Up for sale, a 1993 Charvel by Jackson DK-065-SSH in perfect working order, 100% original save for an upgraded Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB humbucker.. 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 humbucker has been upgraded to a Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB; Duncan’s iconic hot-rodded humbucker. The JB is a high output design with crisp, sparkling highs, powerful low end, and a boosted midrange for fat, creamy breakup. This particular JB pickup was hand-wound by Maricela Juarez, the “Queen of the SD Custom Shop”, who has wound pickups for artists including Van Halen, Slash, and Eric Clapton. 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 8lbs 1oz, this Charvel has been 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 D-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .745” deep at the 1st fret and .865” at the 12th. The thick slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard features a compound 12-16” radius, dot inlay, and the original jumbo fretwire. The frets are in great shape with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The locking nut measures 42mm (1.650”) in width, holding pitch exceptionally well against the most dynamic of dives from the stock Charvel-branded, Floyd Rose-licensed tremolo system. On the headstock, the original black Jackson-branded Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the SSH pickup complement governed by a five-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls. The "JBJ" sticker on the bridge pickup baseplate traces this particular humbucker to Maricela Juarez's workbench. All of the original black hardware is present including the Charvel-branded and Floyd Rose-licensed vibrato unit, complete with black arm. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes some scuffing along the pick path, an area of light buckle rash central to the waist on the back, and a handful of light dings on the back lower bout body edge. The satin finish on the neck profile is flawless.
A gigbag is included.