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MIke McGregor Shows New Pro Mods at 2013 NAMM Show

Posted on February 7th, 2013 by MDuffy

While at the 2013 NAMM Show, Charvel’s Mike McGregor hooked up with Andertons Music to talk about some of the Pro Mods that are coming this year, including the new So Cal and San Dimas models.

Watch the clip after the jump. (more…)

iGuitar Magazine Reviews Charvel Desolation DST-1 FR & DX-1 ST Soloist

Posted on August 6th, 2012 by MDuffy

iGuitar Magazine recently reviewed two guitars from the Charvel Desolation Series – the DST-1 FR and the DX-1 ST.

Reviewer Tom Quayle had positive things to say about both axes, especially their playability and tone.

“These two Charvel guitars enter a very crowded and popular market with a lot of stiff competition from many brands aiming at the Metal player,” he wrote.  ”But if you’re after a through-neck design with great hardware, great pickups and great playability, then I think these Charvel Desolations simply have to be checked out.”

Read the full feature here.

Go Inside The Charvel Desolation Series With Mike McGregor

Posted on July 24th, 2012 by MDuffy

Charvel product manager Mike McGregor recently sat down for an extensive interview to dissect the Desolation Series for Anderton’s Music Co.

McGregor dives deep into the line, going over several key features and why Charvel developed the Desolation Series.

Learn more in the videos below.

Performer Magazine Tests A Charvel DS-1 ST

Posted on July 17th, 2012 by MDuffy

Performer Magazine recently took a hard look at a Charvel DS-1 ST, noting that the axe was great for players who want a classic look with contemporary playability.

“For most modern music, this guitar excels, especially hard rock and metal,” noted reviewer Chris Devine. “Distorted, the pickups have plenty of clarity and punch, and the clean tones are perfect. With heavy overdrive, the tone controls don’t have a lot of range, but when cleaner tones are used, it’s much more noticeable. Vintage tones reside in here, too; rolling down the tone controls reveals warm, jazzy sounds.”

Read the full report here.

So-Cal Style 1 Rated Among Top Guitars Under $1,500 By MusicRadar

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by MDuffy

The Charvel So-Cal Style 1 landed on MusicRadar‘s recent list for the top guitars in the world under $1,500, coming in at No. 11.

When MusicRadar originally reviewed the So-Cal Style 1 in 2009, they gave it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

“The hotrod vibe, thanks to the stripped-down look and candy finishes, is front and centre and, as we’ve said, the necks are truly things of wonder, the feel of which belies what is certainly a modest price tag,” wrote MusicRadar.

“This ticks all the boxes for rock and pop styles, especially all-out wang-bar madness. Go wail!”

Check out the entire list here.

Charvel So-Cal Style 1 Named One of Best Mid-Priced Guitars by Music Radar

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 by Pauline France

The Charvel So-Cal Style 1 model earned a spot on Music Radar’s “20 Best Electric Guitars Under $1500 in the World Today” list.

The website conducted an online survey, and ranked the “original hotrod” at number 11. In 2009, Music Radar reviewed the axe and said it has a “great neck and cool vibe.”

Visit MusicRadar.com to see the complete list.

Accordo.it Drops By Charvel Showcase at NAMM

Posted on January 30th, 2012 by MDuffy

The 2012 Charvel Showcase at NAMM welcomed Italian website accord.it to the booth, where they got an up-close tour of all the guitars on display.

Unfortunately, there are no subtitles, but check out what they found below:

 

Charvel Desolation DS2-ST Gets Hands-On Review from Music Gear Review

Posted on January 25th, 2012 by Pauline France

The Charvel Desolation DS2-ST recently got tested by the Music Gear Review camp, which called the axe “striking” and “well-balanced.”

Staff at Music Gear Review praised the DS2-ST’s feel, and said it makes for a great stage companion.

