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Charvel Desolation DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar Black 

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The Desolation Star DST-1 ST hails the return of Charvel’s classic Star body profile, with features including a through-body maple neck, compound rad...Read More

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Classic body design with neck-through construction and EMG pickups.

The Desolation Star DST-1 ST hails the return of Charvel’s classic Star body profile, with features including a through-body maple neck, compound radius (12”-16”) rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and Charvel “shark tooth” inlays, EMG® 85 (neck) and 81 (bridge) humbucking pickups with black bezels and three-way toggle switching, single domed metal volume control knob, stop-tailpiece bridge, locking tuners and black nickel hardware. With a variety of features and finishes, the Desolation Star DST delivers the devastating tone, killer looks and high-performance playability that separate the Desolation series from others.

Dependant on stock, the DST-1 ST is available in Black and Snow White gloss finishes with matching headstock; flame maple-top models also available with multi-ply binding (body, neck and headstock) in Trans Red, Trans Black and Trans Blue Smear gloss finishes with matching headstock.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Through-body neck for improved tone and sustain
  • Comfortable compound radius fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets
  • Eye-catching shark tooth inlays
  • Precision sealed die-cast tuners
  • Dual EMG humbucking pickups with straightforward controls
  • Case sold separately

Choose your color and shoot for the stars. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Desolation DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar

  • Body
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck
  • Number of Frets: 24
  • Fret Size: Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Abalam Shark Tooth
  • Fretboard Radius: 12” to 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Gloss
  • Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
  • Fingerboard
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Electronics
  • Pickup Configuration: H/H
  • Bridge Pickup: EMG® 81 Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
  • Neck Pickup: EMG® 85 Humbucking Pickup (Neck)
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: Black Nickel
  • Bridge: LP Style w/ Stop Tailpiece
  • String Nut: Black Plastic
  • Miscellaneous
  • Unique Features: Compound Radius Fingerboard with 24 Jumbo Frets, Sealed Die-Cast Tuners, Through-Body Neck and Shark Tooth Inlays
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CharvelDesolation DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (9)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Good tone (10)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

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

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4.0

Great guitar!

By Charlz

from Iowa

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Charvel Desolation DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar:

    I gotta say I was skeptical at best... but I'd always wanted to give one of these a shot. They were having a blowout sale... so I went for it. I was not disappointed!! It feels great! Doesn't feel 'cheap' at all. Plays like butter. Looks sharp. My only dis would be the tone is a littel dissapointing for EMG's... Doesn't sound bad by any means, it's got sustain for days, but what's missing is the low end crunch I like. Highs ring out very well, but it's missing the low 'kick you in the teeth' growl I'd expect from EMG's. It can be fixed with EQ, so it's not a game stopper, just something worth mentioning. I would definitely recommend this guitar. If you have any doubts, buy one!

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    5.0

    Great metal bang for the buck

    By Duke

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Charvel Desolation DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar:

      I got this as a deal of the day and was quite surprised and happy. Out of the box this thing played really well and did not require much setup other than tuning it. The feel of it is much of the 80s Jackson style guitars. The EMGs in this also sound great and are completely quiet. Overall a great low priced metal guitar that plays well.

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      5.0

      This was a great buy.

      By DimeRIP

      from Omaha, NE

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Charvel Desolation DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar:

      This was a great buy! I got in on a special sale but even at the regular price look at all you get. EMG's, Neck thru construction, Locking tuners, Beautiful binding on the flame top models. The tone is exceptional. It feels lighter and smaller then I expected, real comfortable even sitting. OK now it did come with some fret buzz on the lower E string. I set up my own stuff so no problem, but something to consider.

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      5.0

      Excellent Guitar

      By Guitarguy52807

      from Davenport, Iowa

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      Ask me a question

      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 DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar:

        Bought this guitar as an open box blemish, i couldnt find anything wrong anywhere, it plays great, sounds great, and for the price point it would be difficult to find anything to compare.

        It's a neck through, EMG pickups, excellent fit and finish, no sharp frets.

        Only downside is there is no tone knob, so some people may find it limited in that way, but for me i always have the tone knob dimed so it really doesnt affect me.

        I have 3 of the Desolation 1 series guitars and all three have been flawless. if youre in the market for a great midrange priced guitar check these out, you wont be disappointed.

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        5.0

        Well Built

        By Rick

        from U.S.A.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Charvel Desolation DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar:

          Great Guitar for 3 bills.My only complaint is,where the body needs a little scalop work to make it easier to access the frets 21-24 otherwise not much to lose here Great Metal Guitar!!!

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          5.0

          Awesome guitar!!

          By nickelsyd

          from Casper, WY

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Charvel Desolation DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar:

          We bought this guitar for my 11 year old daughter that is just beginning. It is a beautiful piece and fits her perfectly. Small amount of fret buzz but the local store in town is goig to fix it. She loves it and is a rock star in the making!! Very happy with the purchase!!

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          5.0

          Great bang for the buck

          By Guitarguy52807

          from Davenport, Iowa

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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 DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar:

            I got the DST-1 on sale, for the price there is nothing on the market that will touch the quality and playability of this guitar.
            Its a neck through with outstanding electronics. Will hold its own or surpass guitars that cost much more.
            Very happy that i bought it, I've wanted a Charvel Star for a very long time.
            There are a lot of negative reviews for the Charvel Desolation series, Don't buy into it, yeah they're a little flashier then what a "traditional" Charvel is with the abalone trim and all but they're amazing players. Well worth the money. This is my third Charvel from the Desolation line.

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            4.0

            Unbeatable quality for the price!

            By Restrayned.com

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Charvel Desolation DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar:

              The Charvel Desolation series is a fantastic value. Great quality without breaking the bank. Perfect for everyone from novice to professional. I will definitaly be using mine on tour next year.

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              5.0

              shocked!!!

              By EDDY METAL

              from Louevil , KY

              About Me Professional Musician

              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 DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar:

                buy this axe asap! first off, im a spoiled MF! i have many expensive axes. yeah this one is made in china, but apparently quality has increased in china bigtime. great fretwork, nice wood/tone! pickups sounds great in this guitar. it came ready to play out. i was hesitant at first, but now i say buying this is one of the best deals Ive gotten from Musicians Friend! thank you MF~!!! lol.

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                5.0

                Fun guitar, be a metal God!

                By RobRoy

                from Alaska

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Quorky Shape

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Charvel Desolation DST-1 ST Star Electric Guitar:

                I bought this guitar on sale, so it was already a good deal. Neck thru, emg PUs, ultra fast neck, it's a little quorky & pointy but thats the fun of it. I love V;s and Explorers...this is somewhere in there! The transparent blue flame & the abalone look really nice, I also own a Charvel Desolation with the same finish & electronics. Really nice guitars.
                Best for heavy rock/metal but its a wonderful guitar to play anything on. Not sure how it would look in a orchestrial pit though!

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