In its October issue, UK’s Guitarist magazine takes an in-depth look at Guthrie Govan’s newest Charvel signature models — the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash and the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Flame Maple.
Both models earned a rave review, with the magazine concluding that these bolt-on instruments are “up there with the finest” they’d ever played, and more like a high-performance rifle than a guitar.
The article takes an in-depth look at all the features of these “uber axes,” noting its many subtle and well-thought out details.
“The bridge, initially, looks like an early Floyd Rose (without fine tuners) but is a USA-made Charvel design that centers around a thick brass inertia block, steel top plate and large saddles into which the strings are locked via those long Allen key bolts; once intonation is set each saddle is firmly locked in place,” writes reviewer Dave Burlluck. “It’s back routed too and the whole unit is recessed into the body so the top of the bridge plate is flush with the top of the body. A Tremol-No is fitted so you can prevent upbend, lock it in place as a fixed bridge or, as supplied, just use it as a free floating vibrato with a huge range from floppy to an upbend of approximately a fourth on the G string (it’ll go a bit higher but we stopped there).
“Guthrie Govan’s vision for an all round workhouse that’ll stand up to the rigors of professional touring is superbly realized in this signature. Every detail is wonderfully considered: the over-sized strap buttons, the Strat-like dished output jack placement, the hugely intuitive drive, that secret ‘single coil’ switch, the impressive tuning stability (and startling range) of the vibrato, not to mention the wood choice, graphite reinforced neck and a really unposh working player’s vibe. Is there anything Guthrie hasn’t considered?”
In summary, Guitarist proclaims Guthrie’s signature models as astonishing guitars and a player’s tools of of the highest caliber.
Purchase Guitarist here to read the full review.
The GPCRSG is a cutaway Grand Performance model that is crafted with a Sitka spruce top and mutenye back and sides.
The guitar produces a beautiful even tone with good bass response and clear mids and trebles. The GPCRSG also features a Richlite fingerboard and bridge, high performance taper neck, and Fishman® Sonitone electronics to make this guitar ready for the road.
Martin Ambassadors Frightened Rabbit recently released their acoustic leaning three song EP.
Last Friday, "Recorded Songs" was released and shows off a different side of the Martin Ambassadors. The band says these three songs existed happily next to each other and didn't deserve to be wedged into an album in which they didn't fit well.
You can listen to "Recorded Songs" from Frightened Rabbit here.
The 00LX1AE is a Grand Concert, slope shoulder model and constructed with a Sitka spruce top and mahogany patterned high-pressure laminate back and sides, which offer a greater tolerance from fluctuating temperatures so you can take your guitar anywhere without worry.
The high-performance tapered neck is constructed from a rust-colored birch laminate. A faux tortoise pickguard and Richlite fingerboard and bridge complete this model. The 00LX1AE is complete with Fishman® Sonitone electronics to make it the perfect acoustic-electric guitar at an affordable price.
In case you ever wondered what the members of Stone Sour would look like in drag, you’re about to get your answer.
In the new music video for Hydrograd track “Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I),” the band heads to a seedy strip joint called Cheetahs. Right away, glam metal band Steel Panthers add to the Hollywood Sunset Strip vibe with a cameo appearance as waiters and bartenders.
As the clip progresses, we see shots of Stone Sour performing onstage — both as rockstars and pole dancers.
Check it out below …
The Women’s International Music Network (theWiMN.com) presents “Girls Night Out NYC” – an evening of live music, fashion, education, networking and fun at The Cutting Room in New York City on Thursday, October 19, 2017.
This all-ages evening will feature an educational industry panel, on-site interactive sponsor displays, giveaways, raffles, a silent auction and much more. The event will support the Women’s International Music Network’s efforts to create a voice for women in the music industry.
Tickets are $38 and can be purchased at TheCuttingRoomNYC.com. The Cutting Room is located at 44 E. 32nd St. in New York City.
Martin Guitar is a proud sponsor of Girls Night Out NYC and will be on-site for the event. Martin String Patrol Artists The Command Sisters will also be in attendance.
If you’re looking for a new guitar that looks and sounds like you’ve been playing it for 80 years, you have just found your holy grail of guitars.
The Aged version of the D-28 Authentic 1937 includes all of the goodness that comes with Martin’s Authentic Series instruments, like hide glue construction and hand-scalloped X bracing. Plus, the Vintage Tone System (VTS) that ages the wood to replicate the sound of a vintage Martin, but we didn’t stop there. We’ve now taken 50 of these amazing guitars and methodically and painstakingly distressed them, inside and out, in all the right places. The result is a tactile, visual, and auditory experience that will transport you all the way back to the 1930s. And we know you’re going to like it there.
The D-21 Special is a limited edition dreadnought that will only be available through the end of 2017 and it’s definitely worth a look.
The D-21 is rich with East Indian Rosewood which is used not only for the back, sides, and headplate but also for the fingerboard and bridge. Other unique features are the nickel open-gear tuners and faux tortoise binding around the entire body of the guitar. The D-21 Special includes a Sitka spruce top with forward-shifted scalloped bracing, a traditional hand-fit dovetail neck, and a polished gloss finish. Some modern touches include a modern belly drop-in saddle and a high performance neck, for enhanced playability and comfort.
