CHARVEL MODEL SERIES

The Charvel Model Series was introduced following the company's move to Ontario California. The success of Charvel in the 1980s led to Grover Jackson's plan to establish Japanese production lines for the most popular Charvel designs. These Charvel Model Series guitars were made in Japan (until 1989 when Grover Jackson sold Charvel/Jackson to the Japanese manufacturer IMC).

CHARVEL MODEL 1

CHARVEL manufactured the MODEL 1 superstrat between 1986 and 1989. It had a single Jackson 90C humbucker controlled by a single volume knob.

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CHARVEL Model 1A

The Charvel Model 1A was a superstrat like the Model 1, except with 3 Jackson J100 single coil pickups mounted in a black scratchplate & additional controls.

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CHARVEL MODEL 1B

Production of the Charvel 1B began in 1986 and ended in 1989.

Penny Braybrooke reviewed the Charvel 1B in Guitarist magazine in July 1988:

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CHARVEL MODEL 2

Production of the Charvel MODEL 2 began in 1986 and ended in 1989. It was like the Model 1 except with a double locking Jackson JT6 tremolo and rosewood fingerboard. The early ones made in 1986 had Kahler 2520 locking tremolos.

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CHARVEL MODEL 2B

Production of the MODEL 2B began in 1986 and ended in 1989

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CHARVEL MODEL 3

CHARVEL made the MODEL 3 between 1986 and 1989. It's like a Model 1 but with different pickups and controls.

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CHARVEL Model 3A

The Model 3A was made between 1986 and 1988

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CHARVEL MODEL 3B

Production of the MODEL 3B began in 1986 and ended in 1989

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CHARVEL MODEL 4

CHARVEL manufactured the MODEL 4 between 1986 and 1989

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CHARVEL MODEL 5

CHARVEL manufactured the MODEL 5 between 1986 and 1989

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CHARVEL MODEL 6

The Charvel Model 6 was introduced in 1986, following the company's move to Ontario California. The success of Charvel in the 1980s led to Grover Jackson's plan to establish Japanese production lines for the most popular Charvel designs. These Charvel Model Series guitars were made in Japan (until 1989 when Grover Jackson sold Charvel/Jackson to the Japanese manufacturer IMC).

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Specifications:

