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8 Custom Shop Masterpieces Built by “Red” Dave Nichols

Posted on January 25th, 2018 by Admin

With years of experience to draw upon and an endless wealth of creativity, Charvel Custom Shop Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols went above and beyond for the NAMM 2018 Custom Shop event, bringing 8 one-of-a-kind masterpieces to the auction.

Go ahead and drool over all of the stunning, master-built guitars below. We sure did.

San Dimas® Style 1 HS White Angel Dust

This San Dimas® Style 1 HS is clear as the driven snow with its immaculate White Angel Dust finished alder body. To fit with the exquisite theme, Red Dave threw a beautiful 12”-16” compound radius flame maple fingerboard with 22 frets on top of the quartersawn maple neck. This heavenly guitar is topped off with gold hardware, including a Floyd Rose™ Original tremolo bridge and Gotoh tuners, and white DiMarzio Super Distortion and Seymour Duncan Flat Start pickups.

San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M 3-Tone Sunburst

As bright as the morning sun, the San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M’s 3-Tone Sunburst gradient brightens a cooked basswood body capped with a flame maple top. A light relic job and chrome hardware give this axe vintage style while the worn-in Charvel Custom pickups, Floyd Rose™ tremolo bridge, and 24 jumbo frets come together for a hard-rocking machine.

So-Cal Style 1 HSH FR M Daphne Blue Relic

This righteous rig screams Southern California thanks to the ocean vibes stemming from its Daphne Blue finish. The heavy relic’ing reveals the So-Cal Style 1 HSH FR M’s natural alder wood body, giving it an awesome vintage vibe. The bolt-on quartersawn maple neck’s fingerboard is scalloped between the 22 jumbo frets for fast action and playability. Despite its chilled beach-vibe, this guitar rocks hard thanks to its HSH layout, which utilizes a pair of Seymour Duncan™ humbucking pickups and a RWRP Flat Strat single coil pickup in the middle position.

San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M Black and Green

With its wild but understated Black and Green finish, the custom-built San Dimas® Style 1 HSH FR M is in your face without being obnoxious. The roasted quartersawn maple neck is topped with an ebony fingerboard, scrupulously hand-scalloped by Red Dave. Green DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups and an inverted headstock complete the “out there” ensemble.

San Dimas® Style 2 HT M QM Antique Burst

Style 2 fans will be stoked to see the San Dimas® Style 2 HT M QM custom shop build from Nichols. Like a fine piece of art, this single cut guitar’s Antique Burst finish preserves the pristine quilt maple top that sits above its alder body. A roasted maple neck is met with a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard.  The solid playing machine is powered by dual DiMarzio D Activator humbucking pickups, and is finished off with a Hipshot hardtail bridge and Gotoh tuners.

San Dimas® Style 1 FR M HSH Relic Surf Green

Nichols’ San Dimas® Style 1 FR M HSH Relic looks like it was pulled from a beachside shipwreck. The cooked basswood body and flame maple top peeks through the Surf Green veneer courtesy of some expert Charvel Custom Shop relic’ing. A bolt-on roasted maple neck and reverse matching headstock take this incredible guitar to new levels.

San Dimas® DK HT M QM 1H Dark Trans Amber

This gorgeous San Dimas® DK H FR M QM is the only Charvel custom guitar at this year’s NAMM showcase to feature a single pickup design. A powerful DiMarzio® Super Distortion humbucking pickup lives within the alder body, topped with quilt maple. The Dark Trans Amber paint gives off a honey-like appearance that is matched nicely by a bolt-on maple neck and a 12”-16” compound radius roasted maple fingerboard that leads to an inverted Tele headstock. A Floyd Rose™ Original hardtail bridge, Gotoh tuners, EVH high friction 250K pot, and chrome pickup bobbins finish off the custom build in sleek style.

