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Charvel 750 XL guitar

by Henrik Hjortnaes

The top model of the 1989 Charvel Import guitars

Published November 2007

CHARVEL 750 XL

charvel 750xl guitars

From the 1989 Charvel catalog:
750 XL - Mahogany[1] set neck construction with arched tops make the 750 XL a sonic knockout. Capable of the traditional sustaining roars associated with set neck mahogany[1] instruments, this guitar also offers today's brighter tones. Inverse Jackson inlays and bound rosewood fingerboard and matching headstock accent the 750 XL's appearance.

Finish options:
Snow White, Pearl Blue, Turqoise, Magenta, Platinum Sparkle, Desert Crackle, Metallic Black.

Finish options for flamed tops:
Transparent Cherry Sunburst, Transparent Red, Transparent Amber, Transparent Purple.

List price:
$1169.95 - 1395.00 (figured wood)

Neck:
24.750" Gibson short scale, maple set neck, 24 frets, bound rosewood compound radius fingerboard, inverse Mother of Pearl Jackson inlays (sharkfins).

Body:
Advertised as Mahogany body with maple arched top. Reports from several users that have stripped the paint off of their 750 XL bodies, strongly indicates that solid colored models did not have mahogany bodies, but basswood or alder instead. Having a basswood or alder body is not necessarily a bad thing, but the misadvertising is.

Bridge:
Either String-Thru JT-390 or Tremolo: JT-590 non-recessed (Schaller), stamped "Jackson" or "Charvel".

Pickups:
2 humbuckers, it seems that multiple pickup-pairs were used through the production run (all Jackson pickups):
J-80C bridge / J-80C neck
J-80C bridge / J50B neck
J50C bridge / J50B neck

Control layout:
1 vol, 1 tone, Jackson 5-way super switch.

Hardware:
Black.

One of the finest Charvel import guitars ever made by the Japanese Chushin Gakki factory, has got to be the Charvel 750 XL Professional.

Charvel 750 XL Transparent Cherry Sunburst

Charvel 750 XL Transparent Cherry Sunburst finish. Photo by Dana.

Having a mahogany body[1], capped with an arched maple top, short scale neck and set neck construction, it had a highly unusual set of features for a Charvel guitar back then. In fact, it had a lot of the same construction features found on a Gibson Les Paul. No wonder it was nicknamed The Les Paul Killer.

The Charvel 750 XL ended up being a very rare and sought after guitar. Not only because of the high build quality and the Charvel name, but also because it was built in limited numbers.

The Charvel 750 XL was produced for just over 1 year:
late 1988  »  early 1990

This is derived from studying the serial numbers. The earliest one reported is C806075 (1988). The latest one reported is C000358 (1990). During 1990 the model had the specifications changed - most noticeable was a slimmed down body and was renamed Jackson Professional Soloist Archtop.

Charvel 750 XL Trans Amber

Charvel 750 XL Trans Amber finish. A beauty. Photo by Stephen.

Charvel 750 XL Serials

I have been collecting serial numbers and pictures from several sources and digging up old info from my archives, to be able to present here, a concise Charvel 750 XL Serial List. The list also holds info on most of the features showing the evolution of this model. You are very welcome to Email me, if you would like your 750 XL included.

Charvel 750 XL Pearl White

A Charvel 750 XL refinished in Pearl White with EMG pickups. Deep horn bevels and 360° knob recesses nicely visible here. Serial C903977. See more photos and info on this particular 750 XL.

Sources and contributors

Most of the sparse info on these guitars comes from owners around the world and this article is based on that - input from 750 XL owners. Striving to make this article complete, I have summarized all my personal notes on this guitar and dug through lots of old posts on Internet forums. Furthermore, forum users Greg Crowe and dg let me add their words in the following, which makes this piece of information of great value. Thanks for sharing.

Text kindly supplied by Greg Crowe

Archtop evolution

As we all know, the Charvel 750 XL was made for one "production" year only, 1989. In 1990, the model was slimmed down and renamed the "Jackson Professional Soloist Archtop". The original Charvel 750 XL's have super thick bodies, basically a standard Soloist with a very thick carved maple cap added on top. The Jackson Professional Soloist Archtops were slimmed down so that the added maple cap brought the guitar up to the thickness of a regular Soloist. As you can imagine, being made out of mahogany[1], a 750 XL is a fairly heavy guitar.

