RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini recently spoke to U.K.'s Total Guitar about his Charvel past and present with his new Frenchie signature guitar. Check out the video below.
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Fans have long clamored for a replica of DeMartini's famed and beloved "Frenchie" guitar, as seen live on tour and on a slew of magazine covers throughout RATT's reign in the 1980s. Charvel has responded with the Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie, available in a Snow White and a Gloss Black finish. Both are detailed with cross decals and a tribute quote to James Dean in French that translates "too fast to live, too young to die."
The Frenchie also offers premium features such as a Dinky alder body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck and a 12"- 16" compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo stainless steel frets and black dot inlays.
Custom-made for the legendary lead guitarist, the Seymour Duncan Warren DeMartini RTM ("Rattus Tonus Maximus") bridge pickup is a powerful high-output humbucker that naturally compresses for a well-balanced and even tone, perfect for complex chording and precision soloing. The RTM is boosted by an SSL-4 Quarter Pound neck pickup, adding fat, supercharged punch and extra sustain.
The Frenchie also features a single volume control knob, three-way toggle switching, a Floyd Rose Original locking bridge and Gotoh tuning machines. Hardshell case included.
Last month, it was reported by the Metal Sludge web site that DeMartini was fired by RATT singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier, with undisclosed sources telling the site that "serious issues" exist between the three members of the band's classic lineup. Fellow RATT guitarist Carlos Cavazo apparently confirmed the report a few days later, telling the site that he couldn't see himself continuing with the band without DeMartini. "I can't picture anyone else being there other than Warren," Cavazo was quoted as saying.