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  • Model Desolation DS-1 ST
  • Mahogany body with carved top
  • Through-body fast neck with tilt-back scarf joint head stock
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An entirely new design from Charvel with mahogany woods, a carved top, and Seymour Duncan pickups.

The Desolation DS-1 ST has a single-cutaway mahogany body with a carved top and neck-through-body design. Features include a bound mahogany neck with scalloped heel, compound radius (12”-16”) rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and abalone inlays, abalone body and headstock binding, dual Seymour Duncan® Blackout™ active humbucking pickups with three-way toggle switching, Charvel bridge specially designed for compound-radius fingerboards, black nickel hardware, three-on-a-side locking Charvel tuners, and solid and trans finishes (flame maple veneer on trans finishes) with matching headstocks.

Magnificent Desolation. The Charvel Desolation series introduces entirely new designs not previously seen in Charvel’s 30-year history, offering more tonal and stylistic options for discerning players everywhere. Devastating tone, killer looks and high-performance playability separate the Desolation series from all others. It’s a whole new series of Charvel guitars for a whole new world of players.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Model Desolation DS-1 ST
  • Mahogany body with carved top
  • Through-body fast neck with tilt-back scarf joint head stock
  • Abalone "Keystone" position inlays
  • Mahogany neck
  • Oiled neck finish
  • H/H pickup configuration
  • Seymour Duncan AHB-1B bridge pickup
  • Seymour Duncan AHB-1N neck pickup
  • 3-position toggle pickup switching
  • Charvel - Jackson compound radius compensated bridge
  • Case sold separately

Get great playability and massive tone with this fresh-looking guitar. Order today.

 

Desolation Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • 24 jumbo frets
  • 12" to 16" compound neck radius
  • 1.65" nut width
  • 25.5" scale length
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CharvelDesolation Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar
 
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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (5)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Rock concerts (5)
    • Recording (4)
    • Small venues (3)
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    2014 New Charvel Desolation

    By CharvelfromLP

    from New Jersey

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar:

      I bought a charvel San Dimas about 5 years ago and that started my transformation from Les Paul guitarist to Charvel. I still love my LPs. They have the sustain and power unmatched in some areas, but I was really feeling my leads could be more "shreddish" if I just had a better neck and feel of a guitar made for shredding. All my idols, mostly, didn't play Les pauls. You got Eddie VH, George Lynch, Warren DeMartini.. all these guys were not les paul players and I wondered why I was stumbling to play there super fast licks on a piece of furniture strapped over my back...

      DING! Light bulb goes off! GET A SHRED GUITAR!

      Now at times I do miss that really thick bottom only a les paul can do and of course the thinner guitars/lighter, you DO GIVE UP SOME SUSTAIN, don't let anyone tell you differently...

      Now I own 4 charvels, a Custom guitar I bought for 3000 that is of Desolation design and now to DS-1 guitar, one the Pro Stock and now my latest in this review, the 2014 Desolation.

      I just have to say the neck the playability is just incredible. These are cheap-ish guitars but don't sound like it. I think Charvel could charge up to 1000 for these guitars and still sell. But the 650 retail is a way to get younger, less experienced guitarists into the market. These guitars are made for people under 6ft tall, I'm one of these people and think younger guitarist will enjoy the feel and neck..

      The days of strapping on a piece of furniture are over. As well as paying 1500+ for a Gibson name...

      Check out Charvel. Some people say these new Desolations are NOT really charvels since they are not the San Dimas/So Cal designs... they are living in 1985 and need to wake up. Good guitars at a great price sums it up

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Desolation DS-1 ST Blue Smear

      By John

      from Nashua, NH

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar:

        After seeing the Charvel Desolation and its price I was interested in getting one knowing full well its made overseas in China. Let me say that you shouldn't let that fact stop you from buying this guitar. Its well put together, the pick ups are fantastic and I love the feel of the neck especially being unfinished. Its lighter weight makes it very easy to play for long periods without feeling like your shoulder is going to fall off!

