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Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar Trans Red 

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The Desolation DS-2 ST has a single-cutaway mahogany body with a carved top and a bound mahogany set neck with scalloped heel. Features include a com...Read More

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A comfortable design with mahogany woods, a carved top, and active pickups.

The Desolation DS-2 ST has a single-cutaway mahogany body with a carved top and a bound mahogany set neck with scalloped heel. Features include a compound radius (12”-16”) rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and pearloid inlays, pearloid body and headstock binding, dual Charvel 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).

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.

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FEATURES
  • Model Desolation DS-2 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
  • Active Desolation bridge pickup
  • Active Desolation 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.

SPECIFICATIONS

Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar

  • 24 jumbo frets
  • 12" to 16" compound neck radius
  • 1.65" nut width
  • 25.5" scale length
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CharvelDesolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar
 
4.5

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Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (5)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Recording (5)
    • Small venues (5)
    • Rock concerts (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Desolation DS-2 ST

    Overall I give this guitar a 9. Upgrade the pups and it is every bit as good as the DS-1 models. I have been playing for 20+ years. I highly recommend this...Read complete review

    Overall I give this guitar a 9. Upgrade the pups and it is every bit as good as the DS-1 models. I have been playing for 20+ years. I highly recommend this guitar if you are looking for something that will grow with you!
    I rate the features a 9 out of 10. Set Neck is straight and the frets are very good. Decent tuners, stop tail bridge. Inlays are even and look quite nice. 2 - Active Charvel humbuckers, standard 3-way switch, 2 volume and 2 tone pots. Finish is outstanding! Overall a very well done guitar for the price.
    I give the quality an 8. I downgraded it slightly for 1 reason only. The Active pups are good but not great. They do have good sustain, mids and highs are clear and strong. Where they lack is in the low end. They just do not have the crunch of other active pups like the Blackouts or EMGs. I have a Hughes and Kettner 100 watt head on a 4 x 12 cab filled with 2 Celestion V-30s and 2 Celestion G12-65s...It took quite a bit of tweaking to get a decent metal tone and I still was not satisfied. I am a tone chaser so I had to change out the pups for an EMG 81/60 set. There are no wiring diagrams out so here is some info for anyone else wanting to do this. The Charvel wiring is not compatible with the EMGs. You will have to do a full rewire. The 3-way switch is oddly installed and has 6 leads insted of the usual 4. I rewired with the EMG solderless kit for 2 humbuckers and resoldered the switch back to standard 4 lead config (Les Paul style). Works like a champ and sounds really mean! I highly recommend the upgrade if you can! Had to turn the batter box around so the battery connector would fit. Minor issue but wanted to note it.
    I give the value an 8 out of 10. This is an excellent beginner to intermediate guitar stock. Upgrade the pups and you have a professional axe on your hands. Overall this is a great value. Charvel did a really good job with these.

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    Oh Man!

    Even the DS-3 has the tapered neck. Get one of those and pop in some good pickups, then you'll have a great instrument.
    I've been playing for over 20 yrs, and...Read complete review

    Even the DS-3 has the tapered neck. Get one of those and pop in some good pickups, then you'll have a great instrument.
    I've been playing for over 20 yrs, and this is my first guitar purchase in about 13 yrs. Needless to say I was looking for something special. I play in church. My style is a variety of rock, blues, and a bit of metal at the core. So it had to be versitle.

    I wanted something with the sustain of a Les Paul, but lighter. This one does the trick. It's got a good weight, balanced. The tapered neck is something you won't find in even more expensive instruments--makes chording nice at the top, then wider for lead at the bottom. Oiled finish makes it slide easy.

    I don't know what it is, maybe just from having a 2nd-grad gtr for so many years, but this instrument sings on its own. It's easy to play and has good intonation... to me.

    I purchased the trans black DS-1, with shiny abalone, neck thru and black nickle hardware. I have Semour Duncan passives on order to pop in there, but the active blackouts are surprisingly nice for actives (just me).

    Note: The trans black has a bit of green/brown vintage'y undertone which doesn't appear in the marketing pics. Well at least that's the case for mine.
    I know these aren't USA made, but I don't think that there's a compremise in Charvel quality in these. I was fortunate enough to purchase mine in a store. There are no noticeable defects that I can see.
    To me all the Desolation series are epic in value at each price point.

