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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.

Premier Guitar Gets a Rundown on the Charvel San Dimas

Posted on February 1st, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

When Premier Guitar visited the Charvel booth at NAMM, they caught up with product managers Matt Brown and Peter Wichers for a rundown on the new San Dimas guitar.

Watch below to learn more about what’s “under the hood” of these new 2016 San Dimas guitars, and to hear a quick demo of its various pickup combinations.

‘Guitar World’ Names the Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH Among Best of NAMM

Posted on March 12th, 2015 by MDuffy


Not only was Charvel signature artist Guthrie Govan on the cover of Guitar World‘s April 2015 issue, but the music mag also had a special call-out for the Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH.

The guitar, which comes in Specific Blue and Slime Green for 2015, was named No. 4 on Guitar World‘s list of the Best of NAMM 2015.

To see the entire list of 31 “Best in Show” products, pick up your edition of Guitar World here.

Andertons Music Tours Charvel Showcase at NAMM

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by MDuffy


The folks at Andertons Music recently spent time in Anaheim, Calif., for the 2014 NAMM Show, and the Charvel Showcase was a noted destination.

While in the Charvel booth, Product Manager Mike McGregor ran through the new Guthrie Govan and Jake E Lee signature guitars, in addition to several other killer axes on display.

Check out the tour below.

Andertons Music Checks Out Charvel Pro Mods

Posted on August 27th, 2013 by MDuffy

Anderton's Music Charvel Pro-Mod
The guys at Andertons Music in the U.K. recently checked out a few of the new Charvel Pro-Mod series of guitars, featuring both the So-Cal and San Dimas models.

And, the review of these hot-rodded axes would not be complete without some input from hair-metal “legends” Richie Sambuka and Wilder “The Beastmaster” Beast, who get a call in the second half of the video to teach the audience how to really rock.

Watch what these guitars can do in the clip below.

Watch New Charvel Pro-Mod Demos

Posted on April 10th, 2013 by Chrissy Mauck

The new Charvel Pro-Mod Series of guitars will be arriving in June, but you can see them in action through a series of video demos performed by Bleeding Through’s Dave Nassie.

Watch Nassie put the Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH, the San Dimas Style 1 HH and the San Dimas Style 1 HS HT through the paces in the playlist below.

 

Learn More About the New Charvel Pro Mod So Cal

Posted on February 20th, 2013 by MDuffy

Charvel’s Mike McGregor took a few minutes out of his schedule at the 2013 NAMM Show to talk with Harmony Central about the new Pro Mod series that will be available in 2013.

Watch McGregor talk about the upcoming So Cal in the clip below.

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