#1
Hi folks,

I was browsing through an online store and I saw these Charvel guitars... now, I know next to nothing about them, but the specs they have are quite impressive for the money.

For example, the model called Charvel Pro Mod So-Cal Style is about 700 Euros and for this kind of money it has Dimarzio pickups (specifically, Evolution & Tone Zone), Grover tuners and a bridge called Floyd Rose FRT-O2000 (is this the same as an OFR??). Not bad at all, and quite tempting.

I know there are reviews out there, and I'll read them of course, but I'd also like opinions from the forum: if you own one, how's the fretwork, neck, quality, etc? What about this "FRT-O2000 bridge"? How can they have such specs for so cheap, when an equivalent Ibanez Prestige, for instance, is significantly more expensive?
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#2
i played the so-cal; san dimas; and a wildcard one in a music store around the corner and i liked all of them. good quality guitars, japanese made.
the best thing about them is the neck. it feels great. the frt-2000 isnt that big of a deal. its better than a special but a tad worse than an original.

overall i can say, great bang for you buck and if you have the chance you should try one. a shredders delight and good for classic rock as well.
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#3
From what I've heard, the Japanese models are better value for money than the USA ones. They're basically the same quality, but cheaper.

The FRT-2000 is a Korean (?) made OFR. Its basically the same as a Schaller made OFR, it just isn't made of the same metal. Not a bad trem, just not quite as good as a Schaller Floyd or Schaller made OFR.
#4
I bought a Charvel So Cal some weeks ago and yeah, it's a great guitar. I liked the Dimarzio equipped So Cal more than Duncan equipped San Dimas. I think the Floyd Rose is great and it won't go out of tune. I haven't had to retune it many times and I have a Les Paul which goes out of tune all the time. One bad thing about the FR on this guitar is that it's non-recessed so you can't bend up more than half steps with it. The neck is the best feeling neck I have tried.

Ibanez Prestiges are overpriced. You are paying for the name if you buy an Ibanez Prestige. I have tried one and I think Charvel beats it. The cheapest Prestiges don't even have Dimarzios but some Ibz pickups.
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#6
i like the looks of the socal better. but if the floyd is non recessed, i dont need it at all.
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#8
…when an equivalent Ibanez Prestige, for instance, is significantly more expensive?

For the same reason that neon colored Japanese Ibanez guitars sell cheap on the used market; they remind people of hair bands. It doesn't matter how good the guitar is if most young guys will think it isn't cool no matter what.
#9
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From what I've heard, the Japanese models are better value for money than the USA ones. They're basically the same quality, but cheaper.

The FRT-2000 is a Korean (?) made OFR. Its basically the same as a Schaller made OFR, it just isn't made of the same metal. Not a bad trem, just not quite as good as a Schaller Floyd or Schaller made OFR.


in my opinion the original schaller floyd from germany makes up for the extra 300 dollars plus i think the finishes add quite some too. what i've heard is also that the japanese made ones use some cheaper pots and wires.

i played the japanese ones and my USA production model. couldn't find that much of a difference in feel terms.
charvel necks are just like good women. nothing better.
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#10
^ the usa production models had the korean floyd too... and (from what i read on the vintage kramer site... haven't corroborated it) had MIM necks.

So yeah. While I haven't tried the Japanese ones, I have tried the USA ones and am inclined to believe the people saying the MIJ ones are at least as good, for like 2/3 the price (and with a case, too). EDIT: the mij ones may well have cheaper pots and wire. Though I think i read someone's post on a forum somewhere which said it had a cts pot? maybe it was prophet of page on here
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#11
I owned a Charvel back in the 80's and I loved it. Good neck, great sustain, looked cool too.