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A quick and dirty way of determining the year of manufacture for the bolt-on Model Series 1 - 4, is to look at the combination of trademark symbols used on both the headstock and the neckplate.Furthermore, the presence or absense of a neckplate gasket will also help you find the year. When the Charvel Model 5 and 6 were introduced in 1986, the serial number was found on the back of the headstock under the clear coat, in the form of a plastic decal.This suggests to me that the Japanese factory did indeed keep logs of the guitars produced.Maybe not a comprehensive log, but rather a simple log where the serial number is related to a model, a color and a year. Made in Japan at the Chushin Gakki factory is special info • For pop-up picture, hover your mouse over the model name. Price is list price when the model was introduced • Pc is Pickup configuration • All necks are Flatsawn Refer to this list This following data is being collected to confirm the pedigree of the Model Series 1 - 4 guitars.Charvel imports 1986-91 Jackson Professional Series Jackson Pro Confusion Jackson Rhoads Pro/Ex/Std Grover Jackson Doug Aldrich Charvel 750 XL Jackson Stars Jackson Custom Shop Log Birth of Caparison Guitars This comprehensive Charvel guide will enable you to determine the year of production and verify any of the legendary Japanese made Charvel guitars, designed by Jackson Charvel and built by the Japanese Chushin Gakki factory back in 1986 through 1991.The guide will also show you both the original configuration of the guitars and the evolution they went through.A low number of the very first Charvel Model Series released, did not feature a painted headstock, which is most common on these guitars.
The address reads: All the Charvel imports in the scope of this article (1986-91), are made in Japan (except the Charvette Series which is made in Korea).
USA made Jackson guitars also used this cap around the same time, circa 1986-1988.