« A real hair metal rocker »Publié le 30/01/12 à 04:00
Quartersawn maple neck
22 Jumbo Frets
Seymour Duncan JB SH4 Humbucking Bridge Pickup - Direct Mount
Seymour Duncan STK-T1 Single-Coil Neck Pickup - Direct Mount
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
Position 3. Neck Pickup
Floyd Rose Tremolo
Charvel has changed a lot since the 80's, but a guy like me who likes to have his guilty pleasures is glad that they haven't forgotten where they come from. This guitar from the first look really breathes that 80's metal vibe. These are extremely well made Japanese guitars. The craftsmanship is impressive even for Japan, which consistently has been putting out great stuff for the last 20 years plus. This is basically your run of the mill super strat with no shortcuts taken. The ebony neck is a nice touch I think. Not something you see very often with these. I can see George Lynch playing this guitar in a heartbeat. I have never been the biggest fan of Fender neck radius but that's totally a preference thing. All the hardware is tops. What can I say? It's a very well constructed guitar...especially for the price.
I think everyone knew that a guitar like this would have a JB in the bridge. It has become paramount for guitars like this to have one. I know a lot of people like the JB a lot but personally I'm not the biggest fan so I switched mine out for a dimarzio air classic. The neck pickup is a pretty high gain single coil. Handles clean very well which is always nice. This guitar isn't just for hair metal. Surprisingly it can handle a lot of rock stuff and even blues. Who would have thought?
This guitar for the price has become tied for first place with the RG1550 from Ibanez for best shredder deal. I can't think of a better guitar for 1k if you play heavy metal. It has it all. No upgrades needed. Seriously. Does it get better than that? Japanese craftsmanship has been awesome for a good two decades or so now and it's only getting better. The wild card is proof.