ModelImageWeightFinish colorsMade inNumber of stringsScale length
CHARVEL MODEL 1
1986 to 1989
8 lb
black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finishJapan6 strings-
CHARVEL Model 1A
1986 to 1989
-black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finishJapan6 strings-
CHARVEL MODEL 1B
1986 to 1989
8.5 lb
black finish, red finish, white finishJapan4 strings-
CHARVEL MODEL 2
1986 to 1989
-black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finishJapan6 strings-
CHARVEL MODEL 2B
1986 to 1989
No image yet-black finish, red finish, white finish-4 strings-
CHARVEL MODEL 3
1986 to 1989
No image yet---6 strings-
CHARVEL Model 3A
1986 to 1988
No image yet---6 strings-
CHARVEL MODEL 3B
1986 to 1989
No image yet-black finish, red finish, white finish-4 strings-
CHARVEL MODEL 4
1986 to 1989
No image yet-black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finish-6 strings-
CHARVEL MODEL 5
1986 to 1989
No image yet-black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finish-6 strings-
CHARVEL MODEL 6
1986 to 1989
-black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finish-6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
ModelVolume controlsPickup selector controlsTone controlsControls materialEQ or mix controlsNumber of control knobs
CHARVEL MODEL 1
1986 to 1989
1 volume control-----
CHARVEL Model 1A
1986 to 1989
1 volume control5-way selector switch1 tone control---
CHARVEL MODEL 1B
1986 to 1989
1 volume control-1 tone control---
CHARVEL MODEL 2
1986 to 1989
1 volume control-----
CHARVEL MODEL 2B
1986 to 1989
2 volume controls-2 tone controls---
CHARVEL MODEL 3
1986 to 1989
-5-way selector switch1 tone control---
CHARVEL Model 3A
1986 to 1988
-5-way selector switch1 tone control---
CHARVEL MODEL 3B
1986 to 1989
2 volume controls-2 tone controls---
CHARVEL MODEL 4
1986 to 1989
-5-way selector switch1 tone control---
CHARVEL MODEL 5
1986 to 1989
-5-way selector switch1 tone control---
CHARVEL MODEL 6
1986 to 1989
1 volume control3 pickup selector switches1 tone controlblack controls1 EQ control3 control knobs
ModelPickups brand and modelPickups configurationPreampCircuit functions
CHARVEL MODEL 1
1986 to 1989
Charvel J90-C pickup(s)1 humbucker pickup--
CHARVEL Model 1A
1986 to 1989
Jackson J100 pickup(s)3 single coil pickups--
CHARVEL MODEL 1B
1986 to 1989
Charvel pickup(s)1 split coil pickup--
CHARVEL MODEL 2
1986 to 1989
Charvel J90-C pickup(s)1 humbucker pickup--
CHARVEL MODEL 2B
1986 to 1989
Charvel pickup(s)precision style/jazz bass style pickups--
CHARVEL MODEL 3
1986 to 1989
-2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup--
CHARVEL Model 3A
1986 to 1988
-2 humbucker pickups--
CHARVEL MODEL 3B
1986 to 1989
Charvel pickup(s)2 jazz bass style pickups--
CHARVEL MODEL 4
1986 to 1989
Charvel J90-C pickup(s)2 humbucker pickupsactive preamp-
CHARVEL MODEL 5
1986 to 1989
Charvel J90-C pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups--
CHARVEL MODEL 6
1986 to 1989
Jackson J200 pickup(s), Jackson J50 pickup(s)2 stacked coil/1 humbucker pickupsJackson JE-1200, active preampactive electronics
ModelBody shape featuresBody styleBody materialPickguard material
CHARVEL MODEL 1
1986 to 1989
double cutawaysuper strat style body--
CHARVEL Model 1A
1986 to 1989
double cutawaysuper strat style bodybasswood body, wood bodyblack pickguard, white pickguard
CHARVEL MODEL 1B
1986 to 1989
double cutawayprecision bass stylepoplar body-
CHARVEL MODEL 2
1986 to 1989
double cutawaysuper strat style bodybasswood body-
CHARVEL MODEL 2B
1986 to 1989
double cutaway-wood body-
CHARVEL MODEL 3
1986 to 1989
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CHARVEL Model 3A
1986 to 1988
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CHARVEL MODEL 3B
1986 to 1989
double cutaway-wood body-
CHARVEL MODEL 4
1986 to 1989
double cutaway-wood bodywhite pickguard
CHARVEL MODEL 5
1986 to 1989
double cutaway-wood bodywhite pickguard
CHARVEL MODEL 6
1986 to 1989
double cutawaysuper strat style bodypoplar body-
ModelBridgeHardware color
CHARVEL MODEL 1
1986 to 1989
fixed bridgechrome hardware
CHARVEL Model 1A
1986 to 1989
fixed bridgechrome hardware
CHARVEL MODEL 1B
1986 to 1989
fixed bridgeblack hardware
CHARVEL MODEL 2
1986 to 1989
Jackson JT6 tremolo, Kahler locking tremolo, tremolo bridgeblack hardware
CHARVEL MODEL 2B
1986 to 1989
fixed bridgechrome hardware
CHARVEL MODEL 3
1986 to 1989
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CHARVEL Model 3A
1986 to 1988
tremolo bridge-
CHARVEL MODEL 3B
1986 to 1989
fixed bridgechrome hardware
CHARVEL MODEL 4
1986 to 1989
tremolo bridgechrome hardware
CHARVEL MODEL 5
1986 to 1989
tremolo bridgechrome hardware
CHARVEL MODEL 6
1986 to 1989
Jackson JT6 tremolo, Kahler tremoloblack hardware, chrome hardware
ModelFingerboard materialFingerboard position markersFingerboard inlay material
CHARVEL MODEL 1
1986 to 1989
maple fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
CHARVEL Model 1A
1986 to 1989
maple fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
CHARVEL MODEL 1B
1986 to 1989
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markerspearl fingerboard inlay material
CHARVEL MODEL 2
1986 to 1989
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
CHARVEL MODEL 2B
1986 to 1989
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markerspearl fingerboard inlay material
CHARVEL MODEL 3
1986 to 1989
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CHARVEL Model 3A
1986 to 1988
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CHARVEL MODEL 3B
1986 to 1989
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markerspearl fingerboard inlay material
CHARVEL MODEL 4
1986 to 1989
maple fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
CHARVEL MODEL 5
1986 to 1989
maple fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
CHARVEL MODEL 6
1986 to 1989
rosewood fingerboardshark fin fingerboard position markersmother of pearl fingerboard inlay material
ModelNeck jointNeck materialNumber of fretsNutPeghead (headstock)Tuner layout
CHARVEL MODEL 1
1986 to 1989
bolt on neckmaple neck22 fretgraphite nutpointed headstocksix-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL Model 1A
1986 to 1989
bolt on neckmaple neck22 fretgraphite nutpointed headstocksix-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL MODEL 1B
1986 to 1989
bolt on neckmaple neck21 fret--four-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL MODEL 2
1986 to 1989
bolt on neckmaple neck22 fret-pointed headstocksix-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL MODEL 2B
1986 to 1989
bolt on neckmaple neck21 fret--four-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL MODEL 3
1986 to 1989
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CHARVEL Model 3A
1986 to 1988
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CHARVEL MODEL 3B
1986 to 1989
neck through body-21 fret--four-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL MODEL 4
1986 to 1989
bolt on neckmaple neck22 fret--six-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL MODEL 5
1986 to 1989
neck through body-22 fret--six-in-a-row tuners
CHARVEL MODEL 6
1986 to 1989
neck through bodymaple neck24 fretlocking nutpointed headstocksix-in-a-row tuners