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


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Up for sale, a 1990 Charvel by Jackson DK-065-SSH in excellent condition and in perfect working order, augmented with a Seymour Duncan Distortion bridge pickup and a DiMarzio Heavy Blues 2 neck pickup. 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 upgraded Seymour Duncan Distortion in the bridge position is Duncan’s original high-output passive humbucker, delivering powerful tones with tight lows, a rich upper-midrange response, and searing, singing highs perfect for screaming lead work and pristine cleans alike. The DiMarzio Heavy Blues 2 single coil in the neck position is throaty and warm, with ample punch and articulation. The middle pickup is the original Jackson J100 single coil which has a classic Strat-style snap, complementing the upgraded pickups well on the “in-between” positions on the five-way pickup selector switch. This Charvel weighs 8lbs 3oz, 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, fast-feeling D-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders, measuring .730” deep at the 1st fret and .860” at the 12th. The 22-fret slab 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 SSH pickup array. The original full-size Japanese pots date to January, 1990, and both the Seymour Duncan and DiMarzio pickups retain their factory stickers on their baseplates. 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. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Snow White finish is limited to a handful of minor dings on the body perimeter, largely concentrated along the lower bout, with a few tiny marks and faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile has been buffed to a semi-gloss through play, with a few shallow nicks behind fret 7 that have no impact on playability.

A padded gigbag is included.