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Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar  

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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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      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 21 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (14)

      • 4 Stars

         

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      • 3 Stars

         

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      78%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good feel (17)
      • Good tone (13)
      • Fun to play (12)
      • Good pick up (10)
      • Solid electronics (8)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming (11)
        • Practicing (10)
        • Recording (9)
        • Small venues (7)
        • Rock concerts (6)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (12), Professional musician (5)

        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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        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.

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        5.0

        HOT RODDED UPGRADED DESIGN !!!!!

        By Boar Tusk /fb

        from Upstate New York

        About Me Professional Musician

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        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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        4.0

        just WOW!

        By RMJSTUDIO

        from Washington DC

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Wrong Tools Where Used

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

        PRO's
        the wood work-finish is just extraordinaire, as close as your gonna get to a custom shop guitar without takin a morgage on your home! The tone-overtones- sustain makes my custom strat - tele- 335-.... sound dead and lifeless to an extent, but they still have their place.
        The active pick ups are hot ,but not noisy, there is a tone knob and with proper settings on your amp- guitar this guitar will fit in just about any style of music!

        Cons
        as a craftsman too, it is so obvious they used the wrong size screw drivers to install the hardware as they have created minor burr's in the chrome finish using too small of a screw driver. For a guitar that looks as good as this. For me this is huge undersite- negative! Just how hard is it to supply proper sized tools to workers?

        Pick up saddles are not Perfect slighty angled.
        Volume-tone pots are not as tight as they should be, Had to tighten them.

        Final thoughts
        Even after my extreme inspection this guitar still get top marks.
        I did lowering the action to what I call " Warm Butter feel" and adding a bit more arch to the neck,lowered the neck pickup- got in the way, this guitar is just a pleasure to play. As many others have stated , it allmost play's it self and the tone.....
        And for a "stupid deal of the day" you basicly allmost get a custom shop guitar for the cost of active picks up!The back of the neck will scratch - mar, but that is the nature of this wood. Take care with it.

        JUST AMAZING!! I drop one star for the workers using the wrong screw drivers! Yes I got picky
        If you don't pick one up your out of your mind for what I payed, less then 2 Franklins, Now I want one with a FLoydrose

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        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By Weekend Warrior

        from Akron, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

          This guitar rocks. I unplugged my tele knock off and plugged this baby in and the amp practically exploded. The sound difference was like night and day. The action on this guitar fits me like a glove. I have played alot of guitars over the last 30 years and this guitar impressed me right out of the box. Kudos to Charvel!

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          5.0

          GREAT Guitar

          By kazaster

          from Hoyt Lakes, MN

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          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • No Case

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

          For a Deal of the Day I couldn't pass it up. And I am glad I didn't, guitar plays great! lighter than I thought it would be before i first picked it up.
          active pickups are well rounded, neck through design sustains for days! Finish looks great binding around the body looks SWEEET ! craftsmenship is better than the Les Paul Epiphones. Charvel has got a winner with this series. Hoping to pick up one of the single cutaway models (LP style)

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          4.0

          Good axe

          By Guitarman

          from NJ

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Double Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

            Not a bad axe. First thing I did was change the strings and check for fret buzz. It was good right out of the box. I have owned Ibanez guitars and the EMG's are always a good pick-up, just remember to keep extra 9 volt batteries on hand. Great metal guitar. I have tried it through all if my heads and its pretty consistent. I would use it in a performance. Nice body style and it is not at all heavy. I have a Gibson SG and compared the 2 the Desolation is a tab shorter scaled but all in all good product.

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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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                Ask me a question

                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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