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Charvel Natural Series, Nitro Aged, Custom-Built, Production Models, Grover Jackson Legacy Series; they're all here at The Music Zoo. We've been fans ever since the first Charvels came out of a tiny shop in 1978. Now The Music Zoo is proud to be one of the biggest Charvel dealers in the world. Learn more about our Music Zoo Exclusive Charvels. The guitars pictured here are in stock and individually photographed. Please note: we will ship Charvel® products within the United States only.




Charvel Custom San Dimas Mahogany Metal Mod 6 Str
This Charvel Custom guitar is absolutely built for metal. Most notably it comes with two Bare Knuckle Warpig humbucker pickups with black Battle-Worn covers. These pickups were designed to be an "All-out extreme metal humbucker capable of seriously dark and saturated tones" as Bare Knuckle describes. There's a distinct emphasis on bass and mids, and less highs. The guitar is very much a mahogany-bodied San Dimas with the distinction of having a maple neck, gorgeous ebony fretboard and 22 jumbo, stainless steel frets. Perhaps simple in design and aesthetic, this is a sophisticated guitar capable of a wide musical pallete involving high-performance guitar playing--from jazz to fusion to metal.
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Charvel Custom Shop 7-String Mahogany San Dimas Electric Guitar Natural
This 7-String Natural Oil San Dimas was built by the very talented "Red" Dave Nichols. The oil finish makes this guitar just about as fast a player as you can get, and we love the look of the maple fretboard sans inlays, which keeps the natural wood motif going throughout the entire guitar.

Charvel®, San Dimas®, and the distinctive headstock design commonly found on Charvel® guitars are registered trademarks of FMIC under license to JCMI.
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Charvel Custom Shop 7-String San Dimas Electric Guitar Matte Black
Looking for Charvel looks and playability, but taken down a notch in the Low End department? Here's your axe, and we think you couldn't ask for anything cooler: a 7-String San Dimas with a gunstock oil finished maple neck and a matte black finish to the body. We think the single piece of quartersawn maple looks excellent sans inlays, and the guitar is loaded with one Seymour Duncan Custom humbucker with a lone master volume for a straight "plug in and play" vibe.
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Charvel Custom Shop Exclusive Carbonized Recycled Redwood San Dimas HH NOS Electric Guitar
This is a very special run of instruments with a great history; introducing the Music Zoo exclusive Charvel Custom Shop Recycled Redwood San Dimas. This Redwood has a fantastic story to it that starts with a very exciting time in American history. We think the Redwood really lets the nuances of your playing shine through. Notes come out crystal clear no matter how lightly played, and the resonance of this guitar when turned up through an overdriven tube amp gave us one of those Spinal Tap moments; you could go for a walk and come back to the E chord still going.

We decided to build these out with two direct mounted pickups, crown head tuners, a light oil finish and your choice of Floyd Rose or NOS tremolo. The curly maple necks have been carbonized, a revolutionary process to stabilize the moisture content of the wood, significantly lightening it, making it more resonant, and stabilizing it against atmospheric changes forever. These guitars are a medium weight and full of tone, with an incredibly comfortable neck, and a piece of wood that just kind of makes you go "wow" when you get it in your hands. Read on for more info on both the Redwood bodies and carbonized necks.

Recycled Redwood Body:
The pieces of Redwood used in this run of guitars was originally used in the construction of the Brown's Canyon Trestle, near Occidental, California. The trestle was built in 1876, and at the time it was the longest and tallest trestle west of the Mississippi to carry trains which were logging the Redwood forest following the California Gold Rush.The trestle was taken apart during the 1930's, and some of the lumber was used for constructing a San Jose, California shopping center. Fast forward to today, when the shopping center is no more, and we have turned these 135-year-old pieces of wood into some of the best sounding Charvels we have ever heard.

Carbonized Maple Neck:
Kiln-drying is an age-old technique used to season wood for use in building instruments, but this new process takes kiln-drying a step further. The wood is essentially cooking in a pressurized kiln in its own moisture and gasses as they escape. Much of the hemi-cellulose is cooked out, similar to what happens as wood ages. Cooked wood resembles 100+ year old wood in this respect. Loss of hemi-cellulose lightens the wood and reduces the damping factor so that it has a crisper, longer ring time, losing more weight than stiffness so that the stiffness to weight ratio is increased. The lignin (glue) undergoes a hardening process, making the wood less flexible. The loss of hemi-cellulose and hardening of lignin collectively increase the stiffness to weight ratio by 15% to 25% depending on species. Most of the cellularly bound water is driven off or combined into larger, more stable molecules. This characteristic makes the wood significantly more stable in use, and locks the moisture content around 10 percent. This means that the wood will not take on moisture nor release moisture during its life, which keeps it from being susceptible to climate and humidity changes as the seasons change or as the guitar travels from city to city. This equals fewer neck adjustments and playing issues over the lifetime of the instrument. The release of this moisture also greatly reduces the weight of the wood, making for lightweight and ultimately more resonant necks.

