Charvel has a bevy of new guitars for 2018, and the enthusiastic Andertons TV crew recently put together a quick showcase of a few of their favorite additions. In the new video, Rob Chapman wields both the Pro-Mod DK24 HH FR M QM in Trans Purple Burst and the Pro-Mod DK24 HH HT M Ash in Charcoal Gray as he runs down some of the finer points of these all-new models with Andertons co-owner Lee Anderton.
Switching between both Floyd Rose® tremolo and Charvel HT6 hardtail bridge options, Chapman lays down a few licks on the 24-fret machines. Both he and Anderton find themselves incredibly impressed by the wide tonal range found in the dual humbucking Seymour Duncan® Full Shred and Jazz pickups.
“It sounds great man,” says Anderton. “I’ve been a big, big fan of the Pro-Mod series from Charvel for the past four or five years now and it’s cool to see the Dinky in the range. It’s a really good mid-price option for anybody that wants a bit of an all-rounder.”
Watch the full reveal below and subscribe to Andertons YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.
The enigmatic and incredible Angel Vivaldi has blessed his fans with another mind-blowing play through of “Oxytocin” from latest album SYNAPSE.
With his seven-string Charvel in hand, Vivaldi’s unbelievable fretboard skills are shown in full in this simple, but must watch video. Joining the gifted musician is the equally talented Gus G. from Firewind.
The two trade off solos in a full-on shred fest that you can watch below.
After fronting his band thenewno2, recording and touring with Fistful of Mercy, and workingwith a gamut of legendary performers including Bob Dylan and Wu-Tang Clan, Dhani Harrison continues to forge his musical journey with the release of his In Parallel album this past October. Harrison sat down with Premier Guitar magazine interviewer Paul Kobylensky to talk about his history in music and how his Custom Charvel S-Type helped in the making of the song “Summertime Police.”
Being the son of a Beatle, Harrison was surrounded by music from an early age, but he didn’t always want to be.
“I grew up in the studio,” said Harrison. “I always played music since I was a kid: piano, guitar, drums. And I sang a lot too. So, I got my 10,000 hours early. I’m pretty sure I tried everything possible to not do music. But I knew I was going to come back to it at some point.”
Harrison is also the proud owner of a Custom Shop Charvel S-Type built by Paul Waller. The guitar helped bring a more shreddy vibe to his new In Parallel album, specifically when playing the track “Summertime Police.”
“It’s got to be bold. It’s got to be rude. You know what I mean,” Harrison told Kobylensky. “And Jon [Bates] was saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to bring back some shredding on this record?’ And it made the cut. And then I was like, ‘Oh, great. Now, I’ve got to get a Charvel or something with a locking nut, because I’m going to be playing all these songs with these huge bends in them.’”
Watch Harrison perform “Summertime Police” on his custom Charvel live at The Knitting Factory below.
Read the full Premier Guitar interview with Dhani Harrison by CLICKING HERE.
Inspired by the countless number of NAMM related social media posts that flooded his feed at the end of January, mega-talented guitarist John Mayer took time out of his busy schedule to sit down in front of his camera phone and record a down and dirty Instagram Live guitar lesson for his hungry fans.
Armed with his trusty skate-inspired Charvel Custom Shop guitar, Mayer fielded questions from his 2.7 million followers. The 42-minute video, which has since been uploaded to YouTube, is filled with incredible information for beginners all the way to experts with topics ranging from the simple subtleties of utilizing a Floyd Rose to tips on adding bass lines while also playing lead.
Watch the full video below and see what you can learn.
Don’t miss out on any future lessons — follow Mayer on Instagram by CLICKING HERE.
Every guitarist knows that each instrument has its own unique voice and feeling depending on the material used to craft the instrument. The type of wood, along with how it is treated in the factory, will determine what the instrument looks, sounds, and plays like. Charvel is excited to add 5 new “au natural” models that incorporate a variety of different woods and finishes to enhance the guitar’s natural brilliance.
The understated San Dimas Style 1 HH HT E Ash utilizes an ash wood body that gives this guitar a snappier tone. Accented with gold hardware, the Natural finish combined with a 12”-16” compound radius aged ebony fingerboard and Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge makes for an even snappier look.
