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Check Out the Charvel Booth at the 2017 NAMM Show

Posted on January 26th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

Check out the Charvel booth from the 2017 NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., offering a glimpse of the latest and greatest products for the year, including new Pro-Mod Style 2′s and signature models from Joe Duplantier and Guthrie Govan. Charvel artist and Stone Sour guitarist Christian Martucci and Revocation’s Dave Davidson also stopped by the showroom for an up-close look at what Charvel has to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Charvel Custom Shop Marvels

Posted on January 24th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

The Charvel Custom Shop unveiled some magnificent beauties during the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Here’s a look at 7 by Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols.

So-Cal Scallop Relic Black 

Pulling from the more classic and conservative side of Charvel, this custom So-Cal Scallop axe looks like it’s been slung around for the last 25 years with its black finish, white pickguard and excellent relic job on both the finish and hardware.

The guitar features an alder body with a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck,  scallop maple fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, a reverse headstock, Seymour Duncan pickups, Original Floyd Rose® and Gotoh tuners.

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Surfcaster Dart Swinger Brown 

This offset gem features an alder body with a bolt-on maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and bass sidebar inlay. Powered by Seymour Duncan P-90 Soapbar pickups, this axe also has a Tonepros Tune-O-Matic bridge and Gotoh tuners.

Its Dart Swinger Brown finish is set off nicely with vintage white binding around the body, neck and headstock, which features the Charvel script logo.

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San Dimas Sandblast

A pair of San Dimas Style 1 ash bodies were sandblasted for a raw and edgy-vibe.

The San Dimas HSH Sandblast model features a black body with neon green satin grainfill finish. A bolt-on quartersawn maple neck features an ebony fingerboard, while the DiMarzio pickups are finished with matching neon green covers for a truly spectacular combo.  Also offers a Floyd Rose Lo Pro Bridge.

The San Dimas Sandblast sticks with a basic monochromatic color palette, and yet is equally remarkable in looks, complete with a pair of Bare Knuckle Holy Driver pickups and a Hipshot hard tail bridge.

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Dinky Poplar

Sometimes you just need the bare essentials. The Custom Dinky Poplar is as natural as it gets, featuring a poplar body and a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with a scallop fingerboard and reverse headstock. Powered by a Bill Lawrence L-500XL bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan SH1 pickup, this high-performance axe also offers a spokewheel truss rod adjust at the butt-end of the neck, an Original Floyd Rose bridge, Gotoh tuners and chrome hardware.

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San Dimas Big Mouth

For those who like to run their mouth, this San Dimas alder body got a sick and vivid custom graphic paint job featuring some sharp canines with tongue hanging out Miley Cyrus style.   Its bolt-on quartersawn maple neck features a maple fingerboard with black dot inlays and 22 jumbo frets.

Also features Seymour Duncan pickups, a Charvel brass trem hardtail bridge and Gotoh Tuners.

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Style 2 Cherry Burst

Simple yet stunning. That’s what comes to mind when taking a close look at this Style 2 guitar featuring an ash body with a Cherry Burst finish, a bolt-on caramelized flame maple neck and black six in line reverse headstock with a script Charvel logo.

Also features a pair of DiMarzio DP-184 Chopper pickups, a Hipshot USA Tele bridge in black and a convenient thumbwheel truss rod adjustment at the butt-end of the neck.

 

Premier Guitar Reviews the Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR

Posted on September 29th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

 

The Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR received a glowing two-page review in Premier Guitar’s October issue, also earning the magazine’s “Premier Gear” stamp of approval.

“For a lot of aspiring shredders, the image of Warren DeMartini’s Charvel San Dimas in Ratt’s ‘Round and Round’ video—with its blood and skull graphic—was about as badass as you could get in 1984,” writes reviewer Joe Charupakorn. “That image helped cement the San Dimas’ place as one of the must-have axes of the shred era. But it was no flash in the pan.”

The San Dimas still stays true to those roots but offers many upgraded features that technical players covet, and Charupakorn’s review offers a deep dive into the newest Pro-Mod Style 1 HH FR guitar’s looks, specs and sound.

“With its transparent, tobacco sunburst, quilted maple top on an alder body, zebra humbuckers, and maple neck, the Pro-Mod version looks sharp, and a lot like an ‘80s shred kid grown up and keeping it classy in middle age. Rather more lurid solid colors like slime green and neon pink are also available for permanent adolescents.”

Charupakorn continues with a detailed tour of the guitar’s construction before turning his focus on the “six pack of sound” that makes this guitar standout sonically.

“You can get great sounds from just about every configuration,” he wrote. “The neck pickup is crisp with a lot of bite, and free of tubbiness. The middle sounded a little glassier than the neck position and inspired whammy-infused, clean melodies (Steve Vai’s ‘Call it Sleep’ riff among them). The bridge pickup is muscular, open, and sounds reminiscent of some of Guthrie Govan’s brash lead tones. For rhythm playing, the tight low end makes Eddie Van Halen-style metal-boogie riffs and percussive djent-type rhythms sound equally tough and clear.”

