Submitted November 7, 2019 by Jason G in The Villages, FL
"I received junk"
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I have been playing a good while and I never wanted to play anything more metal than maybe some sabbath, but I have always loved listening to all kinds hard rock metal. I decided after all these years to buy a guitar that could play a bit faster, and a bit harder. I tried a Schecter, but it was just not comfortable to me, so after seeing all the love for this model, and lots of comparing them all I chose the Charvel. This won’t be a long story but it can happen, so I want to share it. When I pulled it out of the box, I heard something rattling around inside, and I could see the bridge was sticking way off the body, pulled to the neck. I opened up the trem cavity cover, and there were 2 springs and a piece of wood rolling around in there. I emailed Charvel and the guy sent a diagram of the trem. I hooked up all the springs and the bridge was still over an inch off the top. I spent hours trying to get it right. It was not out of adjustment, it was NOT INSTALLED completely. The claw screws were not even close. Then I had to adjust the truss rod and string height. I was never able to get the neck to be playable because even at the right dimensions, most of the notes above the 16th fret would not ring out for more than 4 seconds, sometimes not 3, and I don’t have the ability or time to whatever fret work was not correct at the time of manufacturing. Fender basically said even though it was not completely built and put to factory specs, they would not pay “if it just needs adjustment.” So you could receive one, which was not built properly, arrived with a trem bar only, in poor packaging for 950$ and you will have to return it, because they will NOT make it right for you. You get what they ship for a grand, but it might be completely built or not but it’s your responsibility to finish it not theirs. Never again will I buy a Charvel.
22 years lots of different music
Mostly rock and blues
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