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1980s Charvel by Jackson DK-065-SSH Custom Blue Crackle Japan Exclusive, Model 3 w/ Seymour Duncan


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Up for sale, a 1980's Charvel by Jackson DK-065-SSH Custom electric guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original Charvel-branded gigbag. Made at the Chu Shin factory in Japan and sold exclusively to the Japanese domestic market, the DK-065-SSH Custom is built for shred, with the Custom designation denoting the shark fin inlay and Blue Crackle finish.

Essentially a spin on the Model 3 Charvel platform, this DK-065 features a quartersawn rock maple neck, a thick slab rosewood fingerboard, and a basswood body. The bridge pickup is an upgraded Seymour Duncan Alternative 8 ultra high-output, distortion class alnico magnet humbucker. The pair of single coils are the stock Jackson J100s, delivering classic Strat-like spank and cut in the neck and middle positions. The five-way blade pickup selector switch offers a variety of voicing options via the HSS configuration from snappy single coil spank to roaring high gain drive. Weighing 8lbs 12oz, this Charvel has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and fast action.

The quartersawn rock maple neck has a slender and fast-feeling D-shaped profile with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .735” deep at the 1st fret and .865” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features metallic shark fin inlays and the original jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, showing faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 2-14, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length measures 25 1/2“, and the phenolic locking nut measures 1 5/8” in width, holding pitch exceptionally well against the most dynamic of dives with the stock Charvel-branded Floyd Rose-licensed tremolo system. On the black headstock, the original black Jackson-branded Gotoh-made tuners are present and turn smoothly.

All of the electronics work as they should, with a Volume knob, Tone knob, and five-way pickup selector switch governing the HSS pickup array. Cosmetically, the rare Blue Crackle finish is in remarkable shape, with wear limited to a bit of pick wear mostly on the treble side of the pick path, and some finish checking at the treble side body horn. The neck profile is very clean, with just a couple minuscule marks on the treble side that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.  

The original Charvel-branded gigbag is included.