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- Charvel. Electric Guitar Values, BlueBookOfGuitarValues.com. Blue Book Publication, Inc (2012). "Instruments currently produced in the San Dimas, CA and distributed by the Fender Musical Instrument Corporation. ... The Charvel trademark was established in 1978 by the Charvel Manufacturing Company. Distributed by Jackson/Charvel Guitar Company (Akai Musical Instruments) of Fort Worth, TX. Charvel instruments were previously manufactured in the U.S. between 1978 and 1985. Later (post-1985) production was in U.S., Japan, and Korea. ... In the late 1970s, Wayne Charvel´s Guitar Repair shop in Azusa, California acquired a reputation for making custom, high-quality bodies and necks. Grover Jackson began working at the shop in 1977, and a year later bought out Charvel and moved the company to San Dimas. Jackson debuted the Charvel custom guitars at the 1979 NAMM show, and the first catalog depicting the bolt-neck beauties and custom options arrived in 1981. ... In 1983, the Charvel company began offering neck-through models under the Jackson trademark. ... Grover Jackson licensed the Charvel trademark to the International Music Corporation (IMC) in 1985; the company was sold to them a year later. In late 1986, production facilities were moved to Ontario, California. Distribution eventually switched from Charvel/Jackson to the Jackson/Charvel Guitar company, currently a branch of the Akai Musical Instruments company. ... In 1988, Charvel sent a crew of luthiers to Japan for a year or so to crosstrain the Japanese builders on building methods for custom-built guitars. ... During 1999, instruments with the Charvel trademark had ceased production, and Wayne Charvel began building a new line of instruments utilizing the Wayne Guitars trademark. Jackson purchased the rights to Charvel and by 2002 were producing guitars once again. In the fall of 2002, Fender (FMIC) purchased the Jackson/Charvel corporation. ..."
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