As a preeminent modern virtuoso, U.K. guitar master Guthrie Govan dazzles all who hear him. After two years of meticulous development working closely with the man himself, Charvel was profoundly pleased in 2014 to 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.
For 2016, Charvel is offering a limited run of the Guthrie Govan Signature model that shares many of the unique features of his original model, but in a handsome Britannica Red finish trimmed with a black burst.
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, 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 compound-radius (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.
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, two notched 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.
Body Shape: San Dimas®
Body Material: Basswood with Bird's Eye Maple Top
Body Finish: Satin Urethane
Neck Material: 2-Piece Maple with Graphite reinforcement
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 12" to 16" Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
Number of Frets: 24
Fret Size: Jumbo Stainless
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.6875" (42.86 mm)
Neck Plate: None
Fingerboard: Caramelized 2-Piece Flame Maple with Graphite Reinforcement
Position Inlays: Ebony Ring with Maple Dot Center
Bridge Pickup: Charvel Custom MF Humbucking
Middle Pickup: Charvel Custom MF Single-Coil
Neck Pickup: Charvel Custom MF Humbucking
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Pos 1. Bridge Full Humbucking Pickup, Pos 2. Bridge Pickup Stud Coil and Middle Pickup, Pos 3. Neck Pickup Screw Coil and Bridge Pickup Screw Coil, Pos 4. Neck Pickup Screw Coil and Middle Pickup, Pos 5. Full Humbucking Pickup
Pickup Configuration: HSH
Bridge: Recessed Charvel Locking Tremolo Bridge
Tuning Machines: Sperzel® Locking
Control Knobs: Dome Style
Strings: NPS, .010-.046 Gauges
Case/ Bag: Hardcase Included