        The Seymour Duncan Blackouts are really great. Very clear and powerful. I have a set of ZW EMGs in my bullseye LP and they are not as clear and defined as the Blackouts. I never tried Blackouts until now and I'm impressed! Love them.

        The finish on this guitar is amazing. I have the blue smear and it looks great! Haven't seen any flaws. The grain top comes from a maple veneer.
        Although I'm a firm believer in a thick slab of maple married to a mahogany back for looks but most of all tone, this guitar with its mahogany body and maple veneer top sounded amazing through my Mesa Dual Rectifier. The tone was great and the clarity and definition was really impressive.

        Again, don't let the made in China thing decide your purchase. Just a great guitar for the money, sounds great and is well made. Very happy with it. Also want to thank MF for their customer service as I ordered this on Columbus Day weekend and using the chat box got my holiday discount. Order processing and delivery is always prompt, Thank You MF and Charvel!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice guitar

        By Bushrat

        from Cajun Country

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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
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar:

          I have many guitars. My main guitars are Gibson SG and American Telecaster. But, for some reason I keep picking this guitar up far more than my others. The neck is small and fast. The active pickups can produce everything from tele clear to boogie crunch. And the weight is, well, a heck of a lot better than a Gibson Les Paul I had.
          To sum it up, the guitar is just fun to play and sounds great. The craftsmanship is as good as any other guitar I own. It's just sweet.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One Great Guitar

          By Chris

          from Pensacola Florida

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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

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar:

            I've been researching replacements for my old Gibson Les Paul that was liquidated years earlier to purchase a Gretsch 6120. Anyway, I came across the Charvel Desolation SD-1 and figured I'd take a gamble. My first really pro caliber guitar was a Charvel 3DR, which my dad bought me back in 1991; so, I felt good about the company. Charvel, Jackson, and even Gretsch are now subsidiaries of Fender Inc., and anyone who has played these modern incarnations knows these are some fine instruments.

            So, a week ago a went out on a limb and ordered the SD-1 via musiciansfriend. I have been playing guitar for approximately 24 years and have purchased many guitars; however, I have never purchased a guitar online, as I prefer to play the instrument before buying it. The problem was that there were know Charvel dealers within a 150 mile radius of my location; so, I took a chance, and I'm glad I did. The Musiciansfriend representative was very helpful, and when I requested a working coupon code she gave me one, which resulted in a $100 discount….awesome!!!

            The guitar arrived a couple of days ago, and I've since had the opportunity to put it through its paces. First, the trim, fit, and smear blue finish are flawless (simply beautiful). The neck is fast, and I really like the natural finish on the back. There was absolutely no fret buzz whatsoever. The intonation is accurate right out of the box, and in fact, it was already in tune out of the box. The nickel plated hardware is sharp. The Seymour Duncan Blackout pickups are excellent, and this guitar has sustain all day long.

            I'm a Fender and Gretsch kind-of-guy, but I really wanted something in my arsenal that could cover LP tones when I want or need them. The SD-1 delivers and does so in a way that far exceeds its price point. For well under a grand you get a solid mahogany carved top, neck through design, gorgeous trim, binding, and finish, and superb Seymour Duncan Blackout pickups. What's not to love?

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            5.0

            I'm on my Honeymoon!

            By Guitar Harls

            from Florida

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar:

              Since I am a full time guitarist, I always take 3 guitars to a gig. 1 acoustic, 1 strat, and 1 humbucking based guitar. I used to play my '73 LP Custom, but can't tkae it to gigs anymore. So I have a Epi SG w/ Gibson 490 P/U's, an Epi Wilshire, an Epi '57 re-issue LP Jr., a Fender Showmaster Scorpion, and now the DS-1 to choose from. The DS-1 is light but sustains like my old LP. The Seymour P/U's are louder than any of my other guitars. The intruments' "stage presence" is amazing. People are always coming up and asking about the guitar! I might have to store my other guitars for awhile during my honeymoon with the DS-1.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Buy!

