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1980s Charvel by Jackson Model 2 Vintage Superstrat Black, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980s Charvel by Jackson Model 2 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Made at the Chu Shin factory in Japan as part of a licensing agreement between IMC and Charvel/Jackson, the Model 2 is a pure, no-frills Superstrat with a single Jackson 90C humbucker governed by a solitary Volume knob, and a Floyd Rose-licensed Jackson JT6 tremolo.

The locking tremolo and slab rosewood fretboard differentiate the Model 2 from the Model 1, and this guitar features a quartersawn maple neck and basswood body. The sound is immediate and clear, with the added warmth of the rosewood board, providing an ideal acoustic platform for the J90C ceramic magnet humbucker. This high-output humbucker is built to shred, offering focused crunch for monster chording and white-hot melodic playing. Weighing 8lbs 2oz, this Model 2 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.

The quartersawn rock maple neck has a slender D-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders in every register, measuring .785” deep at the 1st fret and .910” deep at the 12th. The thick slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard features a 12-16” compound radius, and the jumbo fretwire is nigh flawless. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The locking nut measures 1 11/16” in width, and on the headstock, the Jackson-stamped and Gotoh-made tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.  

All the electronics function as intended, with a single Volume knob governing the Jackson humbucker. The Floyd Rose-licensed Jackson JT6 tremolo actuates smoothly with a quick, fluid response, and the dome-topped knurled knob rounds out the hardware. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to just a handful of minor dings and faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth semi-gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.

A gigbag is included.