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Charvel guitars – originally founded in 1974 in Azusa, California by Wayne Charvel, now holds its headquarters in Glendora, California.
In the late 70s, Charvel were releasing custom guitars based on the famous Fender Stratocaster design which consisted of a Stratocaster style guitar body with a humbucker pickup and Fender style tremolo bridge. This custom design was often referred to as the Charvel Superstrat and was extremely popular with heavy metal guitarists.
The 1980s is when Charvel really came to prominence due to their popularity with a great number of famous heavy metal and rock guitarists. Guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Vinnie Vincent of Kiss and Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister are all famous Charvel players that helped to boost the popularity of Charvel guitars in the 80s.
The early 2000s saw a major comeback for Charvel guitars with the introduction of US made Charvel San Dimas guitars which capture the California origins of Charvel and boast high quality builds and performance. High-end appointments come as standard on most Charvel guitars; really setting them apart from lesser instruments. Some of these features include compound radius fretboards, Floyd Rose bridge and tremolo systems, custom electronics with extremely hot pickups and heavy-duty hardware.
For over forty years since their creation, Charvel guitars has continued to innovate and impress. From the Pro Mod San Dimas guitars to the incredible Charvel Govan Signature guitar and Desolation models there is a Charvel guitar for everyone. With exceptional performance and a devotion to killer tone there is a reason that Charvel guitars are loved by so many and have lasted so long.