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11 Wild Throwback Charvel Custom Shop 40th Anniversary Models

Posted on February 11th, 2019 by Sara Norton

The Charvel Custom Shop is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a throwback collection hearkening back to the very genesis of Charvel. Eleven unmistakably colorful Charvel creations that perfectly recreate the dawn of hot-rodded high-performance sound, style and playability.

The 11 models in the 40th Anniversary Custom collection are reverently crafted recreations of some of Charvel’s original 1979 catalog offering. These bad boys are not only outfitted with select retro specs, but they were built old-school style, just like their ancestors.

Charvel 40th San Dimas Hot Rod Flames

This axe is on fire! This San Dimas Style 1 is wrapped in perhaps one of the most iconic graphic in Charvel history as red and orange flames reach out against the blue paint as if they are ready to engulf the guitar. Diehard fans of the brand will enjoy this trip down memory lane from a time when guitars were just as eccentric as the guys playing them.

The alder body is paired with a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck, featuring a straight 11”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 frets for the speediest single-note soloing.

A single DiMarzio® Super Distortion pickup delivers balls-to-the-wall tone with plenty of hot output. It may be standard these days, but back then adding a Floyd to a Super Strat was sacrilegious. Charvel did it anyway, and continues to do so here with a Floyd Rose® Original tremolo for pure wanking enjoyment.

Charvel 40th San Dimas Style 1 Cherry Burst

The Cherry Burst finish over the flame maple top of this San Dimas Style 1 is sweetness personified. A single humbucking Seymour Duncan® JB Trembucker cuts through the mix with unstoppable midrange attack, ideal for heavier riffing.

Charvel 40th San Dimas Style 1 Candy Apple Red

The 40th San Dimas Style 1 in a delicious Candy Apple Red wrapping with a maple fingerboard and gold hardware is one bodacious axe for the ages. Triple single-coil Fender® Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups deliver vintage hot-rod, snappy Strat tones, while the quartersawn maple neck features a straight 11”-radius maple fingerboard with rolled edges and retro 1/4” black dot inlays, just like the ones the almighty rock gods of the ‘80s used to rip on.

Charvel 40th San Dimas Style 1 Pink Bullseye

Charvel scores a direct hit with this one as another one of its iconic graphic patterns takes shape here with a Pink and Black bullseye paint job on this 40th San Dimas Style 1. This old-school style axe is loaded with a single DiMarzio® DP102 X2N humbucking bridge pickup for pure high gain bliss, while the 11”-radius straight rosewood fingerboard features rolled edges and 21 frets for your tapping pleasure.

Charvel 40th Star  Rocket Red

The custom 40th Charvel Star takes off in style in a shockingly bright Rocket Red paint job. Featuring a straight 11″-radius maple fingerboard, this wild ride is fueled with a DiMarzio® DP100 Super Distortion® humbucking bridge pickup and a DiMarzio DP158 Evolution® neck pickup, resulting in the ultimate blend of ultra-high output with tight harmonics.

Charvel 40th Star  Pink Spider Web

This custom 40th Star will quickly ensnare you with its famed old-school black spider web graphic against the ultra-pink finish. Its specs include a quartersawn maple neck topped with a rolled 11”-radius rolled rosewood fingerboard with 21 frets, single DiMarzio® Super Distortion® humbucking bridge pickup, Floyd Rose Original and gold hardware.

Charvel 40th Star Shazam Lightning Bolt

Whoever said lightning never strikes twice obviously hasn’t played the 40th Star Shazam Lightning Bolt, which rocks Charvel’s iconic Star body shape in a Gold finish with a Shazam Lightning Bolt graphic and a rosewood fingerboard. Dressed in stunning style, this axe is also ready to bring the thunder with a DiMarzio® X2N bridge humbucker.

Charvel 40th San Dimas PJ Bass Lime Gold

All you low-end junkies out there are in for a treat. The monster 40th San Dimas PJ Bass in an attention Lime Gold wrapping packs plenty of rolling punches with a DiMarzio® Model P® neck pickup and DiMarzio Area J™ bridge pickup. The alder body is paired with a quartersawn maple neck and a maple fingerboard that features retro ¼” black dot inlays.

Charvel 40th San Dimas PJ Bass Taxi Cab Yellow

The 40th San Dimas PJ Bass in Taxi Cab Yellow with rosewood fingerboard sure as hell isn’t for backseat drivers. Loaded with a DiMarzio® Model P® neck pickup and DiMarzio Area J™ bridge pickup, this startling bass delivers deep growling notes and is ready to command the stage.

