Charvette review by Charvel

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.1 (27 votes)
Charvel: Charvette

Purchased from: Pawn Shop

Sound — 9
It suits my style grat, which is Classic Rock (AC/DC, Journey Boston, Guns N' Roses, etc.) I use a Hughes And Kettner 60R and a Boss DS-1. It sounds great and I don't have to use the Boss to get the great sound, either. It makes a hum when you're not playing it, and I don't think it's the amp. It pretty much does distorted and clean, and you can adjust bass or treble with the tone knob.

Overall Impression — 10
I play Rock, and it matches my style perfect. I've been playing 2 years almost, and my only other guitar is a Squier Strat, and it's crap. When I bought it I was completely satisfied. If it were stolen or lost, I would get an Epiphone Les Paul Standard, because they're just so awesome. I love the color and the Rock sound. I hate the Clean tone you sometimes get when you flip the 3-way. I compared it to a Jackson King V, and I ended up getting the Charvette. I do wish it had another Humbucker instead of a single coil, though.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I would not play it Live because occasionaly the guitar will make a loud cracking sound when you touch the cord. But then agasin, most guitars do so I guess I would play it Live. The strap buttons are awesome, I've never had a strap fall off while playing. The finish does not wear at all, it's 20 years old and has no scratches.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The color is awesome. It's yellow with black stripes, and it looks great. The action is great! Oickups are good, even though they're aftermarket. No flaws except for the 3-way selector, which is because someone messed with it I think. I just can't get over how awesome this guitar is! Although I do want a Les Paul.

Features — 9
No clue when it was made, sometime in the '80s or early '90s probably. 24 frets. I don't know what it's made of, but it is has a rosewood fingerboard with white dot inlays. It's a Strat style like most Charvels. It has a Floyd Rose tremolo with a locking nut, never goes out of tune. It has a volume control, Tone control, and a 3 way selector, and some little Switch thingy but I don't know what that does. It has a Humbucker and a single coil. I don't know what the tuners are but they're locking I'm pretty sure. Only bad thing is that the 3 way selector doesn't change between the second and third, it's the same sound.

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    i have one serial number 3448 solid wood (no plywood) had a original floyd put in and it screams better than my Les Paul... and i got it for $150
    Pencil Man
    I just got one today. It's great, very versatile, sounds like a beast, plays well, and looks beautiful in it's striking bright orange. $20.
    I have one exactly like the one in the picture! I like it a lot and it sounds great, would like to know if it was solid or plywood though.
    Adam Musial
    I love these guitars, I very hard to find one in Canada tho. I saw 1 in a pawn shop with a thru-body bridge... but it played great for $600.
    Haha I own one of those. It's red with a cracked black design. It's pretty heavy, but it plays nice and it's older than I am haha. so its good quality
    I got a Charvel Superstrata from 89-91 somthing, Crafted in Japan (NO! I'ts not the same as Chinamade. Japan make high quality stuff!). This guitar rules. Mine seems to look just like yours False_God, exept one little detail, i've got 2 tune controls. One for the singlecoil/s and the other for humbucker. Really a Guitar to reccomend if you like metal and blues!
    if someone stole is i would electricute them with some less than a 500,000 voltage cause it would be more slow and painfull
    -voltage jolts, current kills (or so my physics teacher led me to believe)
    most were...? ive got 2 (had 3) and they are all solid timber, 2 peice bodies. mind you, they are the ealier 22 fret necks not 24. and 00 serial numbers.