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    I just purchased what I thought to be a Mexican Charvel S0 Cal. It was listed as a "Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR 2008. The Neck Plate says made in mexiceo, and the serial number is CM000716. This guitar has a Charvel Neck with the truss rod adjustment in the neck-headstock (old style) It has a pick plate and I thought it was a So Cal, and was just mistakenly listed as a San Dimas. It has a volume knob, and the old style 3-way pickup selector. It has no tone knob, and it does NOT have the 5-way blade selector switch, and does NOT have the newer Thumb Wheel truss rod adjustment.

    It looks like a legitimate Mexican Charvel So Cal. I know the newer model serial numbers start with MC, NOT CM. Any help with this would be appreciated!

  • #2
    It looks like you are correct. Only the So Cal models have the scratch plate. Both 2008s have the 3-way toggle and one Vol. The serial numbers I have managed to look at on ones going on Reverb all start with 00 but no letters (CM etc.) but they are the USA made ones. I have searched Reverb for old ads for the Mexican ones to look at the serial numbers, but for some reason they are elusive.


    • #3
      Can you share some photos which would help us identify it for you?


      • #4
        Obviously not a 2008, as those were all USA at the time. They also came with DiMarzio pickups, not Duncans.
        That looks exactly like a 2013 So-Cal (first year of Mexico production).
        Every 2013 I've seen had a serial that started with MC13xxxx.
        It's possible the initial plates started with CM before switching to MC. Just guessing.

        Here's the Reverb link to the guitar he's talking about.
        Last edited by rjohnstone; 10-14-2019, 06:22 PM.


        • #5
          Interesting... found a listing from 3 years ago for a plate on Reverb that has the same numbering scheme.

          This one is CM000546.

          Here's CM001229

          So it's possible they started out that way... dunno.
          Last edited by rjohnstone; 10-14-2019, 06:34 PM.