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Premier Guitar Reviews the Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR

Posted on September 29th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

 

The Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR received a glowing two-page review in Premier Guitar’s October issue, also earning the magazine’s “Premier Gear” stamp of approval.

“For a lot of aspiring shredders, the image of Warren DeMartini’s Charvel San Dimas in Ratt’s ‘Round and Round’ video—with its blood and skull graphic—was about as badass as you could get in 1984,” writes reviewer Joe Charupakorn. “That image helped cement the San Dimas’ place as one of the must-have axes of the shred era. But it was no flash in the pan.”

The San Dimas still stays true to those roots but offers many upgraded features that technical players covet, and Charupakorn’s review offers a deep dive into the newest Pro-Mod Style 1 HH FR guitar’s looks, specs and sound.

“With its transparent, tobacco sunburst, quilted maple top on an alder body, zebra humbuckers, and maple neck, the Pro-Mod version looks sharp, and a lot like an ‘80s shred kid grown up and keeping it classy in middle age. Rather more lurid solid colors like slime green and neon pink are also available for permanent adolescents.”

Charupakorn continues with a detailed tour of the guitar’s construction before turning his focus on the “six pack of sound” that makes this guitar standout sonically.

“You can get great sounds from just about every configuration,” he wrote. “The neck pickup is crisp with a lot of bite, and free of tubbiness. The middle sounded a little glassier than the neck position and inspired whammy-infused, clean melodies (Steve Vai’s ‘Call it Sleep’ riff among them). The bridge pickup is muscular, open, and sounds reminiscent of some of Guthrie Govan’s brash lead tones. For rhythm playing, the tight low end makes Eddie Van Halen-style metal-boogie riffs and percussive djent-type rhythms sound equally tough and clear.”

Charupakorn also praises the addition of the tone knob, which unlocks more tonal options to players.

“Several years ago, I pondered buying a San Dimas, but held off because it didn’t have a tone knob. This edition of the San Dimas finally features that missing knob. But in order to please old-school San Dimas users, the tone knob has a very effective and useful no-load option, which removes the capacitor from the circuit entirely at maximum levels.”

Read the full review, and hear a demo of the Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR here.

The Pro-Mod So-Cal Wins Guitar World Gold

Posted on September 7th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

The Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR won Gold in Guitar World magazine’s September issue. The article features a brief history of the instrument, quick spec overview and killer performance review.

“The new Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR epitomizes the classic stripped-down super Strat with premium components and an eye-catching finish that’ll turn heads, but with a price tag that won’t leave you down on the Sunset Strip,” wrote reviewer Paul Riario. “The pickups sound huge with a fat bottom end, warm mids and searing highs when I played with tons of high-gain distortion, and the coil-tap on the volume knob gets you brighter spank on cleaner settings. The guitar is solidly built and feels sleek, but more importantly, it entices you to play fast with its ‘speed neck’ profile, low action and finely dressed jumbo frets that made me effortlessly shred above my talent level.”

Riario’s verdict?

“Hot-rodded with Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups, a hand-rubbed neck and a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, the Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR is a street lethal, fretboard-racing machine built for breakneck speed.”

Read the full review here, and watch Riario’s demonstration below.

Watch Chris Impellitteri Live with his Bloodsplatter Charvel

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Los Angeles heavy metal act Impellitteri has been enjoying the festival scene abroad this summer, including slots at Busan Rock Festival in South Korea, Bang Your Head Festival in Germany and Rock Fest Barcelona.

All the while, guitarist Chris Impellitteri has been shredding away on a Charvel Custom Shop Legacy Bloodsplatter guitar.

Watch below to enjoy some fan footage, including a surprising choice for a metal show in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in which Impellitteri really shows off his chops.

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