CHARVEL CX SERIES

The Charvel CX series were affordable stratocaster style electrics introduced in 1992 and replaced around 1995 by the CH series. The CX-290 and CX-291 had non-locking tremolos, the CX-390 and CX-391 had double locking tremolos. The CX-392, CX-592 and CX 692 had no pick guards, strat-shaped headstocks and were SSS, HSH and HSS configuration respectively. CXs with strat shaped headstocks are less common and perhaps were made for distribution in Japan only for legal reasons. Although these were at the cheaper end of the Charvel range, they were Japanese made and had the great Charvel neck profile.

CHARVEL CX290

The Charvel CX290 was made between 1992 and 1995. The CX290 was a basswood bodied stratocaster style electric. Pickups were HSS - a Jackson J-55 humbucker at the bridge and two J-110 single coils.

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CHARVEL CX291

Introduced in the late 1980s the Charvel CX291 is a stratocaster style electric. The CX291 had a basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, three Jackson J-110 single coil pickups (some have Charvel branded pickups) and a JT480 tremolo bridge. The early ones had Fender shaped headstocks.

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CHARVEL CX390

CHARVEL produced the CX390 between 1992 and 1995. It was a basswood bodied Japanese made superstrat. Pickups were HSS configuration - a Jackson J-55 humbucker at the bridge and two J-110 single coils. The bridge was a double locking

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CHARVEL CX391

The Charvel CX-391 was a Japanese made superstrat introduced in the early1990s. Pickups were HSH configuration: 2 Jackson J-55 humbuckers and a J-110 single coil. The bridge was a JB-580 double locking tremolo.

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CHARVEL CX392

Introduced in the 1992 the Charvel CX392 is a stratocaster style electric. The CX392 had a basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, three Jackson J-110 single coil pickups and a JT280 tremolo bridge.

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CHARVEL CX592

The Charvel CX-592 is a 1992 Japanese made superstrat. It features HSH pickup configuration with two Jackson J-55 humbuckers and a  J-110 single coil. The bridge is a JT280 double locking tremolo and it has a strat shaped headstock.

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CHARVEL CX692

The Charvel CX-692 is a Japanese superstrat from 1992. It has HSS pickup configuration, with Jackson J-55 humbucker and J-110 single coils. The bridge was a J280 double locking tremolo.

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsMade inNumber of stringsScale length
CHARVEL CX290
1992 to 1995

black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finishJapan6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
CHARVEL CX291
1989 to 1995

black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finishJapan6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
CHARVEL CX390
1992 to 1996

black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finishJapan6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
CHARVEL CX391
1992 to 1995

black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finishJapan6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
CHARVEL CX392
1992
black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finishJapan6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
CHARVEL CX592
1992
black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finishJapan6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
CHARVEL CX692
1992
black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finishJapan6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
ModelPickup selector controlsTone controlsVolume controls
CHARVEL CX290
1992 to 1995

5-way selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
CHARVEL CX291
1989 to 1995

5-way selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
CHARVEL CX390
1992 to 1996

5-way selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
CHARVEL CX391
1992 to 1995

5-way selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
CHARVEL CX392
1992
5-way selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
CHARVEL CX592
1992
5-way selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
CHARVEL CX692
1992
5-way selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
ModelPickups brand and modelPickups configuration
CHARVEL CX290
1992 to 1995

Jackson J110 pickup(s), Jackson J55 pickup(s)2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup
CHARVEL CX291
1989 to 1995

Charvel pickup(s), Jackson J110 pickup(s)3 single coil pickups
CHARVEL CX390
1992 to 1996

Jackson J110 pickup(s), Jackson J55 pickup(s)2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup
CHARVEL CX391
1992 to 1995

Jackson J110 pickup(s), Jackson J55 pickup(s)2 humbuckers and 1 single coil pickup
CHARVEL CX392
1992
Charvel pickup(s), Jackson J110 pickup(s)3 single coil pickups
CHARVEL CX592
1992
Jackson J110 pickup(s), Jackson J55 pickup(s)2 humbuckers and 1 single coil pickup
CHARVEL CX692
1992
Jackson J110 pickup(s), Jackson J55 pickup(s)2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup
ModelBody materialBody stylePickguard material
CHARVEL CX290
1992 to 1995

basswood bodyStratocaster stylewhite pickguard
CHARVEL CX291
1989 to 1995

basswood bodyStratocaster stylewhite pickguard
CHARVEL CX390
1992 to 1996

basswood bodyStratocaster styleblack pickguard
CHARVEL CX391
1992 to 1995

basswood bodyStratocaster styleblack pickguard
CHARVEL CX392
1992
basswood bodyStratocaster style-
CHARVEL CX592
1992
basswood bodyStratocaster style-
CHARVEL CX692
1992
basswood bodyStratocaster style-
ModelBridgeHardware color
CHARVEL CX290
1992 to 1995

tremolo bridgechrome hardware
CHARVEL CX291
1989 to 1995

tremolo bridgechrome hardware
CHARVEL CX390
1992 to 1996

Jackson JT580LP tremolochrome hardware
CHARVEL CX391
1992 to 1995

Jackson JT580LP tremolochrome hardware
CHARVEL CX392
1992
tremolo bridgechrome hardware
CHARVEL CX592
1992
Jackson JT280 tremolochrome hardware
CHARVEL CX692
1992
Jackson JT280 tremolochrome hardware
ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
CHARVEL CX290
1992 to 1995

pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
CHARVEL CX291
1989 to 1995

-rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
CHARVEL CX390
1992 to 1996

pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
CHARVEL CX391
1992 to 1995

pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboard-
CHARVEL CX392
1992
-rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
CHARVEL CX592
1992
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboard-
CHARVEL CX692
1992
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
ModelNeck jointNeck materialNeck widthNumber of fretsTuner layout
CHARVEL CX290
1992 to 1995

bolt on neckmaple neck1.625 inches wide at nut22 fretsix-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL CX291
1989 to 1995

bolt on neckmaple neck1.625 inches wide at nut22 fretsix-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL CX390
1992 to 1996

bolt on neckmaple neck1.625 inches wide at nut22 fretsix-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL CX391
1992 to 1995

bolt on neckmaple neck1.625 inches wide at nut22 fretsix-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL CX392
1992
bolt on neckmaple neck1.625 inches wide at nut22 fretsix-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL CX592
1992
bolt on neckmaple neck1.625 inches wide at nut22 fretsix-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL CX692
1992
bolt on neckmaple neck1.625 inches wide at nut22 fretsix-in-a-row tuners