A BATTERED BEAST
Guitarist Henrik Danhage has provided the battering riffs for Swedish progressive heavy metal band Evergrey for nearly two decades. Charvel is thrilled to once again honor the distinct axeman with the return of the Henrik Danhage Limited Edition Signature Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1.
Henrik Danhage Limited Edition Signature Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1
- 25.5” scale length
- Ash body
- Bolt-on relic'd maple neck with graphite reinforcement and hand-rubbed satin urethane
- 12”-16” relic'd maple fingerboard with rolled edges, 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays
- Heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel
- Seymour Duncan® JB™ TB-4 bridge pickup and DiMarzio® Area 67™ DP419CR neck pickups
- White Strat®-style skirt volume knob with push/push for pickup switching (down = bridge pickup, up = neck pickup)
- Top-mount Floyd Rose® 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system
- Charvel-branded die-cast tuners and standard strap buttons
- Available in a heavy White Relic finish with a 3-ply white pickguard, relic'd chrome hardware and reverse licensed Fender® Strat® headstock
- Charvel multi-fit hardshell gig bag included
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Finding his Voice
When Henrik Danhage was around the age of 5, little did he know that his grandfather might have changed the course of his life with a single album.
Grandpa gave a young Danhage KISS’s 1975 live album, Alive!, and the bombastic leads of guitarist Ace Frehley on classic tracks like “Strutter” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” set this unassuming Swedish boy on a wild musical journey.
Inspired by what he was hearing on that album, Danhage got his first guitar when he was 9 as a gift from his parents. To make things easier on his hands, Danhage’s father even cut off the strings so he could just stand in front of the mirror to emulate what he heard on the albums.
“I was in front of the mirror pretending I was Ace Frehley, and some of the best guitar playing I ever did was during those two years,” he said with a laugh.
The strings came back though, and the real work began. He began diving into the catalogs of ‘70s guitar virtuosos, including Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen with designs of learning how to master the instrument as these heroes did — even if he had to come up with proprietary techniques.
“These high-energy guitarists really made me feel special in my heart,” said Danhage. “I realized that I’m not going to spend all the time learning their stuff, so I started coming up with my own little tricks instead.
“It took a little longer, but it made me find my own voice in the guitar, which now I am very happy for.”