The World’s First 24-Fret 7-String Shred Machine?

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I was just scanning some recent guitar auctions, as I am wont to do, and I saw something super cool at a Guernsey’s auction from February 27: Tony Mottola’s 1952 7-string, 24-fret Gibson Custom Super 400CES. Mottola was a legendary session musician who played with Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. He also played in the Doc Severinson Orchestra on The Tonight Show. This guitar has a carved spruce top with maple back and sides, and custom P90 pickups with seven pole pieces. It was offered for auction with its original hard case and a copy of the production ledger for March 1992. The serial number is A 9934. What an amazing piece of history. Following are some more guitars – including instruments belonging to Eddie Van Halen and Richie Sambora – but first here are some more pics of the 7-string: Read More …

New Charvel San Dimas, So-Cal & Warren DeMartini Models

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PRESS RELEASE:– Charvel is proud to announce the release of new San Dimas, So-Cal and Warren DeMartini guitars. Return to Charvel’s ancestral Southern California home with the high performance Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH. It features a one-piece quartersawn maple neck with classic San Dimas profile, compound-radius fingerboard (12″-16″) with 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N (neck) and TB-4 (bridge) humbucking pickups with three-way toggle switch, single knurled black master volume control, recessed Floyd Rose Original double-locking tremolo and R3 locking nut, Charvel tuners and black hardware. The hum/single Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HS HT features a Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 humbucking (bridge) pickup and direct-mount Seymour Duncan STK-S6 (neck) pickup. Read More …

Help Fund A Film About Grover Jackson

Grover Jackson altered the course of guitar design forever. His pioneering work in what we know of as the ‘superstrat’ would be enough to put him in the history books – and that’s before you even consider the long shadow cast by the guitars he designed with Randy Rhoads. Or his work with various companies in the period between leaving Jackson and starting his own company, GJ2 Guitars. Now there are plans for a film about Grover, his history and his contributions to the guitar. An Indiegogo campaign is underway to help fund the film, and there are all sorts of great perks from posters, DVDs and shirts to a shop tour, a Glendora guitar or custom axe. From the Indiegogo listing:

Hello Friends,
My name is Jon Gold , I am formerly the VP of Fender Guitars and now co-owner of GJ2 Guitars with Grover Jackson. We are making a history piece on the legendary guitar builder Grover Jackson. His humble beginnings and how he turned the guitar industry on his head in the 80’s with his crew of mostly 21 year old kids taking over the troubled Charvel repair shop. Read More …

Joe Bonamassa Rocks 1978 Charvel ‘EVH Stripes’ axe

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Check out what Joe Bonamassa played onstage tonight: a 1978 Charvel black and yellow striped guitar. These were only available for a very short time before Eddie Van Halen sent an ‘Ahem… guys?’ to Charvel. You can see a handful of them on this page at JacksonCharvelWorld.net. Many years later there was an authorised Charvel EVH Art Series painted by Eddie himself, and there’s now the EVH Striped guitars too. Check out EVH Striped guitars on eBay.

Photo from Joe’s Twitter.

Ooh! Sparkly Charvel Pro Mod Super Stock

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I am utterly unashamed of my sparkly guitar obsession. I need this in my life.

PRESS RELEASE: Charvel is proud to announce the release of the new Pro Mod Series Super Stock SD1 FR Special Edition. Built for center stage, the spotlight and your favorite solo, Charvel’s limited-run Super Stock So-Cal Silver Sparkle is a dazzling high-performance instrument. Its sleek So-Cal body is clad in a scintillating silver-sparkle finish that looks stunning beneath the stage lights, elegantly complemented by a matching headstock and black pickguard. Read More …

Charvel Pro Mod Super Stock Special Edition

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PRESS RELEASE: Charvel is proud to announce the release of the new Pro Mod Series Super Stock SD1 FR Special Edition. Charvel’s limited-run Super Stock SD1 FR wraps a radiant Sunset Orange Flake gloss finish around a classic San Dimas body, lending a brilliant look to a powerful tone machine built for the harder side of rock. Other premium features include a quartersawn maple neck with an oil finish and comfortable Pro Mod profile, fast and smooth compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan ’59 (neck) and JB (bridge) humbucking pickups with cream bezels, three position chrome-tip toggle pickup switch and single knurled control knob (master volume), top-mount Floyd Rose FRTO1000 double-locking tremolo bridge and locking nut, and non-locking Charvel tuners.

For more information, go to www.charvelguitars.com.

 

INTERVIEW: Guthrie Govan

guthrie govanGuthrie Govan is The Dude from The Big Lebowski. No, not in terms of looks or personality or loyalty to a particular rug, but in the sense that sometimes there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s Guthrie Govan. His style brings together incredible technique and tone but most importantly it’s packed with personality and vision. To hear Guthrie play is to hear someone who’s playing with music, rather than playing at music, whether in his trio The Aristocrats with Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann, or in Steven Wilson’s solo band, or playing his own material. With Guthrie heading to Australia soon for a series of masterclasses for Thump Music as well as an appearance at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, it seemed like high time to talk shop with the dude.  Read More …

NAMM: Charvel Booth Visit

IMG_2397One of my favourite things about NAMM this year was that Charvel was up in the Fender room, where it belongs, instead of downstairs tucked away into a weird little area that was hard to see until you were inside it like last year. This meant it was much easier to see beautiful new instruments like the Guthrie Govan, Joe Duplantier and Jake E Lee signature models as well as plenty of beautiful Charvel Custom Shop creations and of course the San Dimas Style 1 that will never, ever stop being awesome. Join us as we take a peek, won’t you? Read More …