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    4.0

    Not Bad, Charvel, Not Bad. GREAT Value

    By jayman5671

    from Upstate NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great Actionplayabilit
    • Great Playability
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Flat Sound

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

    This was my first Charvel after playing my trusty Ibanez for years. Have to say I am VERY impressed with the playability of this guitar.

    The action is SO nice and low and fast. You can practically just think about putting your frets down. It makes it easy to play any fast riff, and when I went guitar shopping and try it out, I have to say this Charvel beat out a lot of Esp Ltds, Schecters, and Jacksons, in terms of playability. By a lot.

    The Charvel tuners are great.
    The intonation is great.
    Everything feels well made, quality, and reliable.

    My main gripe is the pick ups. Charvel basically gave you an entry-priced metal guitar and tried to mimic emg's but they didn't quite get it. They're super hot and sound okay for leads, but there's a little to much high-end crispiness for my taste. And when you chug palm mutes, it seriously lacks in low end depth and punch. You can get decent chug sounds, but you have to palm mute as far back as you can go before your palm is off the bridge.

    All that said though it still gets the job done well. Your leads will still sound great and your fingers will go 3x as fast with the nice action and no one will mind if your chugs are a little thin anyway.

    I would recommend it. GREAT value for the price, and if you install some emg's or duncans, this would sound and play just as good if not better than some guitars in the 4-digit price range.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar for the price!

    By J-Sin

    from Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid construction
    • Thin Neck

    Cons

    • Volume Knobs

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

    I recently purchased this guitar as a backup because I wanted a guitar easier to switch tunings than my main guitar with a floyd rose (Dean Razorback Explosion) My main reason for choosing this guitar was the Charvel name. I have owned an acoustic Charvel for over 10 years that is just as solid as the day I bought it. I purchased the DS-2 with the flat black finish and it looks amazing. The other finishes are nice as well but I like the way the hardware and abalone binding and inlays stand out against the flat black. I've owned it for 3 weeks and as far as i can tell the construction is solid! The action and feel are amazing. The neck is very thin and unfinished which makes it really fast even if your palms get a little sweaty while playing. My only cons with this guitar would be in the electronics, The stock pickups were great for a guitar in this price range but a swap with an EMG 81 85 combo made a big difference and it was an easy swap since the original pickups had the same quick connect outputs that EMG uses. The volume knobs could be better. It's almost all or none which makes it difficult to do volume swells or other gradual effects using the volume knobs. Overall for the price this guitar has more than met my expectations and even though I have made some modifications to suit my own prefference I don't think you could find a guitar with active pickups and a set neck of this quality in the same price range! This guitar is solid, has good sustain and very easy to play. My Dimebag Dean (which cost 3X the price) may get jealous for me saying this but it may be my new primary guitar!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    More than we bargain for

    By El Boricua

    from Caguas, PR

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

      I was looking for a new electric guitar. I have a basic epi LP which I dislike a lot given the continuous fret buzz and tiny sound. I was about to buy an Agile Les Paul on online when I went to a local store and found this guitar. I tried the Ibanez and Epiphones LP there as well as a Godin. The Godin surpassed all the guitars that I tried there but it was way out of my tight budget. Then I went for this Charvel for less than half the Godin price. The instant I played it I knew this was the one. Love the feel of the neck, the sound, looks and overall comfortability. It sounds powerful thru my Vox amp. I will never regret buying this guitar and I think is really a steal for the price. I got the trans red one. Will recommend this one to everyone. I wish they have an acoustic line of guitars.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar!!!!!

      By staind aholic..

      from Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Of The Above
        • Jamming
        • Live Shows
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

        I have had this guitar for a year and a half now and it is one of the best guitars i have played. for the price you cant go wrong with this! Great action, no fret buzz, great active pickups, looks great, and plays and sounds absolutely awesome!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Rocks!!

        By Rnrhunt

        from Indiana

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Looks
        • Great pick ups
        • Great Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Playing guitar
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues
          • Won~~~apos~~~t Do Much Else Lol

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

          Bought this guitar from musician's friend. Never bought a guitar online b4 and was pleasantly surprised. I haven't played my own 87 Charvel model since! Love the unfinished neck... Just keep a getting better!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Like a dream!!!

