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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

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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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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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

woah!!!

By NICHOLASHAPPENS

from Kansas City

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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..

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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%

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A great guitar for what I wanted it for.

      By BoneCrushingMetal

      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.

      (2 of 2 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!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My go to drop C guitar

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

        This guitar has everything I wanted for a Drop C tuned guitar. I put 10-56 strings, adjusted neck, action, and intonation-ready to go.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        After 2 returns recieved a good one

        By rmjstudio

        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

        (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.

          (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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          It's great.

          By Fatback Homer

          from White Haven Pa

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          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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Solid guitar, bad electronics

              By Stuff

              from Leesburg,VA

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              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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