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1990 Charvel by Jackson DK-065-SSH Vintage Superstrat Black, Model 3, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1990 Charvel by Jackson DK-065-SSH in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. Made at the Chu Shin factory in Japan exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, 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 thick slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard. The bridge pickup is a Jackson J90C distortion class humbucker with an accentuated low frequency response. The pair of single coils are Jackson J100s, delivering classic Strat articulation and snap in the neck and middle positions. The five-way blade pickup selector switch offers a variety of voicing options via the SSH configuration, yielding vintage-flavored single coil cut and thick, ripping drive. Weighing 7lbs 14oz, this Charvel has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, spot-on intonation and slinky action.

The quartersawn rock maple neck has a slim, fast-feeling D-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, measuring .745” deep at the 1st fret and .865” at the 12th. The slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard features a compound 12-16” radius, dot inlay, and the flawless original jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The scale length measures 25 1/2", and the locking nut is 42mm (1.650”) in width, holding pitch exceptionally well against the most dynamic of dives from the stock tremolo system. 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 Jackson SSH pickup array. The original full-size Japanese pots date to 1990. All of the original black hardware is present including the pair of knurled knobs and the Charvel-branded and Floyd Rose-licensed FLC-101 tremolo, complete with its original arm which exhibits uniform surface patina. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes an area of buckle rash on the back across the belly contour and a handful of faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile feels lightning fast in the palm.

The original Charvel-branded padded gigbag is included.