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Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar Trans Blue 

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The Desolation Soloist DX-1 FR sports Charvel’s classic Soloist body profile, with features including a flame maple top (on trans finishes), multi-pl...Read More

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A classic body profile with EMG pickups, Floyd Rose tremolo and deluxe details.

The Desolation Soloist DX-1 FR sports Charvel’s classic Soloist body profile, with features including a flame maple top (on trans finishes), multi-ply binding (body, neck and headstock; single-ply on Satin Black finish), through-body maple neck with scalloped heel and scalloped upper horn, 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, “football” jack plate, Floyd Rose locking tremolo, sealed die-cast tuners and black nickel hardware.

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FEATURES
  • Beautiful flame maple top
  • 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
  • Floyd Rose Double Locking Tremolo
  • Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS

Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist 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: Oiled
  • Nut Width: 1.6875" (43mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8cm)
  • 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 Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: Black Nickel
  • Bridge: Recessed Floyd Rose FRT-O2000 Double-Locking Tremolo
  • String Nut: Floyd Rose R3
  • Miscellaneous
  • Unique Features: Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo, Compound Radius Fingerboard with Jumbo Frets, Flame Maple Top, Multi-Ply Binding (Body, Neck and Headstock; Single-Ply on Satin Black finish), Through-Body Neck and Single Domed Metal Volume Control Knob
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CharvelDesolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good tone (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (8)
    • Practicing (7)
    • Recording (6)
    • Rock concerts (5)
    • School bands (5)
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    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    5.0

    Fantastic guitar for the price.

    By The Viking

    from Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar:

        Wow! This inexpensive Chinese-made guitar blows away some of my American-made and Ibby Prestige Japanese-made guitars (I have 27 guitars). The pickups are, of course, top-notch EMG's, so the sound is excellent--a bit bright, but that can be rolled off at the amp. The main plus is the playability--very low action and easy to play right out of the box. I can't get my Petrucci Majesty that low, and it costs 5.7 times as much! How did Charvell do it? The only thing that might bug some people is that the body joins the neck with a seam behind the 17th fret, but it's a smooth seam and doesn't bother me a bit. Great sound, great features, best playability and lowest action a guitar can have. Perfect shredder's guitar. If you need a killer metal axe on a low budget, this is your baby.

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        5.0

        The Charvel

        By Ragencobra

        from Columbus Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Action And Sustain
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Na

        Best Uses

        • Squealing And Screaming

        Comments about Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar:

        Great action, and I would recommend this guitar with them EMG 81/85's. I never get bored with it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing quality

        By Giger68

        from Phoenix

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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
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar:

          Well I grabbed one of these beauties for half off, what a steal!!! I was skeptical of the "MADE IN CHINA" issue, but my concern was unfounded, and why not give it a shot for that price! This thing is made well, plays well, and was set up well right out of the package! I couldn't believe it! The neck is un finished , smooth as silk, and thin just like a USA Jackson. It plays effortlessly!. Stays in tune well with the Floyd Rose, and the EMGS scream! A total shredder's delight! Looks killer too. Only thing I added was strap locks and this thing is ready for the stage! Do yourself a favor and grab one of these, even if its just to bang around on....you'll be surprised!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hidden gem, stellar instrument

          By BigDaddyShredder

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Beautiful finish
          • Emgs
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Neck through body
          • Pearl Inlays
          • Solid Electronics
          • Unfinished Neck

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar:

          I got this as a Stupid Deal of the Day. The guitar plays and looks like a $3500 instrument. The parts alone are worth more than what I paid. I am beyond stoked over this guitar. My only thing that I could say that I'd change, is that it doesn't have a tone knob. But, it is a stellar instrument. Even at the regular price point, it is still a steal. I highly recommend it to any player at any level.

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          5.0

          HOT ROD ORIGINAL!!!!!