          By CHAD STEWART

          from Mississippi

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

          Great tone.
          Great pickups
          Great looks.
          Great action and sustain.
          I mean really its an inexpensive guitar that has the quality of a 1200 dollar guitar. I have have seen no flaws with this guitar.
          You will never beat the price or quality of this intrument.

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Do yourself a favor and guy this guitar

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

          Overall you can't beat this guitar for this price. Don't let the price fool you, this is much better than an entry level guitar.
          The features on this guitar are ones that you would find on guitars twice the price. The two active pickups are clear on clean channels and heavy aggressive on lead or rhythm channels. When combined with my Peavey Valveking and my Metal Muff w/Top Boost it's enough to satisfy almost any metal player.
          Only problem I had was some burr on the edge of a few frets, but with ultra-light sandpaper and meticulous attention this problem was easily rectified. Fretboard was smooth and the neck and heel were seemless. Stays in tune and the compound radius makes chording easier.
          You would be hard pressed to find these features for this price on competitors models.

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          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Charvel Has a winner here!!

          By Cliff Benner

          from St. Cloud, MN

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

          I have been playing for 25 plus years and I'm totally addicted to Ibanez. I love the flat fretboards and thin necks. I wanted a Les Paul type guitar for that heavy metal rythym playing. I researched this guitar and loved everything about it except the "compound radius fetboard". After much deliberation, I purchased the Smear Blue. Wow, I was pleasantly surprised. The curve in the fretboard is barely noticable but really helps with chording. Neck is fast and the action was set nice and low right out of the box. Great tone and sustain. The active pickups sound great!! Solo's and fluid and easy to play while rythym playing is tight with not being overly aggressive. Made beautifully and sounds and plays great. My Ibanez RG Prestige has been fighting for playing time!!
          The only reason I give it a nine is for the fact that scalloped neck heal and the body joint dont meet perfectly. Well, they do, its just not a seemless seem, I guess you would say. Very minor and is not noticeable when playing but worth noting.

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          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Desolation DS-2 ST

          By Big E

          from Okinawa, Japan

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

          Overall I give this guitar a 9. Upgrade the pups and it is every bit as good as the DS-1 models. I have been playing for 20+ years. I highly recommend this guitar if you are looking for something that will grow with you!
          I rate the features a 9 out of 10. Set Neck is straight and the frets are very good. Decent tuners, stop tail bridge. Inlays are even and look quite nice. 2 - Active Charvel humbuckers, standard 3-way switch, 2 volume and 2 tone pots. Finish is outstanding! Overall a very well done guitar for the price.
          I give the quality an 8. I downgraded it slightly for 1 reason only. The Active pups are good but not great. They do have good sustain, mids and highs are clear and strong. Where they lack is in the low end. They just do not have the crunch of other active pups like the Blackouts or EMGs. I have a Hughes and Kettner 100 watt head on a 4 x 12 cab filled with 2 Celestion V-30s and 2 Celestion G12-65s...It took quite a bit of tweaking to get a decent metal tone and I still was not satisfied. I am a tone chaser so I had to change out the pups for an EMG 81/60 set. There are no wiring diagrams out so here is some info for anyone else wanting to do this. The Charvel wiring is not compatible with the EMGs. You will have to do a full rewire. The 3-way switch is oddly installed and has 6 leads insted of the usual 4. I rewired with the EMG solderless kit for 2 humbuckers and resoldered the switch back to standard 4 lead config (Les Paul style). Works like a champ and sounds really mean! I highly recommend the upgrade if you can! Had to turn the batter box around so the battery connector would fit. Minor issue but wanted to note it.
          I give the value an 8 out of 10. This is an excellent beginner to intermediate guitar stock. Upgrade the pups and you have a professional axe on your hands. Overall this is a great value. Charvel did a really good job with these.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          good guitar for the price

          By JC

          from RimRock, AZ

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          Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 2 Electric Guitar:

          pickups sound great and action is nice,had a couple tweeks i needed to resolve but overall it was a good buy.....

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