Charupakorn also praises the addition of the tone knob, which unlocks more tonal options to players.

“Several years ago, I pondered buying a San Dimas, but held off because it didn’t have a tone knob. This edition of the San Dimas finally features that missing knob. But in order to please old-school San Dimas users, the tone knob has a very effective and useful no-load option, which removes the capacitor from the circuit entirely at maximum levels.”

Read the full review, and hear a demo of the Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR here.

The Pro-Mod So-Cal Wins Guitar World Gold

Posted on September 7th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

The Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR won Gold in Guitar World magazine’s September issue. The article features a brief history of the instrument, quick spec overview and killer performance review.

“The new Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR epitomizes the classic stripped-down super Strat with premium components and an eye-catching finish that’ll turn heads, but with a price tag that won’t leave you down on the Sunset Strip,” wrote reviewer Paul Riario. “The pickups sound huge with a fat bottom end, warm mids and searing highs when I played with tons of high-gain distortion, and the coil-tap on the volume knob gets you brighter spank on cleaner settings. The guitar is solidly built and feels sleek, but more importantly, it entices you to play fast with its ‘speed neck’ profile, low action and finely dressed jumbo frets that made me effortlessly shred above my talent level.”

Riario’s verdict?

“Hot-rodded with Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups, a hand-rubbed neck and a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, the Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR is a street lethal, fretboard-racing machine built for breakneck speed.”

Read the full review here, and watch Riario’s demonstration below.

Total Guitar Reviews the Pro-Mod Collection

Posted on July 11th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Total Guitar magazine reviewed the full lineup of the new Charvel Pro-Mod guitars in its August issue, honoring each of the three new models—So-Cal Style 1 HH FR, San Dimas Style 1 HH FR and San Dimas HH HT—with a “Total Guitar Best Buy” award.

The five-page spread includes a spotlight on Charvel’s history, a highlight of the models and a side-by-side quick glance spec comparison. The breakdown also includes a stellar rating of each instrument for features, sound quality, value for money, build quality and playability. The So-Cal Style 1 HH FR and San Dimas Style 1 HH FR scored a perfect five-star rating across all categories, while the San Dimas HH HT earned five stars in all categories, save for features and value for money, which received four stars.

So with those excellent ratings, here’s the mag’s final verdict:

“Some guitars choose their new owners, and retro metal guitars such as the Charvel Pro-Mods will appeal to a particular type of player. If you need us to spell it out, we’re talking shredders, metalheads and the hair-metal throwbacks. To us, the wide tonal range, flawless playability and choice of tasteful or retina-melting finishes take us back to a fun era to be a guitarist. It was a time of innovation, and Charvel was at the forefront of that. There are countless rock machines out there these days, but few are better than these well-priced Pro-Mods. They are, as Bill and Ted might say, most triumphant…”

Guitar World Features the USA Select Series at Summer NAMM 2016

Posted on July 6th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Guitar World visited the FMIC High Performance booth at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn., for a first look at new products arriving this fall from Charvel, Jackson and EVH.

In the video below,  Charvel’s Jon Romanowski introduces the all-new USA Select models that will debut in August.

Watch the clip below, and click here for more details.

Charvel Unveils New Flagship USA Select Series

Posted on June 23rd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Taps Straight Into Original-Era Charvel DNA for High-Performance Players

During this week’s 2016 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn., Charvel is unveiling its new flagship USA Select series with the San Dimas® Style 1 HSS FR, San Dimas Style 1 HSS HT, So-Cal Style 1 HSS FR and San Dimas Style 2 HH FR models.

Each gorgeous guitar taps straight into original-era Charvel DNA for a sleek, ferocious model with “old-school throwback” specs our high-performance players have been clamoring for, including ’80s-style body perimeters, finely shaped neck profiles, fast compound radius fingerboards with rolled edges, non-recessed Floyd Rose® bridges, and more.

Available in August, the new USA Select models will be offered in Pitch Black, Satin Plum, Snow Blind Satin and Torred.

Stay tuned to charvel.com for more product details.

Music Store Live Checks Out the New So-Cal

Posted on March 14th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

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Music Store Live stopped by the Charvel headquarters to talk with Product Manager Matthew Brown about the new 2016 So-Cal models.

In the clip below, Brown runs through the exciting new features that have taken this guitar to another level of tonal versatility, known as the six pack of sound.

The new colors are just as exhilarating as the upgraded features, ranging from Neon Yellow to Neon Pink and Specific Ocean to Slime Green, and more.

Check out the video below featuring guitarist Jordan Ziff (Marty Friedman/Razer).

Guitar World Visits the Charvel Booth at NAMM

Posted on February 23rd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Guitar World popped by the Charvel booth during the 2016 NAMM Show, where they checked out the new for 2016 Pro-Mod Series.

Watch the clip below as Charvel’s Peter Wichers explains some of the new features behind this year’s axes …

Watch Music Store Live’s Demo of the San Dimas HT

Posted on February 16th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

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.

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