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Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM Snags ‘Guitar World’ Platinum Award

Posted on March 5th, 2019 by Sara Norton

 

A huge hit since its summer 2018 release, the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM snagged a Guitar World “Platinum Award” in the magazine’s April issue.

The Paul Riario review and article, entitled “Crushin’ It”, raves how this Satin Orange Crush guitar “packs so much tonal firepower and high-performance features, it plays like an instrument built for virtuosos. Even though you don’t need to be one, it’ll make you feel it won’t take long to achieve.”

While Riario praised several of the axe’s features, it was the baked neck and custom Seymour Duncan pickups that took the cake.

“The standout feature of the Pro-Mod DK24 is its caramelized ‘speed’ neck,” he wrote. “It looks killer, and the torrefaction adds stability with a raw wood feel, plus a lively pop in tone.”

Riario also noted the versatility of the custom Seymour Duncan pickups in an HSH configuration.

“The trio of Seymour Duncan pickups along with its unique wiring configuration offers up a wealth of improved vintage and modern tones,” wrote Riario. “The blade selector does not have the typical five-way wiring scheme, but instead splits certain coils while disengaging others to give you a better-sounding range of single-coil sparkle, mid-range clarity and full-throttle humbucking slide.”

All in all, Riario proclaims that this DK24 2PT “might just be the ultimate Charvel I’ve ever come across, with a price that defies all that it offers.”

Order the magazine online to read the full article here.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark Demos DK24 HH FR M QM

Posted on March 1st, 2019 by Sara Norton

Rock of Ages and Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitarist Angus Clark took the Pro-Mod DK24 HH FR M QM for a spin in a recent YouTube demo.

“This is a Charvel—it’s synonymous with that kind of ’80s ‘lead machine,’” said Clark. “You know you can count on this guitar to do that; I was just impressed that I could do so much more with it.”

Clark ran through each of the 5-pickup positions of the Seymour Duncan® Full Shred SH-10B neck Seymour Duncan SH2N bridge pickups, providing a stellar showcase of the axe’s versatility — from snappy pop and country riffs to jazz solos or gritty leads.

“It’s really hard to get everything you want exactly the way you want it, but this guitar is succeeding,” pointed out Clark.

Check out Clark’s full playthrough below.

11 Ripping New Charvel Axes for 2019

Posted on February 26th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Charvel is amped to add a variety of new axes  — from brand-new USA Select and artist signature models to even more bright and bold new finishes for our core Pro-Mod Series.  Here’s a quick intro of the 11 new guitars we have in store for you.

USA Select DK24 HH 2PT CM

A brand-new offering from our Corona, Calif.-based factory, the USA Select DK24 HH 2PT CM packs classic Charvel style and attitude with premium features. The bolt-on two-piece caramelized maple neck and fingerboard take it up a notch in tone and style, while direct mount custom Seymour Duncan bridge and neck pickups deliver in-your-face tone performance after performance.  Throw in a mini two-way toggle switch for parallel and series pickup combinations, volume knob with 500K EVH Bourns low-friction pot, black Strat-style skirt knobs, Gotoh Custom 510 recessed trem bridge with titanium saddles and thick brass block, and well, consider yourself unstoppable.

Looking for flash? The Oxblood finish is sure to scream for attention, while the Satin White might call more to those looking for an understated and classic vibe.

Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 NOVA


Elegance and power collide in the brand-spanking new Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 NOVA, available in an arresting Satin Sage Green with a matching reverse Fender® Stratocaster® headstock and gold hardware. This magnificent 7-string axe features a bolt-on three-piece maple neck with a profile designed to Vivaldi’s preferred specifications, while the maple fingerboard’s cascading black dot inlays add a sophisticated and unique touch. Under the hood, a DiMarzio Tone Zone bridge pickup and a DiMarzio Air Norton neck pickup add plenty of snappy warm tones.

Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK

Metal’s favorite jester Russ “Satchel” Parrish gets a new color addition to his wildly popular signature model. Now available in a vibrant Slime Green Bengal finish, the Satchel Pro-Mod DK features a pair of Fishman® Fluence Classic humbucking pickups for that iconic ‘80s metal tone.  Nothing is understated when it comes to Steel Panther and that includes the pickup bobbins, which are decked out in black and green. Grab the spandex, eyeliner, hairspray and set the room ablaze.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E Deep Purple

Our So-Cal Style 1 got dipped in a new royal Deep Purple Metallic finish and paired with a black pickguard and black hardware for a look that’s ready for the bigtime. Its alder body lends itself to a wider scope of tones, while the ebony fingerboard delivers tremendous percussive notes. Ideal for metal of any flavor, Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups fuel this axe with an annihilating and heavy voice.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E Gloss Black

Purple not your jam? Our So-Cal also sees a new Gloss Black finish with black pickguard and black hardware for those with a more brooding personality and/or those ladies out there who are always in need of the “perfect black dress axe.” Also offering a set of Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups, this guitar produces full-bodied, powerful mids that are ideal for scorching leads. A premium feature option on all of our FR Pro-Mods, the Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system will keep you in tune regardless of your whammy-histrionics.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M Snow White

Already a popular color in the lineup, our So-Cal Style 1 in Snow White now gets a refreshing new option with a parchment pickguard and chrome hardware. This axe features a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with black dot inlays.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M LH Snow White

Left-handed? You’re covered. This Snow White with black pickguard So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M LH model packs many of the Charvel chutzpah of its right-handed counterparts. Same Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups, same smooth 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard and same kickass Floyd Rose 1000 Series trem. Main difference besides its orientation? Instead of offering a no-load tone control, the lefty version features a tone control with push/pull tone activation.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR E

This San Dimas® Style 1 is in full bloom with a stunning Satin Burgundy Mist finish. Don’t let its rosy complexion fool you — courtesy the direct mount Seymour Duncan® JB TB-4 bridge and Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N neck pickups, this bad boy is ready to rip into any heavy, aggressive playing style with plenty of output and sustain. When the occasion calls for it, these pickups can also shift into warmer, sweet tones.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR E Deep Purple Metallic

The San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E is also offered in a bold and edgy new Deep Purple Metallic finish that complements its ebony fingerboard and black hardware beautifully.

Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR M QM Transparent Green Burst

Looking for a touch of elegance instead? The San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR M QM sports a stunning quilt maple top finished in Transparent Green Burst.  White pickup bobbins add another dimension to its classic looks, along with the durable maple fingerboard and chrome hardware.

 

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 by watching the video below …

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.

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