Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: newport, vermont
Re: charvel vs. charvette
don't knock all the charvettes! it depends on where they were made. the company started making the charvette model 170 and model 270 in japan then moved the whole line to korea. there are very obvious differences in the quality of these 2 lines, the japanese being the better. they had a much better trem and tuners, alder bodies, and better build quality. you can tell the difference between the japanese and korean models by looking at the inlays on the neck, specifically the 24th fret. on the japanese models the dot inlays are closer together than on the korean. with the japanese version the dots are centered under the a and b strings and on the korean they are cenetered between the e and a strings and the b and high e strings. the body shapes were different. the strat styled ones were korean and the sleeker soloist style bodies were made in japan. the japanese also has a floyd rose licensed charvel trem that has never given me any trouble on either of the model 170's i own, even with radical trem use! my buddy has the korean model and the trem is just plain weird looking, very squarish and does not stay in tune no matter what he does.
i did change the pickups because the stock charvel pickups just didn't have enough gain for my taste. i also love the fact that they are 24 3/4" scale and the necks are VERY thin. this is a blessing because i have small hands and shorter than average fingers. the necks are quite easy to play on and the action can be set very low without fretting out all over the place. i use ernie ball skinny top/ heavy bottm strings on them and all my guitar playing friends can't believe how lowthe action is and how well it plays.
i have owned guitars made by ibanez, fender, jackson, and ltd. imho, these are the perfect guitars for me. wish they still made em'!