NAMM 2020: New Charvel signature models

CHARVEL® ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE ARTIST MODELS FOR GOJIRA’S JOE DUPLANTIER, STEEL PANTHER’S SATCHEL AND MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST ANGEL VIVALDI

Scottsdale, Ariz. (January 15, 2020) – Charvel® is thrilled to expand its signature artist models with the all-new Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH E Mahogany featuring the Gojira frontman’s new signature DiMarzio® humbucking bridge pickup, as well as new colors for the Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK and Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 NOVA.

French avant-metal quartet Gojira has cemented itself as one of paramount metal acts of the new-millennium. Led by singer, vocalist and principal songwriter Joe Duplantier, the band has always dealt in extremes — uncovering light in darkness and finding beauty in heaviness while also searching to expand the sonic palette.

Designed with the latest in Charvel high performance, the Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH E Mahogany captures all of his preferred style and specs.

A raw beauty, the San Dimas body is crafted out of mahogany with a specially contoured heel for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard. The graphite-reinforced bolt-on mahogany neck refuses to budge, despite heavy touring and dramatic climate changes. The heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel makes neck relief tweaks a breeze, while the oiled finish on the back of the neck provides smooth playability. Built for speed, the 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets with pearloid big block inlays.

A big fan of DiMarzio’s PAF® 36th Anniversary neck pickup, Duplantier sought something with a slightly more robust low end for his bridge pickup. The all-new Joe Duplantier signature DiMarzio® Fortitude™ humbucking bridge pickup completely responds to his needs — from crushing, heavy riffs to beautiful open soundscapes and everything in between. Combined with the PAF, these pickups deliver vintage tone with a twist.

Other features include three-way toggle pickup switching, knurled volume control knob in special placement slightly back from playing position, Charvel compound radius compensated bridge with anchored tailpiece and Charvel locking tuners.

Built to take a pounding while delivering pulverizing tone, this signature axe is also easy on the eyes with its Natural finish, chrome hardware, worn nickel pickup covers and licensed Fender® Telecaster® headstock.
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Nobody puts the 1987 into today like Steel Panther guitarist Russ “Satchel” Parrish, and Charvel is excited to deliver a huge horns-up in the tiger-striped form of the Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK in a wildly flamboyant Satin Purple Bengal finish.

Featuring sharper-radius top edges, the alder Dinky™ body is paired with a graphite-reinforced bolt-on maple neck capped with a Fender® Stratocaster® headstock with Charvel-branded die-cast tuners. Designed for comfortability and speed, the 12”-16” compound-radius maple fingerboard hosts 22 jumbo frets, offset dot inlays and a heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel.

Of special note are the two Fishman® Fluence® Classic humbucking pickups topped with black/purple bobbins, which share a single volume control knob with special push/pull dual voice activation. Using this control, the PRF-CHB neck pickup delivers ideal-but-elusive vintage PAF humbucking neck pickup tone with just the right dynamics and output (voice one), or a Fluence-exclusive neck tone with clear and airy chime, unreal high end, highly vocal midrange and tight lows (voice two). Similarly, the PRF-CHB bridge pickup delivers ideal vintage PAF humbucking tone calibrated for perfect output (voice one), or quintessential hot-rodded humbucking bridge tone without all the baggage (voice two).

Other features include a three-way toggle pickup switch, top-loaded Floyd Rose® 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system, Charvel neck plate and more.
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Instrumentalist Angel Vivaldi’s otherworldly talent is captured in the Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 NOVA — a 7-string axe that packs as much phenomenal force as the man playing it.

Available in a new Satin Black finish with gold hardware, Vivaldi’s signature axe delivers spectacular style with the modified Dinky™ basswood body with a sculpted shredder’s cut heel finished in classic Satin Black with gold hardware. The bolt-on maple neck—custom-shaped to Vivaldi’s preferences—has graphite reinforcement, silky-smooth satin finish on the back, Luminlay® side dots, heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel and tilt-back reverse 7-string licensed Fender® Stratocaster® headstock. Its 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard features comfortable rolled edges, 24 jumbo frets, cascading black dot inlays and Graph Tech® TUSQ® XL nut.

