This Charvel Surfcaster 12 thin-line is the answer to you electric 12 string dreams!   This guitar plays as easy as any Charvel/Jackson guitar but has the appearance / vibe of many various guitars from the 60’s. This guitar can emulate a Rickenbacker 12, Silvertone 12 with ease, but that is not why I like it. It truly has a unique sound and is so easy to play and THAT is what I love about it  VERY versatile!

It has a gorgeous white pearloid pickguard and matching truss rod cover!

I have owned this guitar since 2005 and have enjoyed playing and recording with it.

A guitar neck is your ‘connection’ to your music.   Charvel neck profiles have been hailed for decades by guitarists from all genres as being one of the easiest to play and most comfortable.   The neck has a very comfortable thin to medium neck shape/profile indicative of many Charvel’s and the satin finish on the back feels very smooth to my hand. One of the pics show the back of the neck. As you will be able to notice this is not a once piece neck but the grain is very straight and destined for a lifetime of stability.  

Neck is true. No twists, hi frets or rattle. Truss rod works great. The rich Rosewood fingerboard has white pearloid shark fine inlays up and down the 24 jumbo crowned frets.  

It has a chambered body made of Mahogany with a Tangerine flame maple top.  This beautiful top is also bound and it is a nice border to the natural Mahogany back and sides. The Tangerine flame maple finish is even adorned on the bound flame maple head-stock!

This awesome axe has a 3 way toggle switch to engage each of the single coil Chandler lipstick single coil pickups.

When the Chandler USA made lipstick chrome pickups are engaged @ the same time they are ‘humbucking’ and will cancel 60 cycle hum!

This Charvel Surfcaster also sports a push push (not push /pull) tone control that not only rolls of hi frequencies but also will toggle between parallel and series when the pickups are engaged together. (3 way toggle in middle / straight up position)  

This allows the user to go from a very clean ‘Wind Cries Mary’ (Strat® pick up with Neck and Middle engaged ) sounds while in parallel and then to very  fat thick tonality when in series!  Big Sounds or slicing cleans- it is a very fun guitar to play. There is also a increase in output in the series mode so great for single lines or leads! (also still hum cancelling in series as both pickups are engaged)       This was also a mod done by a Charvel/Fender employee/tech.

Previously it was wired to have the out of phase thin and brittle low output sound and then the parallel tones that are still available on the guitar.   (the catalog deemed it as ‘phase reversal’ )

Also it is now possible to use 3 way toggle as a ‘kill’ switch.   This can give you a cool keyboard sound when the push push switch is up and the player is actively toggling between the bridge and center position on the 3 way.   This can allow you to have the ‘rapid fire’ on off on effect by using the 3 way toggle switch.

The controls are very smooth and fun to do volume swells on.  

The instrument is very comfortable to strap on.   It weighs only 7.5 pounds. It has large strap buttons indicative of most Jackson/Charvel so your strap will not come off very easily.

The Body also has a sculpted heal so accessing the upper register frets is comfortable.   Serial # is on the Neck Joint plate and is 383066.   

If you are not familiar with guitars that were made in this Jackson/Charvel plant in Japan… This factory only made Jackson®/Charvel® guitars for over 25 years and were continuously trained by USA Jackson Custom Shop builders from day one.   I have seen a lot of guitars over my life. These guitars are very well made and rival guitars USA made products by other manufactures.   

A Black SKB Molded hard-shell case included that fits this guitar as well as any right or left handed Jackson DK/Soloists. Guitar fits very snug in this case.

Listed5 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
  • Surfcaster 12 String Thin Line
  • Tangerine Maple Flame
  • 1992
Made In
  • Japan

Phil's Personal Guitar Collection

Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Joined Reverb:2016

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