Serial numbering

C8xxxxx = 1988
C9xxxxx = 1989
C0xxxxx = 1990[2]

The earliest 750 XL found so far is my serial number C806131 which was actually built at the end of 1988 and so far the only one the JCF has found with an 88 serial number[3]. I just received 750 XL serial number C906332 from fellow JCF'er Bodawgone which is the latest 750 XL serial number found by the JCF so far. There are quite a few differences in the 2 750 XL's. It looks like the 750 XL was continually modified by Charvel Japan all throughout its single production year.

Admin edit

 

[2] Three newly reported 750 XL's have C0xxxxx serials, which is a surprise (reported 2010). This strongly suggests that the model was still being produced in 1990. Only 3 out of circa 100 reported guitars have C0xxxxx serials.

[3] Several earlier examples have since been reported and added to the 750 XL Serial Chart.

PRODUCTION DIFFERENCES

Trem route recess / pull-up route

The very early 750 XL's had a trem route cutout however, the trem was not recessed into that route. It looks like the trem route was done away with quite early, between C900579 and C901549.

Horn bevels

Early 750 XL's had much smaller cut access areas into the flame maple in the two horn areas (referring to the cut like on a Fusion). Later models had larger cuts, more like on the 1990 Jackson Professional Archtops.

Knob recesses 180° or 360°

The carved out area for the 2 knobs varies with early models having only like 50% of the circle around each knob carved into while later models have the area carved around 100% of each knob.

Pickup covers

The earlier 750 XL's had plastic "Jackson" pickup covers and completely different (larger) pickup rings. Later models did not have the covers and used smaller pickup rings. This appears to have changed later, between C904112 and C905091.

Tremolo brand

Early 750 XL's had Schaller stamped Schaller Floyds while later versions had both Jackson and Charvel stamped Schaller Floyds.

Model Evolution

  • Charvel 750XL guitar

Tremolo pull-up route. Notice that some models have no pull-up route and others have a "semi" pull-up route. Both trems sits equally high on the body, so both are considered non-recessed.

  • Charvel 750XL guitar

Upper and lower horns carved out area (bevels). The size of the bevels changed during the lifespaan of the Charvel 750XL. The early ones had relatively small bevels, whereas the later built guitars had larger bevels.

  • Charvel 750XL guitar

Two different recesses were used for the knobs. The first batch of 750 XL's had a partial carved out area of 180 degrees and the later ones had a full 360 degree recess. Please note that the leftmost guitar has non-original pickup rings and the rightmost guitar has been refinished.

BODY THICKNESS

  • Charvel 750XL guitar

Shown here are the differences in body thickness, between a Charvel 750 XL (left) and its successor, the Jackson Soloist AT Pro (right). Photo by Model 88

  • Charvel 750XL guitar

Frontal shot of the body thickness, Charvel 750 XL (left), Jackson Soloist AT Pro (right). Photo by Model 88.

Other notes

  • charvel 750xl desert crackle

Desert Crackle. A very rare finish found on a Charvel 750 XL.

Eye candy

  • charvel 750 XL

    Photo by Jakki

Personal observations

I'm sure they vary but my earlier 750 XL is heavier than the later one. Mahogany[1] tends to vary wildly in weight depending on the density (place from the tree) of the wood.

Pickup covers

Pickup Covers vs. No Pickup Covers: If the pickups are positioned correctly, there really isn't much of a difference in the sound. I think people have overblown this. The height of the pickup is HUGELY!!! influential to the sound, about 1000% more influential than the covers. When I received the new 750 XL, the bridge pickup was set very high, about as high as you could get it without it touching the stings. The sound was quite muddy with poor high end definition. Lowering the pickup dramatically changed the sound and brought everything back into balance and clarity. I can now hardly tell any difference between the 2, one with covers and one without.

Neck feel

I wouldn't call them "chunky". I have 2 Model 5A's and 1 model 5FX. Both 750 XL's have the same feeling neck, pretty close to all the Model 5's I have. They just feel a bit differently shaped than an SL-1, a little more rounded and not as flat. I actually find the current SL-1 to have thicker necks than the mid 80's to mid 90's models.
/Greg Crowe

 

Text kindly supplied by dg

Neck dimensions

I noticed that there have been some questions about 750 XL necks, so while I was doing some routine maintenance on my guitars yesterday I broke out the calipers and took some neck measurements. I measured my Model 6 for comparison. As far as thickness goes, they are extremely similar up to the 12th fret or so, with the Model 6 just a hair thinner. Above that point, the 750 XL neck thickens more as it tapers to meet the body.

