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Summer NAMM 2017: Charvel reveals new looks for Jake E Lee and Warren DeMartini signature guitars

SUMMER NAMM 2017: Break out the reverb and hairspray, as Charvel launches new finishes for Jake E Lee and Warren DeMartini's signature guitar models, paying homage to the Ozzy Osbourne and Ratt guitarists' classic instruments.

Jake E Lee's USA Signature Blue Burst replicates the guitar used during Ozzy's Bark At The Moon and Ultimate Sin years.

It features a poplar San Dimas body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck, and 12" radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and white dot inlays.

Pickup-wise, it's packing a customised Seymour Duncan JB Alnico II humbucker, plus DiMarzio SDS-1 middle and neck single coils, a five-way blade switch, single volume control knob, brass Charvel hardtail bridge and output jack plate, and black Gotoh tuners.

Warren DeMartini's USA Signature Frenchie, meanwhile, recreates the Ratt axeman's iconic '80s model, which depicts a French tribute to classic James Dean quote: 'too fast to live, too young to die'.

The guitar packs a Dinky alder body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck, and 12"- 16" compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo stainless steel frets and black dot inlays.

Elsewhere, there's a Seymour Duncan Custom Warren DeMartini RTM ('Rattus Tonus Maximus' - really) humbucker and SSL-4 Quarter Pound neck pickup, three-way toggle switch, single volume control knob, as well as Floyd Rose Original locking vibrato and Gotoh machineheads.

Both models are due to land later this year for £2,819 (Jake E Lee) and £3,389 (Warren DeMartini).

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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