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Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar  

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This product has been discontinued but may be available as a Open Box item.

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An entirely new design from Charvel with mahogany woods, a carved top, and active pickups.

The Desolation DC-2 ST has a double-cutaway mahogany body with a carved top and a bound mahogany set neck with scalloped heel. Features include a compound radius (12-16) Indian rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and pearloid inlays, pearloid body and headstock binding, dual Charvel active humbucking pickups with three-way toggle switching, Charvel bridge specially designed for compound-radius fingerboards, black nickel hardware, three-on-a-side locking Charvel tuners, and solid and trans finishes (flame maple veneer on trans finishes).

Magnificent Desolation
The Charvel Desolation Series introduces entirely new designs not previously seen in Charvel' 30-year history, offering more tonal and stylistic options for discerning players everywhere. Devastating tone, killer looks and high-performance playability separate the Desolation series from all others. It' a whole new series of Charvel guitars for a whole new world of players.

Model Desolation DC-2 ST
Mahogany body with carved top
Through-body fast neck with tilt-back scarf joint head stock
Abalone "Keystone" position inlays
Mahogany neck
Oiled neck finish
H/H pickup configuration
Active Desolation bridge pickup
Active Desolation neck pickup
3-position toggle pickup switching
Charvel - Jackson compound radius compensated bridge
Case sold separately

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Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar Specifications:

24 jumbo frets
12" to 16" compound neck radius
1.65" nut width
25.5" scale length
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CharvelDesolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


First review, part II


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Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

I've had the Desolation for a few weeks now. I talked to Music123 and they were awesome about it. They're understanding and wanted me to be happy.

As far as the Desolation: My son bought a trans black one. His quality issues were very similar to those with my DC2. His pots were great and his fretboard was more ragged. The neck was a poorer quality wood than mine, but the overall playability and tone of the guitar is better than mine.

What did I do with mine? I kept it. I'd like to see Charvel do some more stuff and to do a 2.0 version of this instrument. They don't need to do a ton of research or spend zillions of dollars - they only need to be a little better about the instrument.

I smoothed my Desolation's neck and fixed up the electronics and dressed the frets. It's under the tree (for me) now in its little case. Can't wait to play it again.

Should you get one? You can't get a new neck-through active guitar with mahogany woods and locking tuners for this price anywhere (from a well-known manufacturer). A first-time player would find this to be an instrument that will last her/him much longer than the cheaper starter guitars out there. If the beginner wants to rock, this guitar is EASY to play with 9s and still pretty easy with 10s. The stock Fender strings are nickel based and make your fingers black, but they sound fine.

It's useful to note that these instruments are great on paper, but need a little love to deliver the promise. I have Gibsons and Fenders (nice ones, too) that needed a little TLC when I got them out of their boxes for the first time - so I don't know that a low-priced active neck-through that needs a little initial attention is such an unusual thing.

I'd love to see some "Studio" versions of USA-made Charvels, something well under $1k USD. I'd also like for Charvel to make the Desolation series with more pride, more craftsmanship, and more interest in making a positive wake in the world of music.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


SOOOOOO Close! Great features, poor quality


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Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

Almost But, I'm very disappointed:This is a great guitar. Chinese-made, GREAT features, decent price, looks fine.But: the quality is not good at all.

What's good:

The top and back finish is awesome. Glassy, colorful, red-flamed mirror with a nice red-wood-gloss back, Locking tuners and nice "black nickel" hardware, Nice inlays and binding, Active pickup circuitry with two rock-and-metal pickups (not so much clean, jazzy, or country), Nice look. Finally, something different. Neck-through construction - sustains for a zillion years with a resonant feel, the stop-tail and bridge do a nice job of communicating to the body and the headstock does a nice job communicating with the neck and an unfinished mahogany neck for warmer tones and a more natural feel

But why only a 6 Rating?

The wood finish on the unfinished portion of the neck is really very rough. It feels as though it was only sanded with 60 grit paper. It's really rough. Really.The wood finish on the back and sides of the headstock is downright terrible - it feels as though it was not sanded much, if at all, The factory made no attempt to blend the edge of the unfinished part of the neck with the finished part of the neck's heel. It's like running your hand up against a rubber band on the back of the neck.The volume pot is awful. Your choices with the volume pot are: 1)off 2)on, pretty loud and 3) full volume. There isn't anything gradual about it. You can't do volume swells or gradual crescendos/decrescendos. This is a deal breaker for me. I use the volume and tone knobs a lot, particularly on my active-circuitry guitars. Pots aren't expensive when purchased by the zillion. They could have spent an extra .25 on each pot to get something that's actually a potentiometer and not an on-off switch. Strangely enough, the tone pot works fine.Did I mention that the finish on the neck is downright terrible? I've played $49 Chinese knock-off guitars with much nicer feel to the neck than this The pickups can only play harsh or rock sounds. There's nothing smooth about either of them. Whether playing through solid state amps with everything at 12 o'clock or premium tube amps with everything at 12 and the volume at 1, the sound is muddy and growly. If you're doing metal and just want to barr or do single-string gallops, that's fine - but if you need to do chords or multi-string lead sounds, there's no detail from the pickups. Ibanez's and Epiphone's least expensive active pickups are much cleaner and clearer (and still break up nicely on a tube amp) The cheapie metal-plated-plastic control knobs should only be used on sub-$100 guitars. I like to pull mine away from the little dips where the knobs are and set the screw so they don't drift back down An exploration of the electronics cavity showed the cheap pots and the ultra-cheap switch. The tone cap is the usual chicklet, but overall, the cheapest possible hardware was used in the cavity The neck needs to have the truss rod adjusted a good bit The intonation isn't even close. The high strings were more than 20 cents off and the low strings were more than 15 cents off (means: it never plays in tune except for the first position near the nut). I don't think the saddle/bridge was drilled at the right length The jack is crackly. Rest assured that I tried different cables to make sure it was the jack. A quick hit with the soldering iron fixed that problem The fret ends are ragged on the treble side of the neck from the 9th fret to the 1st fret Over all, I love the idea and the look of this guitar, really. I had very high hopes. We bought a red for me and a transparent black for my son. Now, there's some regret: I'll need to do a good bit of work to make these live to the potential they promise. The quality is on par with Dean XMs and low-ends at less than half the price of a Desolation.

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