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1988 Charvel by Jackson DK-065-SSH Vintage Superstrat Snow White, Model 3, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1988 Charvel by Jackson DK-065-SSH in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Made at the Chu Shin factory in Japan, and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this well-crafted Superstrat is built to shred.

Essentially a revision of the Model 3 Charvel platform, the DK-065-SSH features a yellow poplar body, quartersawn rock maple neck, and a compound radius 22 fret slab rosewood fretboard. The upgraded high-output humbucker in the bridge position meters at 12.8k ohms, delivering tight lows, a rich upper-midrange response, and searing highs perfect for screaming lead work and pristine cleans alike. The original pair of Jackson J100 single coils have classic Strat-esque snap, with throaty fullness at the neck and ample hollow quack at the “in-between” positions on the five-way pickup selector switch. This Charvel weighs 8lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.

The quartersawn rock maple neck has a very slender, fast-feeling D-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .745” deep at the 1st fret and .865” at the 12th. The 22-fret slab rosewood fretboard has a 12-16" compound radius and flawless jumbo fretwire, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The locking nut ensures pitch stability against the most dynamic of dives via the stock Charvel-branded Floyd Rose-licensed tremolo, and the nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock retains the original black Gotoh-made and Jackson-branded tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

All of the electronics work as they should, with Master Volume and Tone knobs and a five-way pickup selector switch governing the SSH pickup array. The original full-size Japanese pots date to July, 1988. All of the original black hardware is present and notably clean, including the pair of knurled knobs and the Charvel-branded and Floyd Rose-licensed FLC-101 tremolo.

The gloss Snow White finish exhibits subtle yellowing of the clear coat, and cosmetic wear is limited to a scant few minor dings on the lower bout perimeter, finish checking at the corner of the neck pocket, and a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A gigbag is included.