Charvel Jim Root Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 review

The Slipknot riffer returns to the original hotrod shop for a Superstrat that's built to handle all manner of high-gain rough and tumble

Charvel Jim Root Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1
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Guitar World Verdict

The Satin White and Satin Black finish options might be muted, but Root's first signature Charvel is anything but. This is a bold guitar, built to play hard, with a sound that has everything you need for high-gain, high-performance metal guitar playing.


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    More than adequately powered for metal.

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    Great fun to play.

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    Rolled fingerboard edges offer a premium touch.

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    Impressive build.

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    Floyd Rose vibrato.


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    Aesthetic might be quite minimal for some.

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You need a specialised instrument when you are in Jim Root’s line of work. Slipknot demands a certain kind of sound. But just because Root needs extremity in his electric guitar tone doesn’t mean he wants to go extreme with the aesthetic. His latest of many signature guitars, the San Dimas Style 1, reflects his tastes of classic designs rendered monochromatically. 

The Stratocaster headstock here is on license from Fender, who own the Charvel brand. The doublecut body shape is instantly recognisable, and with that bolt-on maple neck, it’s clear the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. The differences are largely practical. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.