Yeah, the price is the biggest barf-in-the-mouth aspect. Charvel is owned by Fender. It is my understanding that the Charvel San Dimas 1 and 2 were, at least for some time, being built by the Fender custom shop. I picked up a Charvel San Dimas 2 (the Tele version) in black for a crazy low price-- brand new with gig bag and all case candy. I couldn't resist because it was amazing to me to be able to get something built at the CS for south of $1k. And the hands-on touches were clearly there in the setup and the way the back of the neck was carefully de-finished.
It was fun to mess with for a little while, because the neck felt exactly like an original Charvel I had in 1982 (red and white striped star body!). But I quickly realized I have no use for a Floyd Rose anymore-- I prefer vintage Strat bridges, jazzmaster bridges, Bigsby bridges for what I do these days. But the main reason I got it was to flip it down the road one of these days, so it's a closet queen now. The other thing about it is the JB in the bridge and the '59 in the neck are just too hot for my taste. Great for a heavy brown sound but not subtle or chimey enough for clean tones, IMO.
Guess my EVH wannabe days are long gone. But I did have fun cranking it through a JCM800 and reminiscing about the old days. Might have even thrown up some devil horns once or twice and head banged a few times.
a bit of a shame to read so many anti comments on this thread, if we all liked the same what a boring world it would be.... What is great about the Telecaster is that it is such a versatile guitar and with a bit of tweaking can play every style of music.
- My sons first Tele was a Les Paul beater, - it is a FMT, - mahogany body with flame maple top, two Seymour Duncan HB’s with coil tap, it is his go-to guitar whenever he needs to play different style of music and has no time to be switching guitars. His next Tele was even wackier with a Floyd Rose bridge like this one. It is Japan made HMT, yes the bridge is a pain in the backside as it has to be setup just right and tuning is a real fiddle, - but it suits the heavy music that he at times wants to play.
So is he wrong to want to have that Tele body look? I admire his taste in wanting to mix old and new. - And he does have a more traditional Tele on his wish list as well.
^^ those red ones look cool. The blonde one does not. Some guitars were just not meant to be butte blonde. That thing has a bit of a personality crisis.
Im not opposed in principal to heavy metal/shredder teles, but that one just aint right.
The same people who are trashing on this guitar are probably the ones who messed their pants when a kid assumed someone played country because they owned a tele. I think it looks ridiculous, but Steve Vai might like it.