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Jim Root Charvel Prototypes shared on Instagram

Jim Root Charvel Prototypes shared on Instagram  ·  Source: Instagram/Jim Root

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Slipknot guitarist and songwriter Jim Root is working on a new signature model with Charvel. He recently shared two potential colours of a San Dimas-based model that will hopefully be launched in 2022. His Fender Jazzmaster model, and variations on the hardtail theme, are already huge fan favourites, so it’s good to see something with a Floyd at last!

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Jim Root Charvel Prototypes

With some of Jim Root’s usual subtle tweaks to the formula, these two Charvel prototype models are both, in my opinion, super sweet. They have a mahogany body and a maple neck with a compound-radius fingerboard, in either maple or ebony. You can also see glow-in-the-dark side dots, so these are stage-ready.

Both feature a locking Floyd Rose trem system set to float, and a set of his EMG Jim Root Signature Daemonum active pickups. All his previous Fender signature models have been hardtail, so it is nice to finally see a Floyd. He does state that there are some high tension springs in the rear cavity to counteract the faux reverb/flutter.

 

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Stripped-Back

You get his obligatory stripped-back control layout that consists of a single volume knob and a pickup selector switch. So it is a no-nonsense guitar, as you would expect. The main San Dimas body appears to have a matte finish for both black and white versions, with some extended cutaways on the rear of the horns, as well as a sculpted heel for better upper fret access. And finally, you can see some bare mahogany in that spring cavity, perhaps to aid the guitar in drying out completely? Who knows, but wood doesn’t breathe, so don’t fall for any marketing BS on that little update.

They are made in Mexico and bear his autograph on the rear of the headstock. It’s a subtle nod to the signature aspect and not screaming the association with Mr Root, which is a nice touch. He wants to keep the price point under USD 1500, so hopefully, they could be reasonable in terms of cost.

I do like the overall look, but then, I have always been a fan of both the Charvel San Dimas and So-Cal models anyway. Plus I loved a stripped-back guitar.

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3 responses to “Jim Root shares Charvel Prototypes on Instagram”

  1. James says:

    When people talk of wood breathing they don’t mean the drawing in of oxygen to aid cellular regeneration, or the process to flush out carbon dioxide and bring in oxygen. They mean the adjustment of the medium to the ambient conditions such as temperature, and humidity. Wood, even when dead, is not inert. It reacts with the local conditions. The more ‘open’ the wood is, the more efficient that process–with bare wood and wood that is virtually sealed in a thick poly finish being the extremes of the physical state of the medium.
    Eddie Van Halen asked for unfinished patches to be left on his guitars for this very reason.
    Wood breathes. EVH said so. Eric Johnson says so. Ken Parker says so. My father, a carpenter for much of his life, said so. And for those still struggling with the concept, homonymy in lexical semantics says so.

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