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Published March 2008
by Henrik Hjortnaes

Charvel import guitars 1986-1991

Guide to the first Charvel imports from Japan

Charvel Japanese import guitars

Index

Series overview
Year of manufacture
Made in USA? (neckplates)
Headstock cap
Inspection card
REFERENCE CHART — Charvel 1986-1991
Serial database

 

1987 CHARVEL MODEL 2

charvel model 2

Chushin Gakki Japan

Chushin Gakki Charvel

Charvel Model Series guitar on the assembly line in Japan at the Chushin Gakki factory 1985-1986. Photo supplied by Grover Jackson.

This comprehensive Charvel guide will enable you to determine the year of production and verify any of the legendary Japanese made Charvel guitars, designed by Jackson Charvel and built by the Japanese Chushin Gakki factory back in 1986 through 1991. The guide will also show you both the original configuration of the guitars and the evolution they went through.

Series overview

During these six years of production, close to 80 different variations were offered and the best way to get a proper overview of this bunch, is to categorize them. Below is how Jackson Charvel defined the series back then. Clicking the links will take you to the relevant catalogue scan.

Model Series 1986-1988
Classic Series 1989-1991
Fusion Series 1989-1991
Contemporary Series 1989-1991
Professional Series 1989-1990
Charvette Series[1] 1989-1991

The Reference Chart further down uses the same categorization.

[1] The Charvette Series guitars were initially not in scope for this article, due to mainly being built in Korea, but I have included all the Charvel categories for the sake of completeness.

Why focus on these six years?

The 1986-1991 Charvel imports were the very first Charvel imports and they have become legendary due to their build quality vs. price ratio in the second hand market.

The guitars have proven themselves to be a fantastic alternative to the higher priced American made Jacksons and Charvels and having played both, you probably realize how great these vintage Japanese guitars really are.

Get all the details on the Charvel import guitars by also reading the Jackson Professional History article.

Chushin Gakki

1986. A Japanese Chushin Gakki worker at the Charvel assembly line, installing hardware on a 1986 Charvel Model 2, 3 or 3A (confirmed by the Kahler™ Fulcrum tremolo and white dot rosewood fingerboard). Photo supplied by Grover Jackson.

 
Charvel Chushin Gakki

1986. Another view inside the old Chushin Gakki factory. Photo supplied by Grover Jackson.

Year of manufacture

Year of manufacture, Charvel Model 1 - 4 [copy link]

A quick and dirty way of determining the year of manufacture for the bolt-on Model Series 1 - 4, is to look at the combination of trademark symbols used on both the headstock and the neckplate. Furthermore, the presence or absense of a neckplate gasket will also help you find the year. The serial on these guitars can't be used directly to find the year. Study the following table to determine the year.

Year matrix, Charvel Model 1 - 4

Model
1 - 4
Neckplate gasket Neckplate symbol Headstock symbol Serial start, approximate
1986 No TM TM 222000
1987 Yes TM ® 250000
1988 Yes ® ® 275100
Charvel dating
 
Year of manufacture

Year of manufacture, Charvel Model 5 and 6

  • Charvel Model 6

Serial number on the back of the headstock under the clear coat, on a 1986 Charvel Model 6.

  • Charvel Model 6

The serial on a 1987 Charvel Model 6, stamped into the last, blind fret of the fingerboard.

The Charvel Model 5 and 6 have a neck-through design and unlike the Model 1 - 4, their serial number directly reveal the build year. The serial syntax is CXXXXXX. For example, C800210 is built in the year of 1988. C701212 would be 1987.

When the Charvel Model 5 and 6 were introduced in 1986, the serial number was found on the back of the headstock under the clear coat, in the form of a plastic decal. Later on, around mid 1987, the factory abandoned the decal on the headstock and began stamping the serial number into the last, blind fret of the fingerboard.

Logo trademarks on the headstock of the Model 5 and 6 should be the same as the bolt-on models.

There are exceptions to the above, but the guidelines here are generally accepted and works for the most part in dating your instrument.

 
Year of manufacture

Year of manufacture, Charvel basses

The year of the Model series bass guitars (1B, 2B, 3B, 4B) can be determined using the same method as for the guitars described above. The only neck-thru version of the basses were the Model 3B.

  • Charvel Model 3B

Serial on a 1987 Charvel Model 3B bass, which is neck-thru, hammered into the last blind fret of the fingerboard. Photo by Mike.

