Super-strat battle: Charvel DK24 vs Ibanez AZ Premium

Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by pfizer, Dec 30, 2018.

Which Superstrat should I get?

  1. Ibanez AZ Premium

    6 vote(s)
    11.3%
  2. Charvel DK24

    16 vote(s)
    30.2%
  3. Wait for NAMM 2019

    31 vote(s)
    58.5%
  1. pfizer

    pfizer SS.org Regular

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    Alright guys, I'm looking for a new super-strat, mostly for metal and hard rock.

    Used to own a JP6, had to sell it for bills, now looking to replace the void with something cheaper for the meantime since I don't have a 24-fret guitar with a trem bar.

    Narrowed down my choices to two relatively new models; Charvel DK24 vs Ibanez AZ Premium, both with roasted maple necks. I know the Ibanez is priced slightly higher due to the the SS frets and split functions, while the Charvel has that compound radius. I own both a Charvel San Dimas Hardtail and an Ibanez Prestige, so I have experience with both brands.
     
  2. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Definitely wait for NAMM.
     
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  3. r3tr0sp3ct1v3

    r3tr0sp3ct1v3 Grey

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    Having had both, the Charvel wins hands down but wait for namm man
     
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    I'd wait for NAMM (January) before you pull the trigger.

    If you can't wait I'd probably grab a Charvel. I say this having played a few AZ Premium's and some 2018 Charvels. Nothing wrong with the AZ Premium, but it is a bit too pricey for the quality of the build, in my experience with them--although you may luck out and get an 'above average' one.
     
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  5. Shask

    Shask SS.org Regular

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    I tried both recently and liked the Charvel better. The neck on the Ibanez was thicker than I expected.

    I feel like the neck on these Charvel DKs are thinner and rounder than the Pro Mod series. It seems like they have less shoulder. I am not sure if that is in my head or not, but it is making me consider selling my old So-Cal, and grabbing a DK24 instead.
     
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  6. Kyle Jordan

    Kyle Jordan Ace of Knaves

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    Charvel, but wait for NAMM.
     
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    I went with the Charvel, so that's my vote. The neck is just wonderful.
     
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  8. gunch

    gunch chungus

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    If they make a DK24HT with the newer neck joint sculpt instead of the old one for this year it will probably be the 1 production guitar that I want this year

    newer dk24 heel
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    The one they got on the Dk24HT now

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    (which ain't bad, but still)

    Also hoping they upgrade other specs on the dk24 HT too like roasted maple and sheeit
     
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    I tend to the "Charvel, but wait for NAMM" opinion... Still, Charvel DK24 2PT get's my vote on this one :)
     
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  10. yellowv

    yellowv Turd Ferguson Contributor

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    I have both and think both are great guitars. I probably prefer the Charvel slightly.
     
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    The new charvels have a ton of “modern” appointments to make the line a bit more attractive to current players and not just people looking for 80’s nostalgia. They still have many models like that but just not many people are looking for 22 fret chunky C shape top mount Floyd guitars versus the more common specs we see on ESP/Schecter/Ibanez. Just my $0.02. And that new heel is fire.
     
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  12. feraledge

    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    I vote Charvel. In terms of "wait for NAMM" you might be tormenting yourself. Anything you see and like there might not be available for another 2-6 months. If you like it, go for it.
     
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  13. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    True, but the wave of cheap gear from retailers making room for new stuff and players ditching their old stuff is worth it in and of itself.

    Heck, if the OP plays their cards right they could probably grab both used. :lol:
     
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    Yeah, I agree they have added more modern features, but the core neck shape felt different to me. It was less chunky C/D and more thin C. Maybe it was just that particular guitar, but it felt easier to play to me than the So-Cal I have had for several years. And for comparison, I can't stand Jackson necks, or anything that has big shoulders and feels flat on the back of the neck with a D shape.
     
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    I really like the Charvel, but much prefer the neck and SS frets of the AZ. But then again, I also love the massive neck of my Richie Kotzen Tele, so I am well aware that I am in the minority here.
     
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    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    Good point. But I've also been pretty disappointed by any massive clearance/holiday off loading prices this year.
     
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    Same. I was ready to get mildly irresponsible with Sweetwater and they haven't had shit so far.
     
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    Speaking as some random internet person that's never laid eyes on either one in real life, I say get the Ibanez.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for the advice and input.

    I'm glad I put the "wait for NAMM" option on there -- even if the gear they show there won't be on shelves for a while, I've had moments where I went "if I had just waited a while longer".

    That said, guess I'm going for the Charvel then. Now I just gotta decide between the HSH Army Green or the HSS Shell Pink versions.
     
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    I want the Charvel but im not really into the existing colors and finishes, so I'm waiting to see what they come up with during Namm. Also the AZ's Neck's are "Beefy"... like Fat Strat Necks which is a turn off for me. I didn't expected super thin Wizard like but the Charvel Necks are much more yo my liking vs what the AZ's have.
     
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