Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash

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 signature model, including the Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Caramelized Ash.

This 25.5” scale guitar offers a carmelized 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 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, 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 position, two Luminlay numbered dome control knobs (master volume, master tone), control knobs (master volume, master tone), U.S.-made recessed Charvel locking tremolo bridge with Tremol-No™ unit and oversized brass block, bone nut and chrome hardware.


Body: Caramelized Ash
Neck type: Caramelized 2-Piece Flame Maple with Graphite Reinforcement
Fretboard: Caramelized Flame Maple
Frets: 24 Super Jumbo
Tuners: Sperzel® Locking
Bridge: Recessed Charvel Locking Tremolo Bridge
Neck pickup: Charvel Custom MF Humbucking
Middle pickup: Charvel Custom MF Single-Coil
Bridge pickup: Charvel Custom MF Humbucking
Pickup switch: 5-way switch / 2-way Mini toggle (Single Coil simulation)
Controls: 1x Volume / 1x Tone
Strings: 6 strings, NPS, .010-.046 Gauges
Price: $4,081
Year: 2017
Charvel Guitars


Charvel is a brand of electric guitars founded in the 1970s by Wayne Charvel in Azusa and headquartered in Glendora, both cities in California. Charvel guitars became popular in the 1980s due to their association with famous rock and heavy metal guitarists. Having worked at Fender for three years in the early 1970s, Wayne Charvel started “Charvel’s Guitar Repair” in 1974 to refinish and repair out-of-warranty Fender instruments.