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The 1987 Model Year Brings Changes
To The Charvel Model Series

There are clear differences that are very evident from model year 1986 to 1987. This is more than the change to a licensed Floyd Rose tremolo ( the Jackson JT-6 Tremolo ).

Let us address a couple of the clear differences from 86 to 87.

The ever so poular Model 4 Charvel is a good example. In 1986 the Model Series Charvel Model 4 had dot fretmarkers made of Mother-of-Pearl. As a matter of fact the model 4 in 1986 was the only bolt on neck to wear mother of pearl fretmarkers and they were dots. The Charvel Model 1, the Charvel Model 2, and the Charvel Model 3 had clay color fretmarkers.

Below is a 1986 Charvel Model 4 Neck

Charvel Model 4

In 1987 the Charvel Model 4 had the awesome Jackson style shark fin inlays. Below is a Charvel Model 4 Neck with a Electric Blue headstock color. This is a Japan Only Model Charvel Neck which came from the Jackson Charvel Japan factory with a body color that matched the necks headstock color. These Special Edition Model 4s, as well as other exotic import Charvels were made for delivery to music stores that carried The Charvel Model Series in Japan.

Chushin Gakki acted as the distributor and manufacturer for Jackson Charvel in Japan. Special promotions with certain music stores in Japan and the Chushin Gakki factory enabled the creation of limited edition, special addition, and artist model import Charvel guitars.

We will launch more information in regards to the Japan Artist Model Charvel Guitars made for american artists that were manufactured by Chushin Gakki Charvel in followup articles. As well we will introduce artists that had endorsement deals and were Import Charvel Guitar Official Edorsees in the late 1980s and 1990s.


Model 4 1987

In regards to the 1987 Charvel Import line of guitars,

the 1987 Charvel Model Series lineup had brought very cool ideas to reality. The 1987 Charvel Imports still kept true to what was being turned out by Jackson Guitars in the USA. As a matter of fact some USA creations looked exactly like import Charvels and vice-versa. Thats because import Charvels, although model specific, echoed what was being produced in the USA.

The Jackson shop in the USA had many changes of its own going on at the time. Grover Jackson saw a massive burst in company sales and he was already deep in a factory move from one city to a new building about 20 minutes to the east in Ontario California.

Later in 1987 there were some import Charvel guitars being created for just certain parts of the world that pretty much never made it to the USA. Yet, the initial 1987 Model Series with Jackson JT-6 tremolos were basically very good Japanese made Jackson guitars. They were just not made in Ontario California by Grover Jackson and his guys. Import Charvel Guitars were being produced at the Chushin Gakki factory by very competent guitar makers. The Chushin Gakki guys, even before making Jackson guitars, had a reputation in Japan for manufacturing good guitars.


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