Charvel serves up a new HSS Pro-Mod So-Cal shred machine and gives its HH sibling fresh finish, hardtail and fingerboard options in its first 2023 drop

Charvel 2023 electric guitar models
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Charvel has announced its first new electric guitars for 2023: an HSS take on its hot-rodded Pro-Mod So-Cal formula, as well as fresh looks and hardtail options for its dual-humbucker model in the same line.

The snappily named Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HSS FR is the brand-new model for this year, and gets part of that moniker from its pickup configuration, which is a fresh addition to the series.

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Michael Astley-Brown

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 from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.