Read the Guitar Player Review of the Charvel San Dimas Carbonized Natural Series!

Charvel® and San Dimas® are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation under license to JCMI.
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Charvel Custom Shop Exclusive San Dimas Mahogany Natural Series
Tone, Feel, and Performance. What else do you need from your axe? The Charvel® Natural Series San Dimas guitars created by The Music Zoo deliver all three in spades. This exclusive line of USA-Made Custom Shop Charvel® San Dimas guitars is designed to deliver huge bang for the buck, starting at just $1,695.00. Read on for the whole story behind the Music Zoo Naturals:

In 2006 The Music Zoo's owner and vintage Charvel aficianado Tommy Colletti got on a plane to California and sat down with The Charvel Custom Shop to talk about a guitar he wanted to build. The idea was simple. No paint but instead a hand-rubbed, oil-finished body. One pickup, one knob. No frills, all business, and a world-class level of quality that The Music Zoo's customers would demand. Charvel had recently joined forces with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, and the build quality of the new Charvel product was stellar. Plus, we were all excited that Charvel guitars were once again being produced with the famous Stratocaster headstock, just like the Charvels from the late '70s/early 80s. The new Charvel necks, with an 1 11/16" nut width, and the skunk stripe on the back look and feel the part of their vintage predecessors. The time was right, and the San Dimas Natural Series from Charvel and The Music Zoo was born.

The bodies of the Natural Series guitars are what gives them monster tone. We spec'd high-quality Mahogany, Swamp Ash, or Koa; all three are fantastic tonewoods. Without thick layers of paint, the wood can breathe and resonate, resulting in a louder guitar acoustically, and a more responsive guitar plugged into your amp. The hand-rubbed oil finish is durable and brings out the beauty of the wood, and brings down the cost of the guitar to boot. The solid brass volume knob is another throwback to the original San Dimas.

The performance: Depending on your needs, the Charvel Natural Series San Dimas comes with either a vintage-style NOS brass tremolo or a rock-solid Floyd Rose with locking nut. The single pickup is a Seymour Duncan Custom 5, a versatile pickup that shows off the expanded frequencies of the oiled bodies while still providing enough gain to melt faces. After the initial run of Naturals was such a success, we expanded the original "one pickup/one knob" concept to dual humbucker configurations, often a Seymour Duncan Custom 5 at the bridge and a Jazz at the neck, and Hum/Single, often using a Cool Rails single coil at the neck. These configurations still keep it simple with a just single volume knob and a 3-way toggle switch.

Charvel®, San Dimas®, and the distinctive headstock design commonly found on Charvel® guitars are registered trademarks of FMIC under license to JCMI.
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Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas Brazilian Flag Electric Guitar
From Charvel's Custom Shop is this San Dimas model that's particularly unique due to the custom Brazilian flag paint job. The Music Zoo is offering a batch of San Dimas guitars with flag finishes in honor of the 2014 World Cup taking place in Summer 2014. This great playing guitar also features a gorgeous, oiled maple neck, black hardware, and a Duncan JB pickup.
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Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas British Flag Electric Guitar
From Charvel's Custom Shop is this San Dimas model that's particularly unique due to the British flag custom paint job. The Music Zoo is offering a batch of San Dimas guitars with flag finishes in honor of the 2014 World Cup taking place in Summer 2014. This great playing guitar also features a gorgeous, oiled maple neck, black hardware, and a Duncan JB pickup.
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Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas Electric Guitar Sonic Blue
This custom-built Charvel San Dimas has features similar to the Jake E. Lee signature model, but it has the extra touch that belongs with custom Charvel guitars. It's hand built using specially selected wood, and the enhanced resonance and open presence speak to the difference between this and a regular production guitar. While borrowing the aesthetic ideas of Jake's original guitars, this San Dimas proves to be a great looking and diverse instrument, and one that will appeal to players who like hardtail bridges over the tremolo types.
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Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas Mahogany Electric Guitar Natural
In 2006, The Music Zoo collaborated with Charvel in creating The Natural Series San Dimas models, a very basic, no-frills but very high-performance guitar. The no-frills, or less-is-more, angle is evident with this particular guitar's hand-rubbed, oil-finished mahogany body. The neck is one-piece maple with a "skunk stripe," maple fretboard, jumbo frets, a vintage tremolo bridge, and Seymour Duncan pickups (a Custom 5 at the bridge and a 59 at the neck). Sonically, this guitar is very resonant. Without thick layers of paint, the wood can breathe and resonate, resulting in a louder guitar acoustically, and a more responsive guitar plugged into your amp. The hand-rubbed oil finish is durable and brings out the beauty of the wood, and brings down the cost of the guitar to boot. The solid brass volume knob is another throwback to the original San Dimas.
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Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas Mahogany Electric Guitar Natural
Tone, Feel, and Performance. What else do you need from your axe? The Charvel® Natural Series San Dimas guitars created by The Music Zoo deliver all three in spades. This exclusive line of USA-Made Custom Shop Charvel® San Dimas guitars is designed to deliver huge bang for the buck. Read on for the whole story behind the Music Zoo Naturals:

