Charvel Releases the Guthrie Govan Signature MJ San Dimas SD24 CM

Charvel honors the British guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan with the launch of his Japanese-made signature guitar.

As an homage to the late '80s when Charvel guitars were manufactured exclusively in Japan, Govan’s all-new signature model is loaded with an assortment of top-end features that deliver the superior sound, craftsmanship and feel prized by today’s high-performance players. Other premium features include three specially wound Charvel custom pickups arranged in a versatile HSH configuration with five-way switching for the expansive tonal openness and dynamic sensitivity that Govan demands, along with a two-way mini toggle switch to engage single-coil simulation in bridge and neck humbucker positions. This instrument also comes loaded with two Luminlay numbered dome control knobs for volume and tone, recessed Charvel locking tremolo bridge with pop-in tremolo arm and brass block, Gotoh die-cast locking tuners and Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut.

“I have been playing guitar since I was three years old, so having my own signature mode feels like an honor which comes with a certain responsibility,” Govan said. “If you are going to have your name on the back of an instrument’s headstock, that’s you personally vouching for the quality and usability of that instrument, which is not something to be taken lightly. With my signature Charvel guitar, I feel completely confident to play it anywhere in the world and at any type of gig.”

Cloaked in a classic Three-Tone Sunburst finish, the instrument is loaded with top-end specs handpicked by Govan. The 25.5”-scale signature model features a basswood body with an ash top and specially contoured heel (sans neck plate) for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard. The graphite-reinforced bolt-on maple neck has a “caramelized” heat and drying treatment that makes it sound and feel much older, along with a satin finish on the back of the neck for smooth playability. Most unusual for a San Dimas model, the 12”-16” compound radius caramelized maple fingerboard features 24 jumbo stainless-steel frets, as well as crème dot inlays, Luminlay side dots and a conveniently located heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel.

Guthrie Govan Showcases his Signature MJ San Dimas SD24 CM

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