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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
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Solid electronics (13)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Good tone (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Jamming (16)
  • Recording (12)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome quality instrument

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...Read complete review

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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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 guitar

By 

from Hot Springs, AR

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

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

    This is my studio guitar. I got it on sale and love it. The neck is the best part, with a non-stick finish and thin build, it has the smoothest action ever.

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    5.0

    Great guitar

    By 

    from Hot Springs, AR

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

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

      This is my studio guitar. I got it on sale and love it. The neck is the best part, with a non-stick finish and thin build, it has the smoothest action ever.

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      5.0

      Rock/metal rhythm players dream axe!!

      By 

      from Nixa MO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Brilliant Sustain
      • 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 honestly cannot find any flaws in the design-playability or sound.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great right out of the box!

        By 

        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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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome quality instrument

          By 

          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 

            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 

              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 

                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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  After 2 returns recieved a good one

                  By 

                  from planet earth

                  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 

                  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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