San Dimas At The Music Zoo

The Charvel San Dimas, born in sunny So-Cal, has been a beloved "super Strat" since the late '70s. Made popular by hard rock and heavy metal guitarists of the 70s and 80s, the San Dimas is a timeless guitar design built for speed and thick riffs! The Music Zoo's collection of Charvel San Dimas guitars is impressive - we have everything from your favorite artist signature models - like the Guthrie Govan, Warren DeMartini and Jake E Lee artist models, all the way down to the value-packed Pro Series instruments, and well as our own custom spec'd Charvel Custom Shop creations!

San Dimas History

Grover Jackson purchased the rights to Charvel from Wayne Charvel in 1978. Once a repair/upgrade shop, he developed Charvel into a true brand, and built them alongside his Jackson guitars starting in the late '70s. The original Charvel models were built in the USA in a small shop in Glendora CA - these guitars bore neck plates engraved with "San Dimas". Unfinished, quartersawn maple necks and fingerboards were key features of the original Charvels, as well as pickup configurations including high output humbuckers, and usually either vintage style or double locking tremolo bridges. They also featured bolt-on necks, to distinguish them from the Jackson Soloist.

Up until 1985, these "San Dimas" guitars were custom made in the USA, but in 1986, production was moved to Japan, and the still solidly made Charvel "Model" series imports were introduced. The Charvel brand was eventually sold to this same Japanese manufacturer in 1989, and they were quiet for most of the '90s. In 2002, Fender bought Charvel, and helped revitalize the brand, first offering reissues of the original "San Dimas" models. Today, the San Dimas is a staple every year in the Charvel lineup.

The Music Zoo has even created several San Dimas guitars of our own, while working closely with the Charvel Custom Shop - including the venerable Nitro Aged San Dimas - a guitar closely modeled after owner Tommy Colletti's original 1980 San Dimas, and featuring an aged nitro finish. We've also created the Natural Series - natural oil finished models with a variety of great looking tonewoods.

The Music Zoo is an authorized Charvel guitar dealer, and our used inventory is packed to the brim! Our Charvel San Dimas guitars are individually photographed and weighed, and undergo a rigorous inspection by our team of technicians, so you can be sure that wood grain you just fell in love with will look the same when it arrives at your doorstep, and the guitar will be ready to play right out of the case. Make your next Charvel San Dimas purchase online at The Music Zoo, or visit our New York showroom to shop today!