Our San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E offers the same awesome wood combo with a Natural finish ash body and killer streaky aged ebony fingerboard, but with a recessed Floyd Rose® FRT-01000 double-locking tremolo bridge system in chrome.
Set the stage ablaze with the San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E Ash in Charcoal Gray. The surface of the ash body is accentuated by the scorched finish, preserving the intricate detail of the wood grain. The distinct aged ebony fingerboard and black Floyd Rose® FRT-02000 double-locking tremolo bridge retains this guitar’s dark demeanor.
Long set? No problem! The new San Dimas Style 2 HH FR M Okoume has a single-cut body made from the exotic and lightweight tonewood okoume which won’t break your back on stage when playing for an extended period of time. The Natural finish is front and center thanks to the modest black hardware that includes a Floyd Rose® FRT-02000 double-locking recessed tremolo bridge system.
The San Dimas Style 2 HH HT M Okoume is the same brilliant guitar as its tremolo equipped brother but built with a Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge and Charvel-branded sealed die-cast locking tuners. The okoume body provides tight low-ends with a touch of brightness on top.
Bold. The only way to describe the latest and greatest colors and wood options added to our incredible Charvel So-Cal and San Dimas models. With a myriad of new tints, hues and shades plus new fingerboard options, we’re certain we’ve got a finish that fits your style.
Our ever-popular So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M is now available in a Matte Blue Frost. Don’t be fooled by its Frosty exterior, the So-Cal’s Seymour Duncan® TB-6 Distortion bridge and SH-6N Distortion neck pickups with black bobbins will warm you right up with their scorching tone.
Forged for rocking, the So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M’s new Satin Silver color option looks like a medieval axe ready-made for battle. Add in a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard, Floyd Rose® FRT-01000 recessed tremolo bridge, chrome hardware and a black pickguard, and you have a guitar that’s built for anything you can throw at it.
T-0 seconds. We have liftoff! Ignite the stage with the Rocket Red So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E, featuring an alder body in our popular vibrant scarlet finish with black pickguard and black hardware. This model now gets an even edgier, road-worn vibe with its new aged ebony fingerboard. A heel-mounted truss rod adjustment wheel and bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement seal the deal.
The San Dimas Style 1 HH HT M will instantly grab your attention with its Snow White finish and glamorous gold hardware including a Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge and Charvel-branded sealed die-cast locking tuners.
Love the Matte Blue Frost finish found on our So-Cal model, but prefer it sans pickguard? We’ve got you covered with the San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M, complete with chrome Floyd Rose® FRT-01000 double-locking recessed tremolo bridge and white pickup bobbins.
The subdued styling of the San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M in Satin Black with gold hardware is the quintessential axe for those wanting both daring and discreet.
No restraints! The showy San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M QM adds a gorgeous, wave-like turquoise and blue Chlorine Burst quilt maple top to the alder bodied guitar.
Stand out on stage with the Purple Phaze finish on our San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M QM featuring a beautiful, rippled quilt maple top.
With years of experience to draw upon and an endless wealth of creativity, Charvel Custom Shop Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols went above and beyond for the NAMM 2018 Custom Shop event, bringing 8 one-of-a-kind masterpieces to the auction.
Go ahead and drool over all of the stunning, master-built guitars below. We sure did.
San Dimas® Style 1 HS White Angel Dust
This San Dimas® Style 1 HS is clear as the driven snow with its immaculate White Angel Dust finished alder body. To fit with the exquisite theme, Red Dave threw a beautiful 12”-16” compound radius flame maple fingerboard with 22 frets on top of the quartersawn maple neck. This heavenly guitar is topped off with gold hardware, including a Floyd Rose™ Original tremolo bridge and Gotoh tuners, and white DiMarzio Super Distortion and Seymour Duncan Flat Start pickups.
San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M 3-Tone Sunburst
As bright as the morning sun, the San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M’s 3-Tone Sunburst gradient brightens a cooked basswood body capped with a flame maple top. A light relic job and chrome hardware give this axe vintage style while the worn-in Charvel Custom pickups, Floyd Rose™ tremolo bridge, and 24 jumbo frets come together for a hard-rocking machine.
