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Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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Product# H77154
OVERVIEW

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’s 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’s a whole new series of Charvel guitars for a whole new world of players.

FEATURES
  • 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

Get great playability and massive tone with this fresh-looking guitar. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar

  • 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
 
4.3

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (27)
  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (19)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Recording (14)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (6), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

In my opinion, this is the best guitar right now and great potential!

Pros:
1. Great Action
2. Beautiful binding and craftsmanship.
3. Great sound espcially with a Peavey VYPYR
great sound, great action, a set neck, beautiful ammenities,...Read complete review

Pros:
1. Great Action
2. Beautiful binding and craftsmanship.
3. Great sound espcially with a Peavey VYPYR
great sound, great action, a set neck, beautiful ammenities, with pearl and abalone inlays, grover tuners and Indian rosewood, can't beat that!
Quality:
Easy to play faster action. When I went to a local guitar store, they showed me the DC-2 ST. Right away I felt this was a great guitar especially with someone with smaller hands,( but I paid the full price). Now I just can't stop playing. but I'm sure this guitar will be great for everyone. Ordered another for my nephew from you all!
Value:
The finish is very similiar to a gibson les paul and similiar in sound . I would consider this as a starter guitar up to the working professional or for people like me with smaller hands, but I'm sure everone one will love this guitar. Very versitile.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad Craftsmanship, needs fret job.

Some of the comments I am leaving are personal preference and others may not agree. The main reason I gave this guitar a poor rating is because straight out of the box, it would...Read complete review

Some of the comments I am leaving are personal preference and others may not agree. The main reason I gave this guitar a poor rating is because straight out of the box, it would need a fret job. Multiple frets are rough, corroded and some have considerable flat spots. See the picture I included.

I have a Charvel Model 6 and a Jackson Kelly. Chravel/Jackson are some of my favorite guitars so I was very disappointed in the quality of this guitar. I hope I have an anomaly and the rest of the production run is perfect.

As for my personal preferences:

The bottom horn on this guitar is pretty tight. Looking at a picture of the guitar, you will see the fretboard extends past the cut away pretty far. I don't have a small hand, probably large but not huge. For me to access frets 19 and above, I have to angle my hand a bit as is typical, but the horn is close to the neck and does not leave a lot of room for me to turn my hand. It is very uncomfortable for me to play on the high frets.

I have several guitars with unfinished necks, all maple. I love them and as you play it over time it gets hand finished by the oils on your hand. This guitar has a mahogany neck and I am unsure that its large open grains will ever rub smooth like maple. Unsure being the key word but out of the box I felt like the mahogany was rough and would have been better if they finished it.

I never plugged it in, I literally played it for two minutes, felt the frets, saw the poor condition they were in an sadly returned it.

Do yourself a favor and play one at a store. Maybe you will love it's features, I really wanted to. If you do, take a chance and buy it. I hope the sad craftsman ship on the one I received is not the norm for one of my favorite manufacturers.

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4.0

worth the price, pretty good

By ROCKER

from Farmington ,MN

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Quality Machined

Cons

  • Electronics Bbbaaahhh
  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Good Practice
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

good quality wood, craftmanship machine? , electronics could be better, have it intonated , overall pretty good guitar, ROCK ON!!

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5.0

My fav Charvel

By RMJSTUDIO

from Washington DC

About Me Professional Musician

Ask me a question

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

    This is my 2nd review on the DC-2 this was the first Charvel I was smart enough to buy! And this is still may Fav of all my Charvels!
    After 2 months now I,m still Amazed! Since then I have picked up Skatecaster with a floyd rose and a DS-1 with Black outs, so I have all the bases covered with active pick ups!

    My judgement if you want Heavy "BEEF" drop tuning in your face, USe blackouts! but sadly they limited to that lower register
    Emg's and the charvels pick ups, I have found have more "air" not in your face but if you want to add it , you can!
    But you want sweet clean or bitten in on pinch harmonics these charvels got it, I dare you to find a guitar under 1,000$ that Compare!
    as everyone has stated in all the reviews, The neck makes this guitar well worth the asking price, PLUS!

    I own 3 now I want a 4th SOLO

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent!!

    By Mr. Fuzzy Gussy

    from Canoga Park, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Playability
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

      This guitar was on Stupid Deal of the Day sale at great price that was hard to pass up. I needed a guitar with acitive pickups and I ordered it. I was extremely pleased with the quality, tone and playability of this guitar right out of the box. I've played Charvel guitar before, back in their prime in the early 80s and this guitar carries their legacy. The Charvel Active pickups sound very good, but I will be changing it with a set of Seymour Duncan Blackouts as I want more output and more organic, open tone. The Charvel Active pickups sound closer to EMG 81/85. The fretboard was very easy to play, not buzz and the action was low. I highly recommend this guitar.

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      poor at best out of the box

      By dcards

      from north kingsville, oh

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

          open the box and do some minor adjustments atleast

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          5.0

          charvel guitar

          By PD STUMP

          from Salem Oregon

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

            really good guitar, very pleased

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            outstanding guitar on the cheap

            By Jambear

            from louisville,Tn

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

            great guitar for the price, i have other guitars that are more pricey and it holds up to those well. small fret buzz after it sat out over night and adjusted out with the saddle bridge very easily without any noticeable action change. fast neck and great tone were very surprising with the price point of this guitar. never thought i'd be a charvel fan but i totally am now. locking tuners, inlays, active electronics and the unbelievable finish are all the other things i was very surprised about.
            in my opinion they hit it out of the park with this guitar, my family are all musicians and were blown away at how well it plays and the price. well worth it.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            great guitar

            By Daddymarkie

            from Warwick, R.I

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

              I gave this guitar 4 stars because it is a great instrument and it sounds good it was in perfect playing condition when I got it, but I don't like that it seems so small in my hands.. other than that I am happy!!!

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              5.0

              This one for keep

              By Andrew F

              from TX

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

                this guitar rocks. I'm a small guy and I've been looking for a guitar that fits me. My search is over with the DC 2.

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                5.0

                Is this real or a magic metal guitar?

                By metaljam

                from Guatemala CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Metal
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

                  INCREDIBLE guitar! I play hard rock and some new metal so I needed a fast neck and comfy chords, so I set out on a guitar quest that has lead me to Charvel for a small and FAST neck DID I SAY FAST?!!Because I don't have extremely big hands or fingers the Jacksons and Ibanez always felt too big for me; but the charvel light neck and design favored my anatomy quite well. So now I can dish out lighting fast shredding at will and still go back to chords effortlessly. Simply the BEST NECK I'VE EVER played, it definitely has been "modified for higher performance". Even the back part of the body fits right into mine. One small con though that never made me regret my purchase: the lower horn made it very hard to have access on the higher frets so I had to custom carve it(with a small metal saw) so it would fit my left(fretboard) hand specifically; I heard many people having this problem, but considering its the best guitar out there for metal and the fretboard runs like butter, it really was a no brainer for me to customize the horn and keep it. Now I will smooth it out by sanding and seal it with spray sealer.
                  I will purchase a Charvel DC-1 within the next couple of weeks, I just got my DS-1 and I was blown away, its even more comfortable than a set neck and with a great body tone and pickups(SD Blackouts).
                  Its set neck so expect a bigger body resonance compared to a neck through.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  really nice

                  By Bobbymid

                  from philly, pa

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

                      I've yet to plug it in, don't know when i will but i like the craftmans ship and the feel fret board and very low action

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