Charvel has launched a limited edition Guthrie Govan signature guitar.
British born Govan, despite being largely unknown to the general public and never having featured in a major band, is one of the world’s most influential guitarists and a superstar among keen younger players. The new model follows Charvel’s original 2014 Guthrie Govan signature guitar and comes in a limited edition that shares many of the earlier model’s features in a Britannica Red finish trimmed with a black burst.
According to Charvel, the San Dimas body has a 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 “caramelised” heat and drying treatment, with graphite reinforcement, hand-rubbed urethane gel on the back of the neck and a truss rod adjustment wheel at the body end. Unusually for a San Dimas model, the compound-radius (12″-16″) flame-maple fingerboard spans two octaves, with the same caramelised treatment as the neck, 24 jumbo stainless steel frets and special maple dot inlays with ebony borders.
Other premium features include three Charvel custom MF pickups arranged in an HSH configuration with five-way switching, two domed control knobs (master volume, master tone), U.S.-made recessed Charvel locking tremolo bridge with ‘Tremol-No’ unit and oversized brass block, bone nut, chrome hardware and 25.5″ scale length.