Charvel So-Cal Style 1 HH
Charvel So-Cal Style 1 HH

So-Cal Style 1 HH, Gitarre mit SC Form from Charvel in the Pro-Mod series.

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King Loudness 27/01/2012

Charvel So-Cal Style 1 HH: Produktbewertung von King Loudness (content in English)

"Another rocker!"

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The Charvel So Cal is the third and final model introduced by the revived Charvel company in 2008. It is basically another version of their famous "hot rod" guitars that spread like wildfire throughout the eighties. They were made with the motto of being customized from the factory with the right high quality parts to avoid endless modding. This particular model was built in the USA and features an alder body, a quartersawn maple neck and fretboard, 22 jumbo frets, a locking Original Floyd Rose system, Grover tuners, and a pair of DiMarzio humbuckers (an EVO in the neck and a Tone Zone in the bridge). These are mounted on a classy black pickguard and wired to a single volume control and a 3 way toggle switch.


The design of this guitar is pretty ergonomic. It's of a medium weight and the strat style design forms very well to the body with its ample contouring. The neck is a true wonder, being that it's a very comfortable thin C profile, and the finish is tung oil on raw quartersawn maple. Can you say fast? It feels EXTREMELY natural and awesome and has fast become my preferred neck configuration, so much so that I order it on custom builds from other companies. The upper fret access is pretty good, but is hindered a bit by the very thick neck plate, which can get in the way, especially if you have larger hands. Getting a good tone out of this guitar is pretty easy. It was optimized for hard rock tones, and the guitar does that very well. I prefer the Seymour Duncans in the San Dimas guitars, but the DiMarzio models in this one do a decent job at getting some cool cleans and rippin' shred tones on the go.


This guitar is loaded with the DiMarzio pickups which I believe are a bit hotter than the Duncans in the other guitars. They're a nice choice for the player who wants something a little more modern for some heavier tones, but they still have enough punch for more classic sounds. The EVO in the neck offers some nice punchy clean tones and very fluid drive sounds a-la Steve Vai or John Petrucci, and the TZ bridge pickup has a nice harmonic set, perfect for getting really crunchy tones for rock riffage or some screaming leads. It's a little bit darker than the JB pickup in the San Dimas, but it still has more than enough power to really kick when driven through a tube amp like a Marshall or Boogie.


All in all I think the Charvel So Cal is a great buy for anyone looking for an awesome US made superstrat with great parts, excellent workmanship, great tones, and one of the best feeling necks on the planet. They can be had used for about $650 which is a pretty sweet deal considering that it's made in the USA and uses great parts. The DiMarzio pickups in this model might not be to everyone's taste, but I liked them well enough, just not as much as the Seymour Duncans in the other models. Definitely worth checking out!