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Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar   

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The Desolation DS-2 ST has been upgraded with new multi-ply neck and body binding, new metallic keystone fingerboard inlays and stylish satin-chrome ...Click To Read More About This Product

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All mahogany body, compound radius neck and active humbuckers.

The Desolation DS-2 ST has been upgraded with new multi-ply neck and body binding, new metallic keystone fingerboard inlays and stylish satin-chrome hardware. Continuing premium features include a carved-top single-cutaway mahogany body, mahogany set neck with scalloped heel, compound radius (12-16) rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, dual Charvel active humbucking pickups with three-way toggle switching, Charvel bridge specially designed for compound-radius fingerboards, three-on-a-side Charvel tuners, and solid and trans finishes (flame maple veneer on trans finishes).

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Original Charvel
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Oiled
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: Compound
  • Fret size: Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Inlays: Alumiloid keystone
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Active Desolation humbucking
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Active Desolation humbucking
  • Brand: Charvel
  • Active or passive: Active
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Compound radius compensated
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Color: Nickel/chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body finish
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

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CharvelDesolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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5.0

Great axe

By allman joy

from Ellijay GA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

    Great chinese made guitar. I mainly play gibson lps and wanted a cheap lp copy to use at gigs. I am shocked at the quality of this Charvel. The charvel active pups are surprisingly reactive and dynamic. They give that great harmonic feedback with my tube amps even on low gain settings. It feels like a cross between an sg and a strat to me. Its been a while since ive played a long scale guitar that felt comfortable to me im so used to les pauls but this Charvel just fit instantly. Great feeling. Im an electronics freak so i looked at the wiring right away. The soldering work is ok but it is no where near as clean as usa made guitars. There have been no issues with the electronics functionality. The fret work is really good better than my mexican strat but still a minimal amount of fret dress work was needed to make mine feel perfect. VERY MINIMAL. It played fine right out of the box. Set up was good from the factory but i raised the action a bit to gibson specs as thats what i like. The neck feels like a strat but the 24 fret just kinda give it an sg feel. Love the raw neck. Ialways sand the finish off the necks of my guitars THANK YOU CHARVEL for leaving the neck unfinished every guitar should have this i dont know why anyone would want tone crippling finishes on the neck of their guitar. Wish the controls were the same as a lp. the bridge volume pot is nearest to the pick hand. GREAT GUITAR THANKS AGAIN MUSICIANS FRIEND

     
    2.0

    hit n' miss chinese craftsmanship

    By RT

    from TX

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

      Finish was beautiful, light weight for a 'mahogany' body (as described) and the stock pickups were powerful sounding with exceptional fidelity and non microphonic. Unfortunately, the guitar had noticeable gap at the upper neck joint and had to return it... it looked the neck was coming off or was improperly set... poor craftsmanship. Also noticed scratches on the volume knob... Otherwise, it would have been a great guitar to have for the money. Had to pay a bit more and settle for the DS-1 model in exchange, as they ran out of stock on this discontinued models. Cust service was very helful with the exchange.

       
      5.0

      Killer Deal

      By Drewmeister 59

      from Grants Pass , Or .

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      Pros

      • Excellent Guitar
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

        A friend suggested I take a look at this deal , I couldn't pass it up ! With a small amount of dialing in it is a great addition to my collection .

         
        4.0

        Pleasantly surprised!

        By Barking4Sharks

        from Newton, Kansas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Eye Candy
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Locking Tuners
        • Smooth Satin Neck

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

        I got a screaming deal (thanks Musician's Friend!) & the guitar actually looks & plays like a guitar costing 3 times as much. The playability, intonation, looks, & "fun-factor" are much better than I was expecting! The added surprises for me were the smooth satin neck & locking tuners. The pickups take a little getting used to, but I haven't messed with them enough to give them a fair review - BUT, pickups are something you can change. Neck, neck feel, playability & intonation are things you're basically stuck with more or less! Very happy owner!!

         
        5.0

        Perfection

        By WarwickFingers

        from Union, KY

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        Pros

        • Beautiful finish
        • Bright Pickups
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Lightweight
        • Lightweight Slim Neck
        • Slim Neck
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

          Feels better than any les paul or les paul knockoff I've ever played. The neck is super slim, and unfinished, and it's not a cheap finish you'd expect for this price range. I expected a lot less than what I got from this guitar. By far the most fun guitar I own, and I own Schecters, Fenders, Washburn, BC Rich, ESP, Musicman, Dean, etc. Surprised how the Charvel active pickups sound better than most of my guitars that have EMG 81/85's. This is now my new go to guitar, and I got it for 200 when it was on sale for the "stupid deal of the day". I wish I had bought 3 of them, in different colors. If it goes on sale again, I'm buying as many as I can.

           
          5.0

          Awesome For The Price

          By John

          from NJ

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

            Bought one for my son after rerading and hearing samples on web. He wants to take lessons and jam with friends and I dont want him travelling around with my Les Paul Jr. They sold out of marigold quick so I got purple. When guitar arrived I was impressed. Great finish. Low action had to set intonation on a few strings. Tone wasnt impressive until I changed battery then it was great for rock/metal. Not as warm as my Gibson but still good. The neck is awesome- nice and thin. Plays better than my LPJ. I bought another for myself. Only drawbacks are that guaitar is made of different pieces of wood but still mahogany and no on/off for active pickups so battery life isnt great

             
            2.0

            Was not good quality workmanship

            By The Old Gray Guitarist

            from none of anybodys business

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Fret Buzz
              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

                Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

                Got it on sale and after getting over the pretty look of it and looking at it in good light the mistakes stood out. Pinhead dots in clearcoat. Black spots in finish. Runny paint along binding. Locking tuners were just junk. Super high 3rd fret and 10th also. Pickups were below average even using podfarm ux-2. Would never buy another "made in China" Charvel at any price. Returned it after 2 days.

                 
                5.0

                Get 'em while U can

                By Circio

                from White Marsh, Maryland

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                Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

                I just bought the CD-2 blue smear at close-out which is the same quality as this guitar. Awesome! I wish I could afford this purple one. My Charvel was perfect right out of the box which was triple boxed. Decent factory .09 strings and the neck plays better than some guitars costing 3x more! The active pickups sound great and I have no complaints about these Charvels. For this price, what a deal!

                 
                4.0

                Buy This Guitar!!!

                By Dave

                from Midwest

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar is an amazing deal right now thru MF. Got the DS2-ST in Transparent Merigold on sale and I do not believe there is a better guitar, for the money, available today.

                  Comes with Charvel locking tuners, active pickups and a great feeling neck. Setup was good but I did have to adjust the intonation on the low E and A strings. The color is actually a shade of orange but is attractive and has a nice flame in the thin maple on the top.

                  The only reason I did not give it a 5 star rating is the mahogany neck wood does not look very good. It has dark streaks and small knots/worm holes that have been patched. It does not effect the playability just doesn't look like real good quality wood was used. There are a few other small flaws in the binding and finish but maybe I'm being picky.

                  Still a great bargain for a nice playing, sounding, looking guitar.

                  Just buy one. You won't regret it.

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