Charvel 40th San Dimas P Bass Blue Diamond

The 40th San Dimas P Bass Blue Diamond adds bling to your bassline. DiMarzio® Model P® neck pickup and DiMarzio Area J™ bridge pickup configuration delivers thumping bass tones, while a Merlin custom brass 4-string bass bridge maximizes note sustain.

Charvel 40th XP Bass Platinum Pink

This 40th XP Bass certainly puts on a show with its dynamic shape and eye-popping Platinum Pink finish. This bass radiates with booming tone courtesy of a DiMarzio® Model P® neck pickup and DiMarzio Area J™ bridge pickup.

Satchel Presents his New Charvel Sig Model Via Thomann

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Chrissy Mauck

(Parental Advisory: Explicit Content)

Thomann Music in Germany teamed up with Steel Panther lead guitarist Satchel at the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim,Calif., for a look at Satchel’s Signature Pro-Mod DK in a brand-new Slime Green Bengal finish.

Right from the get-go, things got, well, let’s just say a bit Steel Panther like with mentions of blow and strippers …

Eventually, they meander their way to the guitar, where Satchel highlights its cool “whammy bar,” “bitchin’ pickups,”awesome neck” and ability to “make anybody look cool.”

From NAMM knuckles (hey, real talk — it’s the only way to avoid #nammthrax) to one of the most sterile rooms we’ve ever seen at the show, please enjoy …

6 Wonderful & Whacky Charvel Custom Shop Creations

Posted on January 29th, 2019 by Sara Norton

“We can do anything with Charvel. Nothing is out of bounds. It is kind of sacrilegious to put a Floyd on a Strat, but that’s second nature on a Charvel. We take the guidelines and throw them out the window and do what we want. We glue funky woods together. We do awesome crazy graphics. The trends have changed over the years, of course, and we’re always changing with them. Lately we’re seeing a lot of cooked woods and natural finishes.”  – Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols

True to his words, the Charvel Master Built creations he revealed at the Custom Shop NAMM Show event were replete with Southern California quirkiness, hot-rod style and a solid dose of roasted woods. Here’s a quick look at 6 of his wonderful and whacky finished pieces …

Charvel San Dimas® Style 2 Cooked Ash

Elegance personified.

That’s the first thing that crosses the mind when you see this Charvel San Dimas® Style 2 Cooked Ash in all of its Natural wonder. The roasted ash body is paired with a caramelized flame maple neck, topped with an ebony fingerboard that plays as smooth as a coastal cruise along Highway 1.

An EVH® Wolfgang® humbucking bridge pickup combines with a Mojotone “Quiet Coil™” neck pickup for crisp, stinging tone. Other features of this raw beauty include a gold EverTune® bridge, matching headstock, heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel, Gotoh® tuners, black hardware and more.

Charvel San Dimas® Style 1 Sassafras Koa

Hello gorgeous!

Stained in a Root Beer Burst finish, the flamed sassafras body of the Charvel Custom San Dimas® Style 1 Sassafras Koa rocks a koa center with purpleheart rails for a distinct look. The bolt-on koa neck features an ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and pearl dot inlays.

Red Dave loaded this stunner with Seymour Duncan® JB TB-4 bridge and Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N neck pickups for tones as rich and pristine as the axe they belong to. A Charvel hardtail bridge, Legacy Brass Crown head tuners and gold hardware completes the package.

Charvel San Dimas® Style 1 Exotic

Oh holy timber!

Exotic woods come together to form this exquisite custom San Dimas Style 1 Exotic. A chambered body is topped with lightly figured mahogany while 5A flame maple lines the sides and back of the guitar.  The multi-lam construction of the neck features a maple, walnut, flame maple, walnut to maple pattern and hosts a beautifully marbled pale moon ebony fingerboard.

A DiMarzio® Super Distortion humbucking bridge pickup and DiMarzio DP110 Flat Strat middle and neck pickups handle everything from ultra-high overdrive to snappy vintage tone. Other premium features include a recessed Floyd Rose® Original tremolo bridge and gold hardware.

Charvel Dinky™ Carbon Fiber

Bring on the Hard Frost!