In 2006 The Music Zoo's owner and vintage Charvel aficianado Tommy Colletti got on a plane to California and sat down with The Charvel Custom Shop to talk about a guitar he wanted to build. The idea was simple. No paint but instead a hand-rubbed, oil-finished body. One pickup, one knob. No frills, all business, and a world-class level of quality that The Music Zoo's customers would demand. Charvel had recently joined forces with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, and the build quality of the new Charvel product was stellar. Plus, we were all excited that Charvel guitars were once again being produced with the famous Stratocaster headstock, just like the Charvels from the late '70s/early 80s. The new Charvel necks, with an 1 11/16" nut width, and the skunk stripe on the back look and feel the part of their vintage predecessors. The time was right, and the San Dimas Natural Series from Charvel and The Music Zoo was born.

The bodies of the Natural Series guitars are what gives them monster tone. We spec'd high-quality Mahogany, Swamp Ash, or Koa; all three are fantastic tonewoods. Without thick layers of paint, the wood can breathe and resonate, resulting in a louder guitar acoustically, and a more responsive guitar plugged into your amp. The hand-rubbed oil finish is durable and brings out the beauty of the wood, and brings down the cost of the guitar to boot. The solid brass volume knob is another throwback to the original San Dimas.

The performance: Depending on your needs, the Charvel Natural Series San Dimas comes with either a vintage-style NOS brass tremolo or a rock-solid Floyd Rose with locking nut. This custom model comes with Seymour Duncan Custom 5 humbucker in the bridge and a Quarter Pounder single coil pickup in the neck position. Control is kept simple with a just single volume knob and a 3-way toggle switch.

Charvel®, San Dimas®, and the distinctive headstock design commonly found on Charvel® guitars are registered trademarks of FMIC under license to JCMI
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Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas Mahogany Natural Electric Guitar
Tone, Feel, and Performance. What else do you need from your axe? The Charvel® Natural Series San Dimas guitars created by The Music Zoo deliver all three in spades. This exclusive line of USA-Made Custom Shop Charvel® San Dimas guitars is designed to deliver huge bang for the buck, starting at just $1,695.00. Read on for the whole story behind the Music Zoo Naturals:

In 2006 The Music Zoo's owner and vintage Charvel aficianado Tommy Colletti got on a plane to California and sat down with The Charvel Custom Shop to talk about a guitar he wanted to build. The idea was simple. No paint but instead a hand-rubbed, oil-finished body. One pickup, one knob. No frills, all business, and a world-class level of quality that The Music Zoo's customers would demand. Charvel had recently joined forces with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, and the build quality of the new Charvel product was stellar. Plus, we were all excited that Charvel guitars were once again being produced with the famous Stratocaster headstock, just like the Charvels from the late '70s/early 80s. The new Charvel necks, with an 1 11/16" nut width, and the skunk stripe on the back look and feel the part of their vintage predecessors. The time was right, and the San Dimas Natural Series from Charvel and The Music Zoo was born.

The bodies of the Natural Series guitars are what gives them monster tone. We spec'd high-quality Mahogany, Swamp Ash, or Koa; all three are fantastic tonewoods. Without thick layers of paint, the wood can breathe and resonate, resulting in a louder guitar acoustically, and a more responsive guitar plugged into your amp. The hand-rubbed oil finish is durable and brings out the beauty of the wood, and brings down the cost of the guitar to boot. The solid brass volume knob is another throwback to the original San Dimas.

The performance: Depending on your needs, the Charvel Natural Series San Dimas comes with either a vintage-style NOS brass tremolo or a rock-solid Floyd Rose with locking nut. The single pickup is a Seymour Duncan Custom 5, a versatile pickup that shows off the expanded frequencies of the oiled bodies while still providing enough gain to melt faces. After the initial run of Naturals was such a success, we expanded the original "one pickup/one knob" concept to dual humbucker configurations, often a Seymour Duncan Custom 5 at the bridge and a Jazz at the neck, and Hum/Single, often using a Cool Rails single coil at the neck. These configurations still keep it simple with a just single volume knob and a 3-way toggle switch.

