Spectrum review by Charvel

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (2 votes)
Charvel: Spectrum
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Price paid: $ 500

Sound — 10
This is one big piece of metal machine. The EMG's say metal, especially with the mid-boost on and lots of gain and dist. The attack of the sound is awesome, better than most humbucker-guitars I've heard. But it can aswell do cleans and crunchy tones too. It's actually perfect for everything. I can play anything from Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah to AC/DC, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Children of Bodom. It does everything. I use it through a Line 6 POD X3 live. Sounds awesome. The guitar is really quiet. The sound without the midboost is typical bright single-coil sound. I love the pickups.

Overall Impression — 10
I play mostly metal and sometimes blues/crunchy stuff. The guitar does it all, perfect. Nothing "it could be blah, blah", it's solid and perfect for my style. I have a Jackson RR3 Limited edition, also a good guitar but I can't compare them since it's diffrent pup's and so. I really like them both. If someone even thought of stealing this guitar, well... Nobody's gonna be that stupid and take that chance :). I would track down another one if it was...

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar has already withstood live-playing for atleast 7 years (according to shop-owner). The hardware will survive for quite a while longer, not a single problem on it. Strap buttons are solid, no need of a "straplock" or anything. I would dare to do a gig without a back-up guitar. This guitar is really, really solid and durable. The finish doesn't seem to wear off, still looks fresh after 20 years.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
When I bought the guitar it was setup and intonated, not tuned though. But the action is Killer low for 9-42's in E. I'm gonna put on some 11-52's and do D-tuning on it. Some fretbuzz, but not hearable through amp (even on clean). The frets were filed, overall good condition. Regular scratching on the guitar, but nothing serious. Actually, looks new. Not bad for a 20-year old guitar. The input-jack was broken when I bought it, but the guy in the shop changed it (no extra cost) to a Swtichcraft input. The electronics are well soldered and sits in position really tight.

Features — 9
The guitar is a super-strat, made by Charvel in Japan in -89. Could be -90 or -91 aswell, but i'm fairly sure it's 89 based on the low serial-number. It has a reversed Jackson headstock with a "toothpaste" Charvel logo. - Poplar body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard - 22 Jumbo frets with dotted inlays - Desert Crackle finish and a P-bass inspired pickguard. - LFR Jackson JT590 tremolo (made in Germany by Schaller) - Active electronics with 3 single-coil EMG. - Volume knob, tone knob and a Switch for the Mid-boost (JE-1200). - Locking Jackson-tuners. Tremolo, nut and tuners are in chrome. Everything feels sturdy and solid. The LFR is old as hell but survived a brutal beating for about 20 minutes without even pitching out one little bit (then my patience ran out). The finish is quite rare. Overall the guitar is in really good quality, the frets were redone before I got it. The only - I can give is that I wished it was a humbucker in the bridge position, but the mid-boost covers it up quite good. Still sounds brutal.

