Chapman ML1 Modern Special Run review

Could this be the best Chapman ML1 Modern model to date?

Chapman ML1 Modern Special Run
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Guitar World Verdict

Affordable and well-equipped, the ML1 Modern represents a solid choice for someone looking for a wallet-friendly shred machine that offers a little bit extra.


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    Seymour Duncan humbuckers make this one of the best-sounding Chapmans to date.

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    Top playability.

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    Impressive build quality.

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    Spectacular Rainstorm Blue finish.


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    No gig bag.

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Since it debuted in 2009, Chapman Guitars’ flagship ML1 model has undergone a number of rebirths. Beginning life as a signature guitar for YouTube star and Andertons demonstrator Rob Chapman, the ML1 has since spawned several Modern, Hybrid and Baritone spin-offs. 

Indeed, the ML1 has come a long way, and early suggestions of questionable quality control have given way to an instrument that, by and large, is associated with two things: solid spec sheets and good value for money. The latest ML1, though – this ML1 Modern Special Run – might just be the best one yet. 

  • PRICE: £649
  • BODY: Mahogany with poplar burl veneer
  • NECK: Maple
  • FRETS: 24, jumbo
  • PICKUPS: Seymour Duncan Pegasus bridge humbucker, Seymour Duncan Sentient neck humbucker both w/coil-splitting via push/pull tone pot
  • CONTROLS: Three-way blade switch, volume, tone
  • HARDWARE: Chapman Classic Closed tuners, Chapman String-Through Hardtail
  • FINISH: Rainstorm Blue
  • CONTACT: Chapman Guitars

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.