• RJ

Wanna see a really cool guitar?

Here it is. A Charvel Model 7 from the late 80's. This is a Japanese made Charvel. Many have been confused over the years due to the Forth Worth, Texas neck plate.

The success of Charvel in the 1980s led to Jackson's planning to mass-produce popular configurations in Asia. Each California-produced Charvel guitar was essentially a hand built custom instrument—but the Japanese assembly line versions that appeared in 1986 were categorized into model numbers. The Model 1, Model 2, Model 3, etc.

In 1989, Jackson actually sold Charvel/Jackson to the Japanese manufacturer IMC (International Music Corporation), who made Charvel brand guitars exclusively in Japan from 1986 to 1991.

The Japanese made Charvels that appeared in 1986 are easily distinguished from San Dimas instruments by several distinct differences:

  • Neck plates circa 1982-1986 stamped "San Dimas, CA"[4] (then briefly "Ontario, CA") changed to a plate that read "Ft. Worth, TX", the location of IMC's U.S. offices. This confused many consumers—as, without exception, all guitars with the "Ft. Worth" neck plate were made in Japan.

  • The gold label, "Charvel - Made in USA" affixed to the headstock of the San Dimas era (U.S. made) instruments changed to a white logo that read "Charvel - By Jackson/Charvel.

  • Instead of the unfinished maple bolt-on neck that was a hallmark of the U.S. instruments, the imported instruments had a Japanese neck with a clear satin finish.

This guitar came to me in shambles. I forgot to take pictures of the before . . . but it was bad off. All of the electronics were shot. The frets were shot. The list goes on . . .

Out of all of the guitars I have worked on in the past few years, this has definitely been one of my favorite projects. Why? 2 Reasons. 1. It is a tele with a reverse headstock -- I don't care who you are, that is badass. 2. The owner, Brian, has literally given me carte blanche to do what I want to do with it. So what did I do . . .

Complete fret job - jumbos! Put in a LRC "The Jimi" custom wound bridge pick up. It screams. I was able to salvage the Jackson J100 neck pickup and worked really hard to do it. This is Paul Gagon pickup and quite frankly is one of the best single coils you will hear. Very underrated.

I also completed a complete rewire. New pots, selector, output . . .blah blah blah.

So take a look . . .

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