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Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar

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The Charvel Desolation Series introduces entirely new designs not previously seen in Charvels 30-year history, offering more tonal and stylistic opti...Click To Read More About This Product

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Upgraded body design with single-cutaway and special inlays, plus a pair of quality humbuckers.

The Charvel Desolation Series introduces entirely new designs not previously seen in Charvels 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. Its a whole new series of Charvel guitars for a whole new world of players.

New for 2014, the Desolation DS-2 ST has been upgraded with a multi-ply neck and body binding, special metallic œkeystone 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).

Body: Mahogany
Number of Frets: 24
Fret Size: Jumbo
Position Inlays: Alumiloid Keystone
Fretboard Radius: 12" to 16" Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Finish: Oiled
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Fretboard: Rosewood
Pickup Configuration: HH
Bridge Pickup: Active Desolation Humbucking
Neck Pickup: Active Desolation Humbucking
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Hardware: Satin Chrome
Bridge: Charvel-Jackson Compound Radius Compensated
String Nut: Plastic
Case sold separately

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CharvelDesolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar

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The one I got was a pig

By Nickname?? Really??

from Bellingham, WA

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  • Good Hardware And Design


  • Flat Sound
  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
  • Very Bad Fit And Finish

Best Uses

  • Boat anchor

Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

Basically the problem with guitar is the craftmenship was very bad. Tons of super fine scratches on the body from not being polished correctly. Super bad filing on the neck. Big chip on the back of the body. The pickups are below average in tone.


Active Pickups at Last

By Enoch

from SLC, UT

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  • Fast
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Neck
  • Solid Electronics


  • Rough Edges

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

This is my first guitar with active pickups and I am addicted. I didn't want to make a huge investment since buying a guitar with branded pickups gets expensive quick. Charvel fit the bill. I really like the sounds I can get out of it. I will not try to tell you that the pickups are as good as any Seymour Duncan or EMG pups but they sound great.

The best part of the guitar is the neck, it feels amazing and makes you want to play fast. The frets are huge and make bending super easy.

If you are looking to give active pickups a try I would not hesitate to recommend this guitar. Tons of fun to play.


DS-2 ST Electric Guitar


from Los Angeles, Ca

About Me Professional Musician


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


  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Recording

Comments about Charvel Desolation DS-2 ST Electric Guitar:

I had to send it out to my guitar tech and have the frets smoothed and leveled. They were pretty rough and uneven. I also had to have the neck tweeked and the action lowered. Other than those 2 problems it's a great sounding and playing guitar.

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