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 …

Take A Tour Of Guthrie Govan’s Pedalboard

GuthrieGuitarist – the excellent UK magazine that you really should subscribe to if you’re not already – has just posted a great pedalboard walk-through with Guthrie Govan, which you can watch below. This is Part 1 of a 3-part video. Guthrie’s using his Charvel guitar – which he says is close to becoming a production model – and his new Victory Amplification V100 Duke amp. Guitarist says “Stay tuned for a full demo of the Victory V100 from Guthrie and an in-depth look at the retro-style Floyd Rose vibrato on his new Charvel.” Issue 374 of Guitarist magazine features a  Guthrie Govan cover feature in which he talks about his future plans with Charvel, technique and new musical horizons. It’s out in print and digital forms from 18 October 2013. In the meantime, here’s the pedalboard walk-through: Read More …

Victory Amplification Officially Launched

victoryWe had a little peek at them the other day, but Victory Amplification has officially launched now, so there’s plenty of new info to drool over. Designed by noted amp builder, Martin Kidd, Victory Amplifiers launches with three all-valve models: the V10 10-watt 1×12 comboV50 50-watt two-channel head and V100 100-watt two-channel head plus associated 2×12 and 4×12 speaker cabinets. All Victory Amplifiers will be hand-built in the UK using the very highest quality components and built to exacting specs. And I strongly suggest that if they’re good enough for Guthrie Govan, Glenn Proudfoot and Rob “Chappers” Chapman well… Read More …