Logo Sizes
Charvel Logo
1 3/4 inch - (1978 - late 1980)
These first Charvel logos were very small, measuring only 1 3/4" in length and were printed on a rectangular transparent carrier
(waterslide decal). There is no "TM" or "Made in USA" on these logos and once affixed to the headstock, the square ghost outline from the waterslide decal is visible. The earliest versions had Charvel in gold lettering while later versions had Charvel in black or gold lettering. This size logo was used up to late 1980 and is found only on early prepro Charvels from the 1979 - 1980 time frames.
Charvel Logo
2 1/4 inch - (late 1980 - mid 1983)
A slightly larger logo was introduced around November of 1980, measuring 2 1/4" in length. These were the first logos to have
the trademark "TM" designation and "Made in USA" written on them. Both are written in very small letters with "Made in USA" being placed under the "Charvel TM" portion. These waterslide decals were printed on a transparent carrier trimmed to follow the outline of the overall decal shape; that of a guitar. This logo size was used up to mid 1983, but after the Jackson style headstock was introduced in mid 1983; a slightly larger (2 1/2 inch) logo was introduced.
Charvel Logo
2 1/2 inch - (mid 1983 - 1986)
This is the most common logo size used during the "serialized production" era from 1982 - 1986. These waterslide decal logos
were either gold or black and were used on all Charvels with a Jackson style neck in addition to Charvels with a Strat Head neck produced from 1983 - 1986. These logos are nearly identical to the earlier 2 1/4" version.
Charvel Logo
2 3/4 inch - 2002 Bulls Eye Reissues (2002)
These slightly larger logos (2 " in length) are gold in color and nearly identical to the 2 1/2 inch logo. However, in
contrast to the original Charvel logos which were waterslide decals, these logos are actually silk screened on to the headstock. To distinguish a waterslide logo from a silk screen logo, simply look at the logo in good light. If the logo is a waterslide decal you will be able to see a ghost outline of the logo, whereas there will be no ghost outline for logos that are silk-screened. These logos were used in 2002 on the BullsEye Reissue guitars and a few custom orders completed at that same time.
Charvel Logo
2 3/8 inch - (2004 - present)
These logos measure 2 3/8" in length and are almost identical to the original 2 1/2 inch waterslide logos, except they are
silk-screened not water-slide decals. This size logo was used on Charvel guitars manufactured after 2004.
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