Featured Artists

Carl Verheyen

Carl Verheyen
United States
Role: Session guitarist
Full Bio:

In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene.

“We’ve been friends for many years and Carl has always amazed me with his versatility and technique. He’s a fine player.” - Albert Lee

Carl has won numerous polls and musical honors in the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK. A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As the creative force behind The Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres.

“Carl Verheyen is a REAL guitar player!” - Robben Ford


“Every time I start to feel good about my playing and general overall knowledge of the guitar, I will get together with Carl and see truly how far I have to go. I am proud to call him my friend. A master of the guitar and a hellava nice guy to boot.” - Joe Bonamassa

A much sought after studio musician, Carl plays on other artists’ CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who’s who of the music industry. His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits are enviable. Carl was heard by 67, 000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He will also be heavily featured in the forthcoming film documentary about the electric guitar, Turn It UP!

“Carl is a true pro and a great player/musician. He can do anything, and as one who is supposed to do this, me (ha-ha), Carl comes through with heart and soul and is really not only an awesome musician but a really good guy. That counts ALOT in this biz, especially these days. I have never heard anyone say anything but “wow, Carl can f-ing play” from anyone I have ever met, and that includes (back in 1927 when I started). He is a REAL MUSICIAN. I see him at the airport on the road with his own band (I can relate) and workin’ it, but yet a guy that few can emulate in the LA studios. I like it when good guys win and have the heart that goes with it. Yo Carl!” - Steve Lukather

On the educational front, Carl has produced two instructional videos called Intervallic Rock Guitar and Forward Motion as well as various on-line lessons. He also has a book/CD detailing his unique “intervallic” style called Improvising Without Scales. Another book entitled Studio City is a compilation of all the columns Carl wrote for Guitar Magazine between 1996 and 1999. He has written a monthly column for Chitarre, Italy’s #1 guitar publication as well as Guitar World and Guitar Jam Daily, a website devoted to serious guitarists. He currently writes a monthly column for Guitar Player, contributes to other guitar publications, and blogs regularly for GuitarPlayer.com and his own site. Carl also lectures and teaches at clinics regularly when not on the road.

“Carl is so overwhelming to sit in a room and jam with, let alone his playing on records and stage. You get the impression there is no style or territory he is unable to explore.” - Brad Paisley

Carl recently co-designed a signature guitar with LsL Instruments, the “CV Special,” combining the best elements Carl seeks in his ideal guitar; they are now available for purchase worldwide. As if that weren’t enough, working closely with Dean Markley, Carl developed a line of signature strings for the electric guitar that perfectly balance the tremolo bridge of the Fender Stratocaster, the Carl Verheyen Balanced Bridge Helix HD string set . Also working with Dean Markley, Carl helped develop a top-of-the-line guitar lubrication in addition to his numerous existing endorsements.

“Carl is known as a studio guitar player but he’s much more than that. His records have the great feel of a live player. He plays with a lot of feeling” - John Fogerty


“Carl is one of those rare talents that make you want to run out of the house to hear what he’s doing next” - Jennifer Batten


“Carl is a remarkably well-rounded guitarist who has been captivating audiences for over two decades, whether they knew it or not. His voluminous credits in major movie sound tracks and TV underscore have proven his expertise and versatility in this most challenging medium of studio work while his presence as a band member of Supertramp conveys his ability to function effectively and equally well as a live performer within pop and rock contexts. But it is his output as a leader and creative force guiding numerous Carl Verheyen solo projects that has assured his place in the pantheon of guitar greats of the modern era. He possesses one of the most distinctive voices on the instrument complemented by tremendous skills in song writing, arranging, singing and record production” - Wolf Marshall, Vintage Guitar; musician; author


“With just a guitar and an amp, Carl Verheyen—with his tasty lines and powerful solo arrangements—can blow people’s minds more effectively than many great guitarists backed by entire bands.” - Jude Gold, Guitar Player; Director, Guitar Institute of Technology


“Carl is a great musician that I’ve had the pleasure of jamming with many times. He has amazing technique on the guitar, yet is also really musical. He’s also very versatile and can cover many different styles like rock, blues, jazz and country, and sound very natural in all of them. It’s always fun to jam with Carl.” - Scott Henderson


“Carl is one of those experienced, great players that you could put in any situation and get a wonderful guitar solo. I personally love the fact that he enjoys what he does and radiates positive energy whenever I have seen him.” - Steve Morse


“Carl’s mastery of the guitar is obvious, but the most impressive aspect for me is the amount of joy and spirit that comes through his music. He has reached that artistic height that all musicians aspire to, when the technique is transparent and allows the emotional content and purity of tone to take center stage..” - John Jorgensen


“It takes a lot of mojo to be an established LA studio guitarist, as well as an active recording and touring artist and Carl has accomplished both. He’s a distinguished member of an exclusive club.” - Laurence Juber


“Carl is a true A-list musicians’ musician who inhabits the uppermost stratosphere of the guitar heavens. His awe-inspiring playing is endlessly amazing, and his mastery of styles knows no bounds. He is truly one of the best players of our generation. As a member of the GIT faculty, Carl was (and still is) an incredibly professional, conscientious, kind, open-minded, team player, who never failed to inspire the students (and the rest of the faculty!). It has been an honor to have worked with him.” - Beth Marlis, Vice President of Communications at Musicians Institute