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Gorgeous tonewoods and professional features.
As a preeminent modern virtuoso, U.K. guitar master Guthrie Govan dazzles all who hear him. After two years in meticulous development working closely with the man himself, Charvel introduce the ultimate ultra-pro guitar—the Guthrie Govan Signature model. With so many special features and high performance appointments, it's truly the ideal expression of Govan's artistry rendered in distinctive Charvel form.
The San Dimas body has a beautiful bird's-eye maple top, with a thin clear matte finish and a specially contoured heel (sans neck plate) for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard. The bolt-on neck is quartersawn flame maple with a "caramelized" heat and drying treatment that makes it sound and feel much older, with graphite reinforcement and a convenient truss rod adjustment wheel at the body end. Most unusually for a San Dimas model, the compound-radius (12-16) flame-maple fingerboard spans two octaves, with the same caramelized treatment as the neck, 24 extra jumbo stainless steel frets and special maple dot inlays with ebony borders.
Other premium features include three specially wound Charvel custom MFB pickups arranged in a versatile HSH configuration with five-way switching for the expansive tonal openness and dynamic sensitivity that Govan demands, two notched control knobs (master volume, mastertone) with brass position markers set into the body, recessed original-style NOS Floyd Rose tremolo bridge with Tremol-No unit and oversized brass block, bone nut, chrome hardware and 25.5 scale length. Includes hardshell case.
- Body shape: Double cutaway
- Body type: Solid body
- Body material: Solid wood
- Top wood: Maple
- Body wood: Basswood
- Body finish: Satin
- Orientation: Right handed
- Neck shape: Not specified
- Neck wood: Maple
- Joint: Bolt-on
- Scale length: 25.5"
- Truss rod: Standard
- Neck finish: Satin
- Material: Maple
- Radius: 12"
- Fret size: Extra-jumbo
- Number of frets: 24
- Inlays: Dot
- Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
- Configuration: HSH
- Neck: MFB humbucking
- Middle: MFB single-coil
- Bridge: MFB humbucking
- Brand: Charvel
- Active or passive: Passive
- Series or parallel: Series
- Piezo: No
- Active EQ: No
- Special electronics: None
- Control layout: Master volume, tone
- Pickup switch: 5-way
- Coil tap or split: No
- Kill switch: No
- Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
- Bridge design: Floyd Rose original
- Tailpiece: Not applicable
- Tuning machines: Sperzel locking
- Color: Chrome
- Number of strings: 6-string
- Special features: Signature model
- Case: Hardshell case
- Accessories: None
- Country of origin: United States
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Reviewed by 1 customer
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- Easy adjustment
- Excellent Trem
- Great tone
- Huge Frets
- Looks great
- Funky Jack Location
- Skinny Neck
- Looking Cool Posing
- Showing off
Comments about Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature Model Bird's Eye Maple Top Electric Guitar:
I got one of these in December 2014. That was 6 months after I put down my money and waited for Charvel to start shipping them.
The two adjectives I've use for this guitar are 'practical' and 'tasteful'.
The smooth feeling neck finish, the lightweight body, the super-slick volume knob, the sperzel locking tuners, big frets, two-tone neck dots, the accessible truss rod wheel, the super stable graphite reinforced neck, the tremel-no, the wide variety of usable tones from the pickups all make for a practical instrument.
The 'half locking' trem with a bone nut, but a locking bridge (you cut the balls off and lock in the string, like a Floyd) is exactly right. No big lump of fine tuners to avoid. No locking nut to fiddle with. The size of the slots in the saddles are cut to depth for each string, so no need to adjust saddles to follow the profile of the neck. The body is pretty but not ostentatious. There is a tangible feel of quality about this guitar, which your should expect for the price.
I dropped one star for two things that you may or may not care about.
1) The neck width is a typical Fender neck width. That is to say - too skinny. I have large fingers. It's fine for melodic work, but open chords are challenge to finger right without muting adjacent strings. GG has skinny fingers. I do not. When I'm finger picking chords I tend to use my Warmoth partscaster with the superwide neck for that reason.
2) The jack socket is on the base edge of the guitar. This is optimized for playing standing up, where the cord can loop around the strap and kind of wedge in nicely. It is not at all good if you are in the habit of standing your guitar on the floor. It rests on the jack and torques it. This guitar needs a stand, or you need to pull out the jack every time you put it down.
It's a nice guitar. Lovely to play. Sounds great. Looks great. Draws appreciation from people who know what it is. Presumably it's perfect for GG. A wider neck and better jack location would make it perfect for me.
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