Charvel Joe Duplaniter Signature San Dimas model: A guitar to flatten cities?
Gojira's guitarist gets his own signature San Dimas for 2017
Charvel Joe Duplaniter Signature model · Source: http://www.charvel.com/guitars/artist/joe-duplantier-signature-pro-mod-san-dimas-style-2-hh-ebony-fingerboard-satin-white/
Charvel Joe Duplaniter Signature model, with old nato neck and easy access heel joint · Source: http://www.charvel.com/guitars/artist/joe-duplantier-signature-pro-mod-san-dimas-style-2-hh-ebony-fingerboard-satin-white/
Charvel has announced a brand new signature model for Gojira’s Joe Duplantier, a French player known for his crushing, giant monster riffs. This new guitar looks like it could level whole cities.
Okay, enough Godzilla references already! What we have here is a dual-humbucker Telecaster-shaped instrument in white with an ebony fretboard. The overall look is utilitarian. It’s basically a Charvel Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas model but with a tune-o-matic style bridge.
It’s fitted with two Duncan Designed HB humbucking pickups, the HB-10N in the neck position and the HB-10B at the bridge. The pickups are controlled with a simple volume knob and single three-way switch for pickup selection. That means this guitar is laid out for those of us that just want to play and not worry too much about fiddling with knobs.
I like that they have put the truss-rod access via a thumbwheel adjustment at the base of the neck, as it makes for easy setups. The guitar has locking tuners, so with that hard tail, tuning should be easy.
Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH
They have chosen nato wood for both the body and the neck, although the neck is strengthened with graphite rods as well. The neck is oil-finished and the ebony fretboard is a 12″-16″ compound radius with 22 jumbo frets. The neck/heel joint is also really well done on the guitar and gives good access to the higher frets.
Overall, I really like the whole look of the guitar, especially given the price, which is astounding for a signature guitar. I would recommend watching the video below to hear Joe talking about how he selected the guitar’s features, and giving you a few examples of his playing style.
If you haven’t checked out Gojira you really should as they are pretty ace in my opinion and you can see why this guitar suits their sound perfectly.
Available in Satin White with black body binding,
RRP $827.57 / £467 / €544 – due out in February
Gojira’s Joe Duplaniter