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BidleyBidley Frets: 2147
The friendly UPS fella gave me this today...

http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd489/Bydytron/IMG_20131205_135945_zps7ae6e89d.jpg

Nope, not an empty box, this was in it...

http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd489/Bydytron/IMG_20131205_140058_zps9e4d3221.jpg

And in that was this.

http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd489/Bydytron/IMG_20131205_140130_zpsb51e1dc4.jpg

Yep, MiJ Charvel So Cal, brand spanker, Candy Blue. The blue is much nicer IRL than it looked in the stock photos (as usual). I've been lusting after one of these since they came out, so when Richtone announced they had the last ever MiJ stock in, I had to.

And yes, it plays as well as everyone says. The neck is Ibanez Wizard size, but more of a C than a D. Fuck it's comfy. It needs a bit of tweaking to get it how I like it, but largely it plays very well out of the box, no rattling or crazy-high action. Band practice can't come soon enough!
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  • dchwhitedchwhite Frets: 133
    Very nice :)
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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5666

    Dude, that's the twin to Sammie.

    Pleased you got one, they is awesomes.

    Ringleader of the Cambridge cartel, pedal champ and king of the dirt boxes (down to 21) 

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  • BidleyBidley Frets: 2147
    mike_l said:

    Dude, that's the twin to Sammie.

    Pleased you got one, they is awesomes.

    Glad to be part of the club :)

    It's a bit creaky at the moment, it's still a bit new and needs playing in... My pleasure :D
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  • Proper jealous.Missed these the first time and was well gutted.Saw Richtonemusic where getting them in but it was just after I got my Les Paul so can't justify pulling the plug on one.Even more gutted now.Thought about selling a couple of guitars to raise the money but they'll probably be sold out too soon.Quite sad.
    In my life,why do I give valuable time to people who I'd much rather kick in the eye.
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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5666
    Bidley said:
    mike_l said:

    Dude, that's the twin to Sammie.

    Pleased you got one, they is awesomes.

    Glad to be part of the club :)

    It's a bit creaky at the moment, it's still a bit new and needs playing in... My pleasure :D


    Oh yes, they're definitely a pleasure to play.

    You might need to adjust the pup height as they are powerful and can get a little muddy (esp the neck). Sweet guitar though fella.

    Ringleader of the Cambridge cartel, pedal champ and king of the dirt boxes (down to 21) 

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  • BidleyBidley Frets: 2147
    Yeah, the pups were almost maximum height! I've adjusted them and they sound a lot crisper. I'd forgotten how much I like Dimarzios. Just need to whack a set of 10s on it, set it up for Eb and I'm golden.
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  • Lovely. But... It's not pink, yellow or green?

    TOO TASTEFUL FOR ME.
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  • But seriously, I'd love one, and that's a really nice colour.
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  • Dave_McDave_Mc Frets: 1049
    edited December 2013
    Awesome :D

    What's not helping my usual indecisiveness if I can't decide on a model or colour, either. I prefer the non-scratchplate ones (both the looks and the pickups, not to mention the chrome hardware)... but of the colours that are available (i.e. i'd prefer the older ferrari red or white, neither available) that blue one with the black scratchplate is maybe the nicest. Dang it looks nice. :))

    EDIT: How light is the blue? If it's even possible to answer that :))

    Yeah the blue one with the scratchplate is out of stock :)) Didn't see that coming. :| Still, it's the same blue as on the one without the scratchplate, right? If so, it'd still be helpful... is it super light and pastelly?
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  • BidleyBidley Frets: 2147
    I think the San Dimas is the same colour, they're both 'Candy Blue', I have to say I've not seen it in the flesh though.

    The one I have here isn't what I'd call super-light, but it is lighter than it looks in the stock images and it is quite pastelly, reminds me of Pelham Blue. The picture I posted (blurry though it is) is quite a good representation, if you take into account the shine.

    The San Dimas might look a bit lighter without the black hardware, scratchplate and top-mounted jack.
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  • Well played sir! I don't have any cash this sideof Christmas otherwise I'd be joining you. It looks brilliant - I have bk vhii set waiting to go in mine - It's killing me!
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  • Nice Axe, dig the colour too.
    I am the Funk of 40000 years
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  • Dave_McDave_Mc Frets: 1049
    Bidley said:
    I think the San Dimas is the same colour, they're both 'Candy Blue', I have to say I've not seen it in the flesh though.

    The one I have here isn't what I'd call super-light, but it is lighter than it looks in the stock images and it is quite pastelly, reminds me of Pelham Blue. The picture I posted (blurry though it is) is quite a good representation, if you take into account the shine.

    The San Dimas might look a bit lighter without the black hardware, scratchplate and top-mounted jack.
    Thanks :) Yeah that's kind of what I was thinking- I think the blue is fine (actually really nice) with the scratchplate, but it might be a little light without one.

