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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
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (5)
    • Practicing (4)
    • Recording (4)
    • Small venues (4)
    • Rock concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), 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

    Very Nice!

    By PoolnGolf

    from Kansas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rocksmith

    Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

    Purchased on Labor Day Stupid Deal of the Hour.
    This guitar has a beautiful finish and is awesome to play, it has good action and solid hardware. Not sure about the locking tuners yet, if you don't check the tightness they give a weird noise at certain frequencies, it took a while to figure that out. I also think I am having a problem with the 3 way switch. I lose sound for a half a second when switching from rhythm to bridge pickup.
    The pickups sound fantastic with distortion, they have a great crunch to them. However, it is almost impossible to lower the volume for a clean tone with active pickups. I wish there was a switch to turn that off.
    As far as the neck goes, I emailed Charvel about how to care for this oiled neck and they said just to keep it clean and use regular guitar polish. No oiling is required. I guess we will see... I did take some 1500 grit sand paper and burnish the back of the neck, it felt a little wavy to me and that helped a bunch.
    Over all I am extremely pleased with this instrument. It is a great value for the $$.

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    5.0

    Surprisingly Good!

    By IP

    from Gilbert, Arizona

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

      The Instrument came out of the box ready for use, surprisingly. I wanted to set it up right away and change the stock strings, but the action was very good right out of the box. So also was the the tone, by the way. If fact we recorded a session with the guitar after simply tuning it.

      The guitar tone is a fusion between the Less Paul and Stratocaster sounds, able to project with warmth. The active pickups are clean sounding, presenting no background noise to worry about. Craftsmanship is superb, equal to that of guitars costing much more.

      Only drawback, if any–the volume and tone knobs were a bit gritty, as they did not feel smooth like knobs typically do. Nevertheless, the knobs were not noisy when being rotated. Kudos to the maker–this is a very good buy!

      Goog Bye!

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      5.0

      Big Bang 4 $$$$

      By Uncle Jerry

      from Way Down South Mississippi

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

        While there are a ton of guitars on the market out there in this price range, few compare to the quality & workmanship & features that went into this make & model IMHO! Mine in Trans. Black is drop dead perfect finish & almost to easy to play. Locking tuners, & active pick-ups & solid electrics are almost un-heard of at this price! This axe leans to be more of a shredder than a dig down under Blues special but with a set-up to your liking, most styles can be achieved. I had to loosen the neck a tad and raise the low end E side of stop bar a tad & adjust the height of the neck pickup! 10 minutes of adjustments & she's ready to rock for most anything! A great deal under 4 bills or better yet when SDOTD hits-ha! Get ya some!

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        5.0

        Far more guitar than I expected!

        By Corolo

        from Southern California

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Any

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

        Perfect action and intonation right out of the box. Amazing range of sound without having to mess with the amp, from soft and low to sharp and bighty, and just about everything in between, I can't stop playing with it. I was a little concerned at first, due to Charvels rep as metal machines, but they must be reaching out to a softer, cleaner market with the DC2. This one's a keeper!

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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.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar

            By Tumbleweed axeslinger

            from Great state of Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            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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