              By Jared Larsen

              from Michigan

              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 Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar:

                I must admit I wasn't a big Charvel fan before I played this guitar. I previously owned an LTD EC-1000 that I loved and thought that would be my main axe for years to come. Man, was I wrong. I played this at a local music store and brought it home the same day. It absolutely blew the LTD out of the water! It's got a lighter, more solid feel and the natural neck feels incredible! Even the Blackouts (I was an EMG fanboy) were a surprise. I play everything from pop to metal, and they sound fantastic playing every genre in between. Even clean, they surprised me with how versatile they are. I've owned this for almost a year, and I've yet to find a single flaw with it. I'm now seriously considering picking up another Charvel to add to my collection. This is a no brainer!

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                sexy six string

                By James Stephens

                from northern californy way

                Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar:

                overall its a great buy but it does have some issues with reach beyound the 20th at the bottom cutout. i imagine thats the same with most les pauls but other then that, theres not one imperfection in the entire construction of this beautiful peice and it sounds awesome so far. ive played through multiple amps and everything sounds great. its technically not fantasic because of the cutout but im no perfessional and i dont know many people that really use those frets anyway. im super stoked on this by and i dounbt this will be the last charvel i end up with.
                well its fancy lookin, and fancy playing with this beautiful flame carved maple top les paul body. very modern look and feel with the abolony trim and inlays. inlays that ive never seen before either. i own an sg custom and a hellraiser, both with powered emg blackout pickups and i can tell that the powered blackout siemor duncans are nicer clean than the emgs but also compare very well distorted. and the compound radius neck is amazing as stated by everyone else so far.
                quality is just as top shape as the epiphone and shecter that i own which are both made here in the usa
                i truly feel as if i now own a $1400 guitar.

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                5.0

                Desolation SC-1

                By brett jennings

                from Tennesse

                Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar:

                The finish on the guitar is just amazing! the back of the neck has a natural finish which is the way I like em ,so that was a pleasant suprise. The active blackout pickups sound amazing! The compound radius fretboard works with a new tail piece that make intonation perfect! It's just an all around exellent guitar! Anybody out there wanting les paul looks with an agressive metal sound,this guitar is deffinately worth your dough!
                I got this guitar for about half retail because the neck pickup was cutting out. Once I received the guitar,I was able to track down the problem and fix it. These are really great guitars! I now prefer my Desolation to my Gibson les paul by a wide margin. Charvel really hit it out of the ballpark with these,I couldn't be happier! Thanks to all the people at Musician's Friend that made this great deal possible!
                Besides the small short in the neck pickup,the guitar is flawless in every way!
                Considering I got it for about half retail,this is a no brainer!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                charvel has done it again

                Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar:

                Overall this guitar sounds great, stays in tune very well, looks great, and has the active seymour duncan blackouts. Like I said earlier would have been nice if it had a case with it, but I was able to get a used Les Paul case that works very well. This is my second Chavel that I have bought and as long as they continue to make guitars of this quality I have no reason to go anywhere else. If you want an awesome Les Paul alternative look no further.
                Got this bad boy for christmas, and man it is a sweet guitar. I really like the blackouts this guitar is loaded with. They have tons of growl and seem to have a very high end response for harmonics. only reasin did not give this guitar a 10 was it does not come with a case.
                I have only had this a week but the quality seems to be top notch.
                This guitar played better then most of the Les Pauls I have tried and is half the price.It is made in China but what isnt no a days.

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                5.0

                I absolutely love this guitar

                By Paul Primeau

                from Northern Ontario Canada

                Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 1 Electric Guitar:

                I tried one of these guitars out recently while testing amps. I had no intention of buying a guitar but I fell in love with the playability and went back and bought it the next day. I suppose it's the compound radius fretboard but for me, the neck has an amazing feel. Now for the sound...absolutely killer Seymour Duncan active pickups (I personally prefer the sound to my active EMG's) and the guitar is beautiful to boot. Do not be dissuaded by the fact that this guitar is foreign made...For my money you could pay double and not get a better instrument. The only reason I don\t give it a 10 is the access to the 22nd fret and beyond is somewhat limited.

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