 
Neck plates

Charvel Model Series - made in USA? [copy link]

None of these guitars were made in USA. The neck plates on the bolt-on neck Charvel Model Series bear IMC's Fort Worth Texas address, despite the fact that they were all built in Japan. The address reads: Fort Worth, TX 76113, U.S.A. All the Charvel imports in the scope of this article (1986-91), are made in Japan (except the Charvette Series which is made in Korea).

IMC (International Music Corporation), who in 1985 merged with Jackson Charvel, was based in Fort Worth, Texas and having their USA P.O. address on the neck plate, was probably a sleek marketing trick to have us believe the models were made in USA.

In all fairness it should be said, that the bolt-ons had a small MADE IN JAPAN sticker placed on the back of the neck at the heel (not like in the picture to the right, where is has been moved to the neck plate). This sticker told us the true origin, but it was easy to remove or would easily fall off.

  • Charvel Model 2 neck plate

Neck plate on a Charvel Model 2 from 1987.

 
Neck plates

Charvel import neck plates 1989 onwards

  • Charvel 475 Deluxe neck plate

Neck plate on a Charvel 475 Deluxe from 1990. The Ft. Worth is gone.

The Ft. Worth PO stamp seemed to disappear from the neck plates, when the Model Series ended in 1989 and the other Charvel Series took over.

This was also around the time when IMC moved most of the Jackson production to Japan and Grover Jackson sold his interests in the company to IMC.

The picture to the right shows the neck plate from a late 1990 Charvel 475 Deluxe and the stamp is gone.

 
Neck plates

The Charvette Series - made in Korea

The Charvette Series neck plates looks quite different and plain compared to the Charvel plates. Some of them have the Ft. Worth stamp as shown in the picture.

The Charvette Series was introduced in late 1989 as low priced versions of the Charvel Series imports, with a suggested retail price range of $320 - $500.

My personal notes indicate that the production started with the 170 and 270 models.

They were initially made in Japan by Chushin Gakki, having basswood bodies, but soon the entire production of the Charvette Series was moved to Korea, introducing the use of plywood for the body.

So there are most likely both basswood and plywood versions of the 170 and 270 models out there.

  • Charvette neck plate

Neck plate on a Charvette from 1989, the Ft. Worth stamp still there.

 
Headstock

Headstock cap

A low number of the very first Charvel Model Series released, did not feature a painted headstock, which is most common on these guitars. Instead, they had a thin black cap glued onto the face of the headstock, the cap being similar to a black fiber board or piece of phenolic plastic.

USA made Jackson guitars also used this cap around the same time, circa 1986-1988.

  • Headstock cap

Here's a Jackson labeled cap removed from a headstock. Photo by rjohnstone?

 
Inspection card

Inspection card

The Model Series Charvels came with an Inspection Card, typically hung by the low E tuner, presumably filled out by personnel at the Chushin Gakki factory.

This suggests to me that the Japanese factory did indeed keep logs of the guitars produced. Maybe not a comprehensive log, but rather a simple log where the serial number is related to a model, a color and a year. But no one has ever seen or heard of such a log.

  • Charvel inspection card

An original Inspection Card for a Charvel Model 2 guitar. Click here to see a picture gallery of the exact guitar this card came with.

 
 

Charvel Japanese Guitars 1986-1991

Made in Japan at the Chushin Gakki factory

is special info  •  For pop-up picture, hover your mouse over the model name. Click for catalog and full specs.
Price is list price when the model was introduced  •  Pc is Pickup configuration  •  All necks are Flatsawn

Refer to this list(copy link)  Price lists  Pickups and electronics  Tremolo info  Give feedback