When people refer to the neck as thick or "chunky", I think they're probably thinking about the upper-fret region. Even so, I consider this to be about the most playable set-neck I've ever tried. In terms of width, they are basically the same, with a slight difference probably more due to the binding than the wood. The fretboards have about the same radius. Pretty flat, but not quite as flat as newer Soloists I've played. As far as backshape, the 750 XL neck is a bit more round, without the noticeable flat spot that the Model 6 has. I think this may explain why the Model 6 neck feels thinner to me even though the actual measurements say it really isn't by much. As always, your results may differ since these guitars tended to vary.

Neck dimensions

Comparison of the 750 XL vs Model 6
FRET #
 
THICKNESS
750 XL
THICKNESS
Model 6
WIDTH
750 XL
WIDTH
Model 6
01
3/4 (.750)
3/4 (.750)
1.75
1.75
03
25/32 (.781)*
49/64 (.766)*
1.75
1.75
05
13/16 (.813)
51/64 (.797)
1.88
1.91
07
27/32 (.843)
27/32 (.843)
1.88
1.91
09
27/32 (.843)
27/32 (.843)
2.00
2.03
12
29/32 (.906)*
7/8 (.875)*
2.06
2.09
15
15/16 (.938)
29/32 (.906)
2.06
2.09
16
1 1/32 (1.03)
15/16 (.938)
2.06
2.09
17
1 1/4 (1.25)
1 1/32 (1.03)
2.19
2.22
19
2 1/8 (2.125)
1 1/2 (1.5)
2.19
2.22
21
2 1/2 (2.5)
2 1/8 (2.125)
2.25
2.28

* For comparison, the 2003 catalog shows the SL1 neck to be .790 at the 3rd and .850 at the 12th.
/dg

  

Body wood on solid colored models

by Henrik Hjortnaes

Mahogany?

According to the Charvel catalogs, the 750 XL body is made of mahogany wood, capped with a maple top. As I'm sure this holds true for the transparent finishes, I am not so sure about the solid colored models. I have seen and heard enough to believe, that some if not all Charvel 750 XL solid colored guitar bodies are made of basswood (most likely) or possibly alder (still capped with a maple top).

I know of at least three 750 XL owners, who have stripped the paint off of their solid colored models, revealing a wood type NOT resembling mahogany. Best guess is basswood. This info is unconfirmed by Jackson Charvel and will possibly stay like that forever, but take a look at the following pictures to see for yourself. Having a basswood or alder body is not necessarily a bad thing, but the misadvertising is.

paint strip charvel guitar

C900579.  The top Maple cap revealed. You can clearly see the cap consisting of two pieces glued to the surface of the body.

paint strip charvel guitar

C900579. The bottom of the 750 XL is not capped like the top, so what you see here is the exposed body wood. Mahogany? Note that the 750 XL is a set neck construction and not a neck thru. So this is not the neck plank you see here, but rather two or three pieces of wood glued together to become the guitar body.

paint strip charvel guitar

C901063. Here you see a paint-stripped 750XL that was originally finished in Trans Amber. The dark, slightly red body of mahogany is clearly visible here and nicely contrasted by the naked flame maple top. Now, this is a mahogany body.
Update Feb. 11, 2011: This guitar has now been refinished and new pictures made available (click serial).

paint strip charvel guitar

C901063. A good view here of how the maple neck is joined to the mahogany body by glue - the original expression being "set-in" neck.
Tip: all string-thru 750 XL's seems to have transparent finishes, which again makes them mahogany guitars.

Charvel 750 XL Serial List


C8xxxxx = 1988
C9xxxxx = 1989
C0xxxxx = 1990

  Charvel 750 XL gallery
  Refer to this list (right-click and copy link)
  Submit your 750 XL to the database

