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For the seasoned player who defies the status quo and demands more from a high-performance hot rod bass, these brand-new Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Bassmodels do it all by combining modern appointments with throwback Charvel DNA.


The sleek alder body shape is a familiar one—straight from the original Charvel San Dimas basses of late 1970s, with the deeper cutaway that gave adventurous bassists effortless upper-register access.

The super-thin bolt-on maple Charvel speed neck is crafted in the original style, with a gorgeous caramelized treatment, graphite reinforcement and heel-mount truss rod wheel for easy adjustment. The 12"-16" compound radius caramelized maple fingerboard gradually flattens from nut to heel for fast, smooth playing, and has rolled edges, 20 jumbo frets and Luminlay side dots.

Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass Demo

And like the originals, these models feature the powerhouse voice of DiMarzio pickups. The Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass PJ IV has a Model J at the bridge for well-rounded punch and a Model P in the middle for warm and fat tone with a mid-range growl when pushed. The Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass JJ V features an Area J DP551 pickup in the bridge and an Area J DP550 pickup in the middle that combine for well-balanced tone with warmth, sustain and clarity.

Versatile electronics include master volume, pickup blend and active three-band active EQ, while a Charvel HiMass bridge, Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut and open-gear tuners combine for stellar tuning stability with improved note punch and sustain.

The 4-string, 34" scale Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass PJ IV is presented in electrifying Lime Green Metallic and Mystic Blue finishes with chrome hardware and cream pickup covers, while the 5-string, 35"-scale Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass JJ V is offered in Lambo Green Metallic and Candy Apple Red finishes with gold hardware and cream pickup covers. Both models are topped with a licensed Fender Precision Bass headstock shape.

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