Charvel Model Series
Model Name Year + Price Body Neck Fingerb. Construct. Inlays Pc Pickups Bridge
Model 1 1986-88 $450 Basswood Maple Maple Bolt-on 22 Dot black H J90C Trad. Fulcrum
Model 1A 1986-88 $500 Basswood Maple Maple Bolt-on 22 Dot black SSS J100 J100 J100 Trad. Fulcrum
Model 1B bass 1986 $550 Poplar Maple Maple Bolt-on 21 Dot black H J40 -
Model 1B bass 1987-88 $550 Poplar Maple Maple Bolt-on 21 Dot black S J20 -
Model 1C 1988 $500 Basswood Maple Maple Bolt-on 22 Dot black HSS J90C • J100 • J100 Trad. Fulcrum
Model 2 1986 $600 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot white H J90C Kahler 2500
Model 2 1987-88 $600 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot white H J90C JT-6
Model 2B bass 1986 $650 Poplar Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 21 Dot white SS J150 J20 -
Model 2B bass 1987-88 $650 Poplar Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 21 Dot white SS J150 • J20 -
Model 3 1986 $700 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot white HSS J90C • J100 • J100 Kahler 2500
Model 3 1987-88 $700 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot white HSS J90C • J100S • J100S JT-6
Model 3A 1986 $600 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot white HH J80C • J80C Kahler 2500
Model 3A 1987-88 $600 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot white HH J80C • J80C JT-6
Model 3B bass 1986 $900 Poplar wings Maple Rosewood Neck-thru 21 Dot pearl SS J150 J20 -
Model 3B bass 1987-88 $900 Poplar wings Maple Rosewood Neck-thru 21 Dot pearl SS J150 J20
Model 3DR 1988-89 Additional info about Model 3DR - Charvel Model Series $700 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 rev Dot white HS J80C • J100S JT-6
Model 4 1986 $900 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot pearl HSS J50BC J200 J200 Kahler Std.
Model 4 1987-88 $900 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Sharkfin pearl HSS J50BC J200 J200 JT-6
Model 4B bass 1988 $850 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 21 Dot white SS J150 J20 -
Model 4M 1988 $850 Basswood Maple Maple Bolt-on 22 Dot black HSS J50BC J200 J200 JT-6
Model 5 1986 $950 Poplar wings Maple Rosewood Neck-thru 24 Dot pearl HH J80C J80C Kahler Std.
Model 5 1987-88 $950 Poplar wings Maple Rosewood Neck-thru 24 Dot pearl HH J80C J80C JT-6
Model 5A 1988 Additional info about Model 5A - Charvel Model Series $900 Poplar wings Maple Rosewood Neck-thru 24 Dot pearl H J95 JT-6
Model 5FX 1988 Additional info about Model 5FX - Charvel Model Series Poplar wings Maple Rosewood Neck-thru 24 Dot pearl HS J95 • J100S JT-6
Model 6 1986 $1150 Poplar wings Maple RW bound Neck-thru 24 Sharkfin pearl HSS J80BC J200 J200 Kahler Std.
Model 6 1987-88 $1150 Poplar wings Maple RW bound Neck-thru 24 Sharkfin pearl HSS J50BC J200 J200 JT-6
Model 7 1988-89 $700 Ash bound Maple Maple Bolt-on 22 rev Dot black SS J120 • J100S Telecaster
Model 7 1998-89 $700 BW bound Maple Maple Bolt-on 22 rev Dot black SS J120 • J100S Telecaster
Model 8 1988 $800 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 rev Dot white SSS J200 • J200 • J200 JT-6 chrome
Model 88 1988 Additional info about Model 88 - Charvel Model Series   Mahogany Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 rev Sharkfin white H J95 JT-6
Model 8M 1988 $800 Basswood Maple Maple Bolt-on 22 rev Dot black SSS J200 • J200 • J200 JT-6 chrome
Charvel Classic Series
Model Name Year + Price Body Neck Fingerb. Construct. Inlays Pc Pickups Bridge
275 Deluxe 1989 $600 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot white HS J90C • J100 JT-6 chrome
275 Deluxe 1990-91 $600 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot white HS JT-570
375 Deluxe 1989-91 $785 BW opt.flame t+b Maple Maple or RW Bolt-on 22 Dot B/W HSS J90 • J100 • J100 JT-590
475 Deluxe 1990-91 Basswood Maple RW bound Bolt-on 22 Sharkfin pearl HSS J50BC • J200 • J200 JT-590
475 Deluxe Exotic 1990-91 $965 BW with fig.t+b Maple RW bound Bolt-on 22 Sharkfin pearl HSS J50BC • J200 • J200 JT-590
475 Special 1989 $880 BW opt.fig. t+b Maple RW bound Bolt-on 22 Sharkfin pearl HSS J50BC • J200 • J200 JT-590
575 Deluxe bass 1989-91 $600 Hardwood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 21 Dot white SS J50 • J20  
Charvel Fusion Series
Fusion guitars are 24¾ inch (Gibson) neck scale. Fusion basses are 34 inch scale.
