GGThe news that Guthrie Govan has departed his partnership with Suhr in favour of Charvel isn’t particularly new but it seems like a particularly good time for Charvel to put out a press release about it: The Aristocrats have just released their new album Culture Clash and Guthrie is also currently working with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree). Guthrie and Charvel are currently working on some guitar ideas that might find their way into the hands of the public in the future, which – given Guthrie’s taste in guitar desgin and his intiutiveness for player-and-tone-friendly features, would be a very, very good thing. Here’s the press release:


World-renowned guitarist and educator to endorse legendary guitar brand, as well as help develop new models

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (July 18, 2013) – Charvel is proud to welcome U.K. guitarist Guthrie Govan to the family. A highly-respected and in-demand virtuoso guitarist, Govan travels the world as both a performer and clinician. Govan is currently splitting time between his rock/fusion trio, The Aristocrats, and touring the world with Steven Wilson’s band, promoting Wilson’s Alan Parsons-produced album, The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories).

Guthrie Govan made a name for himself in 1993, winning Guitarist Magazine’s “Guitarist of the Year” competition: he subsequently worked as a regular transcriber for U.K. magazine Guitar Techniques. He has since appeared with Asia, GPS, Dizzee Rascal and The Young Punx. His diverse playing style ranges from classic shred to jazz-fusion to blues-rock, all of which are clearly evident on his solo album Erotic Cakes and throughout his numerous other musical projects.

“These guitars sound great, and the necks are just ridiculous,” said Govan. “The good people at Charvel are encouragingly keen to hear all my feedback about their instruments. Whenever I share an idea with them, it feels like they’re really listening – so I’m very excited to be working with these guys and I look forward to seeing what we can do together in the future.”

“Guthrie Govan is one of the best performers playing today, and we’re proud to welcome him to the Charvel ‘family,’” said Michael McGregor, product manager for Charvel Guitars. “He is currently road-testing a few Charvel models, and we are in the research and development phase of some possible future Charvel guitars.”

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