Guthrie Govan is just so good, so precise, so authentic when playing the electric guitar that you get irrationally angry at him and want to break all his guitars. But then you meet him and he’s so nice and humble and you feel bad for ever having such thoughts. Probably a good thing you never went and kicked over one of Guthrie’s no frills, natural finished instruments because you’d now incur the wrath of the legendary Charvel So-Cal motley crew of veteran luthiers, who are now Guthrie’s official supplier. The Music Zoo is excited that Guthrie and Charvel have joined forces. Simply one of our favorite guitars being played by one of our favorite guitarists. We’ve been on the natural mahogany Charvel bandwagon for years now (some would say we even helped start that niche), and we’re looking forward to seeing where Guthrie takes this tried-and-true formula. Stay tuned for an announcement here on when you can get your hands on new Charvels that have been breathed on by Guthrie. We’ll certainly be stocking as many as we can.
Charvel’s press release:
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).
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 albumErotic 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.”
Visit the Aristocrats’ official website to check out their recently-released album Culture Clash and a list of upcoming tour dates.