So-Cal Style 1 HSH FR M Daphne Blue Relic
This righteous rig screams Southern California thanks to the ocean vibes stemming from its Daphne Blue finish. The heavy relic’ing reveals the So-Cal Style 1 HSH FR M’s natural alder wood body, giving it an awesome vintage vibe. The bolt-on quartersawn maple neck’s fingerboard is scalloped between the 22 jumbo frets for fast action and playability. Despite its chilled beach-vibe, this guitar rocks hard thanks to its HSH layout, which utilizes a pair of Seymour Duncan™ humbucking pickups and a RWRP Flat Strat single coil pickup in the middle position.
San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M Black and Green
With its wild but understated Black and Green finish, the custom-built San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M is in your face without being obnoxious. The roasted quartersawn maple neck is topped with an ebony fingerboard, scrupulously hand-scalloped by Red Dave. Green DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups and an inverted headstock complete the “out there” ensemble.
San Dimas® Style 2 HT M QM Antique Burst
Style 2 fans will be stoked to see the San Dimas® Style 2 HT M QM custom shop build from Nichols. Like a fine piece of art, this single cut guitar’s Antique Burst finish preserves the pristine quilt maple top that sits above its alder body. A roasted maple neck is met with a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard. The solid playing machine is powered by dual DiMarzio D Activator humbucking pickups, and is finished off with a Hipshot hardtail bridge and Gotoh tuners.
San Dimas® Style 1 FR M HSH Relic Surf Green
Nichols’ San Dimas® Style 1 FR M HSH Relic looks like it was pulled from a beachside shipwreck. The cooked basswood body and flame maple top peeks through the Surf Green veneer courtesy of some expert Charvel Custom Shop relic’ing. A bolt-on roasted maple neck and reverse matching headstock take this incredible guitar to new levels.
San Dimas® DK HT M QM 1H Dark Trans Amber
This gorgeous San Dimas® DK H FR M QM is the only Charvel custom guitar at this year’s NAMM showcase to feature a single pickup design. A powerful DiMarzio® Super Distortion humbucking pickup lives within the alder body, topped with quilt maple. The Dark Trans Amber paint gives off a honey-like appearance that is matched nicely by a bolt-on maple neck and a 12”-16” compound radius roasted maple fingerboard that leads to an inverted Tele headstock. A Floyd Rose™ Original hardtail bridge, Gotoh tuners, EVH high friction 250K pot, and chrome pickup bobbins finish off the custom build in sleek style.
San Dimas® Style 1 HS Sustainer FR M Orange/Red Stripe
The speed-demon San Dimas® Style 1 HS FR M Sustainer is slashed by a slick looking Orange and Red racing stripe paint scheme. Matching its quick looks, the alder body is met with a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets for fast fingering. For a truly unique sound, the custom build incorporates a Sustainer Driver neck pickup and an EMG 81 bridge pickup. Wow!
In the blazing Charvel video demo below, get an up close look at all of the all-new Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 models — powerful tone machines built for the harder side of rock.
The DK24 is offered in both hardtail and Floyd Rose options, along with a variety of body & wood fingerboard options, including quilt maple tops.
Each DK24 features a sleek Dinky™ body, bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, hand-rubbed urethane gel back finish for sublime and speedy playability, 12”-16” compound radius fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays, heel-mounted spoke wheel, Seymour Duncan® Full Shred bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan Jazz neck pickup.
Guitar maestro Jordan Ziff gave us a hand in introducing our newest Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 guitars by scoring and starring in our latest Charvel video below.
2018 sees new finishes, body and fingerboard wood options for our tried and true Pro-Mod axes and you can get a close look at the latest offerings as Ziff puts these guitars to work in a way only he can.
See the full lineup by CLICKING HERE.
When Steel Panther axe man Satchel met up with Charvel for an exclusive video interview, he covered all things guitar including his early guitar roots, some of his favorite players growing up, and most importantly, how his new Charvel Signature Pro-Mod DK model came to be.
After an unsuccessful attempt at football, Satchel began playing guitar at the age of 10. Over the years, he found inspiration from a myriad of different guitarists and styles including David Gilmore and Buck Dharma. Satchel eventually landed at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, where he connected with his glam rock Steel Panther bandmates.
