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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.

‘Guitar World’ Pulls Out a Pro-Mod So-Cal for Pedal Demo

Posted on April 15th, 2015 by MDuffy

Charvel Guitar World
Paul Riario of Guitar World recently pulled out a Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH to demo the Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive pedal.

“The variety of overdrive and distortion pedals on the market these days is truly staggering,” Riario noted. “The vast majority is basically good at one or two applications, such as clean boost, blues overdrive, hard rock rhythm crunch, or metal distortion, but pedals that can do all of this (and do it very well) are very rare indeed.”

How did the pedal fare? And how did that So-Cal sound when run through it? Find out in the video after the jump.

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Guitar World Demos the Jake E Lee Signature Model

Posted on December 3rd, 2014 by MDuffy


Paul Riario of Guitar World recently ran through one of the Charvel Jake E Lee signature model guitars and noted that it was one of his favorite new releases of 2014.

The axe is based on the distinctive white “Charvel-ized” instrument the former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist has played ever since he bought it new back in 1975.

“If you’ve been a fan of Jake E Lee, then this part guitar is a no-brainer,” said Riario. “But if you just like a no-nonsense guitar that is performance enhanced, this is the model to check out. It’s certainly one of my faves.”

Check out the demo after the jump.  (more…)

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