SERIAL
 
BRIDGE
 
PULL-UP
ROUTE  
charvel 750 XL pull-up route
COLOUR
 
KNOB
RECESSES  
charvel 750 XL knob recess
HORN
BEVELS  
charvel 750 XL bevels cutout scallop
PICKUP
RINGS  
PICKUP
COVERS  
OWNER /
LOCATION
Schaller logo JT-590
Yes
Magenta
Partial 180°
Shallow
Large
Yes
Randy, Michigan
Schaller logo JT-590
Yes
Trans Red
Partial 180°
Shallow
Large
Yes
LexLuthier, US
? logo JT-590
Yes
Magenta
Partial 180°
Shallow
-
-
Don, US
C806127
Schaller logo JT-590
Yes
Trans Amber
Partial 180°
Shallow
-
-
Clay, US
Charvel logo JT-590
Yes
Trans Amber
Partial 180°
Shallow
Large
Yes
Greg Crowe, US
Jackson logo JT-590
Yes
Platinum Sparkle
Partial 180°
Shallow
Large
Yes, removed
Dave, Columbia, MD
Now OFR
Yes
Pearl Blue
Partial 180°
Shallow
Large
Yes
Dustin R., Texas
C806179
? logo JT-590
-
-
-
-
-
-
scottd23, sold
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
-
No
suny77
C900360
Schaller logo JT-590
Yes
Pearl Blue
Partial 180°
Shallow
-
Yes
Tucson, AZ
Now OFR
Yes
Pearl Blue
Partial 180°
Shallow
-
Yes
Greg, Seattle, US
C900376
Schaller logo JT-590
Yes
Desert Crackle
Partial 180°
Shallow
Large
Yes
R. A. Santos, US
Jackson logo JT-590
Yes
Dark Pearl Blue
Partial 180°
Shallow
Large
Yes
dred
New trem, was JT-590
Yes
Platinum Sparkle
Partial 180°
Shallow
Large
Yes
eBay
C900536
Jackson logo JT-590
Yes
Desert Crackle
Partial 180°
-
-
-
WK
Jackson logo JT-590
Yes
Turquoise (refin)
Full 360°
Deep
Large
No
Jakki, FI
? logo JT-590
Yes
Pearl Blue
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
Joe/Rob
? logo JT-590
Yes
Pearl White
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Lee Forrester, CAN
C900660
? logo JT-590
No
Trans Purple
-
-
-
-
heartfielder, US
Now OFR
No
Pearl Blue
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Roger Roy, USA
Jackson logo JT-590
Yes
Pearl Blue
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Mike Smith, Illinois
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Magenta
Full 360°
Deep
Large
No
-
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Magenta
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Sunbane, SE
C901052
Jackson logo JT-590
-
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
pinto79
Now Floyd Rose Orig
No
Stripped, refinished
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
GW, UK
C901360
Jackson logo JT-590
No
-
Full 360°
-
Large
Yes
-
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Vinny, NY
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Robert G. Texas
C901401
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Large
-(EMG's)
ijcebmoy, S. Korea
C901404
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Large
No (Duncan's)
Metalsuperbeast, UK
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Red
Full 360°
Deep
Large
EMG
Che, Daly City CA.
Now OFR
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
-
- (EMG)
Simone, Italy
? logo JT-590
-
Trans Amber
-
Deep
-
Yes
Dennis
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Lemon, UK
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Paul Speer, US
C902023
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
wanthairspray
C902181
Charvel logo JT-590
-
Trans Purple
Full 360°
-
Normal
Yes
GregM
C902250
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Shallow
Large
Yes
Leon, Australia
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Gold Metallic!?
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Las Vegas
C902191
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
David, US
? logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Jake, Texas
? logo JT-590
-
Trans Purple
-
-
-
Yes
dogueboy
C902496
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Shallow
Large
Yes
Houston, Texas
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Pearl Blue
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Michelangelo, Italy
C902551
? logo JT-590
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Now Gotoh FR
No
Desert Crackle
Full 360°
Deep
Large, FOTN
Now EMG's
doomride
? logo JT-590
No
Stripped
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
Digitized
C902885
-
-
Trans Amber
-
-
-
-
msaint65
C902892
Convert to String-thru
-
Trans Amber
-
-
-
Now Bulldogs
Nik Harrison
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
-
No
Lorne, Scotland
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Magenta
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Cjpalo, US
C902991
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Pearl White
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
Reynolds
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Red
Full 360°
Deep
Large
-
Steve H.
Schaller logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Now EMG's
Jesse Brown, US
? logo JT-590
-
Trans Red
-
-
-
-
Joe C., US
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
mjm, FL, US
Now OFR
No
Black
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
-
C903266
? logo JT-590
No
Black
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
Rick F., US
C903548
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
fritzreiser, US
Now OFR
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
Stephen, Germany
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes, removed
Brad Linzy, US
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Magenta
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Now EMG's
Jesse Brown, US
HAMER logo JT-590
No
Trans Purple
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
masxwave, MY
? logo JT-590
-
Pearl Blue
Full 360°
Deep
-
Yes
mab8485
C903832
Jackson logo JT-590
-
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Shallow
Large
Yes
RHOADS TONE
C903868
? logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
Andy, UK
C903884
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Trans Red
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Daniel, UK
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Steve Wallasey
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
badams
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Gareth Edwards, UK
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Pearl White (refin)
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Now EMG's
-
C904109
? logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
-
Yes
nickgreen28, UK
? logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
-
Deep
-
-
Vic
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
Yes
Bryon Titan7
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
Yes
justin
C904156
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
-
Yes
Andy, UK
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
-
No
Stephen Posnett
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Metallic Green
Full 360°
Deep
Large
No
Matteo Bettinelli, IT
C904352
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Metallic Green
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
George, Seattle, US
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
-
No
RiF, DE
C904461
-
-
Trans Amber
-
-
-
-
Shakeel, NL
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
dg, US
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Metallic Black
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
Andrea, IT
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
Sacha F, CA
C904810
String-thru JT-390
n/a
-
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
Model 88, US
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Red
Full 360°
Deep
-
No
pro-fusion
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
Steve, Canada
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
-
No
Pasi Ahlqvist, Canada
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Purple
Full 360°
Deep
-
No
Marty Smith, US
C904827
-
-
Trans Red
-
-
-
-
scottd23
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
-
DonP, US
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Red
Full 360°
Deep
-
No
Victor Folks, CA
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Pearl Blue
-
-
-
-
dosgamos78
C904959
Schaller logo JT-590
No
Dark Met. Green
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
Jakki, FI
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
Eric
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
-
No
suny77
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
Greg Crowe, US
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
eBay
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
-
No
J. Gonad
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
1trussell, US
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Large
Yes
Srdjan C. Serbia
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Transparent Red
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
Giampaolo, Italy
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Transparent Red
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
Gianluca, Italy
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
HOTRIFF
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
Jakki, FIN
C906281
Jackson logo JT-590
-
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
-
Normal
-
Model 88, US
Converted to Floyd
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
-
-
LexLuthier, US
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
Greg Crowe, US
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Pearl Blue
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
-
Charvellotic
C908113
Jackson logo JT-590
No
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
Large
-
-
String-thru JT-390
n/a
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Normal (mod)
No (mod)
Adam Healey
C000324
Charvel logo JT-590
-
Trans Cherry Sunb
Full 360°
Deep
-
No
Koray Ozduman, MD
Charvel logo JT-590
No
Trans Amber
Full 360°
Deep
Normal
No
L.Limentani
SERIAL
 
