Charvel brought along four new axes to Summer NAMM 2018, and they’re all performance Super Strats.
The line-up includes a pair of Pro-Mod DK24 models, a Super Stock Model 1888, and a signature SD24 for Miss May I guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe. Read on for the deets.
Pro-Mod DK24 HSS and Pro-Mod DK24 HSH
These bad boys join the dual-humbucking Pro-Mod DK24 in Charvel’s family of modern guitars made for rock and metal.
Crafted with shredders in mind, the guitars are built with a two-piece caramelized maple “speed” neck on an alder Dinky body. Their 12- to 16-inch compound radius fretboards, 24 jumbo frets and rolled edges also make them a joy for lightning-fast players. The package is topped off by a recessed Gotoh Custom 510 Tremolo bridge and locking tuners.
Where the HSS and HSH differ are its pickups and finishes. Both six-strings are equipped with Seymour Duncans: custom Full Shred SH-10B humbuckers in the bridge and Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 single-coils in the middle. The HSS has another Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 at the neck while the HSH has an Alnico II Pro APH-1N humbucker in that position.
And you gotta love the colors available on both guitars. The HSS comes in two millennial-friendly pastel shades of Satin Shell Pink and Primer Gray, while the HSH adopts a ‘camo’ vibe with Satin Orange Crush and Matte Army Drab finishes.
Both guitars list for $1,360.53.
Limited Edition Super Stock Model 1888
Its ferocious looks are an homage to the classic Charvel Model 88 from the ’80s, but the Model 1888 packs a few modern touches.
A 12- to 16-inch compound radius ebony fretboard, with pearloid sharkfin inlays, sit atop a graphite-reinforced one-piece maple “speed” neck. That’s bolted onto a mahogany Dinky body, which bears a glossy Dark Brown Sunburst finish. And as finishing aesthetic touches, this guitar has a reverse pointed headstock and all-black hardware. Wicked.
In the electronics department, the Model 1888 is a true beast, too. It has a HS pickup configuration that comprises a high-output DiMarzio Super Distortion DP218 at the neck and a DiMarzio Super Distortion at the bridge.
The Model 1888 lists for $1,360.53.
Limited Edition Signature Pro-Mod SD24 Justin Aufdemkempe
Designed for Justin Aufdemkempe of metalcore band Miss May I, this Pro-Mod SD24 has got all the features to do justice to the aggressive guitarist’s craft.
This Trans Red beauty comes in a classic mahogany San Dimas body with a Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge slapped on at the end. It’s built with a two-piece bolt-on maple “speed” neck, and shares a similar compound radius maple fretboard that you’ll find on the regular DK24s. Twenty-four jumbo frets with rolled edges make the guitar a cinch to play, too.
Loyal to Aufdemkempe’s style, this SD24’s pickups are a combination of a Fender Texas Special single-coil at the neck and a Seymour Duncan Distortion SH-6B at the bridge.
And spicing things up is a big, bright red kill switch, which can be tapped to create sudden, staccato mutes.
The Justin Aufdemkampe Signature Pro-Mod SD24 lists for $1,496.59.
For more info, check out charvel.com.