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Charvel of Kramer

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Duff  
9 Sep 2010 13:42 | Quote
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Charvel of Kramer .... Kramer the well known guitar brand ... many famous guitar players played Kramer Guitars ... but I wanna say that Charvel Guitars came up with those 2 guitars so-cal and san dimas ... which I think are very awesome guitars and very afortable ones :P (c heck those out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mvd0HD2E5Fo )


But what do you think????
case211  
9 Sep 2010 14:07 | Quote
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They're both awesome guitars. I would love to get a San Dimas Charvel but would also like to grab a Kramer Striker. About the same as any other guitar for me though ;) They're all desirable! haha
Duff  
9 Sep 2010 14:15 | Quote
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indeed :D
macandkanga  
9 Sep 2010 14:45 | Quote
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Gibson owns Kramer and Fender owns Charvel. Fender and Gibson are like the GM and Ford of guitars. Just thought that was interesting.
BodomBeachTerror  
9 Sep 2010 14:50 | Quote
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I thought Charvel was owned by Jackson? or was it viseversa. or are the just in the same category because they are both owned by Fender?
EMB5490  
9 Sep 2010 15:09 | Quote
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charvel is jackson... maker of jackson made charvels...
BodomBeachTerror  
9 Sep 2010 15:11 | Quote
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how confusing.

anywho, I wouldnt know.
MoshZilla1016  
9 Sep 2010 15:20 | Quote
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The Charvel® Story

In November 1978, Wayne Charvel sold the small Azusa, California, company he founded earlier that decade, Charvel's Guitar Repair, to one of his employees, Grover Jackson. Charvel left the company soon afterward and ceased having any real association with the company's name from that point on.

Jackson promptly began building highly regarded electric guitars bearing the Charvel name. In 1980, he was introduced to Ozzy Osbourne's new young guitarist, Randy Rhoads; the two began to develop an angular, neck-through-body guitar designed by Rhoads himself that quickly evolved into a model dubbed the "Concorde." Wary of putting the Charvel name on this radical new instrument lest it not prove a smashing success, Jackson instead put his own surname on the headstock in a move that prompted the creation of the Jackson guitar brand (the guitar was eventually re-christened the "Rhoads" model and remains a top Jackson seller today).

In the meantime, Grover Jackson had moved production to neighboring Glendora, California, where both brands were manufactured until moving to Ontario, California, in 1986.

Grover Jackson sold Jackson/Charvel to Japanese manufacturer AMIC in 1989. Thenceforth, Charvel guitars were produced to very high standards in Japan until 1991. Interestingly, the neck plates on these bolt-on neck Charvel models bear AMIC's Fort Worth, Texas, address despite the fact that they were built in Japan.

Charvel's active-electronics Model 4 and Model 6 guitars became popular in the latter part of the '80s before the line was revamped in 1989 into several different series, including the Classic, Fusion and Contemporary instruments. Guitars in the Classic series included the 275, 375, 375 Deluxe, 475 and 750xl models. Fusion series deluxe and custom guitars had shorter scales than the others; the Contemporary line included the Predator and Spectrum models. Most of these guitars featured Schaller®-made hardware, including licensed Floyd Rose® locking tremolo units. The Korean-made Charvette brand was also introduced during these years to cover the lower end of the market.

Unfortunately at the time, the grunge rock boom of the early 1990s spelled trouble for Charvel; the brand fell from favor and suffered a drop in quality as the name was used on lower-quality budget instruments. Nonetheless, the '90s and early 2000s did see several attempts to restore Jackson/Charvel to its '80s-era glory, with high-quality Japanese and U.S.-made guitars such as the Journeyman. And, of course, original U.S.-made Charvel guitars (referred to as San Dimas® models after the San Dimas, California P.O. box listed on their neck plates) remain some of the most highly sought-after guitars in the world today.

Charvel and Jackson were bought by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation in fall 2002, and the Charvel name saw a rebirth with several U.S.-made San Dimas® models, so named in order to recapture the spirit of the original high-quality U.S.-made guitars.

Today, Charvel offers several U.S. made Custom-Built guitars, a set of Warren DeMartini signature models, and the all new U.S.A. Production Model Series.

By the way I choose Charvel.
macandkanga  
9 Sep 2010 16:30 | Quote
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My Buddy had a Star Charvel that was originally custom made for Van Halen. The finish was cracking all over so it was given to someone who eventually sold it to my friend. He let me use it when I played at a place called the Anti Club in Hollywood. I loved that guitar! I have'nt seen him or the guitar in almost 20 years.


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