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This sticker told us the true origin, but it was easy to remove or would easily fall off. Worth PO stamp seemed to disappear from the neck plates, when the Model Series ended in 1989 and the other Charvel Series took over.

This was also around the time when IMC moved most of the Jackson production to Japan and Grover Jackson sold his interests in the company to IMC.

The 1986-1991 Charvel imports were the very first Charvel imports and they have become legendary due to their build quality vs. The guitars have proven themselves to be a fantastic alternative to the higher priced American made Jacksons and Charvels and having played both, you probably realize how great these vintage Japanese guitars really are.

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The picture to the right shows the neck plate from a late 1990 Charvel 475 Deluxe and the stamp is gone. The Charvette Series was introduced in late 1989 as low priced versions of the Charvel Series imports, with a suggested retail price range of $320 - $500.

The Charvette Series neck plates looks quite different and plain compared to the Charvel plates. My personal notes indicate that the production started with the 170 and 270 models.

A low number of the very first Charvel Model Series released, did not feature a painted headstock, which is most common on these guitars.

Instead, they had a thin black cap glued onto the face of the headstock, the cap being similar to a black fiber board or piece of phenolic plastic.

They were initially made in Japan by Chushin Gakki, having basswood bodies, but soon the entire production of the Charvette Series was moved to Korea, introducing the use of plywood for the body.

So there are most likely both basswood and plywood versions of the 170 and 270 models out there.

Eventually, the serial list will maybe include these and also some of the later Charvel imports - the toothpaste models like the 375, 475 etc., to complete the period 1986 - 1991. A neckplate gasket is the square-shaped, black plastic piece seen on the far left. Its primary function is to lower the risk of chipping the paint when refitting the neckplate.

The first year of the Charvel Model Series did not use this gasket (1986).

USA made Jackson guitars also used this cap around the same time, circa 1986-1988.

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