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1986 Charvel Model 3A Vintage Superstrat HH Red w/ Kahler Fulcrum, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1986 Charvel by Jackson Model 3A in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The renowned Model series was introduced in 1986 and marked an era of high-quality, competitive shredders. Produced at the Chu Shin factory in Japan, this top-notch Charvel features a bolt-on quartersawn rock maple neck, a thick slab 22 fret rosewood fingerboard, and a basswood body. The pickups are the stock pair of ultra high-output Jackson J80C humbuckers with accentuated upper harmonics for defined distortion and cutting clarity. The pickups are coupled to a five-way super switch, offering coil tapped options in positions 2 and 4 (both back coils in position 2, both forward coils in position 4). Weighing 8lbs 7oz, this Model 3A has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, spot-on intonation and fast action.

The quatersawn rock maple neck has a fast-feeling, slender D-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .775” deep at the 1st fret and .900” at the 12th. The slab rosewood 22 fret fretboard has a compound 12-16” radius, dot inlay, and original jumbo fretwire which has plenty of meat and crown, showing virtually no wear. The scale length measures 25 1/2“, and the graphite nut is 1 11/16” in width, just forward of the locking nut, holding pitch exceptionally well against the most dynamic of dives with the stock Kahler Fulcrum tremolo system (which was only offered on this model in '86). On the headstock, the original black Jackson-branded Gotoh-made tuners are present and turn smoothly.

All of the electronics work as they should, with Master Volume and Tone knobs and five-way pickup selector switch governing the Jackson HH pickup array. The Kahler Fulcrum tremolo has brass roller saddles and is complete with a chrome arm, actuating easily for expressive dives. A pair of knurled knobs rounds out the hardware. Cosmetic wear on the Red gloss finish is limited to some light finish scratches, primarily on the lower bout, a few small dings, and one tiny finish chip adjacent to the rear strap button. The semi-gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.

A padded gigbag is included, along with the original tremolo cavity cover (not pictured).