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05-16-2013 11:16 AM
asix
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

i think you want a model 2. look on ebay pay $200 to $500 ish depending on condition.



thats mine its a 88 or 89 the years it was that color. plays nice quite a slim neck but not like a modern u. the pup is a bit thin and ive never really tested the trem.

she is my fave guitar. its comfortable and very simple. the action is very low and really playable. she was almost unplayed despite being 20 years old when i got her.

the nasty carpet is at my parents house i took it there the day a got it.
05-12-2013 11:50 AM
toshiro
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

All 3 runs of the modern Charvel Stratheads are killer; the USA, MIJ, and now the MIM.

The main differences are small, the MIJ have better neck and fretwork, IMO, the MIM's have recessed trems, the USAs came in more (and better) colors.

Any Socal with a pickguard swap would work well.
05-12-2013 11:28 AM
diablomozart
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

if you're on a budget go for a mid 80's/early 90's charvel model 2...made in japan with great build quality...

a little more money and you can find a used so cal (strat head with a pickguard) that you can replace the guard and convert easily to a one humbucker...

alas anything over that is going to be a custom shop (they don't make production run single humbucker guitars anymore that i'm aware of) and that will cost you an arm and leg...d.m.
05-11-2013 09:19 PM
linuxpenguin
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

Lot of great input and information here guys, I really appreciate it!



I'll let you guys know how I decide, Im exploring an option right now, could be cool!
05-06-2013 10:28 AM
HeavyMetal4Ever
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

For bang for your buck, Charvel's 80's MIJ imports kick large ammounts of ass. Check out this site for specs...

http://charvelusa.com/charvel_models...1988_1989.html

If you want more info check out the JCF forum, it is to Jackson/Charvel what Jemsite is to Ibanez.

Rock on!
05-06-2013 09:31 AM
GUITARMAGEDDON
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

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Originally Posted by nathan80 View Post
The Bc rich gunslinger looks pretty 80's and has only one pickup,comes in neon green,yellow and burnt orange metallic. Cheap too
those newer cheaper models are nothing like the 80's versions,, sadly. I picked one up at a music go round and it just didn't feel right. very chunky neck which you wouldn't expect from looking at it
05-06-2013 09:29 AM
GUITARMAGEDDON
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

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Originally Posted by jem7vwh View Post
I'm a big fan of the Charvel Fusion. It's an MIJ superstrat with an interesting selling point--it's called a fusion because it's a strat shape with 24 frets, but the 24.75" Les Paul scale length, meaning that you get all 24 frets and a neck pickup right in the sweet spot (if you buy into that stuff). It's one of the fastest, thinnest non-Ibanez necks I've ever played. Give it a look!
I remember those! good call
05-06-2013 07:02 AM
The Euphor
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

RG410 not an option?
05-06-2013 03:03 AM
nathan80
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

The Bc rich gunslinger looks pretty 80's and has only one pickup,comes in neon green,yellow and burnt orange metallic. Cheap too
05-06-2013 02:40 AM
jem7vwh
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

I'm a big fan of the Charvel Fusion. It's an MIJ superstrat with an interesting selling point--it's called a fusion because it's a strat shape with 24 frets, but the 24.75" Les Paul scale length, meaning that you get all 24 frets and a neck pickup right in the sweet spot (if you buy into that stuff). It's one of the fastest, thinnest non-Ibanez necks I've ever played. Give it a look!
05-06-2013 12:23 AM
linuxpenguin
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

Id prefer a legit charvel honestly. I just don't know what model to look for haha.

Phantom -. if that had a floyd on it man, I'd LOVE that haha. I also saw the striped series, they definitely look to be worth every penny.

I would prefer MIA or MIJ to be blunt. A warmoth option does sound pretty good though!
05-06-2013 12:13 AM
Fastmerc
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

If you want a really good value and aren't dead set on the USA versions, I would look for an 86-90 Model 2, or Model 5a. They are basically the same, the 5a is neck thru the 2 is bolt. Single hum, Jackson JT-6 trems, pointy heads, MIJ.

I think any of the US versions are going to cost you ALOT more. You can find model 2's for under 300 fairly frequently. There is also the model 1 which is single hum, but it will have a vintage style trem.
05-06-2013 12:09 AM
LonePhantom
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

This is another option as well, MIM but by all accounts excellent guitars for the money:
http://www.evhgear.com/gear/subpage/?partno=5107902576
05-05-2013 11:52 PM
LonePhantom
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

They are pretty pricey these days if you are looking for a USA made one.

Best bet is to do what I did and build a Charvel style guitar. I built mine from a MIM alder Strat body, Warmoth neck with stainless steel frets and 10-16" compound radius fretboard, EVH Frankenstein humbucker and a specially made bridge made from titanium and brass components that I had made to suit the 2-1/16" screw spacing on the import/ MIM Strats, but saddles set to 2-1/8" to be more like Floyd Rose spacing.



Cost me around $600 all up, finished the neck myself with a poly clear on the neck. The bridge I was lucky enough to get for free in exchange for review. The costs included shipping to Australia for the body and neck, so it would be a bit cheaper for you as well.
05-05-2013 11:52 PM
Fastmerc
Re: Can someone explain charvels to me please

Are you looking for real 80's 90's or one of the new ones?
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