Music Store Live swung by Charvel headquarters to get an up-close look at the new Pro-Mod San Dimas HH HT models.
Watch the clip below, featuring a brief run through of the instrument’s key specs and a quick playing demo by guitarist Jordan Ziff.
For his 2016 NAMM showpiece, Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols built a San Dimas HH and gave it a ferocious Bengal Yellow paint job.
The custom-shop beauty features select alder wood, a quartersawn maple bolt-on neck, 12-16” compound radius maple fingerboard and a pair of Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups.
Hear from Red Dave in the quick video below …
When Premier Guitar visited the Charvel booth at NAMM, they caught up with product managers Matt Brown and Peter Wichers for a rundown on the new San Dimas guitar.
Watch below to learn more about what’s “under the hood” of these new 2016 San Dimas guitars, and to hear a quick demo of its various pickup combinations.
Charvel’s team of Master Builders have created yet another collection of fantastic instruments for the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.
Here’s a quick look at six stunning Charvel Custom Shop guitars:
San Dimas 2H Bengal Yellow
This ferocious beast was built to roar. Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols created this ultra-cool cat using select alder wood, a quartersawn maple bolt-on neck, 12-16” compound radius maple fingerboard and a pair of Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups. The perfectly painted striped body and matching headstock has a realistic ombre effect to its finish, and you can’t help but notice the red Charvel logo on the headstock.
Surfcaster Roasted Pine
The Charvel Surfcaster Roasted Pine is a one-of-a-kind wonder with qualities so unique you can’t help but stare. Master Builder Chip Ellis created a piece of art when he selected this special piece of reclaimed pine wood. The tarnished copper hardware balances and enhances the light and dark tones of the wood for an elegant touch. It features a Jazzmaster bridge, Bigsby tailpiece, gold-foil Lollar pickups, and stainless steel vintage frets.
Style 2 Roasted Pine
In addition to the Surfcaster, Ellis created another model in its likeness. The Style 2 features the same appointments as the Surfcaster with the exception of the pickup configuration; this one comes with a single gold-foiled Loller humbucking pickup. Another distinguished feature includes a unique chicken head style volume knob that sits in the upper bout of the body. The vintage volume knob is an old TV or radio dial that Ellis picked up from a neighborhood antique store.
San Dimas Birdseye Top Ghost Squid Flames
Nearly too hot to handle, this custom built guitar features a brilliant twist on a flame design. The bright red-orange tentacle-like flames fade into a crimson body, making this San Dimas model unlike any other. It’s equipped with a pair of Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups, a Charvel bass bridge, and a 12-16” compound radius fingerboard. The basswood body has a birdseye maple top that accentuates the unique flame design that much more.
San Dimas HSH Quilt Top
This quilt maple top San Dimas may be beautiful on the outside, but it’s also a beast built to destroy. Packed with direct mount Seymour Duncan® pickups, this hum-single-hum monster is a force to be reckoned with, just like Nichols intended. Other standout features include a Floyd Rose® Bridge, Schaller tuning machines, a wheel-adjust truss rod, and a bolt-on wenge neck.
San Dimas 7-String Korina Walnut Top
Nichols was holding on to this stunning piece of wood for quite a while, waiting for the perfect design to strike him. It’s easy to see why he became so attached to the elegant markings that make this guitar a knockout. This 7-string beauty features dual Bare Knuckle Coldsweat 7 pickups, a Hipshot® hardtail 7 bridge, Schaller® tuning machines, and a quartersawn bolt-on maple neck.
Joss Allen of GAK Music in the U.K. recently got his hands on one of Guthrie Govan’s signature Charvel guitars and ram through all the instrument’s special features in a video demo.
Those include three specially wound Charvel custom MFB pickups arranged in a versatile HSH configuration with five-way switching and a specially contoured heel without a neck plate for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard.
In addition, Allen spent some time playing the guitar, showing off the tonal capabilities of Govan’s namesake model.
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Guitarist magazine recently took a look at a Charvel Custom Shop RTM San Dimas 1 H in Slime Green, with demonstrator Richard Barrett destroying the guitar’s maple fretboard with a series of fiery licks.
“This guitar is ready for pure-bred shred!” the magazine wrote on their official Facebook page.
Beau Monde Guitars in New Jersey recently pulled a Jake E Lee signature model off the wall to run through several of its special features.
The demo showcased the Seymour Duncan JB Humbucker in the bridge and the DiMarzio SDS-1 single-coil pickup in the neck position, demonstrating just how great the Red Dragon Cartel guitarist’s preferred axe sounds.
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U.K. retailer Guitarguitar recently released a demo of the Guthrie Govan Signature model, running through all the guitar’s features with varied styles of playing and some killer beauty shots of the bird’s-eye maple top.
To hear what Govan’s two-years-in-the-making namesake axe can do, check out the demo after the jump.
Don Carr of Sweetwater Sound recently took a hard look at a Charvel Super Stock SD1 in Sunset Orange Flake and came away pretty impressed.
“Everything about this guitar exudes attitude,” wrote Carr. “The Floyd Rose trem is a must-have for guitarists who put their trem arms to serious use, allowing for huge dive bombs and squeals while maintaining your tuning stability. You get a fat-sounding pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers, a JB at the bridge and ’59 at the neck. And the absence of a tone circuit helps these pickups pack even more bite.
“The maple neck and fretboard have a great feel for faster, more expressive playing. The neck carve is not too thin, not too fat, with a compound radius fretboard that flattens out as you play up the neck. Between the compound radius and the big frets, you can execute huge bends without worrying about fretting out.”
Carr also produced a video that shows just how much this guitar screams.
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French musical instrument dealer Music & Sons recently enlisted artist Laura Cox to demo a few Charvel guitars, and the result is a video filled with a ton of killer riffs.