Charvel San Dimas Bengal Superstrat
|This Charvel is a 99.5
on a scale of 100, with the only non-factory original item being the Seymour Duncan
"EVH" pickup - the original factory "JB" was much too sterile to my
ears in this guitar - I believe it is a maple body, as it is quite a bit heavier than my
82 Charvel. I still have the factory original JB pickup, but since I have no plans to sell
this I doubt that it will be going back in her.
|This one came home in
mid 2002 - she was a bit more expensive than I hoped for, but being a George Lynch fan and
given the fact that she has an Ebony board and a factory Floyd, I had to have her. I also
was in the mood to add another original San Dimas Charvel to the collection, so I pulled
out all the stops to grab this one.
|One thing worth noting
is that there is a big difference between the "pointy" head neck on this guitar
when compared to the "strathead" neck on my '82 Charvel. The pointy neck is much
thinner than the strathead and the nut width is 1-5/8 as opposed to 1-3/4 on the
|Two things that set this
guitar apart from most Charvel "Pointies" are the factory Floyd Rose and the
matching graphic headstock - both of which are not common finds. At this time, a customer
would have to supply their own Floyd Rose if they wanted it factory installed. Kahler
trems are much more common on this era of Charvels, as Kramer had the exclusive OEM deal
with Floyd Rose.
|These guitars have a
very long, storied history which I won't bother to go into here. Those interested in a
complete history and overview of San Dimas era Charvels should visit usacharvels.com,
where you will find one of the largest known collections of Charvel guitars as well as an
intricate, detailed history of the Charvel bloodline.