Review: Charvel's New Pro-Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM Guitar

(Image credit: Charvel)

The first time I ever laid eyes on a Charvel was at Sam Ash Music on 48th Street in Manhattan back in the Eighties. At the time, Charvel guitars were hard to come by on the East Coast because very few dealers carried the company's custom Californian creations. So, the only place to really see the finest examples of these instruments was on Music Row — 48th Street’s mecca of music stores. One Charvel that caught my eye was a simple black model with one humbucking pickup and a non-locking bronze vibrato bridge that cost nearly $3,000! Of course, hair metal and its guitar slingers were all the rage, and those were the instruments, along with Jacksons, that these guys were playing. 

Mind you, sunburst Les Pauls and vintage Stratocasters were actually cheaper then! But once the reign of hair metal died with a neon whimper, naturally, the prices of those Charvels dropped considerably, but the love for them still remains, and let me tell you — they’re better than ever now. Let me call into evidence the brand-new Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM (yes, it’s quite a mouthful of a designation), which is far removed from that old bare-bones model I lusted after and might just be the ultimate Charvel I’ve ever come across, with a price that defies all that it offers.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.