    I suppose the red one might be the safer choice- my original first choice (without the scratchplate) would've been the old ferrari red, and I suppose the candy red isn't a million miles away from that. Second choice would've been white.

    Only thing is I already have a bunch of red guitars (including my star) and I only have one blue guitar (which is nothing like the charvel). :))
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  • dindudedindude Frets: 5113
    That is lovely. I've got an orange wildcard jap Charvel from the same family and it is the tits. But I still covet yours as well.
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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5666
    Bidley said:
    I think the San Dimas is the same colour, they're both 'Candy Blue', I have to say I've not seen it in the flesh though.

    The one I have here isn't what I'd call super-light, but it is lighter than it looks in the stock images and it is quite pastelly, reminds me of Pelham Blue. The picture I posted (blurry though it is) is quite a good representation, if you take into account the shine.

    The San Dimas might look a bit lighter without the black hardware, scratchplate and top-mounted jack.

    They're the same blue........

    When I looked at them, a couple of years ago, the San Dimas looked a little untidy around the pup's, hence I got a So-Cal (difference - So Cal has a scratch plate and Di Marzio's....)

    Ringleader of the Cambridge cartel, pedal champ and king of the dirt boxes (down to 21) 

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  • Loverly. I've never been much of a floyd rose fancier, but I've always made an exception for Charvel superstrats. The fender body and headstock just looks so good with a FR and twin buckers in a very different way to regular strat.
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  • Dave_McDave_Mc Frets: 1049
    edited December 2013
    Don't want to hijack your thread (but I didn't want to not let you know either since you'd helped me a lot with the colour and since I rarely make NGD threads) but I got the red san dimas. :D Seems really nice. I had all but talked myself into the blue one but then had an epiphany when I found a bunch of close up photos on a guitar shop's website (which was out of stock but still had the photos, which was handy) and it dawned on me that candy red was actually a pretty nice bright red. And that the candy blue without the scratchplate might be very pastelly (with the scratchplate like yours looks awesome).

    So yeah, I'm pleased I went for the red, it looks great. Good job I realised this when they still had one left :)) Thanks for all your help about the colours :)
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  • BidleyBidley Frets: 2147

    Great work dude! I've been playing mine non-stop and it's just awesome in every way, it just fits me so well.

    Go on then, stick a couple of pics of your San Dimas up! What pups are in it? :D

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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5666
    Excellent work Dave_Mc and Bidley, more Charvel converts........

    Ringleader of the Cambridge cartel, pedal champ and king of the dirt boxes (down to 21) 

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  • dindudedindude Frets: 5113
    Nice one @dave_mc we've almost got enough now for a dedicated Charvel porn thread!
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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5666
    dindude said:
    Nice one @dave_mc we've almost got enough now for a dedicated Charvel porn thread!
    That's gotta happen

    Ringleader of the Cambridge cartel, pedal champ and king of the dirt boxes (down to 21) 

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  • Dave_McDave_Mc Frets: 1049
    edited December 2013
    Bidley said:

    Great work dude! I've been playing mine non-stop and it's just awesome in every way, it just fits me so well.

    Go on then, stick a couple of pics of your San Dimas up! What pups are in it? :D

    JB and 59. The JB actually suits it fairly well. I normally find myself scratching my head as to why (other than just cost, and the fact people have heard of them) most manufacturers use JBs all the time. It probably still wouldn't be my first choice but it's good enough that it doesn't need to be swapped, either.

    That's actually one of the things that swayed me towards the san dimas (well aside from the fact they didn't have any socals left in nice colours)- I don't think the tone zone is as suitable for 80s tones (and I'd prefer a paf-type in the neck to an evo). Don't get me wrong, I probably actually prefer the Tone Zone to the JB as an overall pickup- but to my ears it's a bit dark for those 80s tones.

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    mike_l said:
    Excellent work Dave_Mc and Bidley, more Charvel converts........
    I already had a star :D
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  • BidleyBidley Frets: 2147
    Oh that is nice, looks very 80s :D

    Yeah, the JB is quite widely-used. It's just an all-round great pickup, which serves well for most styles of rock/metal.

    How are you enjoying it? What everybody says about the necks is all true, in my estimations.
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  • Not my thing at all, floyd and all that, but for some reason I want one in blue. Just a dead good looking guitar. 
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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5666
    Dave_Mc said:
    Bidley said:

    Great work dude! I've been playing mine non-stop and it's just awesome in every way, it just fits me so well.

    Go on then, stick a couple of pics of your San Dimas up! What pups are in it? :D

    JB and 59. The JB actually suits it fairly well. I normally find myself scratching my head as to why (other than just cost, and the fact people have heard of them) most manufacturers use JBs all the time. It probably still wouldn't be my first choice but it's good enough that it doesn't need to be swapped, either.

