Last Updated on October 6, 2020 by Chris
Left Handed Charvel Guitars
Charvel guitars are known for being precision instruments, with high performance and tone to match. They’re very popular with hard rock and metal guitar players, and come in some pretty ‘out there’ colors and paint jobs. Take the Warren DeMartini signature model, for example, featuring an amazing looking snakeskin paint job!
Players such as Guthrie Govan of The Aristocrats, Satchel of Steel Panther, Gojira’s Joe Duplantier, and many others have their own Signature Series guitars. Lefty players include Jimi Bell of Autograph.
Let’s take a look at whether there are any left handed Charvel guitars available to left handed players.
Who Are Charvel Guitars?
Charvel Guitars was founded by Wayne Charvel, who in the early 1970s had worked at Fender. In 1974, he decided to open a repair shop for Fender guitars that were no longer under warranty, which he called Charvel’s Guitar Repair.
The shop became very successful, building a solid reputation for custom paint jobs, making upgraded parts, and of course, repair work, and soon afterward, Charvel began making complete guitars to sell at the shop.
Their hot-rod Superstrats, swapped out vintage parts for upgrades like humbuckers, locking tremolos and thinner, faster necks with jumbo frets making it easier for blisteringly fast playing. These instruments were clearly aimed at hard rock and metal guitarists wanting to play at their limit!
Wayne Charvel sold the company to Grover Jackson in 1978; Jackson, who worked at Charvel’s Guitar Repair, was also founded Jackson Guitars a few years later.
Grover Jackson then sold the company to Japanese manufacturer IMC (International Music Corporation) in 1989, and by 2002, the company was bought by Fender Instruments.
Now owned by Fender, Charvel Guitars clearly differentiate themselves from the more traditionally specified guitars made by Fender, with their own highly specified, upgraded Superstrats.
What Do I Think of Charvel Guitars?
I like Charvel guitars; I like them a lot! In fact, one of my favorite guitarists plays a Charvel; Guthrie Govan. To me, his music pretty mind-blowing stuff! Not afraid to mix it up, his fusion of many different styles often leaves me quite astounded by the complexity and dexterity of his playing. Obviously he needs a guitar that can inspire this kind of playing.
Charvel are also known for their vibrant and colorfully loud finishes, which I’m also a fan of. Some of the more recent of these outlandish finishes include a Custom Shop San Dimas Galaxy with Buckeye resin finish:
Different Types of Charvel Guitars
Charvel sport several ranges of guitar; check these out:
- Pro-Mod – The classic Charvel style, playability, and tone are combined in these Pro-Mod series guitars to provide players with a level of quality design that made Charvel the highly sought-after brand it is today.
- USA Select – These represent Charvel’s flagship models. Built at the Charvel Custom Shop in Corona, CA, these guitars are built to incredibly high standards and feature extremely high-performance specifications.
- Artist Signature Series – With this range of Charvel guitars, you can see what it’s like to play the stylish and high-performance guitars of the Charvel endorsed players. Charvel work closely with these artists to craft guitars just the way they want them. Now you can try them for yourselves!
- Limited Edition – These Limited Edition Charvel models celebrate Charvel styles and shapes from the past, but also using modern and innovative hardware and features.
- Custom Shop – This is where you go when you want your dream Charvel guitar! If you’re not happy with the number of left handed Charvel guitars, and you have the money, then this is where they will build you a guitar coupling top-of-the-line build quality with the very best performance hardware. If money is no object, and you want a Charvel, then you want a Custom Shop model!
Charvel guitar models are made in Mexico, Japan, and the USA depending on the range.
Left Handed Charvel Electric Guitars
In total, there are a massive forty-three right handed guitars available in 2020. That’s a very good number to choose from!
So how many left handed Charvel guitars are available? Just the one, I’m afraid. Here, check it out!
PRO-MOD SO-CAL STYLE 1 HH FR M LH
From its classic body shape, its Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, to the super-fast and thin maple bolt-on neck with a compound radius and jumbo frets, this slick lefty guitar offers amazing playability and versatility, perfect for all you shredders out there!
It features two high-output Seymour Duncan Distortion humbuckers, which feature ceramic magnets and overwound coils.
The Volume and Tone pots feature push/pull activation for Coil Splitting and Tone Activation respectively.
Here are this lefty guitar’s specs:
- NECK: Bolt-On Maple with Graphite Reinforcement
- BODY: Alder
- NECK PROFILE: Speed Neck with Rolled Fingerboard Edges
- FINGERBOARD: Maple
- FRETS: 22 Jumbo
- BRIDGE: Floyd Rose 1000 Series Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed)
- NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Distortion SH-6N
- BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6
- FINISH: Satin Snow White
Left Handed Charvel Basses
Although in the past, Charvel have made bass guitars, unfortunately right now they only make six and seven-string guitars.
OK, so the title of this post is a little misleading… using the words “Left Handed Charvel Guitars” – plural. Unfortunately for us though, there’s only one southpaw model available.
There’s no doubting the quality and playability of Charvel’s guitars. So with just one model from the Charvel range, unfortunately, we can’t really say there are many left handed Charvel guitars, but the one we can buy is definitely a fantastic guitar!
If you wanted anything other than the PRO-MOD SO-CAL STYLE 1 HH, you’d probably have to buy from the Charvel Custom Shop. Sometimes these guitars are also available on sites such as Adirondack Guitar or Xtreme Lefty Guitars, so it’s worth checking them out.
Have you owned or played any Charvel guitars? What do you think; any comments? Let us know below!
Image credits: charvel.com