon Cartel.

The former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist even sat on the stage in Owasso, Okla., and answered questions from fans.

One highlight was when Lee showed the audience how he plays the classic hit “Bark at the Moon,” and you can watch a video from that moment after the jump. (more…)

Jake E Lee on His Charvel Signature ‘White Pearl’

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by MDuffy

Jake E. Lee rocking at the Whisky.

The Jake E Lee Signature Charvel guitar, a.k.a. The “White Pearl,” boasts unmistakable So-Cal ash body contours and a distinctive lavender-hued Pearl White finish.

Watch the legendary guitarist talk about his iconic instrument in this video and click here for more information.

Jake E Lee Talks Red Dragon Cartel in New Interview

Posted on February 25th, 2014 by MDuffy


The guys in Red Dragon Cartel recently posted a new video in which they discuss how the band originally formed and put together their debut full-length album.

With former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist Jake E Lee taking handling all axe duties and Beggars & Thieves’ Ronnie Mancuso on bass, the group was rounded out by drummer Jonas Fairley and singer D.J. Smith.  Their 10-song collection of originals also features goes appearances from Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, In This Moment’s Maria Brink and former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno.

Red Dragon Cartel has already played a handful of shows promoting the album, and there is an extensive worldwide tour that kicks off March 5 in Tempe, Ariz.

Learn more about Red Dragon Cartel (in addition to a video for the new track “Deceived”) after the jump and visit the band’s official Facebook page for more information.  (more…)

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