Angel Vivaldi and Andy James, who are about to head to Europe for the “Wave of Synergy” tour, have shared a new music video for the track of the same name.
Angel Vivaldi has unveiled the music video for his single “Dopamine,” and it features the New Jersey guitar virtuoso whipping up an instrumental storm with his new Charvel Custom Shop 7-string.
The song also features a killer solo by another guitar maestro as Oli Herbert of All That Remains makes a guest appearance.
The track will appear on Vivaldi’s upcoming album Synapse, due out Oct. 6, and you can get it plus an additional single by placing your pre-order here.
Total Guitar Calls the Joe Duplantier Pro-Mod ‘One of the Most Exciting Mid-Priced Electrics of the Year’
In the July issue of UK’s Total Guitar magazine, editor Jonathan Horsley reviewed the Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH.
Duplantier has described his original signature model as a “killing machine with class,” and the new, moderately priced addition incorporates similar elements. Featuring a single-cutaway mahogany body stacked with a set of super-hot custom-wound Duncan Designed HB-103 humbucking pickups, the new Pro-Mod version is primed for battle.
“Duplantier’s tone balances low-end power with a harmonic brilliance, typified by his trademark pick scrapes and natural harmonics, and those sorts of metal pyrotechnics are mother’s milk to his Signature Model,” wrote Horsley. “Played clean the Pro-Mod is persuasive with lots of gutsy Americana twang from the bridge pickup, with warmer woodier cream in the neck – perfect for creepy intros or blues, while cranking up the gain sees the Duplantier in its element.”
His final verdict?
“Its wholly shreddable playability and monstrous tone make it one of the most exciting mid-priced electrics of the year,” concludes Horsley.
Purchase the latest issue of Total Guitar here to get more terrific product reviews!
Our friends at Richlite recently visited the Martin Guitar factory to see how Richlite is used in the crafting of our guitars.
Richlite has made its way into the instrument industry for a variety of reasons. The most predominant reason is that companies are searching for an eco-friendly alternative to the endangered wood species known as ebony. Black Diamond Richlite has become the perfect alternative because not only is it FSC and Greenguard certified but it is also has the durability and consistency of the material that has caught guitar companies attention. The best part is that it performs just as well (acoustically) as natural ebony wood.
You can watch Richlite's manufacturer spotlight on Martin Guitar here.
Martin Titanium Core strings deliver the ultimate player’s experience with patented technology from Martin!
With Titanium Core strings, you will find the most superior intonation and tuning stability of any string you’ve ever played. And, titanium is naturally more flexible than steel, but just as strong, so the strings are easier to press down thus reducing finger fatigue. Even more amazing, the combination of titanium and pure nickel used in our Titanium Core strings provides natural corrosion resistance, meaning they will last a really, really long time under normal circumstances! Find a dealer stocking Titanium strings here. Or get even more information on Titanium Core strings in our product spotlight here.
You still have this weekend to come visit us at Musikfest!
In the last 34 years, Musikfest has grown to be the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation with 500+ shows on 14 stages over 10 days. It's a bonus that it is right in Martin Guitar's backyard!
Come visit us the day four nights of the festival (10th, 11th, 12th, & 13th) at Lagerplatz to catch performances, play on our jam stage, and possibly win a Martin guitar. We also sponsor Martin Guitar Lyricplatz which features singers and songwriters through out the duration of the festival.
You can learn more about Musikfest here.
Always on the road? We have the perfect companion for you.
The DRSG is a big sounding Dreadnought at an affordable price. The guitar features a Sitka spruce top, siris back and sides, a Richlite fingerboard and bridge, gloss body, hand rubbed neck finish, and Fishman Sonitone electronics. The guitar is strung with medium gauge SP Acoustic Martin Strings. We recommend this guitar for all playing levels. You can learn more about the DRSG here.
A special one-night only event of The Avett Brother's documentary will be released on September 12th.
The documentary from Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio follows the Avett Brothers as they undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and challenges of the music business. It follows the Martin Ambassadors over two years and is set against the backdrop of the Avett Brother's album, True Sadness. "May It Last" has already been recognized by the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.
You can watch a trailer for "May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers" here.Martin Ambassador Seth Avett's Martin guitar of choice is the D-35 Seth Avett. You can purchase the D-35 Seth Avett at an authorized Martin dealer , by finding a certified online Martin dealer , or exploring the buy from factory program .
Looking for a great cutaway guitar to take on the road with you? Meet the GPCRSG!
The cutaway Grand Performance guitar is crafted with a Sitka spruce top and mutenye back and sides. It produces a beautiful even tone with good bass response and clear mids and trebles. The GPCRSG also features a Richlite fingerboard and bridge, high performance taper neck and Fishman® Sonitone electronics to make this guitar ready to go.
You can learn even more about the GPCRSG here.