The Charvel Dinky™ Carbon Fiber is at the forefront of axe technology. Sporting an alder body with a slick Matte Blue Frost finish, this pioneering model is ready to kick ass and take names with DiMarzio® humbucking pickups. The Tone Zone bridge pickup adds definition to your low-mid and bass notes, while the PAF Pro® slices through the heaviest gain with ease.

Contoured beveling around the butt and an expanded carbon fiber pickguard with cutouts for the volume and tone controls are a first for Charvel and give this axe added futuristic attitude.

Charvel San Dimas® Style 1 Purple Ash

Ready to have a blast? The Charvel San Dimas Style 1 Purple Ash punches unparalleled style with its cooked ash body and sandblasted Purple finish. Topped with violet purple bobbins, Bare Knuckle Holydiver 6 pickups deliver well-rounded, show-stopping harmonics.

Other fine goodies this axe has to offer include an oversized 3/4″ body radius on the back, bolt-on wenge neck, 12″-16″ compound radius wenge fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and mother of pearl dot inlays, 7-ply cream body binding, Floyd Rose® Original tremolo system, Gotoh® tuners and black hareware.

Charvel San Dimas® Style 2

You Sexy Thang!

This Charvel San Dimas Style 2 in classic Black with a scarlet red pickguard as well as matching red body binding and red Charvel headstock logo is in a league all its own.  An instant attention drawer, this sexy axe features an alder body, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck, ebony fingerboard, Bare Knuckle Aftermath humbucking  pickups, Hipshot Tele-style bridge and black hardware.

 

 

Charvel Custom Shop Team Reflects on 40 Years and Debuts Throwback Collection

Posted on January 23rd, 2019 by Chrissy Mauck

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Charvel® Custom Shop, which holds the unique distinction of being the longest continually running guitar custom shop.

In the new video below, the Charvel Custom Shop team including Senior Master Builder Mike Shannon, Master Builder Red Dave Nichols, Custom Shop Builder Pat McGarry and Master Builder Joe Williams share their perspective on the uniqueness of Charvel.

“We can do anything with Charvel,” Nichols said. “Nothing is out of bounds. It is kind of sacrilegious to put a Floyd on a Strat, but that’s second nature on a Charvel. We take the guidelines and throw them out the window and do what we want. We glue funky woods together. We do awesome crazy graphics. The trends have changed over the years, of course, and we’re always changing with them. Lately we’re seeing a lot of cooked woods and natural finishes.”

To commemorate four decades of hard-earned glory, Charvel proudly recreated 11 stunning Custom Shop models from Charvel’s original 1979 catalog offering. See these throwback models for the first time …

Cameron Cooper Reviews the DK24 HSH 2PT CM

Posted on December 18th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Cameron Cooper is back with a new YouTube review of the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM in Satin Orange Crush with a rundown of the axe’s premium features and clear, crisp tone.

“[Charvel] nailed everything,” raves Cooper. “The body contouring, fit, finish, feel, sound. They are really brilliant, all-around guitars.”

The DK24 HSH packs a wallop with a Seymour Duncan® Custom Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup, Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 single-coil middle pickup and Seymour Duncan® Alnico II Pro APH-1N neck pickup. Cooper demonstrates the guitar’s versatility, playing through a spectrum of genres, including jazz and finger-style.

“Overall, it captures some Tele sounds, some Strat sounds… the heavy rock, full humbucker goodness,” says Cooper as he tosses up horns.

Check out the axeman and the DK24 HSH 2PT in action below.

YouTuber Cameron Cooper Reviews DK24 HSS 2PT CM

Posted on November 6th, 2018 by Sara Norton

U.K.-based axeman Cameron Cooper showed off his swift fret work in a new video review of the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSS 2PT CM in Primer Gray.

Cooper kicked off his review with a demo of the DK24’s versatile tones. A Custom Seymour Duncan® Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup delivered crystal clear warm notes while a Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 single-coil middle pickup and Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP single-coil neck pickup pack plenty of bouncy, Strat-like tones.

After the quick tone demo, Cooper ran through the DK24’s specs and expressed a particular love for the back body contouring, which features a carved belly cut that comfortably hugs the player’s body, as well as the baked caramelized maple neck and fingerboard.

“For those of you who have never owned caramelized maple before, it’s an experience to behold,” said Cooper. “A cooked maple neck is… completely impervious to climatic changes, all of the moisture is sucked out of it when it is cooked. In terms of feel, it is unbelievably comfortable. [The neck] feels familiar as soon as you try it.”

His bottom-line conclusion?

