Guitar World popped by the Charvel booth during the 2016 NAMM Show, where they checked out the new for 2016 Pro-Mod Series.
Watch the clip below as Charvel’s Peter Wichers explains some of the new features behind this year’s axes …
Charvel’s team of Master Builders have created yet another collection of fantastic instruments for the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.
Here’s a quick look at six stunning Charvel Custom Shop guitars:
San Dimas 2H Bengal Yellow
This ferocious beast was built to roar. Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols created this ultra-cool cat using select alder wood, a quartersawn maple bolt-on neck, 12-16” compound radius maple fingerboard and a pair of Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups. The perfectly painted striped body and matching headstock has a realistic ombre effect to its finish, and you can’t help but notice the red Charvel logo on the headstock.
Surfcaster Roasted Pine
The Charvel Surfcaster Roasted Pine is a one-of-a-kind wonder with qualities so unique you can’t help but stare. Master Builder Chip Ellis created a piece of art when he selected this special piece of reclaimed pine wood. The tarnished copper hardware balances and enhances the light and dark tones of the wood for an elegant touch. It features a Jazzmaster bridge, Bigsby tailpiece, gold-foil Lollar pickups, and stainless steel vintage frets.
Style 2 Roasted Pine
In addition to the Surfcaster, Ellis created another model in its likeness. The Style 2 features the same appointments as the Surfcaster with the exception of the pickup configuration; this one comes with a single gold-foiled Loller humbucking pickup. Another distinguished feature includes a unique chicken head style volume knob that sits in the upper bout of the body. The vintage volume knob is an old TV or radio dial that Ellis picked up from a neighborhood antique store.
San Dimas Birdseye Top Ghost Squid Flames
Nearly too hot to handle, this custom built guitar features a brilliant twist on a flame design. The bright red-orange tentacle-like flames fade into a crimson body, making this San Dimas model unlike any other. It’s equipped with a pair of Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups, a Charvel bass bridge, and a 12-16” compound radius fingerboard. The basswood body has a birdseye maple top that accentuates the unique flame design that much more.
San Dimas HSH Quilt Top
This quilt maple top San Dimas may be beautiful on the outside, but it’s also a beast built to destroy. Packed with direct mount Seymour Duncan® pickups, this hum-single-hum monster is a force to be reckoned with, just like Nichols intended. Other standout features include a Floyd Rose® Bridge, Schaller tuning machines, a wheel-adjust truss rod, and a bolt-on wenge neck.
San Dimas 7-String Korina Walnut Top
Nichols was holding on to this stunning piece of wood for quite a while, waiting for the perfect design to strike him. It’s easy to see why he became so attached to the elegant markings that make this guitar a knockout. This 7-string beauty features dual Bare Knuckle Coldsweat 7 pickups, a Hipshot® hardtail 7 bridge, Schaller® tuning machines, and a quartersawn bolt-on maple neck.
The guitar, which comes in Specific Blue and Slime Green for 2015, was named No. 4 on Guitar World‘s list of the Best of NAMM 2015.
To see the entire list of 31 “Best in Show” products, pick up your edition of Guitar World here.
Want to get a taste of many of the new axes on display at the Charvel Showcase at the 2015 NAMM Show?
Take a look at some killer guitars for the coming year, like new Warren DeMartini Pro-Mods and Specific Ocean and Slime Green San Dimas and So-Cal models, in the clip below and click here for all 2015 offerings.
When walking by the Charvel Showcase at the 2014 NAMM Show, it’s almost impossible to not stop and look at the eye-popping guitars that are on display from the Custom Shop.
Or the electric new Transparent Purple Burst and Transparent Marigold guitars in Charvel’s Desolation series. Or the artist signature models for Guthrie Govan, Jake E Lee and Gojira’s Joe Duplantier.
Lee, in fact, made an appearance to check out his axes and talk about his new band Red Dragon Cartel, while Warren DeMartini and Dave Nassie were also spotted.
This year’s NAMM Jam at the annual NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., is set to be yet another blockbuster event, as the legendary Jake E Lee will headline the concert with his new project Red Dragon Cartel.
In addition, international guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan and his band the Aristocrats are set to perform, as will progressive metallers Periphery.
Now in its fifth year, NAMM Jam 2014 is an invitation-only event that will be held at the Grove of Anaheim on Friday, Jan. 24. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. NAMM Show attendees who would like an opportunity to attend should visit the Charvel Showcase in Ballroom E on the third floor of the Anaheim Convention Center or Rock-N-Roll Gang Star in booth No. 4196.
Watch the clip after the jump. (more…)
The Music Zoo’s Tim Reynolds caught up with Charvel master builder Red Dave at the 2012 Charvel Showcase at NAMM over the weekend, where the two discussed a few amazing one-off guitars.
The axes feature vintage maple that came from some old logs that sat in a lake for years and was harvested by someone at a company called Yankee Veneer.
“He salvaged all this stuff, and now we’re making guitars out of it. It’s just incredible stuff,” remarked Red Dave.
Check out the video below:
The 2012 Charvel Showcase at NAMM brought out the best of shredders.
RATT’s Warren DeMartini was one of the first. DeMartini participated in an autograph signing on Friday, and then stuck around for the weekend to mingle with fans.
In addition, the Charvel Showcase hosted a five-man autograph session on Saturday, with Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando, Bleeding Through’s Dave Nassie, Brian Nutter of Keith Urban’s band, and Winds of Plague’s Nick Piunno and Nick Eash all inking pictures.
When the guys weren’t signing, they messed around on Charvel axes, passing around the guitar in a round-robin of audio acrobatics.
Below is video of Orlando, Nassie and Nutter each taking their turn: