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Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar Flat Black 

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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 com...Read More

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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’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 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (24)
  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Good pick up (13)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (16)
  • Practicing (15)
  • Recording (12)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (5), 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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1.0

poor at best out of the box

By dcards

from north kingsville, oh

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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

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 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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                  5.0

                  best metal guitar for me

                  By pioneersofdisaster

                  from planet earth

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • Poor Pick Up

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

                    the bare wood neck is thin and strong .you can tune down w/o the neck flexing. Best 25.5 inch scale neck my aching ,small hands has ever played!!! fret job is good enough, locking tuners are great.nut is cut just right . stays in tune no matter what!! belly cut on body is comfortable. Great responsive heavy metal sound. Now for any other sound the pick ups fall short. Yes you can get a fair clean sound but I will agree that the pick ups are this guitars weak point and depending on how you play the sharp cut body will dig into your right forearm. these two things are the only weak point this guitar has ! FOR FAST METAL STUFF YOU CANNOT BEAT THIS GUITAR!!!!!!!!! Great Job Charvel !!!!!!!!

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                    2.0

                    Not what I expected

                    By Gahreck

                    from Costa Rica

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel

                    Cons

                    • Poor electronics
                    • Poor Pick Up

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

                    The guitar body is well build. But I don't really like it was "crafted" in China.
                    The electronics are bad so I have to take it to a guitar shop to get it repaired. Cables are not correctly welded.
                    The tone knob is sticky and it doesn't turn smoothly.
                    I cannot return it because I'm not at the US so I will keep it and try to take the best of it.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    HOT RODDED UPGRADED DESIGN !!!!!

                    By Boar Tusk /fb

                    from Upstate New York

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

                    WOW, picked this up on stupid deal for a winter beater. Can't believe what I got. Everything about this guitar is spot on. Charvel active pick ups crush the emg's, and put the guitar at a better price point. Kudo's Charvel, hot rodded upgraded design, light as a feather. I love it...there should be an "I demand my friend buy this" bottom line.

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