“I played this guitar during a band rehearsal and had it strapped on me for 3 hours of uninterrupted duration and came to an obvious conclusion about this guitar: it’s VERY light!,” said the website. “The body feels as if it’s made of basswood and not mahogany. This goes a long way in making it a great stage instrument.”

Music Gear Review also dug the axe’s look and tone, and wrapped up by saying that the model offers great sound for the buck.

“Charvel has surprised me with this DS-2 model,” concluded Music Gear Review. “Not only in quality for a guitar with an MSRP of $469.99 – $529.99 USD, but simply because Charvel has broken the mold with a different look and constructed a guitar to appeal to a wider demographic of players looking for more than a double cut-away style.”

Read the entire review at www.musicgearreview.com

Decibel Magazine Reviews New Desolation Series

Posted on January 12th, 2012 by Pauline France

Decibel‘s Matt Olivo got his hands on a couple of Charvel axes, the DS-1 ST and DS-3 ST, and reviewed them in a recent issue of the magazine.

Olivo noticed that the DS-1 ST is built for speed right off the bat.

“Without exception, Charvel always designs guitars to be played fast,” said Olivo. This guitar is quite easy to shred on. Right out of the box, the low-action, 24 jumbo frets, compound radius fingerboard and slim profile neck beg you go shred!”

On the DS-3 ST, Olivo said that it offers similar playability as the DS-1 ST, and that it’s got features more suitable for beginner guitarists.

Olivo wrapped up by saying that Charvel is up there with “major guitar manufacturers who offer a wide range of quality guitars for players of all levels.”

Get your copy of Decibel here to read the full review.

CHARVEL INTRODUCES NEW DESOLATION SERIES MODELS

Posted on January 10th, 2012 by MDuffy

Charvel welcomes the return of two classic body shapes, both in sleekly modern Desolation series form. New Desolation DST and DX guitars offer a variety of features and finishes prized by discerning players everywhere, and both deadly models deliver the devastating tone, killer looks and high-performance playability that separate the Desolation series from all others.

The DST-1 ST Star marks the return of Charvel’s classic Star body profile, with features including a neck-through body, maple neck, compound radius (12”-16”) rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and Charvel “shark tooth” inlays, EMG® 85 (neck) and 81 (bridge) humbucking pickups with black bezels and three-way toggle switching, single domed metal volume control knob, stop-tailpiece bridge, locking tuners and black nickel hardware. Available in Black and Snow White gloss finishes with matching headstock; flame maple-top models also available with multi-ply binding (body, neck and headstock) in Trans Red, Trans Black and Trans Blue Smear gloss finishes with matching headstock. The tremolo-equipped DST-1 FR Star shares all the same formidable features and finish options, with the sole exceptions of having a Floyd Rose® locking tremolo and sealed die-cast tuners.

The DST-3 FR 1H Star also has a Star body, with features including a bolt-on maple neck with angled heel, 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and dot inlays, single humbucking pickup with black bezel, single domed metal volume control knob, Floyd Rose® locking tremolo, sealed die-cast tuners and black nickel hardware. Available in Black and Snow White gloss finishes.

The DX-1 ST Soloist has Charvel’s classic Soloist body profile, with features including a flame maple top (on trans finishes), multi-ply binding (body, neck and headstock; single-ply on Satin Black finish), neck-through body, maple neck with scalloped heel, scalloped upper horn, compound radius (12”-16”) rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and Charvel “shark tooth” inlays, EMG® 85 (neck) and 81 (bridge) humbucking pickups with black bezels and three-way toggle switching, single domed metal volume control knob, “football” jack plate, adjustable string-through-body bridge, locking tuners and black nickel hardware. Available in Black, Satin Black, Snow White, Cherry Sunburst, Trans Black, Trans Red and Trans Blue Smear gloss finishes with matching headstock. The DX-1 FR Soloist shares many of the same features, again with the sole exceptions of having a Floyd Rose® locking tremolo and sealed die-cast tuners.

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