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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-17-2008, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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New guitar day - '96 Charvel/Jackson Custom Shop Bengal Strat

This just came in today. I've owned about a half dozen Charvels and Jacksons over the years, most of half of them custom shops, but I never had a Bengal and I always wanted one. This one was on "the 'bay" but I bought it privately via a contact I made outside of there. I bought it from a collector so it's for all intents and purposes brand new. It even has the hang tag.

The headstock is what sold me on it. I love matching headstocks and the matching logo looks killer to me.

It has a Duncan JB in the bridge and some Duncan SC in the neck. Although I haven't plugged it in yet, I'm probably going to end up replacing the neck pup with either a Dimarzio Chopper or Pro Track. I have more hope for the bridge pup but if worse comes to worse, there's always the ol' Tone Zone.

I'm probably going to carry the black and yellow/orange theme a bit further by replacing 3 of the tuning machines with black ones and the bar itself with a black version. For the saddles, I'll either swap out 3 of them for black ones (in a black/gold alternating pattern) or just replace all the saddles with black ones, leaving the base plate gold of course. Lastly, I replace some or all of the locking nut clamps with black ones to complete the theme.





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Re: New guitar day - '96 Charvel/Jackson Custom Shop Bengal Strat

That is freakin SWEET!!!
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That is freakin SWEET!!!
Ditto!

I prefer my Charvels with the "strat head", but the matching makes up for it.
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Re: New guitar day - '96 Charvel/Jackson Custom Shop Bengal Strat

Cool as..!
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Re: New guitar day - '96 Charvel/Jackson Custom Shop Bengal Strat

This picture just made my day!
Awsome guitar! Enjoy it mate.
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Re: New guitar day - '96 Charvel/Jackson Custom Shop Bengal Strat

That is a nice one dude. Now all ya gotta do is swirl it and put some real dimarzios in it
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Ditto!
I prefer my Charvels with the "strat head", but the matching makes up for it.
I like the Strat heads too but I can't stand not having easy access to the truss rod. That's a show stopper for me.
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That is a nice one dude. Now all ya gotta do is swirl it and put some real dimarzios in it
Eh, I'm not a swirl guy to begin with and I will be putting at least one Dimarzio in it, maybe two.
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sweeet! not keen on the gold hardware but I really dig the matching head. Great score
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sweeet! not keen on the gold hardware but I really dig the matching head. Great score
I wasn't sure if I'd like the gold hardware either but in person, it works. It ties the maple fretboard and the orange and yellow of the finish together.
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Nice score!
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Re: New guitar day - '96 Charvel/Jackson Custom Shop Bengal Strat

Awesome! Reminds me of the ESP george lynch model
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Nice score man, Congrats...
I love the H-S configuration...
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Re: New guitar day - '96 Charvel/Jackson Custom Shop Bengal Strat

Man, that's a beauty- Congrats!!!

Don't discount the JB too quickly- they are very musical, and one of the best humbuckers i've tried. If you're a real shred-head though, it may not be enough for you. But give it some time before you decide to ditch it.

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gorgeous.
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