Guthrie Govan's extreme virtuosity and stunning versatility require an instrument that excels at many different things. Whether Guthrie is alternate-picking shred lines at breakneck speeds, comping with jazz chord melodies, tapping with 8 fingers for fusion legato runs or strumming hard on a techno-funk tune, he needs a guitar that feels comfortable and sounds great for each style and every type of technique employed. While on clinic tours around the world, Guthrie used his own signature instrument, as well as a variety of other Suhr models. He began to take a liking to bolt-on Suhr guitars, as well as their Antique series. In turn, Suhr approached Guthrie to develop a second signature guitar, the Guthrie Govan Antique Modern. A bolt-on construction guitar with an aged nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
The versatility and playability on this guitar is unbelievable. The deeply carved out lower horn allows for all the frets to be reached without strain. The tone knob is a push pull pot which allows for splitting the neck humbucker. One of the coolest features on this instrument is the push button near the volume knob, which reverts the guitar back to the bridge humbucker at full volume, essentially giving you two radically different sounds at the push of a button in one guitar. The guitar has also been antique'd by Suhr, giving the instrument some finish checking and dings around the edges and contours of the body, making it look like a guitar that's been dragged around on tour for a bit.
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