Gear Award 2021

Bold, minimalist style meets multitudinous tones.

Solid build. Great onboard active EQ. Ultra-comfortable neck. Rock star looks.

A passive tone control would be nice. Limited paint options

$949

Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ IV
charvel.com

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For a large part of the guitar-playing population, seeing "Charvel" on a headstock inevitably leads to thoughts of over-the-top paint jobs and Floyd Rose tremolos. And while Charvel built great instruments for use outside the shred realm, traditionally shaped bass guitars are probably not the first thing you associate with the brand.

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