    That's actually one of the things that swayed me towards the san dimas (well aside from the fact they didn't have any socals left in nice colours)- I don't think the tone zone is as suitable for 80s tones (and I'd prefer a paf-type in the neck to an evo). Don't get me wrong, I probably actually prefer the Tone Zone to the JB as an overall pickup- but to my ears it's a bit dark for those 80s tones.

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    mike_l said:
    Excellent work Dave_Mc and Bidley, more Charvel converts........
    I already had a star :D

    Coolio. Try lowering the neck pup right away from the strings, it works well

    Ringleader of the Cambridge cartel, pedal champ and king of the dirt boxes (down to 21) 

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  • Dave_McDave_Mc Frets: 1049
    edited December 2013
    Bidley said:
    Oh that is nice, looks very 80s :D

    Yeah, the JB is quite widely-used. It's just an all-round great pickup, which serves well for most styles of rock/metal.

    How are you enjoying it? What everybody says about the necks is all true, in my estimations.
    Yeah that's what I was going for. I figure if I'm going for an 80s guitar there are no prizes for subtlety :))

    I find the JB suffers slightly from jack-of-all-trades syndrome- for most styles there's normally a better option, IMO (though obviously that "better option" might not be as versatile). I also find its output and voicing don't really necessarily make all that much sense to me- it has quite a classic voicing, yet a lot of output- which makes it too hot and compressed for more vintage tones, but not really tight enough for higher gain tones. That being said, as I said, it sounds pretty good in this guitar. :))

    I also find it kind of funny though that (personally) I think its forte is probably 80s rock and metal, and most guitar players hate those tones. Yet it's one of the most popular pickups in existence. If they called it "the spandex" I wonder how many they'd sell :D

    And yeah I'm liking it a lot. :D The neck finish seems to be very thin, the neck is starting to discolour a little already :))
    mike_l said:
    Dave_Mc said:
    Bidley said:

    Great work dude! I've been playing mine non-stop and it's just awesome in every way, it just fits me so well.

    Go on then, stick a couple of pics of your San Dimas up! What pups are in it? :D

    JB and 59. The JB actually suits it fairly well. I normally find myself scratching my head as to why (other than just cost, and the fact people have heard of them) most manufacturers use JBs all the time. It probably still wouldn't be my first choice but it's good enough that it doesn't need to be swapped, either.

    That's actually one of the things that swayed me towards the san dimas (well aside from the fact they didn't have any socals left in nice colours)- I don't think the tone zone is as suitable for 80s tones (and I'd prefer a paf-type in the neck to an evo). Don't get me wrong, I probably actually prefer the Tone Zone to the JB as an overall pickup- but to my ears it's a bit dark for those 80s tones.

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    mike_l said:
    Excellent work Dave_Mc and Bidley, more Charvel converts........
    I already had a star :D

    Coolio. Try lowering the neck pup right away from the strings, it works well
    Thanks, good idea, I'll give that a shot. I didn't think the neck pickup sounded as good as in my star, a bit muddy, that might well be it. You just lower it like normal? Not too used to direct-mount pickups :))

    Also thanks very much for the wow, whoever did that :) I just realised I'd forgotten to leave Bidley a wow for his, I'm not too used to this newfangled forum :))
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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5666
    Dave_Mc said:
      Coolio. Try lowering the neck pup right away from the strings, it works well
    Thanks, good idea, I'll give that a shot. I didn't think the neck pickup sounded as good as in my star, a bit muddy, that might well be it. You just lower it like normal? Not too used to direct-mount pickups :))

    Also thanks very much for the wow, whoever did that :) I just realised I'd forgotten to leave Bidley a wow for his, I'm not too used to this newfangled forum :))

    The neck pup in my Jackson is way more powerful then the bridge, but having lowered it well away from the strings, compared to the bridge pup, it's a load less muddy, nice and clear, a bit less focused than the bridge, but not in a bad way.

    The pup's are a Bulldog Extremist (@Clarky spec - Alnico 5 magnet) and a Seymour Duncan Distortion (neck) and the difference in output is huge, hence the difference is height. Similar to the Charvel (Different pups - similar output specs IIRC) set-up.

    That handy hint came from the shredmeister, Clarky himself.

    Oh, and the wow was from me. Beautiful guitar mate.

    Ringleader of the Cambridge cartel, pedal champ and king of the dirt boxes (down to 21) 

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  • Dave_McDave_Mc Frets: 1049
    Thanks :D

    Yeah I'd want a bit of a clearer tone. In terms of volume balance they're already fine, both neck and bridge are around the same volume, but I reckon lowering the neck might be the way to go to get a bit more clarity, as you suggested. I'll give that a shot tomorrow if I get round to it.
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