Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ V review

Loaded with DiMarzio pickups and tone-shaping power, the new five-string from Charvel is a hot-rodded bass ace with a strong '80s vibe

Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass PJ V
(Image: © Charvel)

Guitar World Verdict

An excellent homage to a vintage style, with added modern touches.


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    Very playable.

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    Tone range is impressive.

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    Good value.


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    20-fret range may hinder soloists.

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We reviewed Charvel’s relaunched San Dimas bass guitars a year ago, partly because we’re suckers for ’80s chic around here, and a day-glo finish always gets our collective heads spinning. 

More importantly, they were and remain highly playable, fully-featured active basses that acknowledged their Bill & Ted-era roots, but added modern touches for today’s player. 

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.