During this time BC Rich, SD Curlee, and Music Man approached Charvel to contract manufacture various wood parts. View cart for details. Contrary to Jackson's concerns, the visual impact of this guitar spawned the "Rhoads Model" that soon became iconic in the industry and later inspired Jackson to found Jackson Guitars. Wayne started Charvel Manufacturing in San Dimas California and later hired Grover Jackson for administration work. Signature Model. We sold everything, including Dimarzio pickups. Instead of the unfinished maple bolt-on neck that was a hallmark of the U.S. instruments, the imported instruments had a Japanese neck with a clear satin finish. After working at Fender for three years in the early 1970s, Wayne Charvel started "Charvel's Guitar Repair" in 1974 to refinish and repair out-of-warranty Fender instruments. Since that time Wayne has continued to build high end USA made guitars. Please contact us for additional information. They worked together to develop a guitar to complement the polka-dotted Flying V built for Rhoads by Karl Sandoval. In 1980, Grover Jackson met Randy Rhoads, who had recently joined Ozzy Osbourne's new band as lead guitarist. Charvel guitars were constructed from wood components outsourced to Boogie and Schecter bodies, and various Charvel and aftermarket hardware. Copyright © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. So whether you're looking for a Telecaster neck or a P-bass body, Mighty Mite has what you need to make your dream axe a reality. He later became lead guitar player for the Bellamy Brothers. And if you're a DIY kind of musician, Mighty Mite has everything you need for your next project. This guitar was in the 1979 and 1980 Mighty Mite catalogs. At the time, Fender Guitars needed someone to do their out-of-warranty refinish work and asked me if I would be interested. I said yes, and worked for them for about three years. The shop earned a solid reputation among performing artists for its repair work, custom finishes, and upgraded parts manufacturing. Earlier models had a Kahler Spyder tremolo, while later models featured a Floyd Rose Original. [16] Their houses and shop burned down in the 2018 Camp Fire. This guitar was in the 1979 and 1980 Mighty Mite … Shortly after that I purchased two overhead pin routers and made my own bodies and necks. After purchasing the company Grover Jackson tooled to produce guitar bodies which he sold to Mighty Mite and Dimarzio, using the proceeds to fund an expansion into making necks. They provide bodies, necks, electronics, and pretty much anything else you could think of to fix up your instrument. In 1986, the manufacturing facilities moved to Ontario, California, and production of USA-built Charvel guitars ceased shortly thereafter. Charvel is a brand of electric guitars founded in the 1970s by Wayne Charvel in Azusa, California and originally headquartered in Glendora, California. Check out the parts tab for USA Bodies. Charvel (and Jackson) guitars remained in production at the Gladstone Street shop in Glendora, California until 1986. Mighty Mite's extensive line of custom and replacement parts are made right here in the U.S.A. by a dedicated team of luthiers who put a great deal of attention and effort into everything they design. This page was last edited on 9 November 2020, at 14:53. Mighty Mite USA : - Necks Pickups Necks, bodies, tremolos, accessories, and repair kits Something went wrong. Swamp Ash bodies, made in Indonesia. The income from these sales provided the Charvel shop with additional tooling and experience that gave Jackson the footing required to grow the Charvel brand. Jackson worried that the radically styled neck-through guitar was too different from Charvel's familiar 'Superstrat' theme, so he labeled the instrument with his own name on the headstock in case the design proved unpopular. A number of versions were available:[12]. Charvel guitars became renowned for its use of creative graphics, unfinished maple necks, and various innovative appointments. Modern Charvel players include Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats), Satchel (musician) (Steel Panther), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), Joe Duplantier (Gojira), Angel Vivaldi (Angel Vivaldi), and Chris Brooks (guitarist). When Asian companies began copying Charvel's parts and selling them at a discount, Charvel decided to begin building complete guitars. 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This modernized Stratocaster configuration (commonly referred to as the superstrat) was particularly well suited to the heavy metal style of music that was very popular at the time.