The Dinky is a design often associated with Jackson Guitars, but Charvel has borrowed from its sister brand to offer a number of '80s-inspired Pro Mod DK24 models. These hot-rodded instruments boast a raft of high-spec features, ensuring optimal playability and, of course, tone!
Boasting a versatile HSH pickup configuration and loaded with a set of super-hot Seymour Duncans, this guitar also features a Custom Gotoh 510 tremolo system, a graphite-reinforced neck and a compound radius fingerboard for ultimate playing comfort. In terms of hardware appointments and construction, this guitar punches far above what its price-point suggests.
Alder is a classic tonewood used in the construction of Strat-style guitars, a tradition that Charvel has largely continued to adhere to. With very balanced tonal qualities, Alder ensures a strong mid-range that lends itself particularly well to high-gain, producing a focused tone that can punch through effortlessly in frantic mixes.
Paired with a Maple neck, this bright-sounding wood will help to deliver some lively top-end definition, and a bolt-on construction provides a snappy response with plenty of projection and clarity. With a caramelised finish, this wood treatment guarantees better tuning stability and improved rigidity, as moisture is removed from the wood to make it less susceptible to warping in different climates. Also reinforced with Graphite, this neck will be rock-solid and reliable, ensuring that you won't need to tinker with your setup very often at all.
A compound radius fingerboard is an excellent, high-end feature of this instrument. Rounded at the lower end of the neck to make chords easier to play, the fretboard flattens out in the higher register to make shredding a total breeze. This also helps to prevent notes from fretting out when performing string bends, making it a very ergonomic design. The Caramelised fingerboard is also embellished with elegant Pearloid dot inlays, with "Luminlay" side dots that glow in the dark when the stage lights are off!
This stunning instrument is powered by a set of high-output Seymour Duncan pickups, sporting dual humbuckers and a sole single-coil. The Full Shred SH-10B in the bridge position will deliver searing highs, allowing solos and riffs to pierce through in heavy band situations thanks to its tight, focused sound.
In the neck, the Alnico II humbucker gives a far less 'in-your-face' tone, with an authentically warm tone that sounds smooth and characterful both clean and overdriven. The Alnico II single-coil variant in the middle position adds an extra dimension of versatility, giving you access to sparkly Strat-style tones and those angelic out-of-phase sounds with the 5-way blade switch in positions 2 and 4, pairing with the inner coils of the bridge and neck humbuckers respectively.
You can control the guitar's total output via the single volume control, which features a low friction design to ensure a smooth action for ambient volume swells. The tone control is equally thoughtful, employing a "No-Load" design that bypasses the entire tone circuit when at 10, giving a stronger and more present signal to your amplifier.
The DK24's custom Gotoh 510 tremolo is a fantastic low-maintenance alternative to a Floyd Rose. With a recessed design, you can divebomb and flutter to your heart's content, and the self-lubricating Graph Tech nut will keep your tuning super-solid by preventing the strings from sticking when using the tremolo.
A set of Charvel-branded locking tuners also allows for effortless string changes, whilst also decreasing the chance of tuning slips as less wraps around the tuning posts are required. With the sheer amount of considerate hardware appointments, it's evident that the Pro Mod DK24 HSH is a pro-grade instrument.
- Series: Pro-Mod
- Body Material: Alder
- Construction: Bolt-On w/ Superior Access Heel and Shredder's Cut (on lower back horn)
- Neck Finish: Hand-Rubbed Urethane Gel
- Neck: Caramelized Maple w/ Graphite Reinforcement
- Nut: Graph Tech
- Fingerboard: Caramelized Maple
- Frets: 24, Jumbo
- Position Inlays: 4mm Pearloid Dots w/ Luminlay Side Dots
- Tuning Machines: Charvel®-Branded Locking
- Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
- Bridge: Custom Gotoh 510 (Recessed)
- Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan® Full Shred SH-10B Humbucker
- Middle Pickup: Seymour Duncan® Alnico Pro II Single-coil
- Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan® Alnico Pro II Humbucker
- Pickup Switching: 5-Way Blade
- Controls: Volume (Low Friction), Tone (No-Load)
- Hardware Finish: Chrome
- Strings: NPS, .009-.042 Gauges