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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 r...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 with 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
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good feel (20)
  • Solid electronics (19)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Good pick up (14)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (17)
  • Practicing (16)
  • Rock concerts (13)
  • Recording (12)
  • Small venues (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent 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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A fun guitar

Fun to play right away, easy action. I found myself having to re-tune often, but I play with constant excessive string bending. Because of its shape, the neck is heavy and will...Read complete review

Fun to play right away, easy action. I found myself having to re-tune often, but I play with constant excessive string bending. Because of its shape, the neck is heavy and will not balance hands-free which has always annoyed me. Other than these things, a good product for the money.

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5.0

No guts, no GLORY!!!

By SgtMack78

from Deetroit Rock City

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Rock Concerts

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

    Listen kittens, do you really wanna rock? You can't pass this instrument of stringed atomic xanadu up. I play classic hard rock and lunatic scare your children blues with this thing. I am not the daintiest petal on the flower and this thing is a true workhorse for the touring git-fiddler. I hope this is a limited run cause if many more gifted players git-a-hold of this thing, I am a factory-rat! Keep rockin LOUD, kiddies!

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    3.0

    A fun guitar

    By talentoescondido

    from Williston, ND

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

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

      Fun to play right away, easy action. I found myself having to re-tune often, but I play with constant excessive string bending. Because of its shape, the neck is heavy and will not balance hands-free which has always annoyed me. Other than these things, a good product for the money.

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      4.0

      A screamer with stunning looks

      By Johnny Rock-EhMvQ

      from Seattle

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • 24 frets
      • Abalone Purfling
      • Blazing High-mid Response
      • Comfortable D-shaped Neck
      • Ease Of Playing
      • Emg's
      • Light Weight
      • Locking Tuners
      • Mop Headstock Inlay
      • Neck-thru-body
      • Tons Of Output
      • Very Good Craftsmanship

      Cons

      • Almost No Bass Response
      • No Case
      • No Lower Mids Response
      • Single Volume Control

      Best Uses

      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

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

      A lightweight, well constructed, easy to play guitar with stunning stage looks and super high-gain output. Stand back from the amp because this guitar will melt your face off with screaming high mids and excellent harmonic overtones. This guitar will also give good clean sounds with the single volume rolled all the way back (think Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" intro). The see-thru black flame maple top with abalone purfling (binding) looks great under stage lights. The neck-thru-body design has excellent sustain. The neck is unpainted maple and has a shallow and comfortable D-shaped profile with soft shoulders that helps with extended playing. The fretwork is quite good. There are abalone inlays in the shape of pyramids and not the shark tooth design as stated in the description. It has a bound fretboard, more abalone purfling on a headstock that matches the body color and locking tuners. Downsides: there is very little bass and low-mid response, so your 4x12 cabs will not thump you in the chest while playing muted chunking on the low E. When received, the upper wing was covered in sticky and difficult to remove packing tape residue. The plastic and styrofoam packaging stuck to this residue with vigor and is very difficult to remove. Last downside, no case.

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      5.0

      Great guitar, good price

      By Jake

      from Fort Drum, NY

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Nice neck
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

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

      The neck and shape of this guitar is WAY awesome.. I only changed to gauge of the strings to a .13-.72 string and it sounds even better. the electronics are great, EMG 81/85... love it.. got it at the cheaper price :) lucky me

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      5.0

      Great guitar,great value!!!

      By Scott SS

      from Florida

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      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Excellent guitar!The only cons are-Doesn't balance well on a strap,the lower horn makes access to the 24th fret kinda hard,there's a ridge where the neck meets the body that could've been finished/sanded better.To me these are minor problems.I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.I'm actually thinkin about gettin one with a floyd in black.

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          4.0

          Not bad for the price and features!

          By Steveo

          from So Cal

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

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

          Not bad at all. For less than 3 bills and free shipping...you can't go wrong. I bought this guitar because of the price and what it has to offer. Active EMG's, neck through, locking tunners and more. Needed a set-up right out of the box though. Strings way to low and lots of buzz. Love the balance this guitar has. Nice to play sitting down. Fret board is a little cheap but all in all...a nice axe. Looks cool too.

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          5.0

          Guitar of Mass Destruction!

          By Harpo

          from Apex, NC

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          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:

            Love this Guitar. The only 1 flaw I found was where the neck goes into the body is not exactly a smooth perfect fit. But for the price and that it has no impact on my playing I'm not going to complain.

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            4.0

            Charvel Desolation Star

            By jrk0130

            from Fort Worth, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good pickups
            • Good Tone
            • Simple controls
            • Solid Electronics
            • Stays in tune

            Cons

            • No Tone Control
            • Setup Could Be Better

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Metal
            • Practicing
            • Recording

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

            I got the model in white while MF was having a sale. I have wanted a Charvel Star for years and decided on a whim to buy.

            First off, do not have any qualms that it is made in China. The craftsmanship is definitely on par with the old Charvels, and pretty similar to American Fenders.

            Some reviews have talked about fret buzz, which isn't an issue if you play in Drop C. The guitar shipped and appeared to have been set up in Drop C. Being someone who normally plays in Standard Tuning, I noticed some fret buzz once I tuned it up, so it was necessary to make some additional slight adjustments to the truss rod to compensate for the higher tuning and the fret buzz was gone.

            The EMGs sound amazing through all of the amps I have played it through so far including a Peavey Rage 158 practice amp and a Carvin X100B 2-12 tube combo.

            There is no tone control, and as someone who normally plays with the tone control on 8, I have had to compensate with my amp's EQ. Not a dealbreaker, but something to be aware of.

            At the asking price this is a really good guitar. On sale, you can't pass this up if you are a heavy metal or rock player.

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            5.0

            Another killer desolation series

            By Boar Tusk /fb

            from Upstate New York

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Not A Fan Of Emg's
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

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

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

            Love the desolation series. This is my fourth. I have the prs, les paul, and traditional soloist looking ones as well. All are amazing. If you watch the deals you can steal them, I did!

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            4.0

            Great buy!

            By GuitarSaleFinder

            from Englewood, Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Bad Nut Had To Replace
            • Slight Finish Blemish

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

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

            This is a great guitar for the price. Only Con was that it looked like the wrong nut was installed. It didn't seem to fit the neck and the string alignment was way off. Had it fixed under the fender warranty. Their was also a slight finish flaw near the neck, but not very noticeable unless you looked for it. I'm still happy with the purchase. I was given the option to return it, but they were sold out of the Trans red, so I kept it.

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