These are the kind of no frills on super hot rod tone and playability. These guitars are so simple and just absolute classic. Most of them come in a just a simple poly lacquer paint job with one humbucker and a volume knob. There are no boosts or tone knobs or anything else between you and your amp. The older I get the more simple I seem to want things. This is a simply superstrat hotrod.
The first time I played a US production Charvel San Dimas I was blown away. What in the world have I been playing all these years? How did I not know about this guitar and why hasn't someone told me about them? These were the thoughts going throw my head. These were the questions I was asking myself as I sat down to jam on this instrument. I had never played a guitar that was so eager to race around the stage with, but a guitar that felt like it had been played for 35 years. The neck on this guitar was so incredible and that is really the reason I was so blown away at how comfortable it was in my hand.
As soon as I plugged it in I knew this was the guitar for me. It had the comfort that I have been searching for all my guitar playing career. Though it has been a short career it was spent most of the time playing was ever was on the shelf at Guitar Center. Most generally you aren't going to find something there that feels this good right out of the box. That right out of the box feeling is important in searching for the right instrument. Many guitars I have played needed a lot of adjustment and fret work in order to have any satisfaction of playing.
This guitar takes no time to figure out. It has one knob that controls the volume and that its. No tone knob or mini switch to activate some boost or and thing like that. Just street ready hard core American muscle guitars. It has a pickup selector to go between the humbuckers and that is as crafty as it gets.
This quite simply is a dream guitar for those fans of the 80's. This is a super fast guitar as is basically a highly hot-rodded super Strat from the 80's. A beefed up Stratocaster with an angry chip on its shoulder. This thing is a rocker and meant to be driving hard.
I played this guitar with a Randall RM100 and the match between the two was heaven. Finished it off with a Randall 4x12 with greenback speakers and that was all I needed. Couple this with a nice analog delay in the loop and your set.
I know I have been raving about the perfection of this guitar and it needs to be said. The custom shop necks feel even better. A little flatter on the neck and smooth as silk. So I still give this a perfect but the custom shop has me chomping at the bit. Either way I love the new US Charvels. Fender has really done a fantastic job bringing these hot rod guitars back to where they should be and where they started 30 years ago.
I would recommend this guitar to any player who is not satisfied with his tone and it in that constant search or quest for something better. Look no further than a sweet sounding and looking Charvel.