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Charvel Desolation DX-1 ST Soloist Electric Guitar  

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The Desolation Soloist DX-1 ST 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 flame maple top, EMG pickups and deluxe details.

The Desolation Soloist DX-1 ST 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, adjustable string-through-body bridge, locking tuners and black nickel hardware..

Case sold separately.

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
  • Strings-through-body bridge
  • Case sold separately

Choose your color and enjoy the sweet sounds of this beauty for yourself. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Desolation DX-1 ST Soloist Electric Guitar

  • Body
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck
  • Number of Frets: 24
  • Fret Size: Jumbo Frets
  • 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" (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
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: Black Nickel
  • Bridge: LP Style Adjustable Strings-Through-Body Bridge
  • String Nut: Black Plastic
  • Miscellaneous
  • Unique Features: 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 ST Soloist Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good pick up (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (14)
    • Jamming (13)
    • Recording (9)
    • Rock concerts (8)
    • Small venues (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    woah!!!

    Get real?!?!? this thing plays like an ibanez with a super fast flat prestige neck and sounds like a flipping GIBSON with beautiful high mids and gut punching chug......Read complete review

    Get real?!?!? this thing plays like an ibanez with a super fast flat prestige neck and sounds like a flipping GIBSON with beautiful high mids and gut punching chug... woah... i have a new 2013 gibson SG and an Ibanez 1570 prestige and this thing is a cross between the two... gnarly.. yes indeed..

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Solid guitar, bad electronics

    The guitar itself is put together well. Plays well, and it's obviously a good looking guitar. It's a great guitar at the stupid deal price but the full price on these is just...Read complete review

    The guitar itself is put together well. Plays well, and it's obviously a good looking guitar. It's a great guitar at the stupid deal price but the full price on these is just too high. It feels like a good guitar, not a what they charge at full price guitar. The one I received has bad electronics. The pickups cut out randomly, the input jack works, then doesn't work... the volume knob just stops working... Which okay I got a lemon, but Charvel's customer service isn't helpful. Overall... its a good guitar assuming it's working. This really would be better if it had a tone knob. That said I still like the thing. Just wish they'd answer warranty questions.

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    5.0

    great right out of the box!

    By friarbolton26

    from calais, me

    About Me Experienced

    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 ST Soloist Electric Guitar:

      I got this guitar on sale for half the price and I am extremely glad that I did. Its easily comparable to the ltds, schecters and ibanezes in the same price range. The neck is super fast and was already set up right out of the box. The emgs sound great. My only complaint as far as appearance goes is that the back of the neck is not finished. It makes it look a lot cheaper than it really is. Overall though, if your into rock and metal, this is a great purchase.

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      5.0

      Awesome quality instrument

      By Telesic444

      from Arizona

      About Me Experienced

      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 DX-1 ST Soloist Electric Guitar:

        I ordered the flat black model and was blown away! It came in brand new perfect condition. All the frets were perfect! Plays fast and smooth. Was surprised "in a good way" when I first saw the gray binding along the whole guitar! I recommend this guitar 100%

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        5.0

        Don't pass on this bad boy!

        By Albecolee

        from New York, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All-around
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

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

          I've had several guitars over the past 30+ years and always insisted on brand name guitars made in US. But after trying this made-in-china bad boy out, I am totally blown away.

          It's been close to a year that I've been looking for a more solid rock/metal guitar after trying out (and loving) an overseas-made lower-end model by a different company. It turned out for just a bit higher price, I ended up getting this real thing, which I think is at least a few notches above---in all aspects like the tone (amazing active combo PU's), material, appearance/weight, workmanship, action (absolute no buzz) playability! Just a perfect guitar, and probably the last, to add to my collection....sure to be my favorite for years to come.

          I agree with most other reviews that retail price is too high. But considering the amount I payed at the "stupid deal" price, I have to give it a 5 star for the value. I can almost guarantee there's no better-made guitar for the money, regardless of where they are made.

          Finally, there's no real downside to this guitar that I can think of. I highly recommend to anyone looking for either a main or a back-up rock/metal guitar at best value. Look no further and just get this baby!

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          5.0

          grab an overlooked gem

          By Ziltoid13

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • Take Advantage Of Fender

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            This is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of Fender and Charvel's misfortune and investment into a line of guitars that is now being discontinued. Most consumers would shy away from anything that is made in China when it comes to musical instruments, but this is actually an exception to the rule and I found this guitar to be fabulously well made as well asaesthetically pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately I'm not a fan of EMG pickups regardless of their high opinion held by many enthusiasts, but I just find passive pickups more pleasing to my ear and more versatile for my tastes. If all you play is Fear Factory or Devin Townsend covers than you'll most likely needn't do anything more to this guitar than set it up to your action taste. Fit and finish is terrific. I have an LTD Deluxe 1000 series, Korean made guitar with Seymour Duncan's in it and other than the pickups, I may like the feel of the Charvel's unfinished neck over the ESP, so until I inevitably put Duncan's in my trans red model I won't know which one I like better, and the ESP was way more expensive. I bought this on sale and couldn't be happier, to the point that if I'd paid full price I'd still be pleased! If it's any indication, I'm now hunting the remaining line down to modify and play regularly.I've already found another DX-1 ST in a trans blue finish that's already had Duncan Mayhem Distortions in it so yeah, these are great guitars! Grab one before they're a distant gear memory that Fender dumped tons of time and money into, only to throw them away,(Fender owns Charvel, for those who weren't aware)