Model Name Year + Price Body Neck Fingerb. Construct. Inlays Pc Pickups Bridge
Fusion Custom 1989-91 $800 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 24 Dot white HSS J90C • J200R • J200R JT-590
Fusion Deluxe 1989-91 $700 Basswood Maple Maple or RW Bolt-on 24 Dot B/W HS J90C • J200R JT-590 chrome
Fusion IV bass 1989-91 $850 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 24 Dot offset white SS J150 • J20  
Fusion Plus 1990-91   Ash Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 24 Dot offset white HH J80 • J50 JT-590
Fusion Special 1990-91   Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 24 Dot white SSS JT-590
Fusion V bass 1989-91 $1050 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 24 Dot offset white  
Charvel Contemporary Series
Model Name Year + Price Body Neck Fingerb. Construct. Inlays Pc Pickups Bridge
The Eliminator bass 1990-91   Hardwood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 24 Dot white SS  
The Eliminator V bass 1991 Additional info about The Eliminator V bass - Charvel Contemporary Series     Maple Rosewood Bolt-on Dot offset white SS Joe Barden dualcoil P/J Schaller roller
The Legend 1989 $600 Basswood Maple Maple or RW Bolt-on 22 rev Dot B/W SS J120 • J120 Telecaster
The Predator 1989-91 $700 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 rev Dot white HS J90C • J200R JT-590
The Spectrum 1989-91 $800 Basswood Maple Maple or RW Bolt-on 22 rev Dot white SSS J200 • J200 • J200 JT-590 chrome
Charvel Professional Series
Model Name Year + Price Body Neck Fingerb. Construct. Inlays Pc Pickups Bridge
550 XL 1989 $970 Basswood Maple Rosewood Neck-thru 24 Dot pearl HS J90C • J200R JT-590
650 Custom 1990 Basswood Maple RW bound Neck-thru 24 Sharkfin pearl HSS J50BC • J200 • J200 JT-590
650 XL 1989 $1100 Basswood Maple RW bound Neck-thru 24 Sharkfin pearl HSS J50BC • J200 • J200 JT-590
750 XL 1988-90 Additional info about 750 XL - Charvel Professional Series $1170 Mah or BW Maple RW bound Set-neck 24 Sharkfin rev pearl HH J80C • J80C JT-590
750 XL 1988-90 Additional info about 750 XL - Charvel Professional Series $1400 Mahogany Maple RW bound Set-neck 24 Sharkfin rev pearl HH J80C • J80C JT-390
850 XL bass 1989 $1000 Basswood Maple Rosewood Neck-thru 21 Dot white
Charvette Series
The Charvette Model's 170 and 270 are 24¾ inch (Gibson) neck scale.
Model Name Year + Price Body Neck Fingerb. Construct. Inlays Pc Pickups Bridge
100 Korea 1989-91 $320 Plywood Maple RW Indian Bolt-on 22 rev Dot white HS Charvel Vintage
150 Japan 1989 Additional info about 150 Japan - Charvette Series $360 Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot white HS J-50BC • ? CH-120
150 Korea 1990-91 $360 Plywood Maple RW Indian Bolt-on 22 Dot white HS Charvel CH-120
170 Japan 1989-91 $490 BW or plywood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 24 Dot white HS Charvel JT-580 Takeuchi
200 Korea, Japan? 1989-91 Additional info about 200 Korea, Japan? - Charvette Series $330 Plywood Maple RW indian Bolt-on 22 rev Dot white HSS Charvel Vintage
250 Japan? 1989-91 $370 Plywood Maple RW indian Bolt-on 22 Dot white HSS Charvel CH-120
270 Japan 1989-91 Additional info about 270 Japan - Charvette Series $500 BW or plywood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 24 Dot white HSS Charvel JT-580 Takeuchi
300 Korea 1989-91 $330 Plywood Maple RW Indian Bolt-on 22 rev Dot white SSS Charvel Vintage
400 bass Japan 1989-91 $330 Plywood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 21 Dot white S  
500 Korea 1989-91 $400   Maple Rosewood Set-neck Dot white Piezo  
Charvel uncategorized
Model Name Year + Price Body Neck Fingerb. Construct. Inlays Pc Pickups Bridge
Avenger 1990-91   Basswood Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot white HS JT-570
ST Custom 1990-91 Additional info about ST Custom  - Charvel uncategorized   Ash Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot pearl HSS JT-490 w/roller nut
ST Deluxe 1990-91     Maple Maple Bolt-on 22 Dot black HSS Trad. Fulcrum
STX Custom 1990-91 Additional info about STX Custom - Charvel uncategorized   Ash Maple Rosewood Bolt-on 22 Dot pearl HSS JT-590
TE Custom 1990-91   Ash bound Maple RW or maple Bolt-on 22 Dot white SSS J120 • J100 • J100 Telecaster
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Serial number database - work in progress