          By Boar Tusk /fb

          from Upstate New York

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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
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar:

            WOW I was a charvel jackson user for many years. many soloists and san dimas originals have passed through my collection. saw this on STOTD and gave it a rip. Did not expexct to feel a hot rodded version of those originals. arch top, recessed floyd, oil finished neck through.( I owned a model 6 that was customized that way) Brought me back, and forward at the same time...nice piece.

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            5.0

            Lethal weapon

            By DanielRJ

            from Rio de Janeiro

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Heavy Metal And Hard Rock
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar:

              Awesome guitar, fast weapon! It´s perfect to metal tunes and shredder guitarrists.

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              5.0

              No complaints

              By RockinDonkey

              from Sioux City, IA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar:

                I've had this guitar for over a year (the Snow White model). I've got to say that I'm very pleased with the guitar. Cosmetically, the guitar is stunning. And the sound is superb.

                The guitar feels just right, and with the Original Floyd Rose, I have confidence that it will stay in tune even with extreme dive-bombing.

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                4.0

                Rather redundant review...

                By TempleTantrum

                from Berryville, VA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Not Sure About Emgs

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar:

                This is my 2nd Desolation; the 1st one was delivered with the parts bag opened and the whammy bar and Floyd Rose allen wrenches pilfered. Customer service wouldn't just get the parts from another guitar box and stated FR was backlogged on parts orders. Strangely, they were able the ship a 2nd guitar with all the parts intact. Which means my original purchase goes back to the warehouse and may accidently get shipped out to someone else?! Anyway as stated before, the guitar play fantastic, stays in tune even with the asian series 1000 trem. I've never had EMGs and they are hot, so we'll see just how to calm them down a bit.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Somewhat surprised

                By Rich

                from Woodlands Tx.

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Finish Is Really Good
                • Great String Access
                • Oiled Neck Is Fast
                • The Emg's Are Awesome
                • Weight Is Very Nice

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

                  Comments about Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar:

                  I have always wanted a 24 fret guitar with the pointed head. I looked at the Jackson it was more than I would be able to afford. I looked at ESP and they were within range, but when I saw this Charvel and experiencing my San Demas siad I want this. Of course there is no way I could haev gotten it because my wife had told me "no more guitar" (this made my 9th. Well it happended that my birthday came and my daughter had seen me dreaming of having it as I stared into the computer screen at it and on my birthday she gives this guitar to me. I was in tears, like a child that just received what he had been writing Santa for, praying for, and wishing for and there it is even the finish I wanted "thank you Jenn"
                  Anyways, this guitar out of the box was ready for me to ROCK, I love the oiled neck, the finish, and the accessability of the frets. She is a beauty, I had no issues what so ever, it truly is worth the investment!!! Buy one or two!!

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Almost perfect, but close enough...

                  By TempleTantrum

                  from Berryville, VA

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                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Neckbody Joint
                  • Excellent Value
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Near Flawless Finish
                  • Solid Electronics
                  • Upgraded Trem A Plus

                  Cons

                  • Need An Hss Version
                  • Needs Coil Taps Or Tone

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR Soloist Electric Guitar:

                  Asia proves they can produce a good sounding, functional guitar and even include a near original Floyd Rose (1000 series) for less than 7 bills! The 24 fret neck was nearly perfect for string height, just a little buzz on the low E which I adjust the trem height for. After changing strings (they stretched out in 1-2 days) the trem is level in the body and the nickel finish is beautiful. I give it mild use and it stays in tune perfectly. I will be adding a trem blocker later since I'm no Dimebag.

                  As mentioned before, this guitar needs another version with more standard (Duncan?) pups in an HSS style with a 5-way switch, some tone control also. I've never had EMGs and find them a bit too metal-ish right now as my styles range from REM to Evanescense to Floyd. But hey, that's where my Strat comes in.

                  I looked at the Dean MAB series (very similar, but pricy), the Gibson/Kramer 84 (weak trem) and settled on this. I made a good choice. If you shred, this is your axe.

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