Unbelievably deep, full tones and rich harmonics come from an HH pickup configuration consisting of a DiMarzio® Tone Zone® bridge pickup and DiMarzio Air Norton™ neck pickup, both with gold bobbins.

Other premium modern features include a five-way blade pickup switch, dome-style knobs for the volume and tone controls, Gotoh® Custom 7-string 510 tremolo bridge, locking tuners, and more.

For more information on our new Charvel products, visit www.charvel.com. For additional product images, please visit the FMIC Newsroom at http://spotlight.fender.com/newsroom/archive.

Steel Panther Give You All You Can Eat

SteelPanther_HIGH_All_You_Can_Eat_Packshot_loLook, right now nobody does 80s-style hard rock like Steel Panther. Nobody even tries. The extremely fine balance between authentic 80s musicianship, songcraft and XXX-rated green-room hi-jinx is a mighty thing to behold, whether they’re skillfully narrating a touching tale of romantic tenderness with a lot of chicks at the same time (“17 Girls In A Row”), negotiating the ins and outs and ins again of the male/female relationship dynamic (“That’s What Girls Are For”) or promoting cultural diversity (“Asian Hooker”). The band’s new album, All You Can Eat, due for release here in Australia on March 28 and on April 1 in the USA, will no doubt dive deeper into the sticky world of human relationships. Here’s the press release: Read More …

Steel Panther Return To Oz

Steel PantherEveryone’s favourite sleaze rockers (and I say that with affection) Steel Panther are heading back to Australia in December. And while their spiritual stomping ground is the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, in Oz they’ll be playing some rather high-capacity venues, such as the Myer Music Bowl here in Melbourne which holds up to 10,000. Support comes from none other than Buckcherry. That’ll be a hell of a flight from LA… And Steel Panther have teamed up with On The List to provide a variety of VIP ticket packages for the tour including dancing on stage, early entrance, meet and greets, photo ops, parties and more. For more information go to SteelPantherRocks.com. I highly recommend doing whatever you can to get drawn into the cyclone of decadence that is Steel Panther close up: last time they were in town a few of us lucky journalists got to party with the band and a bunch of porn stars pre-show and y’know what they say: what happens at the Steel Panther pre-show stays at the Steel Panther pre-show.

Here’s the press release… Read More …

Steel Panther Rock Oz


The mighty Steel Panther just played here in Melbourne, Australia and as usual it was freaking awesome. It’s the fourth time I’ve seen them (the previous three times have been at the House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip on their Monday night residency), and in contrast to those gigs, this was 100% original material. No “Runnin’ With The Devil,” no “Don’t Stop Believing” or “Youth Gone Wild,” or “Livin’ On A Prayer.” But their original material is more than strong enough to support a full set’s worth, and it was a killer night. Some of us media folks were lucky enough to have a pre-show limo party and a meet-and-greet with the band too, although what happens in the penthouse suite stays in the penthouse suite. Hehe.

Here are some pics I snapped on the night… Read More …

NEWS: Steel Panther’s ‘Death To All But Metal’ video

Anyone who’s spent more than a passing moment on Metal Sludge is no doubt aware of the great Steel Panther. Well they’ve finally filmed a video for their awesome track ‘Death To All But Metal.’ This track was featured on the Metal Sludge compilation CD ‘Hey – That’s What I Call Sludge’ back when Steel Panther were known as Metal Skool (actually they’re credited as the Metal Sludge All-Stars on the CD but I digress …)

Fun fact! Steel Panther features guitarist Russ Parrish, who was in Fight with Rob Halford, and Paul Gilbert’s cover band Electric Fence.

Oh, if you’re offended by naughty language or are at work, um… you might wanna skip this.

Look for a cameo from Sarah Silverman too.