Charvel treats its Pro-Mod electric guitars and basses to a host of new body wood options and fresh finishes

Charvel Pro-Mod 2022
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After lifting the lid on four new signature models for Sean Long, Satchel, Jake E Lee and Henrik Danhage, Charvel has doubled down in some style, introducing an astonishing number of new finishes and body wood options to its Pro-Mod line.

New additions include three DK24 colorways, three So-Cal Style 1s, three San Dimas Style 1s and two new San Dimas PJ bass guitars.

These Pro-Mod models, Charvel says, “epitomize sleek, advanced playability for the seasoned professional and the aspiring performer, blending sophisticated style with assertive tone for maximum playing enjoyment”.

It's a strong pitch, but how do these guitars' specs measure up? Let's take a closer look.

Pro-Mod DK24 HH HT E Mahogany with Poplar Burl

The first of the three new DK24 additions is a double humbucker-equipped model, boasting a Dinky-sized mahogany body with a poplar burl top, sculpted shredder's cut heel and scalloped lower back bout for “seamless access to the upper registers”.

Other features include a pair of Seymour Duncan pickups – a Full Shred SH-10B in the bridge positions and an Alnico II Pro APH-1N in the neck – controlled by singular volume and tone controls and a five-way blade switch, a bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement and a hand-rubber urethane finish on the back, and a 12"-16" compound radius ebony fingerboard with 24 frets and offset white dot inlays and a Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge.

This one comes in a Desert Sand finish, and will retail at $1,099.99.

Pro-Mod DK24 HSS FR E

Next up, this Infinity Blue-finished DK24 model packs an HSS configuration, powered by a trio of Seymour Duncan pickups: a Full Shred SH-10B humbucker in the bridge, and Flat Strat SSL-6s in the middle and neck. These are controlled via single volume and tone controls and a five-way selector switch.

In terms of build, this model features a Dinky-sized alder body with a shredder's cut heel and a scalloped lower back bout, bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, 12"-16" compound radius ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and offset white dot inlays and a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge.

Price-wise, this guitar will also retail at $1,099.99.

Pro-Mod DK24 HH 2PT CM Poplar Burl

The pricier of the new DK24s – retailing at $1,299.99 – the Pro-Mod DK24 HH 2PT CM Poplar Burl sports an alder Dinky body with, you guessed it, a poplar burl top, a bolt-on caramelized maple neck with graphite reinforcement and, like its two fresh DK24 siblings, a 12"-16" compound radius fingerboard with 24 frets.

This guitar is powered by a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers – a Full Shred SH-10B in the bridge position and an Alnico II Pro APH-1N in the neck – controlled by Strat-style skirt volume and tone knobs and a five-way selector switch.

Other features include Luminlay side dots and a Gotoh Custom 510 recessed tremolo bridge.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E

Previously available in a Satin Orange Blaze finish, the Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E now comes in a luxurious Satin Primer Gray.

It features an alder body, bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, 12"-16" compound radius ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and white dot inlays, heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel and a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge.

Electronics include a Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 humbucker in the bridge position and a Seymour Duncan Distortion SH-6N in the neck, controlled by singular volume and tone knobs – the former of which has push/pull functionality for coil splitting – and a three-way blade switch.

The Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E is priced at $999.99.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HSH FR M

Touted as a “slick performer with modern features and a versatile sound”, the Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HSH FR M boasts an alder body with a Platinum Pink finish, bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement and a 12"-16" compound radius fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays.

Electronics include a trio of Seymour Duncan pickups: a TB-6 humbucker in the bridge, a Flat Strat SSL-6 single coil in the middle and a Distortion SH-6N humbucker in the neck. Controls include volume and tone knobs and a five-way blade switch.

This guitar will retail at $1,099.99.

Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M

Previously available in Satin Burgundy Mist, Satin Shell Pink, Snow White and Vintage White, the Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M now comes in a sleek new Gamera Black colorway.

Like other models in the Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 line, this guitar sports an alder body and a bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, adding a 12"-16" compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays.

It also packs a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers – a TB-6 in the bridge position and a SH-6N in the neck – controlled by a coil-splittable volume knob, tone pot and a three-way blade switch. 

Other features include a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo system and a tortoiseshell pickguard. This guitar will be priced at $999.99.

Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HSS HT M

Heading up the new additions to the Pro-Mod San Dimas line is the new Style 1 HSS HT M. Sporting an alder body, bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, 12"-16" compound radius fingerboard with 22 frets and black dot inlays and a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking trem, the Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HSS HT M is designed for “dazzling high-speed playing”.

Tones come by way of a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers – a JB TB-4 in the bridge position and a pair of Flat Strat SSL-6 single coils in the middle and neck  – controlled by single volume and tone controls and a five-way blade switch.

The Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HSS HT M will retail at $999.99.

Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M

The Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M is now available in four finishes: Matte Blue Frost, Shell Pink, Snow White and a brand-new “flip-flop” Chameleon.

Specs include an alder body, bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement and an oiled finish on the back for playing comfort, 12"-16" compound radius fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking trem and a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers.

Price-wise, this one clocks in at $1,199.99.

Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E

New for 2022 on Charvel's Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E model are two fresh finishes: Lime Green Metallic and Miami Blue. They join the guitar's existing Gloss Black colorway.

As a refresher, this guitar sports an alder body, bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, 12"-16" compound radius ebony fingerboard with 22 frets and white dot inlays, a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking trem and a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers – a JB TB-4 in the bridge and an SH-1N in the neck. Controls include a coil-splittable volume pot, tone knob and a three-way blade switch.

The Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E in these new finishes will retail at $999.99.

Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass PJ V

Available in Metallic Black or Platinum Pearl, the five-string Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass PJ V is designed for a “seasoned player who defies the status quo and demands more from a high-performance hot-rod bass”, and features an alder body, 34" scale length, bolt-on caramelized maple slim-C speed neck with graphite reinforcement, and a 12"-16" compound radius caramelized maple fingerboard with 20 frets.

Pickups include a DiMarzio Area J DP551 in the bridge position and a split-coil P pickup in the middle. Controls include a master volume control with push/pull functionality to engage the built-in active three-band EQ circuit, as well as a pickup blend control.

Other features include a Charvel HiMass bridge, Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut and open-gear-tuners.

The Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass PJ V is priced at $1,099.99.

Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass PJ IV

And finally, the four-string counterpart to the Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass PJ V, the Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass PJ IV features most of the same specs – including an alder body, 34" scale length, bolt-on caramelized maple slim-C speed neck with graphite reinforcement, and a 12"-16" compound radius caramelized maple fingerboard with 20 frets – and is also available in Metallic Black and Platinum Pearl.

Pickups in this model include a DiMarzio Model J DP123 in the bridge position and a split DiMarzio Model P DP 122 in the middle, controlled by a master volume control with push/pull functionality to engage the built-in active three-band EQ circuit, and a pickup blend control.

Like its five-string sibling, other features include a Charvel HiMass bridge, Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut and open-gear-tuners.

This bass guitar will retail at $999.99.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.