“[Charvel] has done it again, guys. It is a truly amazing guitar, super high quality, a really amazing instrument,” raved Cooper.

Check Cooper out in action in the video below.

Andertons Music Loves The New DK24 Models

Posted on October 3rd, 2018 by Sara Norton

The Pro-Mod DK24 2PT CM has two new fans in Peter Honoré and Joss Allen of Andertons Music; the guys just couldn’t get enough of the guitar’s versatility and features after a recent video review.

Both chimed in with high praise for the new Gotoh® Custom 510 tremolo bridge.

“Underneath this unbelievably cool Satin Orange Crush finish, we’ve got the non-locking tremolo, very reminiscent of the Floyd Rose trem that doesn’t have the locking system,” said Allen. “It is recessed, so it is floating.”

“You know what I really like about [the non-locking tremolo]?” added Honoré. “It doesn’t flutter. When you hit it hard, it doesn’t buzz.”

Allen also ran through each of the pickup positions with the five-way selector blade, finding that the DK24 packs a wallop of versatile tone with custom Seymour Duncan pickups.

Check out the DK24 in action below.

Al Estrada Shows Off Pro-Mod San Dimas

Posted on August 22nd, 2018 by Sara Norton

Guitar ace Al Estrada shows off his stellar playing on a Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E Ash (in Natural) in a recent video.

In the clip, Estrada exhibits both the model’s features and massive range with a couple slick hard rock riffs before then slowing down the tempo with a smooth, melodic solo.

Watch Estrada in action below.

12 Dinky Models to Tear Into

Posted on June 27th, 2018 by Admin

Charvel is stoked with all the fresh Dinky offerings we have for our hungry fans to devour in 2018 and to catch you up with both our Winter and Summer NAMM releases, here’s a quick look at 12 all-new DK models.

Pro-Mod DK24 HSS 2PT CM Satin Shell Pink

Making it’s debut at Summer NAMM is the Pro-Mod DK24 HSS 2PT CM, available in a time-to-hit-the-beach Satin Shell Pink.  This model delivers unbelievably full and versatile tone with an HSS pickup configuration consisting of a Custom Seymour Duncan® Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup, Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 single-coil middle pickup and Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP single coil neck pickup.

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Miss May I’s Justin Aufdemkampe Finds Best Fit in Charvel

Posted on June 27th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Justin Aufdemkampe Signature Pro-Mod SD24D

Miss May I stands at the summit of modern U.S. metalcore, and Charvel® is proud to honor the formidably fast, aggressive, and melodic fret work of Justin Aufdemkampe with a killer, all-new model bearing his name.

“I am very excited to have a signature model guitar that was developed with the guitar player in mind,” said Aufdemkampe. “To me, being a musician, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

“Originally, I had been switching around to other guitar companies, trying to find the best fit for myself,” he continued. “A buddy of mine convinced me to play a pair of Charvel guitars on Warped Tour a while back, and I was hooked.”

The Limited Edition Justin Aufdemkampe Signature Pro-Mod SD24 model features a classic San Dimas body fashioned from mahogany that is finished in a slick Trans Red with chrome hardware. The two-piece bolt-on caramelized maple “speed” neck has graphite reinforcement and silky-smooth hand-rubbed urethane finish. Its 12”-16” compound radius caramelized maple fingerboard features comfortable rolled edges, 24 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays, allowing you to slide around and scream out solos with optimum ease.

Ferocious tone bites from a special HS pickup configuration combining a Fender® Texas Special single-coil neck pickup with a Seymour Duncan® Distortion SH-6 bridge pickup.

Other premium modern features include a three-way rotary pickup switch, domed volume and tone control knobs, momentary kill switch, Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge, and locking tuners.

“Charvel has the looks and the playability that make them great guitars, as well as the team that backs it,” summed up Aufdemkampe. “For me it was a no brainer, and I haven’t looked back since.”

See more from Aufkempkampe below as he stopped by the Charvel booth at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville to check out his signature axe!

Miss May I's Justin Aufdemkampe

Miss May I's Justin Aufdemkampe stops by #SummerNAMM to check out his brand new #Charvel Limited Edition Signature Pro-Mod SD24! http://www.charvel.com/guitars/artist/limited-edition-justin-aufdemkampe-signature-pro-mod-sd24-caramelized-maple-fingerboard-trans-red/

Posted by Charvel® Guitars on Saturday, June 30, 2018

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