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            5.0

            great player

            By Artie

            from NYC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Really Nice Neck

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

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

              The neck is great and has easy access all the way up to the far reaching frets, although I may get some really fine sandpaper for it to be super-smooth. It had a little fret buzz, but I figured it was from temperature changes. I just did a minor adjustment by turning the truss rod with the allen wrench provided and all has been mighty fine since. It has really low action. The tuning pegs stay in tune fairly well and they have a twist-lock that tightens the strings to the pegs, therefore no slippage of the strings. It sounds good too; sweet sustain. I will swap a Tony Iommi pickup (bridge) and a Burstbucker 2 in the neck. I would like to get a little more tonal range and will add a tone control and a push/pull knob for coil splitting. The EMGs are fine, but I'm just altering this because I have two axes with EMGs and Floyd Rose trems. Excellent rating (5 stars) because I got a great price to sweeten the deal. If I paid full retail price, I would probably rate "Good" or 4.5 stars

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              5.0

              After 2 returns recieved a good one

              By RMJSTUDIO

              from Washington DC

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Many Had Unfixable Buzz

              Best Uses

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

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

              I have 3 other charvels so not new these,I have all neckthroughs, The first one I got had unfixable fret buzz on the Low e without distroying the nice action, the 2nd one had the same issue but the finish was wrecked allso. The third one was the charm, I had to raise the action a bit on the low e side to remove fret buzz, but not enough to ruin the action. The finish is perfect, the action is great.

              the maple neck makes these guitars brighter then the all mahagany Charvels, loving this!

              I did use 400 grit sand paper on the neck to smooth it better

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Solid Axe

              By Bob

              from Virginia

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

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

                Good guitar. Awesome neck, frets need some slight filing, they're a little rough. Nice weight, plays very easy. Volume goes from 1-5 nicely but from 6-10 is full blast (I'm assuming for the folks who like volume swells). It came shipping in two Charvel boxes free floating in a bigger box. Seeing this made me worry about the condition of the guitar but upon close inspection it is undamaged. No neck cracks anywhere, dings, scratches, cracks in the paint or body.

                I also own an ESP/LTD MH350FR which is comparable to the Charvel. Both are very similar in spec-- the only difference being that the LTD has a Floyd Rose to which the Charvel does not. They sound really different. I've noticed the LTD has a warmer tone, almost Les Paul-ish (I own one of them too) and the Charvel doesn't. It does seem to sound a little clearer when distorted and not as influened by the wood (which, all physics aside, I think plays a factor). Both sound great in my opinion.

                Is it worth the price? I got mine half off so, yeah it was worth it. Is it full price worth it? I would shop around of course but I'd definitely keep this in the top range of options.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The best deal out there.

                By JetDoc68

                from Newnan, Ga.

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Just A Great Guitar

                Cons

                • No Complaints

                Best Uses

                • Anything And Everything

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

                Received the guitar and did a quick tune on it. The Trans black is beautiful and the guitar looks expensive. The neck is awesome and really thin. I own a 2014 PRS Custom 24, a U.S. Jackson SL2 and two Carvins and put this in the same class as far as playability and looks. It plays wonderful and feels so fast with that super thin neck. I play almost every genre of music and it sounds great doing it. While my other guitars are all real high end, this is the funnest one to play.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                It's great.

                By Fatback Homer

                from White Haven Pa

                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 ST Soloist Electric Guitar:

                    I'm normally an ibanez guy, but this was the stupid deal for half price so I couldn't pass it up. The neck is slightly thicker than a wizard neck especially more towards the headstock. The hardware is decent, the fit and finish though are a 9 out of 10, this thing really looks good in person. It plays fast and of course the emgs are awesome, if you are into active pickups. Overall I say it was a really nice guitar for the price on sale, but not anywhere near worth the retail price, might as well buy a made in Japan jackson soloist or ibanez prestige rg for a bit more money.

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                    3.0

                    Solid guitar, bad electronics

                    By Stuff

                    from Leesburg,VA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

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

                      The guitar itself is put together well. Plays well, and it's obviously a good looking guitar. It's a great guitar at the stupid deal price but the full price on these is just too high. It feels like a good guitar, not a what they charge at full price guitar. The one I received has bad electronics. The pickups cut out randomly, the input jack works, then doesn't work... the volume knob just stops working... Which okay I got a lemon, but Charvel's customer service isn't helpful. Overall... its a good guitar assuming it's working. This really would be better if it had a tone knob. That said I still like the thing. Just wish they'd answer warranty questions.

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