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Charvel unveils spec’d-up Silverburst signature shred machine for Phil Sgrosso of As I Lay Dying

Charvel Phil Sgrosso Signature Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 H FR E
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As I Lay Dying’s chief songwriter and riff master general Phil Sgrosso has landed his own Charvel signature guitar, the snappily named Phil Sgrosso Signature Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 H FR E.

With its Silverburst finish and black anodized aluminium pickguard, Sgrosso’s Mexico-built signature cuts a suave metal silhouette, and accordingly, it’s built for speed, with a number of tweaks to the model’s rear.

Key among these is a scalloped lower back bout, as well as a sculpted shredder’s cut heel. Removing large chunks of the mahogany body streamlines the model for the kind of death-defying, frantically picked riffs Sgrosso is known for.

Those clean lines may take cues from Jim Root’s no-nonsense Fender and Charvel models, but Sgrosso goes one further, stripping his So-Cal back to a single active bridge humbucker.

There’s more than meets the eye, however, as said humbucker is Fishman’s cutting-edge Modern PRF-MHB-AB1 alnico bridge pickup, with switchable voices accessible via the solitary – and rather PRS-looking – push/pull speed knob, which also handles volume duties.

Playability-wise, the guitar continues the go-faster theme, sporting a bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement and a hand-rubbed satin urethane finish on the back, teamed with a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard with rolled edges and 22 jumbo frets.

There are some neat touches elsewhere: Luminlay side dots and the heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel are always welcome, while the Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo system promises typical whammy thrills.

Finally, the Charvel ‘toothpaste’ logo appears on the Strat-style headstock, with Sgrosso’s signature gracing the rear.

The – deep breath – Phil Sgrosso Signature Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 H FR E lands in November, when it will cost $1,549. Stay tuned for more nearer the release date…

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Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).