Up for sale, a 1990s Charvel by Jackson DK-065-SSH in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. 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 3A Charvel platform, the DK-065-SSH features a yellow poplar body, quartersawn rock maple neck and maple 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 just 7lbs 2oz, 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 .765” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The slab 22 fret maple fretboard features a compound 12-16” radius, dot inlay, and the original jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat with well-rounded crowns, displaying moderate, uniform wear beneath the strings on frets 1-6 with wear growing lighter and extending beneath the plain strings up to fret 18. 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. All of the original black hardware is present including the Charvel-branded and Floyd Rose-licensed vibrato unit and the dome-top knurled knobs. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to some light scuffing along the pick path and a handful of minor dings along the lower bout body perimeter. The satin finish on the neck profile is pristine, and has been buffed to a smooth semi-gloss through contact with the palm.
A faux leather gigbag is included.