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Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar Trans Red 

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  • Model Desolation DC-2 ST
  • Mahogany body with carved top
  • Through-body fast neck with tilt-back scarf joint head stock
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    $469.99 - $529.99
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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.

 

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
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

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63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Small venues (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Professional musician (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.

    VS

    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

    Nice neck

    By scredly

    from Rhode Island

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Build Quality
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Shieldingground Issue

    Best Uses

      Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

      Good build quality. I really like the neck. The pickups are decent. I have a Charvel SK-1 with EMG's and this sounds close - a little fizzy but could dial it out between tone and volume controls. The problems: the bottom bout/cut away is too small and not deep enough for full access to the last few frets. Can barely get my hand in it and I do not have large hands. Unfortunately, mine had a serious ground/shielding issue. Hummed badly. I had to return it. I purchased on Stupid Deal. Worth it for what I paid. Not so much at full price. Although the neck feels different, I'm very happy with the SK-1. Go for a Skatecaster or Soloist for full-24 fret access.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Bad Craftsmanship, needs fret job.

      By drliebs

      from Ohio

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Frets Are Corroded
        • Multiple Frets Are Rough
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
        • Some Frets Are Flat

        Best Uses

        • Decoration

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

        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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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar

        By Tumbleweed axeslinger

        from Great state of Texas

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Light Weight
        • Quality construction

        Cons

        • No Case Comes With It

        Best Uses

        • Hard Rock Metal Blues
        • Just Begs To Be Played

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

        Great guitar from Charvel (can't believe some others never heard of this company-remember Randy Rhoads and Jackson???) nicely balanced, light weight, active pickups are quite powerful, finish is great. Surprisingly, this thing plays blues great on the neck pickup with some tone control rubbed off, great sustain. A steal at this price, get one or two before they figure it out and raise the price!

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        (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Versitility is limited.

        By Ernieumass

        from Easthampton, MA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

            This guitar wants to play metal, so if you are not a metal player, this guitar would not be a good fit for you. I wanted something comparable to my G&L F100, which I upgraded with EMG 81/85 pickups, but an axe that was new and had perfect action. The action is beautiful, the feel is great, and the guitar is so gosh dang (they actually censored the word d*mn? geez, what year is this?) pretty, but it is practically waving a lighter at you the whole time that you are playing, screaming, "Play some metal, dooooode!!!!!" I have no complaints about this axe, it is just not a good fit for me. The guitar is too trebley without much bottom.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wow!

            By J Mars

            from Charleston

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • None so far

            Best Uses

              Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

              Wow! Do yourself a favor. This thing plays out of the box like no guitar I've ever played brand new! The action is great. Sound is great. It almost feels weird it's so easy to play. VERY low action with absolutely no fret buzz. If you're even remotely interested, buy this guitar! You will not be sorry!

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Absolutely the best guitar

              By Tom21Midnight

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

                Like everyone here has said it is an amazing guitar, were working on an album right now and so far all the tracks have been recorded with this guitar. We have a 3000 dollar les paul, another 3 guitars (Ibanez, Schecter, LTD) and this blows all of them out of the water and the others are all atleast tripple the price. Almost couldn't believe what i saw when it arrived. I must admit i was also nervous because i've never heard of charvel but the guitar is really worth triple what you pay for it. Buy it! You will not regret it, i promise you.

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best guitar under $500.

                By AdamTragedy

                from Charlotte, NC

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

                  Purchased the Charvel Desolation DC-2 in Smear Blue the other day at a convention, and haven't regretted it yet! The active pickups that come stock with the guitar are amazing for the price of the guitar...even while playing with my gain all the way up, I don't lose any tone or gain any muddyness at all. The neck is very smooth, and the guitar came setup VERY well straight from factory. I slapped some Skinny Top - Heavy Bottom strings on it (9-52 guage), and tuned to drop B right away. Have been playing it for a little over a week and it has YET to go out of tune. I have had many guitars in my past, from Ibanez, to Yamaha, Fender to Jackson....and dozens of pickups, and this guitar takes the cake in every category possible.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wow

                  By 1234567777

                  from Parsons KS

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • no cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

                  Well I ordered the les paul style of this guitar and got the double cut away from a shipping error but this guitar is fantastic after playing it i couldnt send it back i would highly recommend this guitar the neck feels great the active pick ups are more than i expected the trans black is darker than the picture shows it to be

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Charvel Masterpiece

                  By topcop41

                  from Ringtown PA

                  Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

                  Cannot praise this ax enough... just a metal machine.... Action is phenomenol out of the box.. it almost plays itself, yes it is that good!!! I have owned Fender Strats, Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson SG's, and PRS's but this guitar absolutely and unequivocally blows them all out of the water for playability.
                  Everything you need to play Metal or Classic Rock! The Charvel active pickups have incredible sustain... a little feedback at times but that is to be expected with these type of pickups.
                  Excellent craftsmanship--no flaws. Action was perfect out of the box.
                  Unbelievable value for the price...

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Chavel Desolation Guitar

                  Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

                  Again the color is just beautiful! Far exceeded my expectations when I opened the box,WOW! The neck is just fantastick as well, great action and playability. It is really light and makes hanging on your neck all night a pleasure. The three way toggle switch is right where it needs to be to change your sound and it just sounds great with nice sharp clear highs and a very mellow lower range. This guitar can give you most of all the sounds you'll want for whatever style of music you're playing. If My house cought on fire, this would be the guitar that I grabbed to get out!
                  I admit that I was a little sceptial of the quality of this guitar because I had never heard of Chavel and also few things in life that are any good are reasonably priced these days. I ALWAYS read the reviews to see what other people who have bought the item say about it as I did with this guitar. Everyone said good buy and they were RIGHT!! This is a great guitar. I also have a Telecaster, Stratocaster, Les Paul and an Ibanez and this is really my favorite! I bought the Blue Smear Transparent and it is simply BEAUTIFUL! The absolute best finish on a guitar I've ever seen. If your looking for a great sounding guitar, great looking guitar, great action, ( as good as the Fenders and Gibsons) then the price will just be the icing on top of the cake. I LOVE this guitar!
                  Everything about this guitar is top quality. Beautif color, craftsmanship, Chavel active humbucking pickups and action all say that somebody there at Chavel cares about their product! This would be the last guitar I'd let go.
                  For the money I haven't seen anything to even come close, really! If the price of this guitar was based on it's quality, It would sell for three times what they are asking for it.

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