New Model Army
Artist models announced from Charvel, Jackson, ESP and Ibanez
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.”