New Model Army

Artist mod­els an­nounced from Charvel, Jack­son, ESP and Ibanez

Guitarist - - The Lineup -

The in­dus­try changes but NAMM never fails to de­liver on new sig­na­ture mod­els. And, as we go to press, there’s plenty to re­port on that front on the heav­ier side of gui­tar. The Fender fam­ily of brands has de­but sig­na­tures from Slip­knot’s Mick Thom­son with Jack­son, fol­low­ing his move from Ibanez in 2016, as well as for­mer Kramer player and Steel Pan­ther man Satchel’s (aka Russ Par­rish) first Charvel sig­na­ture – a ProMod DK in his trade­mark wild tiger-striped Yel­low Ben­gal (£1,239). That 80s styling is highly apt here for more than just Steel Pan­ther’s throw­back sound. “In the 80s, Charvel was it,” says Satchel. “All the cool gui­tar play­ers were play­ing Charvel. It’s al­ways been a goal of mine to have a Charvel model at some point.”

Thom­son’s Ibanez Soloist will be avail­able as a Pro Se­ries SL2 model in black or white (£3,519) as well as a USA Soloist ver­sion (£819) in April. Both mod­els will come with ebony ’boards, sig­na­ture Sey­mour Dun­can Black­outs and MTB HT6 hard­tail bridge.

Else­where, another notable name from the mod­ern metal world is cel­e­brat­ing 20 years with ESP. Deftones’ Stephen Car­pen­ter’s green LTD SC-20 H/H/S is a throw­back to his first sig­na­ture.

YouTube player and notable gui­tar tu­tor Tom Quayle is also cel­e­brat­ing with his first sig­na­ture gui­tar from Ibanez – the TQM1. The Ja­panese model fea­tures an alder body, Mon­key Pod top, roasted maple neck with 22 jumbo stain­less steel frets, Go­toh lock­ing tuners, Go­toh T1802 bridge, Sey­mour Dun­can Hype­r­ion pick­ups and Dy­naMix 9 switch­ing.

The Brit de­scribed it as, “A dream that I never dared to imag­ine would come true.”

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