Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Review & Prices

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  • From Charvel's 2015 Artist Signature series
  • Warren DeMartini Signature
  • Made in Mexico
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Custom Design Warren DeMartini (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Strat SSL-4 Flat Pole (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1000 Series Double-Locking Tremolo (Top-Loaded) bridge
  • Charvel Speed Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Charvel-Branded Die-Cast tuners
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  • From Charvel's 2015 Artist Signature series
  • Warren DeMartini Signature
  • Made in Mexico
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Custom Design Warren DeMartini (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Strat SSL-4 Flat Pole (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1000 Series Double-Locking Tremolo (Top-Loaded) bridge
  • Charvel Speed Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Charvel-Branded Die-Cast tuners
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 77
Sound 80
Build quality 65
Value for money 69
Overall Score 74
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Retainer Bar
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Mexico
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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Price: is the Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $1150, which means that the Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake costs around 35% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all guitars of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Double Locking bridge that are made in Mexico.

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Is The Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Easy to Play?

The Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Short scale

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake's 25.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Scale Length Comparison
Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the same scale length used in Stratocaster guitars, and it's one of the main reasons they have such a bright sound. It's considered a long scale when compared to most non-baritone guitars.

Since the distance between bridge and nut is relatively long, you'll need to give the strings more tension to get them in tune. This higher tension will allow for a couple of things. First, you can get a lower action (get the strings closer to the fretboard) because the strings won't 'wiggle' too much when pluck and won't cause fret buzz. This can allow you to use lower tunings without increasing your string gauge, and it will make it easier to press down the strings fast.

However, the frets will also have a wider separation between each other, which can make it harder to play, especially if you got small hands. The higher tension will also make the strings feel stiffer, so bending will require more strength.

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Neck Profile

Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Neck Profile
Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake's neck thickness is approximately 0.77'' (19.6mm) at the first fret, and 0.83'' (21.1mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Charvel website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Fretboard Compound Radius
Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake's Compound Fretboard Radius

The Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake has a compound fingerboard radius of 12" to 16".

A compound radius is the best you can get because you'll get the best of both worlds. It starts curved at the nut, but it flattens as you get closer to the guitar body. This means that you'll get great comfortability for chords on the first few frets, but also a flatter fretboard for playing solos without problems on the higher frets.

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Playability compared to main competitors

25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Nut Width
Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Nut Width

The Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake has a nut width of 42.9mm (1.688''). This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

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Frets

The Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Fret Size Comparison
Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake's frets are Jumbo size. This is a tall fret size that is becoming increasingly popular because it makes it easier to press down the strings cleanly. With this fret size, you won't feel the fretboard when playing, so if you press down too hard, you will get the notes out of pitch. However, this is something you can overcome by getting used to the taller size.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 70
Chord Playability 80
Solo Playability 80
Playability 77

Does the Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, the hardware, especially the pickups, will be the most important thing to look at. Bur first, let's see the quality of the wood.

Wood Used in the Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake

Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
Alder Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck, Fretboard

Alder Body: This is a lightweight type of wood that was popularized by Fender. According to them, it's a wood that offers a balanced tone but that favors the upper midrange slightly.

Maple Neck and Fretboard: This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

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Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Seymour Duncan. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake's configuration is HS. One humbucker at the bridge will give you a lot of output, but you'll also have the bright sound of a Tele or Strat neck pickup for your clean tones.

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22 Frets
Floyd Rose Bridge
Seymour Duncan Custom Design Warren DeMartini Bridge Pickup
Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Strat SSL-4 Flat Pole Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Floyd Rose Bridge
Seymour Duncan Custom Design Warren DeMartini Bridge Pickup
Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Strat SSL-4 Flat Pole Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Floyd Rose Bridge
Seymour Duncan Custom Design Warren DeMartini Bridge Pickup
Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Strat SSL-4 Flat Pole Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Floyd Rose Bridge
Seymour Duncan Custom Design Warren DeMartini Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Floyd Rose Bridge
Seymour Duncan Custom Design Warren DeMartini Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
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Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Diagram

Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake's switch options

What music genre is the Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with HS configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 90
Sustain 80
Versatility 63
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 80

How well is the Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Built?

Where is the Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake is made in Mexico. This is the country that some American brands choose for building really good, but cheaper guitars. You can expect a guitar that offers a good price-quality relationship, although they don't get the same quality control as the ones built in Japan or the United States.

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Bridge

Floyd Rose 1000 Series Double-Locking Tremolo (Top-Loaded): With this type of tremolo bridge, you'll be able to perform dive bombs and pinch harmonics without getting out of tune. This type of bridge gives you the best versatility, but it also makes it harder to set up your guitar correctly, especially when changing your strings.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake has a Locking nut. Instead of the typical nut, this nut locks the strings in place and will make them stay in tune even after heavy tremolo use. This type of nut provides the best tune stability, but they also make the guitar more expensive.

It also comes with a retainer bar for the locking nut, which is a helpful addition. Without it, the strings would change pitch once you lock down the nut, so you'd have to make more micro-adjustments at the bridge to tune it correctly.

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Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Bolt-On neck joint. Even though this type of neck was looked down upon for a long time, nowadays bolt-on necks are well built and provide just as much sustain as any other join method. First of all, it's cheap to make because it consists of simply 4 bolts that attach the neck to the body. And you can travel with the guitar more easily, swap out the neck if you damage it, or upgrade to a more comfortable neck later on.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 41
Features 75
Quality Control 80
Build Quality 65

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Charvel Warren DeMartini Signature Pro-Mod Snake Specs

General
Brand: Charvel
Year: 2015
Configuration: HS
Strings: 6
Made in: Mexico
Series: Artist Signature
Colors: Green Patterns
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Alder
Bridge: Floyd Rose 1000 Series Double-Locking Tremolo (Top-Loaded)
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Tuners: Charvel-Branded Die-Cast
Fretboard: Maple
Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
Decoration: Black Dot
Scale Size: 25.5"
Shape: Charvel Speed
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.77'' (19.6mm) - 12th Fret: 0.83'' (21.1mm)
Frets: 22 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12" to 16"
Nut: Locking
Nut Width: 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Dome
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 0
Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Custom Design Warren DeMartini (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Strat SSL-4 Flat Pole (Single Coil / Passive)

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