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Charvel Desolation DX-1 ST Soloist Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst 

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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

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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
 
4.0

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (8)
    • Jamming (7)
    • Recording (4)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • Small venues (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8)

    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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    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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      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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      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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A great guitar for what I wanted it for.

            By guitarplayer369

            from KY

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            Pros

            • Beautiful finish
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Inexpensive Neck Through
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Flat Sound
            • Odd Neck Joint Feel

            Best Uses

            • Drop Tuning
            • Jamming
            • Playing Hard Rock
            • Playing Metal
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Shred Gitar Solos
            • Shred Guitar Solos
            • Small Venues

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

            I got mine used, but got it in great shape. So for a used guitar in the shape it was in I loved the price. If I had to buy something in this Charvel series brand new I would of went with DS-1 FR instead. The feel of the neck is awesome, I love the fact that it has a simple 3 way Les Paul style pickup switch and 1 simple volume knob, a neck through design, the finish was a flame maple cherry sunburst which looks awesome, locking tuners that make restringing this guitar a lot easier and they're fairly responsive too and last a mahogany body with a maple neck that wasn't too heavy and well balanced when playing.

            Here's a few drawbacks that I personally had. The way the neck through construction was done feels a little odd when reaching for the highest frets, but not to the point where they're not playable. I have a buddy that's going to level that area for me without damaging the body(he works on guitars for a living). The other drawback was I'm not the biggest fan of the EMG 81/85 set. Don't get me wrong they aren't bad pickups and a lot of people swear by them, but they aren't my sound. I do like the EMG 85, but only in the bridge, the EMG 81 sounds too thin and compressed for my taste and even in the neck position there are better choices in my opinion.

            I wanted a guitar with a set tale piece so I could easily drop tune and I already had a set of Seymour Duncan AHB-3s so what I did was switch them from a guitar that already had a Floyd in it to this guitar and now the sound is perfect for drop tuning and what I was looking for. I took the EMG 85 and put it in bridge position on the other guitar and put a Seymour Duncan AHB-1N with a metal cover in the neck position(that I got on sale through MF :) ) and now that guitar sounds great for leads, rhythm, cleans and anything I do in standard tuning :).

            The way I have it now is perfect, but I did have to make a few minor changes. A great guitar now.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Flawless

            By Computersloth

            from Fort Worth, Texas

            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 bought the flame maple top, it's gorgeous. This guitar is not as heavy as one might think. It's mahogany, but its light. Definitely not a one ton Pauly knock-off. The action is absoluetly incredible. No buzz at all on mine. The locking tuners are great. This is my first guitar with EMGs, and I like them, just not as much as the Seymour Duncans I've had before in the past. These pickups are great for metal, which I mostly play. I have thought about what it would be like to rip out the EMGs and put some Duncans in it, although I probably won't. Pinch harmonics are EASY. I like the simplicity of the controls: one volume, pickup selector switch. Nice!

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              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Too pricey! ok guitar if it was cheaper

              By defkon77

              from Ohio

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              Pros

              • Amazing Action
              • Fun To Play
              • Looks Like A Rolls Royce

              Cons

              • Fealls Cheap And 2 Light
              • Flat Sound
              • Poor Pick Up
              • Way to expensive

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

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

              I bought one of these(trans red) used.. but looks brand new for half the price including shipping...first impressions....looks are a 10....feel is about a 6....feels cheap...light. Sound wise...which I already knew....is flat due to the emgs...these will come out and be replaced with dimarzios. Emgs are a one trick pony and sound terrible clean. Bottom line I actually do love this guitar since I got it real cheap!! If I paid full price...it would be sent back...I've had guitars that were half the price and had a better feel/sound than this. I will say the action is awesome....right now the strings are resting on the frets with virtually no buzz...

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Definitely A Steal

              By IoTorus

              from Chico, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Amazing Action
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Light Weight

              Cons

              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

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

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

              Stunning guitar. I run it through my Peavy Vyper II tube with my Avatar cab. Really cuts through with clarity even with heavy distortion. I play in a progressive metal band; this guitar suits me perfectly. It's a great buy for the price. Only issue: wiring was loose on battery connect for active pickups. A few minutes later, I have a used guitar in perfect condition.

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              4.0

              A solid guitar

              By Kontrand

              from Chambersburg, PA

              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 DX-1 ST Soloist Electric Guitar:

              The design of the guitar is quite nice. Body.. Head stock.. electronics.. fret board. Feels put together well, However the set up was lacking out of the box as far as intonation is concerned. Minor fret buzz issue on the A string. Set-up it is as smooth as can be. The pick ups are active, allowing screaming harmonics/bends. Clean it has a smooth sound. It's when you put on the gain/effects you'll notice the most impressive sounds this mean machine can make. Great investment for someone who likes to play anything fast.

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              woah!!!

              By NICHOLASHAPPENS

              from Kansas City

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Flaunting
                • Jamming
                • Making The Metals
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Wooing The Opposite Sex

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

                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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