I present my Charvel "Pollock"!

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by crhfish, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. crhfish

    crhfish Member

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    A few years ago a found this 80's Charvel for $50 at a pawn shop. Its a good guitar, set neck with a Dimarzio 102 humbucker and two Jackson J200 pickups. It also had some sort of preamp circuit in it which I removed. The only problem was someone decided that the original floyd type trem needed to be replaced with a Kahler trem so some wood was removed poorly and the front finish was ruined. A few days ago I tried my first swirl job and as you can see it was a disaster. I decided to try and make the best of it and did my best Pollock impression with some of the remaining paint. I then spent some time wet sanding and putting on some coats of clear.

    Behold the finish product. My son and wife think its hideous. Me, I think they just don't appreciate fine abstract expressionism applied to a mid 80's Charvel. I actually kind of like it. Its sure unique and I won't try the swirl thing again.

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  2. halcyon

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    I mean, it should really be a Jackson and not a Charvel.
     
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  3. Custom50

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    It's cool, certainly one of a kind, I like it.
     
  4. Lt Dak

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    That's cool. How did you apply the paint?
     
  5. jasons7

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    That was (is) a Charvel Model 6. Awesome guitar!
     
  6. monty

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    Looks cool to me.
     
  7. crhfish

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    I hung it from a tree branch and threw cups of paint at it. At first with all the runs, humps and drips, it was rough. But some sandpaper and some time can fix that. I also let my grand daughter have at it with some sharpies.
     
  8. MangoMango

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    Yes, looks to be a Charvel Model 6. Its actually "neck thru".
    The original electronics, with boost, were incredible even by today's standards.
    Sad to see its been castrated.
    They originally came with a Kahler and later with a Floyd.
    Poor mans Soloist. Freaking incredible Japan made guitars.

    Phenomenal paint. Really love it.
     
  9. gtrfinder

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    I'd rock it.
    Looks great to me
     
  10. crhfish

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    I have the original electronics, should I put them back in? I'm just not big on onboard preamps.
     
  11. copperhead

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    No it's a Charvel .They had Jackson active pickups & a Jackson Schaller Floyd .
    & if you know the History of Charvel & Jackson you would probably not post about this halcyon.
     
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  12. mjh365

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    I like it as well... Great job!
     
  13. Chris Pile

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    Someone paid me good money to do that back in the 80's to a guitar they built.
     
  14. halcyon

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    <woosh>
     
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  15. Gonkboy

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    Looks awesome. The Stone Roses guitarist did the same with his guitar in the early years.
     
  16. MangoMango

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    The active part is really more of a mid boost. The controls were volume, tone and boost.
    You dial it up fatter or thinner. It was very effective. (maybe like the bass contour on a Reverend)
    The Jackson pickups were also very versatile. The neck and middle were especially good.
    While it clearly looks shredder it could do soulful blues and beautiful jazz tones as well.
    I played one for about 20 years. One day the humbucker stopped working and so I decided to try something new.
    I replaced all of them with EMGs already set up with a harness.
    They were good but not even close to the tone and versatility of the originals.
    I'm a big fan.
     
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    Sorry, no comment. :eek:

    Other than, if you like it, that's great.
     
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  19. SigXer

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    If you like it that's all that matters. It's definitely not what I would want for a finish.
     
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  20. SecondFloorTones

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    I love it! Wouldn't bring it to a jazz gig, but fortunately I don't play jazz.
     

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