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The best "fast basic 24 fret Strat", Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HH HT E

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This is for player who wants "all guitar" with no fluff whatsoever.

Something you'll notice about some famous guitar players is that they purposely play instruments that are very stripped down to only the absolute minimum hardware required to get the job done. Why? Two reasons. To eliminate as much as possible that could unnecessarily break, and to avoid distraction.

This brings us to the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HH HT E.

Side note to Charvel before continuing: Could you please stop using guitar model names that read like a serial number? Thanks in advance.

Moving on..

I've mentioned the Pro-Mod before as it literally is the 24-fret Stratocaster.

The DK24 HH HT E is of that same generation but in hardtail HH flavor, and in the color speed guitar players like, satin black.

What a lot of guitar players want is "basic but built very well", and that's exactly what the DK24 HH HT E is. You get the best of everything with premium hardware and a very simplified layout.

"Best of everything" means premium Seymour Duncan pickups, 500K EVH Bourns low friction pot, no-load tone control, 5-position pickup selector that works like this:

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...meaning no push-push or push-pull necessary since the single-coil positions that matter are already built into the switch, die-cast locking tuners, graphite-reinforced neck with satin urethane coating, rolled fingerboard edges, 12"-16" compound radius ebony fingerboard, jumbo frets.

If you're wondering "where's the output jack", it's on the back and in the perfect position where your cable is always out of the way seated or standing.

This is the 24-fret Strat that gets rid of all the fluff, keeps everything basic and has all the premium stuff already built in.

Priced lower than you think because it's Charvel branded and not Fender.

My only knock against the guitar is the model name. Not exactly memorable. And if I didn't tell you about it, you probably wouldn't even know it existed.

Published 2024 Apr 18

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