• Charvel CX-290 electric guitar
    Charvel CX-290


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Dates of manufacture: 

1992 to 1995

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. The rosewodd fingerboard has a 15 inch radius.

Specifications (22)


Pickup selector controls5-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups brand and modelJackson J110 pickup(s), Jackson J55 pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup


Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, red finish, white finish
Made inJapan
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length


Body materialbasswood body
Body styleStratocaster style
Pickguard materialwhite pickguard


Bridgetremolo bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Neck width1.625 inches wide at nut
Number of frets22 fret
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Prices (13)

2015$90.00excellentRobI removed the strings so I could take off the neck and tighten the truss rod, cleaned everything and reassembled the guitar. I then installed new strings, set the intonation and string height and now I am a happy camper. Sounds better than my Squier standard Strat...
1996$500excellentThis is one of the nicest playing guitars. I have owned it for over 20 years. Amazing neck! I have spent over $1500 on other guitars and this guitar is better playing. Electronics are not the greatest.
2009$800excellentDaveneck alone is worth the money change pickups and it will play like a guitar costing $2000
2013$700excellentChrisNice guitar they don't build them like this anymore. As others have said fantastic neck I actually like the neck better then the new $1000 Charvels.
1996$500excellentMarkI still own this own this guitar and love it.
2016$189goodiangreat sounding guitar. I used to have a Jackson/ charvel strat mid 80s this sounds just as good. highly recommend buy one
1993450 FRF excellentman
2017$80.00goodDavePurchased from a Goodwill store and glad I did After cleaning off some major corrosion and replacing the pickups this is one of my Go To guitars its very comfortable good balance I didn't go crazy with the pickups I installed a used set from a Model 4 and left every thing else stock I certainly wouldn't pay over 200 for this guitar but if you can pick one up cheap and replace the pickups its definitely worth it

Reviews (3)

CHARVEL CX290 reviewed by Ken Kerrick

Average: 3 (1 vote)
I've had one of these guitars since 1992. It came to me by way of a singer who gave up playing it after two weeks and he gave it to me. It was always kind of a project guitar whereas I would try out new electronic configurations prior to installing them on my more expensive guitars. In stock configuration, the frets were mildly uneven, so it would buss at a low action and the electronics were crap. The tremolo block fractured after about 25 years of service (pig iron block). It can use a MIM Strat replacement bridge so that was not to hard to rectify. In the last year, I invested in bringing it to a pro level as an artist repainted it. The mods I had done were: 1. Replaced the nut with a Tusq nut 2. Added an additional string tree for the g and d strings 3. Polish and level the frets 4. Sanded the finish on the back of the neck to bare wood 5. Replaced the tremolo block with a rolled steel block 6. Replaced the electronics with Fender vintage hot noiseless preloaded pickguard. That cost around $1500 to rework. If buying this off the shelf I would not pay more than $200 for it.

CHARVEL CX290 reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 4 (1 vote)
Necks are amazing for the money. Good tone, pickups are OK but put in some good pickups and this guitar sounds incredible. Hard to find guitar now but back in the day you could find them used for a couple hundred dollars. You may still find some used ones cheap at guitar stores that don't know what they really have. These Charvels are becoming rare in original condition. Buddy of mine is a guitar tech and just purchased a mint condition original from a customer. I played it and was very impressed with it for a made in Japan guitar, plays better then my USA strat. My strat is higher quality and fit in finish is much better but I can't get over the neck on this Charvel.

CHARVEL CX290 reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 4 (1 vote)
Excellent build guitars. But with bad pickups and a cheap-ass single layer plastic scratchplate. Replace the pickups and you'll have a better than most fenders guitar. Replacing the nut and the zinc block tremolo with a steel block or a brass block tremolo makes it even better. The neck (all Charvel necks are outstanding) and the body are really good! Don't make the mistake to think that a basswood body sounds cheap. These are made of hi-end basswood that sounds a little "rounder" than alder.

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