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.”
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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.
Dhani Harrison released his debut solo studio album In Parallel just a few days ago, and has since begun his promotional efforts with a television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
A darkly lit stage added to Harrison’s hypnotic and psychedelic soundscape, as he and his backing band showcased a pair of new tracks from the album including a blistering performance of lead single “All About Waiting” and the more ethereal, synth-heavy “Summertime Police.”
Harrison also paid tribute to Tom Petty, taping the initials TP as well as the outline of a broken heart on the body of his Charvel So-Cal.
Watch the clips below, and purchase In Parallel here.
We already knew Angel Vivaldi had mad shred skills but in his new video for “Serotonin” off upcoming album Synapse, the New Jersey guitarist also shows off some smoking dance moves.
The song features a guest solo from Alice Cooper guitarist and We Start Wars founder Nita Strauss, and Strauss appears in the video also, throwing down on the guitar with Vivaldi in dance battle fashion.
Vivaldi conceptualized and designed the well-choreographed shoot, and you can enjoy it below …
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.
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 …
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.