For Satchel, Charvel was always number one. “In the ‘80s, Charvel was it,” said Satchel. “All the cool guitar players were playing Charvel. It’s always been a goal of mine to have a Charvel model at some point and I think I’ve achieved that.”
That box has been checked in 2018 with the introduction of his brand new Satchel Signature Charvel Pro-Mod DK model. The axe is a bright burst of fluorescent yellow finished off with a striking Bengal pattern that is matched only by the rockers personality. With two Fishman® Fluence Classic pickups and a Floyd Rose® 1000 series tremolo, the guitar is built with metal in mind.
“Fishman® pickups are the best pickups on the market as far as I’m concerned,” said Satchel. “They sound heavy metal. You can probably plug it in to your grandmother’s refrigerator and just turn the refrigerator up to 10, and it would sound like a modded Eddie Van Halen on Van Halen 1.”
Want more details about his new sig axe? Watch the full interview by hitting play on the video below.
Jackson and Charvel are excited to share the news that Joe Williams has been promoted from an apprentice to Custom Shop Master Builder.
“Given his diverse talents as a builder, outstanding work ethic and enthusiasm, Joe Williams is an invaluable asset to the Custom Shop,” said Jackson/Charvel Vice President of Category Management Jon Romanowski. “As a player and true fan of hard rock and heavy metal himself, Williams also brings a unique perspective and key insight into the exacting needs of modern guitarists. We couldn’t be happier to have his firepower in the shop as we continue to build upon our storied Jackson and Charvel brands.”
Williams has trained over the last decade under the expert wing of Master Builder Mike Shannon, earning the prestigious guru’s full endorsement and stamp of approval.
“Joe is probably one of the most valuable people in the building, one of very few people who can do every process — from the mill all the way to final assembly and figuring out some of the most difficult wiring issues that we have,” said Shannon.
Williams has contributed to many high-profile Custom Shop projects, including management of the relic process, assembly and setup for the Randy Rhoads Tribute Concorde Replica models, and initial conception and design of the B7 and B8 models.
He also built the first Jackson “multi-scale” instrument. In what he good-naturedly referred to as “a beast of a build,” he created an eight-string Soloist model with an innovative 27.75”-25” scale length and asymmetrical five-piece neck.
Williams’ passion for tinkering with guitars dates back to his teens when he first started out playing the instrument. Assuming it was only a phase, his parents got him an inexpensive Squier® beginner instrument. An enterprising teen, Williams quickly taught himself to modify and improve his $100 guitar to sound and feel like his friend’s high-performance Charvel.
He later leveraged those skills with a paying gig at a vintage guitar shop, where he repaired and set up used guitars. Upon joining Jackson in 2005, he continued developing his skills in final assembly, handling wiring and setup work. His attention to detail caught Shannon’s, and Williams was subsequently given sole responsibility for custom assembly work.
During the last 10 years, Williams attended school to learn CNC programming and Manufacturing Technology, while also training aside Shannon in the Custom Shop, slowly working his way backward through the production process—from final assembly to buffing and polishing to mill work.
“Working as Mike Shannon’s apprentice for nearly a decade has pushed my skills to a level I didn’t know they could reach,” said Williams. “When I started in Jackson, Mike opened my eyes to a lot of things in the overall aspect of the guitars we make. I was a savvy tech and assembler, but Mike didn’t hesitate to challenge me for the better. Matching the quality and craftsmanship of someone with over 30 years of experience and immense talents is a challenge. In addition to learning to make an instrument to his standards, I’ve also been able to apply my insight as a player.
“The road to the position of Master Builder has been long but rewarding, and I’m both honored and humbled,” he continued. “The path doesn’t end here though. I look forward to carrying on the tradition of what has made Jackson and Charvel great — pushing the limits of quality, innovation and playability.”
Contact a global authorized Jackson/Charvel Custom Shop dealer today to get in line for an early work from this rising star.
Angel Vivaldi unleashed an incredible playthrough video of latest track “Adrenaline” off new album SYNAPSE last week. The album’s opener features all of the incredible guitar work that you’ve come to expect from Vivaldi and includes a solo from the equally talented Julian Cifuentes.
