Charvel expands its bass guitar lineup with the five-string Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ V

Charvel bass guitar
(Image credit: Charvel)

Charvel dropped a bounty of new products to kickstart 2022 – including four impressively appointed signature models for Sean Long, Satchel, Jake E Lee and Henrik Danhage, and a host of new body wood and finish options for its Pro-Mod series.

And the company shows no signs of slowing down, as it unveils a new bass guitar model, the five-string Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ V, and two fresh finishes for its existing four-string Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ IV.

Appointments on the new Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ V include a super-thin bolt-on caramelized maple Charvel “speed” neck with graphite reinforcement, 12"-16" compound-radius 20-fret caramelized maple fingerboard with rolled edges and Luminlay side dots and a heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel.

Electronics include a DiMarzio Area J DP551 bridge pickup and a Charvel 5-String split-coil P pickup in the bridge position, controlled via a volume pot – with push/pull functionality for active/passive options – a pickup blend knob and a three-band active EQ.

Other features include an alder body, Charvel HiMass bridge, Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut, open-gear tuners and a licensed Fender Precision Bass headstock.

In terms of finish options, the Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ V is available in Metallic Black or Platinum Pearl. The existing Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ IV also now comes in these colorways, in addition to Lime Green Metallic and Mystic Blue options.

Price-wise, the Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ V retails at $1,099, while the Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ IV sells at $999. For more information, head to Charvel.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at 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.