Rob Chapman (guitarist)

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Rob Chapman
Robert Sutherland Chapman

(1975-06-14) 14 June 1975 (age 43)
ResidenceBrighton, England, UK
Other namesChappers
OccupationMusician, YouTuber, entrepreneur
Spouse(s)Natassja Chapman
Musical career
GenresProgressive metal, heavy metal, hard rock, blues rock
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1995–present
Associated actsDorje

Robert Sutherland Chapman (born 14 June 1975) is an English musician, YouTuber, and the founder and co-owner of Chapman Guitars. Chapman is known for his popular instructional YouTube channel and as demonstrator of guitar equipment for Andertons Music Co. He is the lead singer and a guitarist for the band Dorje.

Education and early career[edit]

Chapman began playing the guitar at age 16,[1] and he graduated from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in 1995.[2] His musical influences include Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, and UFO.[3]

While working day jobs in marketing and accounting, he gigged and worked as a session musician and worked other various music-related jobs, such as transcribing Yngwie Malmsteen's Trial by Fire: Live in Leningrad.[1][4] In 2006, he posted an instructional video on Myspace that received positive feedback, and he then switched to YouTube to promote his work globally.[4]

YouTube success[edit]

Chapman is best known for his YouTube channel and video demonstrations on behalf of Andertons Music Co. alongside Anderton's owner, Lee "The Captain" Anderton.[1]


Chapman is the singer and guitarist for the UK-based band, Dorje.[5]

Chapman Guitars[edit]

During his time spent as a Faith Guitars clinician,[when?] Chapman was approached by the director of the parent company Barnes & Mullins, and was offered a signature guitar as part of the Gould brand. Chapman announced this news on YouTube, asking his subscribers what features they would like to see in his signature guitar. The guitar would be named the “ML1” and was the first Chapman product created through collaborative design, a unique concept inspired by the communal reach of the YouTube platform. Barnes & Mullins decided to launch the guitar through a new venture,[when?] Chapman Guitars. 500 units of the ML1 were shipped in February 2010 and sold out.[6]


Chapman primarily uses a number of Chapman Guitars, particularly the Ghost Fret. He is also known to play Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Stratocasters, PRS Guitars, Gibson Flying Vs, and Gibson SGs.

Chapman primarily uses Victory Amplification, with whom he has his own signature amp.[7] He is also known to play a variety of amps from Marshall, Orange, and more.[6]

Chapman is also endorsed by Ernie Ball, Faith Guitars, Seymour Duncan, Gravity Picks, Planet Waves, and TC Electronic.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "How Rob Chapman Rallied a YouTube Army to Change Guitar Design FOREVER! - Performer Mag".
  2. ^ "Rob Chapman". 3 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Dorje's Rob Chapman: the 10 records that changed my life".
  4. ^ a b Strauss, Karsten. "3 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Their Lives With YouTube".
  5. ^ "DORJE Frontman Rob Chapman Builds a Guitar Empire - Performer Mag".
  6. ^ a b c "Biography - Rob Chapman".
  7. ^ "Victory Amps - RD1 - Rob Chapman signature amp". Victory Amps - UK - Victory Amplification.

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