I’m not sure if they were supposed to release this information so early but a certain website, which I won’t mention as I don’t want to get them into trouble, has posted the specs of the new Guthrie Govan Charvel San Dimas Signature model on their site in preparation for selling them post-NAMM, here are the details:
The San Dimas body has a beautiful birdseye maple or flame maple top, with a thin clear matte finish and a specially contoured heel (sans neck plate) for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard. The bolt-on neck is quartersawn flame maple with a “caramelized” heat and drying treatment that makes it sound and feel much older, with graphite reinforcement and a convenient truss rod adjustment wheel at the body end. Most unusually for a San Dimas model, the compound-radius (12”-16”) flame-maple fingerboard spans two octaves, with the same caramelized treatment as the neck, 24 extra jumbo stainless steel frets and special maple dot inlays with ebony borders.
Other premium features include three specially wound Charvel custom MFB pickups arranged in a versatile HSH configuration with five-way switching for the expansive tonal openness and dynamic sensitivity that Govan demands, two notched control knobs (master volume, master tone) with brass position markers set into the body, recessed original-style NOS Floyd Rose® tremolo bridge with Tremol-No™ unit and oversized brass block, bone nut, chrome hardware and 25.5” scale length.
Body: Basswood with Bird’s-Eye Maple Top
Body Shape: San Dimas
Neck: Graphite Reinforced Caramelized 2-Piece Quartersawn Flame Maple
Fingerboard: Maple, 12” to 16” Compound Radius (304.8mm to 406.4mm)
Frets: 24, Extra Jumbo Stainless Steel
Scale Length: 25.5″ (648mm)
String Nut: Bone, 1.6875″ (43mm)
Tuning Machines: Sperzel® Locking
Bridge: Recessed Original-Style NOS Floyd Rose® Tremolo Bridge with Tremol-No™ Unit and Oversized Brass Block
Pickups: Charvel Custom MFB Humbucking (Bridge) Charvel Custom MFB Single-Coil (Middle) Charvel Custom MFB Humbucking (Neck)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume and Tone
Other Features: Heel-Mounted Spoke-Wheel Truss Rod Adjustment, Contoured Body Heel with Recessed Neck Attachment Ferrules (No Neck Plate), Maple (with Ebony Border), Face Dot Position Inlays and Black Side Dots, Gotoh® Strap Buttons, Knurled Chrome Dome Control Knobs, Brass Control Position Marker Inlays in the Body, Side-Mounted Oval Output Jack, Low-Friction Potentiometers
Now the list price for this guitar is, wait for it, $4,400.00! This particular site has the guitar listed at $3,652.00. Still a pretty hefty price tag for a Charvel but this no doubt comes out of the custom shop and therefore will easily be the equal of his previous Suhr signature models. Make sure if you are going to NAMM to head over to the Charvel booth – http://www.charvel.com/.