The Chapman Guitars stand at NAMM this year has some cool new releases for 2018 with an upgraded CAP-10 model, new 7 Strings, Norseman 2018, Midgard Serpent 2018 and Rob Scallon Signature and more.
Chapman Guitars 2018
Rob Chapman and Chapman Guitars get a lot of stick here in the UK (and on guitar forums), but I will say personally that I think he is a really good bloke, easy to get on with and passionate about music, guitars and coffee!
The two of us have worked together in the past and so I can say these things, he is a genuinely great person to hang out with because he is so enthusiastic and full of energy. This really comes through with Chapman Guitars and this year’s lineup looks pretty stellar, with some lovely new models and new upgrades for existing guitars (and now basses).
I’ve cherry-picked a few of the new models for you to check out, but you can see ‘most’ of the new releases in the Thomann video below, I say most as there is an unveiling of something new at 12 today US time.
Upgraded with ‘pro spec’ stainless steel frets, Indian Ebony fingerboard, rounded body edges and Chapman pickups the CAP-10 is Lee ‘Captain’ Anderton’s signature model and revamped for 2018.
RRP – GBP 719
Chapman 7 String 2018 models
Some very pretty looking ‘Unicorn Burst’ 7 Strings this year to satiate your low B string riffage and looking mighty fine and pretty sexy. With AAA Canadian flame maple tops, Indian ebony fretboard, glow in the dark side dots and Chapman Humbucking pickups.
RRP – GBP 1099
Chapman ML1 Norseman 2018
Updated for 2018 and with new lightweight bodies and in two new finishes Hjarn and Midgardsormen Svart that look really good. With Hipshot open-backed tuners, Stainless steel frets and Floyd Rose tremolo systems they are well-specified hardware wise.
RRP – GBP 899
Okay, I chose just three models because let us be honest Rob has a ton of new models out for 2018. The big thing for me is his dedication to left-handed players and also his introduction of better body woods, higher quality components and also little things like glow in the dark fret markers.
All upgrades that come from him being guitar player and not just a businessman, so good on him for getting his sleeves rolled up and making some really cool guitars.
I would suggest you check out the full Thomann video below for more details, plus even more guitars and basses for this year,
- Chapman Guitars CAP-10 2018: Chapman Guitars/Thomann
- Chapman Guitars 7-String Unicorn Burst: Chapman Guitars/Thomann
- Chapman Guitars Norseman 2018: Chapman Guitars/Thomann