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1990 Charvel by Jackson Ark Series AR-090-SSH Pearl Blue, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1990 Charvel by Jackson Ark Series model AR-090-SSH in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This uncommon Charvel was made at the Chu Shin factory in Japan, rarely seen outside its country of origin and only produced for one year. It features a poplar body, quartersawn rock maple neck, and a thick slab rosewood fretboard, loaded with an SSH trio of high-power pickups. The bridge pickup is a Jackson J90C ultra high-output, distortion class humbucker with an accentuated low frequency response. The two single coil-sized dual rails humbuckers are S6-Fs, which deliver pristine, bell-like tones with no hum and take gain notably well. This Charvel weighs 8lbs 3oz, 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 slender and fast-feeling D-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, measuring .765” deep at the 1st fret and .870” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a compound 12-16” radius, shark fin pearloid inlay, and flawless jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The locking nut measures 1.650" (42mm) in width, holding pitch well in tandem with the Charvel-branded, Floyd Rose-licensed tremolo system. On the headstock, the original black Jackson-branded Gotoh-made tuners 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 Jackson SSH pickup array. The original full-size pots date to June, 1990. The black hardware complement includes the dome-topped knurled knobs and the Charvel-branded tremolo, and the one-ply black pickguard exhibits requisite scuffing along the strum path.

The gloss Pearl Blue finish has dense metalflake, and cosmetic wear includes some minor nicks and finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and lower bout perimeter. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile exhibits a spot of light (imperceptible to palm) rack rash and one shallow ding behind fret 4 that has no impact on playability.  

A Gator-brand gigbag is included.