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Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST Electric Guitar   

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CharvelDesolation DS-1 ST Electric Guitar
 
3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
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1.0

Low quality

By dude

from NY

Pros

    Cons

    • Dead Notes
    • Low Quality Bridge

    Best Uses

      Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST Electric Guitar:

      I bought this from mf last year. After a while I discovered dead note on fret 17th. Buzzing on the same fret as well. After twisting truss rod to get rid of this I was faced with intonation problems. Instead of a intonation simple fix with TOM bridge I got intonation screw melting away under my screw driver. That much about Chinese made quality.

      I decided to trade the guitar away cheaply since I figured out that leveling frets is not something I want to pay for. Thanks Charvel, never again will I buy any of your guitars. Apparently there is a good reason why so many "open box" ones are available. My was not open box, it was a brand new lemon.

       
      1.0

      Unhappy to say the least

      By Ziltoid13

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Gorgeous Looking

      Cons

      • Dead Frets
      • Dead Notes
      • Flat Spots
      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST Electric Guitar:

        This was arguably the most unsatisfying experience I've had so far with MF after already purchasing 2 guitars, a pickup, and an amp within 6 months. The same night I purchased this guitar I bought another the same night, given confirmation, only to wake up the following morning having my purchase refunded for no apparent reason.

        This would have been my 3rd Charvel Desolation series guitar and was so looking forward to playing it, only to discover upon unpacking that the 14th and 15th fret were note producing audible notes when fingering, despite temendous fret and string buzz, but it's winter and climate changes can affect wood so I didn't hit the panic button immediately.

        I then decided to take the guitar to a profession tech to have the guitar set up properly, which produced exactly the same results, dead frets on 14 and 15. It angers me that I paid someone to determine that the item needed to be returned fearing that I would somehow void the return had I just went ahead and set it up myself.

        Silver lining is that MF agreed to accept the return and sent a UPS shipping label for my inconvenience. I was hoping that the 3rd time would be a charm for these guitars having already purchased 2 that I couldn't be happier with, they are incredible guitars for the money, and I took a chance on an "open box" item that was listed as "mint" condition, which CLEARLY was not the case. It bugs me that no one bothered to even try every note on the guitar before listing it as "mint", but I can't be totally not at fault for I chose to buy an obviously returned item, which now I can't help but think was returned the first time for the same reason.

        Now after returning the item and awaiting a refund I'm stuck with having to pick out another comparable guitar which will be very difficult considering the extremely discounted price of the guitar I had to return. I wanted this to work, and am toatlly bummed out that I can't have the guitar that I REALLY wanted which was a Les Paul style guitar with locking tuners, neck thru, aftermarket pickups, and a nice flame maple top.

        Not sure if I'll buy what I choose from MF or not. I'm going to have to discuss matters with a supervisor or someone with some pull before I make another MF purchase, sad really.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Charvel Desolation DS-1 marigold

        By Jess

        from C.C. Tx

        About Me Experienced

        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 DS-1 ST Electric Guitar:

          Great beautiful guitar for the price love the Seymour duncan blackouts, very good quality guitar, great feel, smooth neck, low action. so easy to play get one before they are gone.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Desolation DS-1 marigold

          By Jess

          from C.C. Tx

          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 DS-1 ST Electric Guitar:

            Great beautiful guitar for the price love the Seymour duncan blackouts, very good quality guitar, great feel, smooth neck, low action. so easy to play get one before they are gone.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Charvel DS1

            By Nick

            from Slidell, LA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST Electric Guitar:

              More than ample packing ensuring no damages!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Whatasteal

              By HumPlucker

              from Texas

              About Me Novice

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST Electric Guitar:

                Great features for a small price tag, while on sale. Got the purple burst, beautifull veneer maple flame. Had to return the first one. It had a broken tuner, would not turn. Also, first E string had the fret nut cut too low, causing buzz on the first fret. The replacement MF sent me is great. No buzz, great setup. Neck is unfinished and is easy to play. Bends are super easy on the jumbo frets and stays in tune with locking tuners. This is the 2014 edition and they did away with the abalone inlays and binding. This updated look gives it a more appropriate look for its purpose. It looks like a metal guitar should. Seymour Duncan active pickups are loud and provide a clear "crispy crunch". I think I just coined that.... Anyways, if you are looking to enter the world of active pickups, this is the guitar to do it with. Thank you Charvel for all the great features on this axe and thank you MF for the sale price and great customer service.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Value

                By dude

                from NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST Electric Guitar:

                I got this because of SD Blackouts and because of fantastic price. My guitar is purple version. The guitar is very pretty with brushed nickel hardware and without any manufacturing flaws unlike Skatecaster SK-1. The inlays are not very attractive though. The body is thin mahogany and so is the oiled mahogany neck which feels great. The guitar is light. The fretboard is rosewood, I had some fret buzz initially but after changing the action higher (which is very easy with hard tail) the fret buzz is gone. I also have some black fingers from fretboard which I hope will go away the longer I play. Perhaps unbrushed particles or/and dust with a new guitar.

                Blackouts sound awesome and even though I prefer heavier sound of EMGs 81/85/89 I have to say the Blackouts are great.

                The whole guitar does not look cheap at all and it is definitely a new jewel in my collection of dozen or so guitars. I would compare this guitar as a value to Blackjack/Hellraiser by Schecter. The guitar is made in China which is sometimes a luck of a draw.

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