BRIDGE
 
PULL-UP
ROUTE  
charvel 750xl pull-up route
COLOUR
 
KNOB
RECESSES  
charvel 750xl knob recess
HORN
BEVELS  
charvel 750xl bevels cutout scallop
PICKUP
RINGS  
info
PICKUP
COVERS  
info
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A Desert Crackle 750 XL with an engraved back cover with the agressive message to Gibson. See more pictures of this guitar.
The size of the bevels changed during the lifespaan of the Charvel 750XL. The early ones had relatively small bevels, whereas the later built guitars had larger bevels.
Two different recesses were used for the knobs. A partial 180 degree and a full 360 degree recess. Please note that the leftmost guitar has non-original pickup rings and the rightmost guitar has been refinished.
Notice that some models have no pull-up route and others have a "semi" pull-up route. Both trems sits equally high on the body, so both are considered non-recessed.
Desert Crackle. A very rare finish found on a Charvel 750XL.
See more photos of a Desert Crackle 750XL
Shown here are the differences in body thickness between a Charvel 750XL (left) and its successor, the Jackson Soloist AT Pro (right). Photo by Model 88.
Frontal shot of the body thickness. Charvel 750 XL (left), Jackson Soloist AT Pro (right). Photo by Model 88.
C900579.  The top Maple cap revealed. You can clearly see the cap consisting of two pieces glued to the surface of the body.
C900579.  The bottom of the 750 XL is not capped like the top, so what you see here is the exposed body wood. Mahogany? Note that the 750 XL is a set neck construction and not a neck thru. So this is not the neck plank you see here, but rather two or three pieces of wood glued together to become the guitar body.
C901063  A good view here of how the maple neck is joined to the mahogany body by glue - the original expression being set-in neck, I believe.
Tip: all string-thru 750 XL's seems to have transparent finishes, which again makes them mahogany guitars.
C901063  Here you see a paint-stripped 750XL that was originally finished in Trans Amber. The dark, slightly red body of mahogany is clearly visible here and nicely contrasted by the naked flame maple top. Now, this is a mahogany body.

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