Charvel Model Series 1 through 4

by Mark St.

The pedigree of the Model Series

The following info is the work of Mark St. and he very generously let me publish it here on the site.

audiozone.dk

This following data is being collected to confirm the pedigree of the Model Series 1 - 4 guitars. The ONLY intent here is to simplify the identification of these guitars by production year, and to uncover any cool production changes that may have occurred.

How accurate is the data?

As accurate as can be expected from in-hand inspection, photos of widely varying quality and verbal descriptions. The data is compiled with a reasonable amount of certainty - no guesses or interpolation - but I'm sure there are some mistakes due to blurry vision and catalog interpretation.

About 15% of the data is from "neckplates only", and there are a large number of guitars being parted out on eBay. Personally, I like original guitars, to some folks it is less important. Just be aware of what you're looking at before you lay your money down. Hopefully, this data will be of some interest and assistance.

Work in progress

Model 5, 6, 7 and 8's are not covered in the following serial list, because most of them can be dated from the serial number, stamped into the fingerboard or printed on a decal placed under the clear coat. Eventually, the serial list will maybe include these and also some of the later Charvel imports - the toothpaste models like the 375, 475 etc., to complete the period 1986 - 1991. More on that later.

Serial numbers
1986 Charvel Model series

Serial
number
Model
name
Bridge /
tremolo
Neck
plate
Head
stock
Comments
222298 Plate only - - - Lowest serial number to date
222365 Model 3 - - - -
222474 Model 3 Kahler TM TM Black, black guard
249331 - Possibly JT-6? - - "Pink champagne metallic", not original, possibly Burgandy Mist?
222474 Model 3 Kahler TM - Black, black guard
222560 Model 3 Kahler TM - Red, black guard
222930 Model 4 - - - Black (sparkle?)
222973 Model 3 Kahler TM - Red, black guard
223463 Model 4 - - - Cream (pearl white?)
223483 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, red, small route, 3 covered "Jackson" logoed pickups
224202 Model 3 Kahler TM - Red, black guard
224326 Model 3 Kahler TM - Black
225051 ? - - - -
225224 ? - - - Black
225457 Model 4 - TM - Dots, white, small route, 3 covered "Jackson" logoed pickups
226624 Plate only - - - -
226754 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, blue, small route, 3 covered no-name pickups
227124 Model 3 Kahler TM - Red, black guard
227276 Model 3 - - - Pearl white
2273?4 ? - - - 1986 Japan imports catalog, black, plate and neck joint only in picture
227735 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, red, small route, 3 covered no-name pickups
228551 Model 3 - - - -
228860 Plate only - - - May have been red 3A
229265 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, red
230404 Model 1 - TM - Black guard
230986 Model 4 - - - -
231209 ? - - - Metallic Platinum, noted as Fusion Custom, possible rebody?
231820 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, white
232383 Plate only - TM - -
232392 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, large route, e.g. catalog
Serial
number
Model
name
Bridge /
tremolo
Neck
plate
Head
stock
Comments
232986 Model 3 Kahler TM - White, black guard
2335?3 Model 4 Kahler TM - Black
233997 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, black
234003 Model 2 Kahler TM - WHite
234389 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, blue, small route, 3 covered "Jackson" pickups
234827 Model 3 Kahler TM - Red, black guard
235188 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, red
235645 Model 2B - TM - White, bass
235697 Plate only - - - -
235983 Model 1 - TM - Black
236118 Model 3 - ? TM White, black guard, refitted JT-6
236129 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, black cherry, small route, 3 covered "Jackson" logoed pickupd
236314 Model 3 - ? TM Black, black guard
236905 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, red, small route, 3 covered "Jackson" logoed pickups
? Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, red, small route, 3 covered no-name pickups
237786 Model 4 JT-6 ® TM? Dots, Burgandy mist, very confusing mix of dots and JT-6 for a 1986 Model 4 (more info)
237851 Model 3A JT-6 TM ® Black
238018 Model 4 JT-6 TM? ®? Red, heavily modified
238159 Plate only - - - -
238311 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, small route, 3 covered "Jackson" logoed pickups
238333 Model 2 Kahler TM - Black
238419 Model 3 - - - Gray, TM? can't tell
238526 Plate only - - - Plate from Model 2
23?920 Model 3 Kahler TM - White, black guard
239951 Plate only - - - -
23???? Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, black, small route, 3 covered "Jackson" logoed pickups
241347 Model 3A Kahler TM - White, black guard, 2 humbuckers
241806 Model 1 - TM + gasket ® Flat black repaint, fulcrum replaced by Kahler hardtail, replacement neck?
241??? Model 4 Kahler TM - White
242023 Model 2 - TM - White, Kahler replaced by Floyd Rose
Serial
number
Model
name
Bridge /
tremolo
Neck
plate
Head
stock
Comments
242507 Plate only - - - -
242863 Model 2 Kahler TM - White
242884 Model 2 Kahler - - Black
243226 Plate only - - - -
243450 Model 4 Kahler TM - Dots, black cherry, small route, 3 covered "Jackson" logoed pickups
243458 Plate only - - - -
244241 Model 4 - TM - Black, small route, 3 covered no-name pickups
244258 Model 2 Kahler TM - White
244521 Model 2 - - - -
245753 Model 1 - TM - Black
246013 Model 1 - TM - Sunburst, red turqoise guard
246165 Model 2 - - - -
246166 Model 3 Kahler TM - Black, parted out on eBay
246478 Model 2 - - - -
248419 Model 2 - - - Pearl white
24?255 - - TM - Black, Frankenstein guitar, Strat-style neck, 1 hum
249331 - JT-6? - - Pink champagne metallic, not original, possibly burgandy mist?
249783 Model 2 Kahler TM - Black, parted out on eBay
Serial
number
Model
name
Bridge /
tremolo
Neck
plate
Head
stock
Comments
 

