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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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/
Red Dragon Cartel guitarist Jake E Lee sat down with Charvel to discuss what initially inspired him to want to play guitar (any guesses?) as well as some of his favorite features on his Charvel USA Signature Blue Burst guitar.
His original Blue Burst guitar gained notoriety during his stint with Ozzy Osbourne, as he recorded and performed live with the famous instrument throughout the band’s pivotal Bark at the Moon and Ultimate Sin years.
In the clip below, Lee reflects back on that “interesting and special” time, calling it “one that I don’t think happens to a lot of people.”
As far as his Blue Burst, Lee explains why he’s a fan of slanted pickups, hardtails, thinner necks, wood with resonance and so on. He also touches on his longtime loyalty to Charvel, and how it all began.
“Eddie [Van Halen] used a Charvel and he was the guy who turned the whole guitar world upside down,” says Lee. “So, he kind of made it cool. You were either a Fender guy or a Gibson guy really and then Eddie comes along and f’s everybody’s shit up with his playing and he was playing a Charvel. It kind of became synonymous with just cool. Charvel. Yeah, I play Charvel. It sounds cool. Everything they’ve made, even stuff I didn’t particularly care for — it’s well made, it’s as good as you can get. I can’t think of another brand or company that I would trust with making me stuff.”
Jason Shadrick and his Premier Guitar cohorts squeezed in some one-on-one time with Peter Wichers from Charvel during the 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Cali., to talk about the new Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK model.
In the PG video below, Wichers runs down some of the finer details of the Steel Panther guitarist’s new axe, including its slim alder Dinky™ body covered in a wild florescent Yellow Bengal finish, incredibly playable bolt-on maple neck and versatile Fishman® Fluence Classic pickups.
Switching between both Floyd Rose® tremolo and Charvel HT6 hardtail bridge options, Chapman lays down a few licks on the 24-fret machines. Both he and Anderton find themselves incredibly impressed by the wide tonal range found in the dual humbucking Seymour Duncan® Full Shred and Jazz pickups.
“It sounds great man,” says Anderton. “I’ve been a big, big fan of the Pro-Mod series from Charvel for the past four or five years now and it’s cool to see the Dinky in the range. It’s a really good mid-price option for anybody that wants a bit of an all-rounder.”
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