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    moose1512
    another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well...
    Skuzzmo
    moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well...
    But it's relative though... if you had a shitty les paul copy but you thought it sounded awesome and someone asked you to give a mark out of 10 why would you give it a 2? To you who knows better a 2 would seem a fair mark but to someone with little experience a 2 would be criminally low.....
    Enzo.Gunner
    I am not a fan os Strats myself but this is one Strat I would, It looks awesome and apparently also has an awesome sound!
    BornToLooze
    moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well...
    I've played blues, metal and country on my dads strat with lace sensors and they all sounded good, it just depends on what kind of amp you use
    eetfuk58
    BornToLooze wrote: moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well... I've played blues, metal and country on my dads strat with lace sensors and they all sounded good, it just depends on what kind of amp you use
    you still look like a douche playing metal with a strat =P
    Amuro Jay
    eetfuk58 wrote: BornToLooze wrote: moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well... I've played blues, metal and country on my dads strat with lace sensors and they all sounded good, it just depends on what kind of amp you use you still look like a douche playing metal with a strat =P
    Tell that to Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers.
    Sam Wotrey
    jetfuel495 wrote: eetfuk58 wrote: BornToLooze wrote: moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well... I've played blues, metal and country on my dads strat with lace sensors and they all sounded good, it just depends on what kind of amp you use you still look like a douche playing metal with a strat =P Tell that to Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers.
    Daaaaayum. And Mikael Akerfeldt, Blackwater Park days.
    Im_Broken
    moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well...
    ever seen a Les Paul mate?
    thecrusher1234!
    jetfuel495 wrote: eetfuk58 wrote: BornToLooze wrote: moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well... I've played blues, metal and country on my dads strat with lace sensors and they all sounded good, it just depends on what kind of amp you use you still look like a douche playing metal with a strat =P Tell that to Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers.
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    Psykopaten123
    another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well...
    Dude... The sound doesn't come from the guitar, the guitar simply puts the ground for the amp. Through my Pod x3 live, it DOES everything. I play death/black/speed/heavy/power metal, rock, blues, some country and clean stuff like Jeff Buckley's hallelujah... And Yes, the tone that comes out in the end is everytime perfection in my ears.
    Psykopaten123
    Just to get it out, through a versatile amp, the guitar can do loads of diffrent sounds. Everything from clean blues to high gain Dimmu Borgir-stuff...
    vferrizz
    jetfuel495 m : eetfuk58 wrote: BornToLooze wrote: moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well... I've played blues, metal and country on my dads strat with lace sensors and they all sounded good, it just depends on what kind of amp you use you still look like a douche playing metal with a strat =P Tell that to Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers. POSTED: 11/16/2010 - 09:21 pm / quote | Sam Wotrey : jetfuel495 wrote: eetfuk58 wrote: BornToLooze wrote: moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well... I've played blues, metal and country on my dads strat with lace sensors and they all sounded good, it just depends on what kind of amp you use you still look like a douche playing metal with a strat =P Tell that to Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers. Daaaaayum. And Mikael Akerfeldt, Blackwater Park days. POSTED: 11/16/2010 - 100 pm / quote | Im_Broken : moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well... ever seen a Les Paul mate? POSTED: 11/17/2010 - 019 am / quote | thecrusher1234! : jetfuel495 wrote: eetfuk58 wrote: BornToLooze wrote: moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well... I've played blues, metal and country on my dads strat with lace sensors and they all sounded good, it just depends on what kind of amp you use you still look like a douche playing metal with a strat =P Tell that to Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers. Status [x]Told [ ]Not Told POSTED: 11/17/2010 - 04:57 am / quote | Psykopaten123 : another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well... Dude... The sound doesn't come from the guitar, the guitar simply puts the ground for the amp. Through my Pod x3 live, it DOES everything. I play death/black/speed/heavy/power metal, rock, blues, some country and clean stuff like Jeff Buckley's hallelujah... And Yes, the tone that comes out in the end is everytime perfection in my ears. POSTED: 11/20/2010 - 017 pm / quote | Psykopaten123 : Just to get it out, through a versatile amp, the guitar can do loads of diffrent sounds. Everything from clean blues to high gain Dimmu Borgir-stuff... POSTED: 11/20/2010 - 01:11 pm / quote | wrote: eetfuk58 wrote: BornToLooze wrote: moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well... I've played blues, metal and country on my dads strat with lace sensors and they all sounded good, it just depends on what kind of amp you use you still look like a douche playing metal with a strat =P Tell that to Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers.
    vferrizz
    You are assuming the "tool" that made that comment even knows who Adrian Smith, dave Murray and Janick Gers are. eetfuk58 probably thinks Prince is the greates guitar player ever.
    juanma_megadeth
    eetfuk58 wrote: BornToLooze wrote: moose1512 wrote: another 10/9 reviewed guitar, no guitar is "The guitar does it all, perfect" ever. Active pick ups play jazz and country perfectly? Id love to see a guitar that plays blues, metal, jazz and country all equally well... I've played blues, metal and country on my dads strat with lace sensors and they all sounded good, it just depends on what kind of amp you use you still look like a douche playing metal with a strat =P
    IRON MAIDEN IS THE BEST METAL BAND OF ALL TIME. Murray and Gers have always have played stratocasters. Adrian Smith has played many types of guitars but he has played many stratocasters, including some charvel. So...if you have nothing smart to say, shut up please. I've recently acquired a 1986 Charvel with DiMarzio evolution pick and a pickup from an Ibanez rg250, this guitar is so versatile. I also had a jackson rr from japan with emg pickups (85 & 89) and the 80's charvel kicks it's ass a thousand times. I'm so happy with the charvel, the sustain is something amazing. Stratocasters are always good looking, simple but classic.