Serial numbers
1987 Charvel Model series

Serial
number
Model
name
Bridge /
tremolo
Neck
plate
Head
stock
Comments
274122 Model 3A JT-6 TM ® Red, maple fingerboard
 

Serial numbers
1988 Charvel Model series

Serial
number
Model
name
Bridge /
tremolo
Neck
plate
Head
stock
Comments
321475 Model 4 JT-6 ® ® Highest serial for Model series reported, desert crackle finish
 

Serial numbers
1989-1991 Charvel Series

Classic, Fusion, Contemporary, Professional (all having the "Toothpaste" logo)

Serial
number
Model
name
Bridge /
tremolo
Neck
plate
Head
stock
Comments
- - - - - -
 
Here's a Jackson labeled cap removed from a headstock. Photo by rjohnstone?
Serial on a 1987 Charvel Model 3B bass, which is neck-thru, hammered into the last blind fret of the fingerboard. Photo by Mike.
The serial on a 1987 Charvel Model 6, stamped into the last, blind fret of the fingerboard.
Serial number on the back of the headstock under the clear coat, on a 1986 Charvel Model 6.
A neckplate gasket is the square-shaped, black plastic piece seen on the far left. It fits between the metal neckplate and the body. Its primary function is to lower the risk of chipping the paint when refitting the neckplate. The first year of the Charvel Model Series did not use this gasket (1986).
The "TM" trailing the Charvel logo on the neckplate, were used in 1986-87.
The ® trailing the Charvel logo on the neckplate, were used in 1988.
The "TM" trailing the Charvel logo on the headstock, were used in 1986.
The ® trailing the Charvel logo on the headstock, were used in 1987-88.
A quartersawn neck is more expensive than a flatsawn neck, but is far more stable, resonates better, and is very resistant to warping or twisting. By cutting quartersawn necks, more wood goes to waste. All Jackson USA guitars features quartersawn necks, but also some of the old Japanese made Charvels and Jacksons features quartersawn necks. Which Japanese ones, can be found in the guitar lists here on audiozone.dk. (Snippet taken from the Jackson® 2006 Catalog, page 10).
Neck plate on a Charvel Model 2 from 1987. The neck plates on the bolt-on neck Charvel Model Series bear IMC's Fort Worth Texas address, despite the fact that they were built in Japan.
Neck plate on a Charvel 475 Deluxe from 1990. The Ft. Worth is gone.
Neck plate on a Charvette from 1989, the Ft. Worth stamp still there.
An original Inspection Card for a Charvel Model 2 guitar, giving us the info: Serial No. 254578, year of manufacture 1987, Model 2, Red.
Click here to see a picture gallery of the exact guitar this card came with.

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