Progfest Special: James Norbert Ivanyi

Featuring progressive bands of all styles and genres, from prog, post, psychedelic, art rock, metal and everything in between, PROGFEST is about showcasing bands that think for themselves; bands who rather than following the latest trends, have decided to challenge themselves musically and create music with depth and vision. 
Before Progfest kicks off we caught up with the talented James Norbert Ivanyi discuss his favorite guitars in his collection and his favorite guitarists

Favourite guitars:

1: Suhr Antique Classic Custom – S

This is my main guitar, and the one that I use to record my albums with. It quite simply is the best feeling and sounding guitar I’ve ever come across, and I’m extremely lucky to own it. Tonally, it has a smooth and authentic response, but with slightly rolled off high end so it doesn’t translate as piercing through any rig or in recordings.

2: Suhr Custom Modern (#1)

This is my  main live guitar, and the first custom modern I have received. Construction wise, the inspiration came from the building blocks of the Gibson SG, but with the functionality of a sleek looking, modern playing guitar. I’ve taken it all over the world for 7 years, and it’s showing little sign of wear and tear. A testament to how strong and roadworthy it is!

3: Suhr Antique Custom Classic – T

This T style guitar is a special one, as it almost didn’t exist as it was a prototype for the antique classic range. After playing the 2015 factory party in Los Angeles, it was given to me as I always wanted one of the trans-white swamp ash versions, with the non roasted maple neck. It’s unusually hot in output and has a huge feeling neck. Sounds amazing on recordings!

Favourite Guitar Players:

1: Scott Henderson – He possesses an out-worldly approach to music, songwriting and guitar that never ceases to fascinate me. Being able to spend time with him and play a show together was a very eye opening experience and I consider him a true master of songwriting and guitar.

 

2: Andre Neiri – An extremely musical guitarist who possesses an approach that is both virtuosic and tasteful. I always deeply enjoy watching him play, and hope to hear some original music from him one day. He’s also a lovely guy who I have had the pleasure of hanging out with.
3: Guthrie Govan – Enough said.

James Norbert Ivanyi
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Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Progfest is the ultimate annual gathering for progressive music fans, and prog as a genre is one of the nation’s fastest growing.