San Dimas® Style 1 HS Sustainer FR M Orange/Red Stripe

The speed-demon San Dimas® Style 1 HS FR M Sustainer is slashed by a slick looking Orange and Red racing stripe paint scheme. Matching its quick looks, the alder body is met with a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets for fast fingering. For a truly unique sound, the custom build incorporates a Sustainer Driver neck pickup and an EMG 81 bridge pickup. Wow!

A Look at the All-New Charvel Pro-Mod DK24

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 by Chrissy Mauck

In the blazing Charvel video demo below, get an up close look at all of the all-new Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 models — powerful tone machines built for the harder side of rock.

The DK24 is offered in both hardtail and Floyd Rose options, along with a variety of body & wood fingerboard options, including quilt maple tops.

Each DK24 features a sleek Dinky™ body, bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, hand-rubbed urethane gel back finish for sublime and speedy playability, 12”-16” compound radius fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays, heel-mounted spoke wheel, Seymour Duncan® Full Shred bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan Jazz neck pickup.

The Jackson® and Charvel® Custom Shop Promotes Joe Williams to Master Builder

Posted on January 19th, 2018 by Admin

Jackson and Charvel are excited to share the news that Joe Williams has been promoted from an apprentice to Custom Shop Master Builder.

“Given his diverse talents as a builder, outstanding work ethic and enthusiasm, Joe Williams is an invaluable asset to the Custom Shop,” said Jackson/Charvel Vice President of Category Management Jon Romanowski. “As a player and true fan of hard rock and heavy metal himself, Williams also brings a unique perspective and key insight into the exacting needs of modern guitarists. We couldn’t be happier to have his firepower in the shop as we continue to build upon our storied Jackson and Charvel brands.”

Williams has trained over the last decade under the expert wing of Master Builder Mike Shannon, earning the prestigious guru’s full endorsement and stamp of approval.

“Joe is probably one of the most valuable people in the building, one of very few people who can do every process — from the mill all the way to final assembly and figuring out some of the most difficult wiring issues that we have,” said Shannon.

Williams has contributed to many high-profile Custom Shop projects, including management of the relic process, assembly and setup for the Randy Rhoads Tribute Concorde Replica models, and initial conception and design of the B7 and B8 models.

He also built the first Jackson “multi-scale” instrument. In what he good-naturedly referred to as “a beast of a build,” he created an eight-string Soloist model with an innovative 27.75”-25” scale length and asymmetrical five-piece neck.

Williams’ passion for tinkering with guitars dates back to his teens when he first started out playing the instrument. Assuming it was only a phase, his parents got him an inexpensive Squier® beginner instrument. An enterprising teen, Williams quickly taught himself to modify and improve his $100 guitar to sound and feel like his friend’s high-performance Charvel.

He later leveraged those skills with a paying gig at a vintage guitar shop, where he repaired and set up used guitars. Upon joining Jackson in 2005, he continued developing his skills in final assembly, handling wiring and setup work. His attention to detail caught Shannon’s, and Williams was subsequently given sole responsibility for custom assembly work.

During the last 10 years, Williams attended school to learn CNC programming and Manufacturing Technology, while also training aside Shannon in the Custom Shop, slowly working his way backward through the production process—from final assembly to buffing and polishing to mill work.

“Working as Mike Shannon’s apprentice for nearly a decade has pushed my skills to a level I didn’t know they could reach,” said Williams. “When I started in Jackson, Mike opened my eyes to a lot of things in the overall aspect of the guitars we make. I was a savvy tech and assembler, but Mike didn’t hesitate to challenge me for the better. Matching the quality and craftsmanship of someone with over 30 years of experience and immense talents is a challenge. In addition to learning to make an instrument to his standards, I’ve also been able to apply my insight as a player.

“The road to the position of Master Builder has been long but rewarding, and I’m both honored and humbled,” he continued. “The path doesn’t end here though. I look forward to carrying on the tradition of what has made Jackson and Charvel great — pushing the limits of quality, innovation and playability.”

Contact a global authorized Jackson/Charvel Custom Shop dealer today to get in line for an early work from this rising star.

Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 Featured in Music Radar Review Round-Up

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by Admin

Music Radar posted a stellar review of the Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH HT in a new round-up that focused on solid-bodied electrics.

In looking for a guitar that could shred while still having a softer side, our Style 2 ended up with a 5 out of 5 in “Best for Shred,” with Music Radar noting that it had the most bang for your buck.

“The Charvel with its gorgeously-sculpted heel and body, and discreet input jack, is incredible,” said Music Radar. “It makes playing easy, but for our money – and yours – that pickup configuration, gives it the edge, with heaps of pro-quality tone on tap.”

If you want to know more about the “Best for Shred” Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH HT CLICK HERE.

Guthrie Govan’s Charvel Signature Models Earn Rave Marks

Posted on September 25th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

In its October issue, UK’s Guitarist magazine takes an in-depth look at Guthrie Govan’s newest Charvel signature models  — the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash and the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Flame Maple.

Both models earned a rave review, with the magazine concluding that these bolt-on instruments are “up there with the finest” they’d ever played, and more like a high-performance rifle than a guitar.

The article takes an in-depth look at all the features of these “uber axes,” noting its many subtle and well-thought out details.

“The bridge, initially, looks like an early Floyd Rose (without fine tuners) but is a USA-made Charvel design that centers around a thick brass inertia block, steel top plate and large saddles into which the strings are locked via those long Allen key bolts; once intonation is set each saddle is firmly locked in place,” writes reviewer Dave Burlluck. “It’s back routed too and the whole unit is recessed into the body so the top of the bridge plate is flush with the top of the body. A Tremol-No is fitted so you can prevent upbend, lock it in place as a fixed bridge or, as supplied, just use it as a free floating vibrato with a huge range from floppy to an upbend of approximately a fourth on the G string (it’ll go a bit higher but we stopped there).

“Guthrie Govan’s vision for an all round workhouse that’ll stand up to the rigors of professional touring is superbly realized in this signature. Every detail is wonderfully considered: the over-sized strap buttons, the Strat-like dished output jack placement, the hugely intuitive drive, that secret ‘single coil’ switch, the impressive tuning stability (and startling range) of the vibrato, not to mention the wood choice, graphite reinforced neck and a really unposh working player’s vibe. Is there anything Guthrie hasn’t considered?”

In summary, Guitarist proclaims Guthrie’s signature models as astonishing guitars and a player’s tools of of the highest caliber.

Purchase Guitarist here to read the full review.

Total Guitar Calls the Joe Duplantier Pro-Mod ‘One of the Most Exciting Mid-Priced Electrics of the Year’

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

In the July issue of UK’s Total Guitar magazine, editor Jonathan Horsley reviewed the Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH.

Duplantier has described his original signature model as a “killing machine with class,” and the new, moderately priced addition incorporates similar elements.  Featuring a single-cutaway mahogany body stacked with a set of super-hot custom-wound Duncan Designed HB-103 humbucking pickups, the new Pro-Mod version is primed for battle.

“Duplantier’s tone balances low-end power with a harmonic brilliance, typified by his trademark pick scrapes and natural harmonics, and those sorts of metal pyrotechnics are mother’s milk to his Signature Model,” wrote Horsley. “Played clean the Pro-Mod is persuasive with lots of gutsy Americana twang from the bridge pickup, with warmer woodier cream in the neck – perfect for creepy intros or blues, while cranking up the gain sees the Duplantier in its element.”

His final verdict?

“Its wholly shreddable playability and monstrous tone make it one of the most exciting mid-priced electrics of the year,” concludes Horsley.

Purchase the latest issue of Total Guitar here to get more terrific product reviews!

Charvel Unveils New Artist Signature Models at Summer NAMM

Posted on July 14th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel continues its long-held partnerships with Warren DeMartini and Jake E Lee with the upcoming release of brand-new signature models. The Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie and the Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst will be unveiled this week at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn., and available to consumers in October 2017.

Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie

Fans have long clamored for a replica of Warren DeMartini’s famed and beloved “Frenchie” guitar, as seen live on tour and on a slew of magazine covers throughout Ratt’s reign in the 1980s. Charvel has responded with the Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie, available in a Snow White and a Gloss Black finish. Both are detailed with cross decals and a tribute quote to James Dean in French that translates “too fast to live, too young to die.”

The Frenchie also offers premium features such as a Dinky™ alder body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck and a 12″- 16″ compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo stainless steel frets and black dot inlays.

Custom-made for the legendary lead guitarist, the Seymour Duncan® Warren DeMartini RTM (“Rattus Tonus Maximus”) bridge pickup is a powerful high-output humbucker that naturally compresses for a well-balanced and even tone, perfect for complex chording and precision soloing. The RTM is boosted by an SSL-4 Quarter Pound neck pickup, adding fat, supercharged punch and extra sustain.

The Frenchie also features a single volume control knob, three-way toggle switching, a Floyd Rose Original locking bridge and Gotoh® tuning machines.

 Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst

Jake E Lee’s 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. Charvel® has recreated an unmistakable replica of Lee’s original model down to the very last detail.

The Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst features a poplar body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck and a 12” radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and white dot inlays.

Equipped with a versatile customized Seymour Duncan® JB Alnico II humbucking bridge pickup, this model can handle a diverse range of tones from sweet and warm to aggressive and distorted. It’s also supercharged with two powerful single-coil DiMarzio® SDS-1 pickups in the middle and neck for extra gain with a deeper, darker tone. The pickups are controlled with a five-way blade switch and single volume knob.

Available in a mesmerizing Blue Burst, this signature axe also features a brass Charvel hardtail bridge and output jack plate, and black Gotoh® tuning machines.

Andertons TV Get a Neon Guitar Workout with Charvel Pro-Mods

Posted on April 18th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Rabea Massaad and Pete Honore over at Andertons Music got a workout in with Charvel’s Pro-Mod guitars in a new video gear segment.

After a really peaceful and nice opening jam session that the guys referenced as #thingsthatyoudontthinkispossibletoplayonneonyellowguitars, the guys delve into the versatility (well beyond “80s hair metal”), craftmanship, features, unique colors and reasonable price point of these Charvel Pro-Mod Style 1 San Dimas and So-Cal instruments.

And of course, the segment would not be complete without a bit of shreddage, too.

Check it all out below!

The Charvel Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH Model

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Get a quick look, listen and spec rundown for the NEW Charvel Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH Product as the Gojira singer and guitarist jams on the axe.

3 for the Lefties

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Every time we post new products on social, we tend to see comments asking “What about the lefties?”  Well, this post is just for the southpaws!  New for 2017, here are three new left-handed models.

San Dimas Style 2 HH FR LH M

Pro-Mod Style 2’s are brand new for 2017, offering a familiar and classic single-cut shape with all the high-performance features and appointments you’ve come to love from Charvel.

The San Dimas® Style 2 HH FR LH M features an alder body, maple neck and fingerboard, Floyd Rose double-locking trem, Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N neck pickup, volume control with a push/pull coil split, tone control with a push/pull activation and beveled output jack and a truss rod adjustment thumbwheel at the butt end of the neck. Comes in Black with matching black hardware and is topped off with a licensed Fender Strat headstock.

So-Cal Style 1 HH FR LH M

The So-Cal Style 1 HH FR LH M comes in Black with a black pickguard and features an alder body, maple neck and fingerboard, 12″-16″ compound radius, Seymour Duncan TB-6 Distortion bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan SH-6N Distortion neck pickup,  Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, volume control with a push/pull coil split and a tone control with a push/pull activation.

San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M LH

Available in Gloss Black with black hardware, this San Dimas Style 1 lefty features an alder body, bolt-on maple neck with 12″-16″ compound radius maple fingerboard with comfortable rolled edges, Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N neck pickup, volume control with a push/pull coil split, tone control with a push/pull activation and beveled output jack and a Floyd Rose double-locking trem.

 

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