Sure to turn the heads of his gear obsessed fans, Vivaldi is rocking a prototype of his seven-string signature Charvel that features an inverted Strat headstock, 24 frets and gold hardware
If you want to know more about the new axe, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes demo below.
Subscribe to Vivaldi’s YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.
In looking for a guitar that could shred while still having a softer side, our Style 2 ended up with a 5 out of 5 in “Best for Shred,” with Music Radar noting that it had the most bang for your buck.
“The Charvel with its gorgeously-sculpted heel and body, and discreet input jack, is incredible,” said Music Radar. “It makes playing easy, but for our money – and yours – that pickup configuration, gives it the edge, with heaps of pro-quality tone on tap.”
If you want to know more about the “Best for Shred” Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH HT CLICK HERE.
Brazilian guitarist Lari Basilio recently dropped a quick, but cool video of her putting a Guthrie Govan Signature Charvel to work with some incredibly clean licks.
A former lawyer who opted instead to pursue her true passion as a guitarist, Basilo has incredible technique and versatility and has shared stages with music greats Paul Gilert and Hamilton de Holanda.
Check out the video of the ex-attorney-at-law below and watch the fancy finger-work yourself.
Basilio is always dropping new videos on her YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to by CLICKING HERE.
Acclaimed guitarist John Mayer recently posted his latest Charvel Custom Shop guitar to Instagram and it is incredible. The Charvel San Dimas® model is based on an old Powell Peralta “McGill” skateboard deck that Mayer owned in the late ‘80s. Combining both California skate and metal cultures that inspired him while growing up, Mayer’s axe evokes the look and style of a worn out board.
“This guitar has been a dream of mine for a decade,” said Mayer.
With artwork hand-painted by guitar-art legend Dan Lawrence, the relic’d beast uses EVH Wolfgang humbucking pickups and features blue speed knobs styled after urethane skateboard wheels.
This one-of-a-kind guitar is definitely a site to be seen. Catch John Mayer and the custom axe on tour as he travels around the world with Dead & Company. CLICK HERE for tour dates.
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French rockers Rise of the Northstar have announced that they are currently underway recording the follow-up to their debut record Welcame. For the new effort, the crew even flew to Silver Cord Studio in New York to work with fellow Frenchman and Charvel signature artist Joe Duplantier from Gojira.
Everyone involved sounds fired up with the collaboration.
“If touring in Japan was always our goal, making an album in New York, one of the most influential cities in the world, with Joe Duplantier producing, is one big challenge,” said Rise of the Northstar. “We’re here to enhance our blend of metal and rap and to take it to the next level.”
Duplantier also shared his thoughts on working with the up-and-coming thrashers.
“I’m excited to contribute to this album — Rise of the Northstar is badass,” Duplantier said. “Their approach of music is so direct, and they drive their career the same way. Definitely a great experience for me.”
Stay connected with what ROTN is doing by following them on Facebook HERE.
Charvel artist Angel Vivaldi is featured in the latest video from progressive metal band Scale the Summit. The talented guitarist takes his Charvel Limited Edition Super Stock DK24 guitar to the next level as he tears into a new dimension during a guest solo on “Witch House”.
Vivaldi is currently on tour with Scale the Summit through the end of December. If you want to catch the Guitar Collective 2017 tour, CLICK HERE for the remaining tour dates.
Watch the full “Witch House” video by clicking play below.
In its December issue, U.K.’s Guitarist magazine pretty much confirmed what we already knew about the Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash model — it’s the pinnacle of the electric luthier’s art. When it came to designing his signature axe, Govan set stringent standards, resulting in an instrument that just notched the magazine’s 2017 “Prestige Electrics” Gear of the Year award.
Guitarist magazine was massively impressed by the complete package offered with the Charvel signature guitar, writing, “the key is Guthrie Govan and in collusion with Charvel, he has produced a guitar that’s ridiculously dialed in and designed for his high-level pro use as a touring musician.”
This isn’t the first time that Guitarist has raved over the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH.
“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,” gushed reviewer Dave Burlluck in Guitarist’s October issue. “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?”
Get your copy of Guitarist HERE to check out the full feature.