Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 2 HH HT review

Charvel widens its appeal with a Tele-inspired electric for all occasions

Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 2 HH HT
(Image: © Future /Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Another high-quality, great-value build from Charvel, this souped-up T-type electric presents a wide range of tones that takes it beyond just a shred guitar... Though it will certainly shred if you want it to.


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    Pickups challenge preconceived notions of Charvel tone.

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    A superb neck that's stable, shreddable and hard not to love.

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    Excellent build and detail.

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    Cool finish and a reverse headstock.

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    As good as it gets in this price range.


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    Only if you're afraid you'll play too fast.

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We love it when guitar companies blur the lines and change our preconceptions. Because most of us will think of a type of guitar and even genre when the names Jackson and Charvel are mentioned. 

But just as the Misha Mansoor MJ Series So-Cal 2PT leans into Strat heritage, so too do Style 2 Charvels with the Telecaster. And with that comes a potential widening of appeal.

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Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.