Charvel®, San Dimas®, and the distinctive headstock design commonly found on Charvel® guitars are registered trademarks of FMIC under license to JCMI.
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Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas Portugal Flag Electric Guitar
From Charvel's Custom Shop is this San Dimas model that's particularly unique due to the Portuguese flag paint job. The Music Zoo is offering a batch of San Dimas guitars with flag finishes in honor of the 2014 World Cup taking place in Summer 2014. This great playing guitar also features a gorgeous, oiled maple neck, black hardware, and a Duncan JB pickup.
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Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas Spain Flag Electric Guitar
From Charvel's Custom Shop is this San Dimas model that's particularly unique due to the Spanish flag painted onto an otherwise red finish. Viva Espana! The Music Zoo is offering a batch of San Dimas guitars with flag finishes in honor of the 2014 World Cup taking place in Summer 2014. This great playing guitar also features a gorgeous, oiled maple neck, black hardware, and a Duncan JB pickup.
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Charvel Joe Duplantier Signature San Dimas Electric Guitar Flat Grey
The Joe Duplantier Signature San Dimas guitar is made according to the Gojira guitarists specifications. It's a high-performance instrument finished in flat grey and with aesthetical touches such as open-coil black and grey Charvel MFB humbucker pickups, black hardware, and a gorgeous ebony fretboard. It's traditional in that it has six strings and a tune-o-matic/stopbar-like bridge and tailpiece. A mother-of-pearl "G" inlay marks the 12th fret. It's wonderful to look at but much more fun to play.
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Charvel Joe Duplantier Signature San Dimas Electric Guitars Satin Black
The Joe Duplantier Signature San Dimas guitar is made according to the Gojira guitarists specifications. It's a high-performance instrument finished in satin black and with aesthetical touches such as open-coil black and grey Charvel MFB humbucker pickups, black hardware, and a gorgeous ebony fretboard. It's traditional in that it has six strings and a tune-o-matic/stopbar-like bridge and tailpiece. A mother-of-pearl "G" inlay marks the 12th fret. It's wonderful to look at but much more fun to play.
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Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas SD1-2H Electric Guitar Black
We are really loving these new Charvel Pro Mod series guitars at the Zoo. Following the footsteps of the Pro Series, these instruments have absolutely top notch quality and performance for a super accessible price point. Plus they have features usually only found on pricier models.

The San Dimas SD-1 is a time-honored return to Charvel’s Southern California roots with an Alder body, a one-piece quartersawn maple neck with a classic San Dimas profile, and a compound-radius fingerboard (12"-16") with 22 jumbo frets. With a Seymour Duncan JB TB4 Humbucker in the bridge and a Duncan SH-1 in the neck, you get first rate tone, and a recessed Floyd Rose tremolo allows for divebombs to your heart's desire.
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Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas SD1-2H Electric Guitar Snow White
We are really loving these new Charvel Pro Mod series guitars at the Zoo. Following the footsteps of the Pro Series, these instruments have absolutely top notch quality and performance for a super accessible price point. Plus they have features usually only found on pricier models.

The San Dimas SD-1 is a time-honored return to Charvel’s Southern California roots with an Alder body, a one-piece quartersawn maple neck with a classic San Dimas profile, and a compound-radius fingerboard (12"-16") with 22 jumbo frets. With a Seymour Duncan JB TB4 Humbucker in the bridge and a Duncan SH-1 in the neck, you get first rate tone, and a recessed Floyd Rose tremolo allows for divebombs to your heart's desire.
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Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas SD1-HS Electric Guitar Black
We are really loving these new Charvel Pro Mod series guitars at the Zoo. Following the footsteps of the Pro Series, these instruments have absolutely top notch quality and performance for a super accessible price point. Plus they have features usually only found on pricier models.

The San Dimas SD-1 HS is a time-honored return to Charvel’s Southern California roots with an Alder body, a one-piece quartersawn maple neck with a classic San Dimas profile, and a compound-radius rosewood fingerboard (12"-16") with 22 jumbo frets. With a Seymour Duncan JB TB4 Humbucker in the bridge and a Duncan STK-S6 in the neck, you get first rate tone, with plenty of options.
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Charvel®, San Dimas®, Dinky™ and the distinctive headstock design commonly found on Charvel® guitars are registered trademarks of FMIC under license to JCMI.