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NAMM 2020: Charvel announces trio of signature models, plus stunning updates to DK, San Dimas and So-Cal ranges

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NAMM 2020: (opens in new tab) Charvel has announced a cornucopia of new shred-ready electric guitars, with pretty darn jaw-dropping new Pro-Mod DK22, DK24, So-Cal and San Dimas models, each resplendent with a hot-rodded vibe.

There are also three signature models in the launch. Satchel of Steel Panther gets a Pro-Mod DK in a choice of Satin Purple Bengal or Satin Slime Green tiger stripe finishes.  Gojira's Joe Duplantier has a new mahogany-on-mahogany Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2, which surely promises to be a riff-monster. While Angel Vivaldi sees his DK24-7 Novo updated in Satin Black.

The Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK has a solid alder Dinky body – as adopted from the Jackson Dinky – that has a seen some custom contouring. The neck is a bolt-on maple, graphite-reinforced, and treated with satin urethane, and there is a compound radius 12"-16" maple fingerboard and 22 jumbo frets for your shredding pleasure. 

Satchel has plumped for two open-coil Fishman Fluence Classic humbuckers, each with a push-pull function to select between late-'50s PAF tone and a hotter, more contemporary hot-rod tone. It is priced at  $1,399.99 (£1,099, €1,255 approx).

Joe Duplantier's Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 is a hot-rodded T-style, with a mahogany body and mahogany bolt-on neck, ebony fingerboard. There is a Joe Duplantier Signature DiMarzio Fortitude humbucker in the bridge and a DiMarzio PAF 36th Anniversary 'bucker in the neck. It is priced $899.99 (£699, €809 approx).

Angel Vivaldi's Signature DK24-7 Nova, meanwhile, is much as we have seen before on his Satin Sage Green model. You've got a seven-string basswood Dinky body and custom-profile bolt-on maple neck. It has DiMarzio The Tone Zone 7 in the bridge and an Air Norton in the neck, plus a Gotoh Custom 7-String 510 tremolo. Price $1,299.99 (£999, €1,169) approx.

The DK series sees a number of updates, with each sharing the S-style Dinky body shape, a compound 12"-16" radius fingerboard, jumbo frets throughout, and so forth.

The Pro-Mod DK22 SSS 2PT CM boasts a trio of singlecoil-sized pickups and has a two-point tremolo, caramelized maple neck and fretboard. But arguably it's an HSS configuration, with a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails stacked humbucker in the bridge, and Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat pickups in the middle and neck positions. It has received a scalloped lower back bout and a newly sculpted heel for more a more ergonomic playing experience. 

Other nice touches include Luminlay glow-in-the-dark side markers and a 500K EVH Bourns low-friction potentiometer for super-smooth volume swells. The DK22 SSS is available in three finishes, each priced £1,009.00 ($1,049.99, €1,149).

Other additions to the DK series include the DK24, a top-selling model for Charvel that, as the name suggests, offers a 24-fret version of the Dinky S-style and while it retains much of the feel and premium hot-rod vibe of the DK22, there are more tonewood, hardware and pickup options. Here we've got hardtail, two-point tremolo and Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo models.

Of the latter you've got the likes of the Pro-Mod DK24 HSS FR M, an alder bodied S-style finished in Specific Ocean. It has a Seymour Duncan Full Shred SH-10B humbucker in the bridge, with two Flat Strat singlecoils in neck and middle positions. Price £1099.99 ($1,049.99, €1,159).

The Pro-Mod DK24 HSS FR M Poplar is all but identical but features a poplar burl top in Purple Sunset.

The dual-humbucker Pro-Mod DK24 models come with a choice between a mahogany body and figured walnut top in Natural finish, with hardtail bridge and gold hardware, and a quilt maple topped version in Dark Amber, which is fitted with a Floyd Rose 1000 Series tremolo. You'll find a Seymour Duncan Full Shred SH-10B in the bridge position and a direct-mount, vintage-voiced Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro APH-1N in the neck. £1,019 ($999.99, €1,159.99) will get you the quilt maple, £959.99 ($949.99, €1089.99) the figured walnut. 

Or might you for for the open-grain Red Ash option. Which sees a solid ash Dinky body appointed with a two-point tremolo and the HSS Full Shred/Flat Strat/Flat Strat pickup configuration. Price £1,009 ($1,199.99, €1,149).

The Pro-Mod So-Cal 1 calls to mind the original Charvel Superstrats. As with the DK Series, this share much of the same DNA, such as alder bodies and bolt-on maple necks, 12"-16" compound fingerboard radius, and dual Seymour Duncan Distortion humbuckers pickup configurations, three-way  selectors, volume and tone controls with push-pull coil-splits. 

Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolos are equipped on all models. These are all priced £909 ($899.99, €1,039).

The Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 2 applies these design principals to a T-style body and reversed licensed Telecaster headstock. 

Options include a hardtail bridge (£909, $899.99, €1,039) or a two-point tremolo (£959, $999.99, €1,089). You'll find 24 jumbo frets, a 12”-16” compound radius, a caramelized maple fingerboard, an ash body, and multi-voiced Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-COC pickups that offer PAF and or a hotter modern tone.

Finally, the Pro-Mod San Dimas Style I. It's an S-style with dual humbuckers and a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo.

Pickup options include a Seymour Duncan JB-1 in the bridge and '59 in the neck for the alder-bodied models, or the Full Shred in the bridge and Custom Alnico II in the neck on the ash-bodied San Dimas. 

Again, fingerboards have a 12"-16" compound radius, with choices of maple or ebony. All are priced £909 ($899.99, €1,039).

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Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.