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6 Stunning Charvel Custom Shop Guitars

Posted on January 21st, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

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.


‘Guitarist’ Demos a Custom Shop RTM San Dimas 1 H

Posted on November 24th, 2015 by MDuffy

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.

Watch the demo after the jump and click here to pick up your copy of Guitarist. (more…)

Master Builder Chip Ellis Dissects the Custom Shop San Dimas Stompbox

Posted on March 13th, 2015 by MDuffy

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This year, Charvel teamed up with Caroline Guitar Company on a special set of Custom Shop San Dimas Stompbox guitars that were officially unveiled at the 2015 NAMM Show.

The axes were each built to match a Wave Cannon MKII Super Distorter pedal by Phillipe Herndon. In this video, Charvel Master Builder Chip Ellis and Herndon break down these amazing Charvel models.

For more information on the Charvel Custom Shop, click here, and check out the interview after the jump. (more…)

Matt’s Music Center Demos a Custom Shop Red Flame San Dimas

Posted on December 24th, 2014 by MDuffy

Matt’s Music Center in Weymouth, Mass., has been waiting for about two-and-a-half years for their Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas models in a striking Red Flame finish, but they attest that the anticipation was worth it.

With only five models made, the Red Flame San Dimas axes are quite limited. Luckily, Chris Bryant of Matt’s Music recently pulled one of them out for a quick demo.

Check out what these guitars can do after the jump. (more…)

Guthrie Govan Demos Charvel Prototype for the Music Zoo

Posted on September 10th, 2013 by MDuffy

During a recent tour stop at New York City’s Highland Ballroom with his band the Aristocrats, guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan was paid a visit by the folks from Music Zoo to check out his latest prototype guitar from the Charvel Custom Shop.

Check out the breakdown below and visit the Aristocrats’ official website for more information.

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