Dating charvel guitars

04-Mar-2015 07:11

It is best to use information on this website, collectors and players, and original Charvel employees (when you can get a hold of them) to verify guitars.

- If you find a 5 digit San Dimas serial plate, it could part of the series mentioned above.- Black logos were installed on natural strat headstocks as well as lighter color "paint to match" headstocks. The strat necks have a more narrow heel measuring 2 1/8". - Early Jackson headstocks have painted faces (black or matching).Later necks have a cap made of plastic cut to fit on the face. - Strat and tele necks have the skunk stripe on the back extending from the heel to the point in the middle of the second fret (on the back, of course).It will have in raised characters: Charvel (the logo) P. Box 245 San Dimas, CA 91773- The serial number will either be or fall between 10.- As has been noted over the years, any serial number 5492 and above would not be an authentic Charvel as an unknown number of plates escaped the factory after manufacturing of USA Charvels ceased.

- If you find a 5 digit San Dimas serial plate, it could part of the series mentioned above.

- Black logos were installed on natural strat headstocks as well as lighter color "paint to match" headstocks. The strat necks have a more narrow heel measuring 2 1/8". - Early Jackson headstocks have painted faces (black or matching).

Later necks have a cap made of plastic cut to fit on the face. - Strat and tele necks have the skunk stripe on the back extending from the heel to the point in the middle of the second fret (on the back, of course).

It will have in raised characters: Charvel (the logo) P. Box 245 San Dimas, CA 91773- The serial number will either be or fall between 10.

- As has been noted over the years, any serial number 5492 and above would not be an authentic Charvel as an unknown number of plates escaped the factory after manufacturing of USA Charvels ceased.

The factory kept a detailed logbook of every guitar that left the factory. However, in the early days things were apparently not that organized.