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1990s Charvel by Jackson AR-070-SSH Ark Series Black w/ Locking Trem, Model 3 Japan


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Up for sale, a 1990's Charvel by Jackson AR-070-SSH Ark Series electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Made at the Chu Shin factory in Japan and sold exclusively in the Japanese domestic market, the AR-070-SSH is built for shred. Adhering very closely to the specs of the Charvel Model 3, this AR-070 features a quartersawn rock maple neck, a thick slab rosewood fingerboard, and a poplar body. The bridge pickup is a Jackson J90C ultra high-output, distortion class humbucker with an accentuated low frequency response. The pair of single coils are Jackson J100s, delivering classic Strat tones in the neck and middle positions. The five-way blade pickup selector switch offers a variety of voicing options via the HSS configuration from snappy single coil spank to roaring high gain drive. Weighing 8lbs 6oz, this Charvel has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and fast action.

The quartersawn rock maple neck has a slender and fast-feeling C shaped profile with modest shoulder, measuring .760” deep at the 1st fret and .856” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a compound 12-16” radius, dot inlay, and original jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, with light wear under the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-8, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the locking nut measures 1 5/8” in width, holding pitch exceptionally well against the most dynamic of dives with the stock Charvel-branded Floyd Rose-licensed tremolo system. On the black 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 a five-way pickup selector switch governing the Jackson SSH pickup array. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to scuffing in the pick path, light scattered scuffs in the finish mostly relegated to the lower bout perimeter, and faint buckle rash on the back. The original satin neck profile finish is pristine, and has been naturally buffed to a semi-gloss from contact with the palm.