• Charvel Traditional (cherry sunburst)
  • Charvel Traditional
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2002 to 2003

The Charvel TRADITIONAL was made in Japan between 2002 and 2003. The Traditional has Seymour Duncan pickups (two stacked humbuckers plus a normal humbucker) with a Jackson JT580LP double locking vibrato bridge. The body is alder, but with a quilt maple top on the transparent finish models.

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Body materialalder body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Body styleStratocaster style
Body top materialfigured maple body top


BridgeJackson JT580LP tremolo
Hardware colorblack hardware


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


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


Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut
Number of frets22 fret
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners


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


Pickups brand and modelSeymour Duncan Cool Rails Stacked pickup(s), Seymour Duncan Hot Rails Stacked pickup(s), Seymour Duncan SH14 pickup(s)
Pickups configuration3 pickups

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Made in Japan. Body: Alder, Neck: Bolt-On Quartersawn Maple. Mother of Pearl Dot Position Inlays. Width at Nut: 1-11/16 in. The electronics on these guitars were cheap and the JT 580LP tremolo started giving me some trouble as well. My Guitar tech replaced the trem with a new OFR and nut. The tone knob was deleted and a kill switch (mini-toggle) was put in its place. the volume potentiometer was upgraded to a 500K, the 5-way switch was replaced, The jack was very cheap as well and had to be replaced. The humbucker in the guitar was a Seymour Duncan Custom Custom SH-11 (Which sounded really warm and sweet) but I needed a little more bite. I put the trem spaced TB-5 in its place. The shape of the body, seems to be different than other Jacksons or Charvels and the horns are a little sharper and shorter. Its an excellent guitar for playing in a classical position. When buying one of these remember that you will be doing upgrades on it and unless you can do the repairs yourself, you would be better off buying a USA model that already has the upgrades from the factory.

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