As a preeminent modern virtuoso, U.K. guitar master Guthrie Govan dazzles all who hear his playing. Charvel spent two years of meticulous development with Govan to first introduce his Guthrie Govan signature model in 2014, and it’s the ultimate ultra-pro guitar. Loaded with special features and high-performance appointments, it's truly the ideal expression of Govan's artistry rendered in distinctive Charvel form.
For 2017, Charvel is offering new incarnations of Govan’s models, including the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash.
This 25.5” scale guitar offers a caramelized ash San Dimas body with a thin satin lacquer finish and a specially contoured heel (sans neck plate) for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard. The bolt-on neck is two-piece flame maple with a "caramelized" heat and drying treatment that makes it sound and feel much older, with graphite reinforcement, hand-rubbed urethane gel on the back of the neck and a convenient truss rod adjustment wheel at the body end. Most unusually for a San Dimas model, the compoundradius (12"-16") flame maple fingerboard spans two octaves, with the same caramelized treatment as the neck, 24 jumbo stainless steel frets and special maple dot inlays with ebony borders, as well as Luminlay side-dots that emit light for the darkest of stages.
Other premium features include three specially wound Charvel custom MF pickups arranged in a versatile HSH configuration with five-way switching for the expansive tonal openness and dynamic sensitivity that Govan demands, a 2-way mini toggle switch to engage single coil simulation in bridge and neck humbucker positions, two Luminlay numbered dome control knobs (master volume, master tone), U.S.-made recessed Charvel locking tremolo bridge with Tremol-No™ unit, oversized brass block, bone nut and chrome hardware.
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Caramelized Ash
Body finish: Satin Lacquer
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: Not specified
Neck wood: 2-piece Maple with graphite reinforcement
Scale length: 25.5 in.
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Hand-rubbed Urethane
Fret size: Jumbo
Number of frets: 24
Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)
Neck: Custom MF humbucking
Middle: Custom MF single-coil
Bridge: Custom MF humbucking
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: 2 Mini-Toggle to Engage Single-Coil Simulation in Bridge and Neck Humbucker Positions
Control layout: Master volume, tone
Pickup switch: 5-way
Coil tap or split: Coil split
Kill switch: No
Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
Bridge design: U.S.-Made Recessed Charvel Locking Tremolo Bridge
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Sperzel locking
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Heel-Mounted Spoke-Wheel Truss Rod Adjustment, Contoured Body Heel with Recessed Neck Attachment Ferrules (No Neck Plate), Gotoh Strap Buttons, Brass Control Position Marker Inlays in the Body, Side-Mounted Oval Output Jack, Low-Friction Potentiometers
Case: Sold separately
Country of origin: United States
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