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Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 3 Electric Guitar   

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The Desolation DS-3 ST has a single-cutaway bound mahogany body with a carved top and bolt-on mahogany neck. Features include a 12”-radius fingerboar...Read More

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An entirely new design from Charvel with mahogany woods, a carved top, and fast neck.

The Desolation DS-3 ST has a single-cutaway bound mahogany body with a carved top and bolt-on mahogany neck. Features include a 12”-radius fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and dot inlays, dual passive Charvel humbucking pickups with three-way toggle switching, black nickel hardware, three-on-a-side 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.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Model Desolation DS-3 ST
  • Mahogany body with carved top
  • Bolt-on neck with tilt-back scarf joint head stock
  • Abalone "Keystone" position inlays
  • Mahogany neck
  • Oiled neck finish
  • H/H pickup configuration
  • Passive Desolation bridge pickup
  • Passive Desolation neck pickup
  • 3-position toggle pickup switching
  • Charvel stop tailpiece
  • Case sold separately

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Desolation Single Cutaway 3 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 3 Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Affordable beater for practicing

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from San Francisco

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    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 3 Electric Guitar:

      The guitar is lightweight. The neck profile feels like c-shaped, but not thick, though I thought the space in between strings were narrow for me. I guess I'm comfortable with wider radius neck profile. I feel a little trapped in between the strings when I do alternate picking so I have to adjust the angle of my picking hand to compensate for it. The action was set up perfectly so I didn't have to do any height adjustment.

      The stock pickups are pretty weak and somewhat muddy, that I have to really dig the pick to hear that significant "pop" on the pick on the string. Plenty of sustain though. I Back off the bass and add more mids to my amp so it can cut through the mix in a band situation.

      I have a single-channel Marshall clone and I couldn't get a cleaner tone using the guitar's volume. It sounded muffled.

      Overall, it is an "ok" beater guitar for a price.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Purchase!

      By 

      from Davie, FL

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fantastic Customer Serv
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Quality Instrument
      • Quick delivery
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Jack Loose
      • Replaced Wbetter One

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Positiv Comment On Sound
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 3 Electric Guitar:

      I am very happy with this purchase. As always "Musician's Friend" came through! Although I've never played this guitar before the purchase, I read reviews and were all good. The nut on the jack was loose and came off when I unplugged the guitar cord, but I replaced it with a better one. All is ok now!
      People have commented on how good the guitar sounds.
      Got me a good guitar for a great price!

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      4.0

      Great Guitar...Horrible tuning machines.

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      from Nashville, TN

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 3 Electric Guitar:

        This is a wonderful guitar and would get 5 stars if not for the fact that the picture clearly shows the guitar with grover type tuners. The ones they came with were pot metal and were covered in black nickel. I had to switch them out for Sperzels with a greater tuning ratio for it to stay in tune. The pickups sound great, effortless to play, didn't even have to adjust the intonation. Although, I felt I was ripped off on the tuners. Something should be done about that photo.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worth every penny...!

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        from Cucamanga, CA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Tuning head not perfect

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 3 Electric Guitar:

        This was my first guitar purchased online...I was very hesitant & sceptical, but once I received it all was good. I love this guitar...great tone, fretboard, and playability, not to mention gorgeous. I got the red one and looks great. One of the tuning machine heads is not perfect and the strings it came with are the worst. Once I changed the strings and set intonation it was great for jazz and heavy rock. Would recommend to beginners and experienced players.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Bang for the buck

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        from Cranbrook, B.C., Canada.

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 3 Electric Guitar:

        No regrets, I love this instrument .
        Passive Pickups, a very light weight mahogany body and fast neck make this really easy to play . I changed out the strings, tightened the tuners and set the intonation with no problems . Yeah, the tuning pegs were a bit lose . No biggy . Frets are all jumbo, all nicely trimmed on the board .
        I plugged this into my Orange 20LDX amp and started to run through all the efx. Really nice clean tones , and down n dirty tones with the gain and over drive kicked up . I have been shopping around for awhile and for what you get , you can't go wrong here . Its a Charvel , and the reputation is well deserved .
        Very good quality and finish on this . I bought it "gently used " from here ...looked like it came new out of the box! Everything is tight , pots are good, and it sounds great . Sustain on this is unreal .
        I almost feel guilty to get as good a sound out of this for what I paid for it . Some would call this a beginners guitar , but aside from the other models having EMG or Seymour Duncan pups and a Floyd Rose, its all the same . The ST-1 has a neck through design . If I wanted I could change out a few things but as it sits, why ? High out put passive pickups , great tones , sweet action out of the box for the most part ...hard to be disappointed with this . Its a keeper .

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        axxn's guitar review

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        from ne.

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 3 Electric Guitar:

        best guitar for the money
        this makes the second charvel i have owned. the first was back in the 80's the ds-3 is one of the
        finest playing guitars i have played in a long time. i play strat's prs lespauls takamine. this
        guitar stands right next to all of them. the tone quality is great for any type of music you try to
        give it.has a lightning fast neck and at the same time it light weight. charvel has stepped up to the plate and deliverd. i have played music for over 30 year's. i wont give a good guitar review unless i am very impressed and i am. try this guitar out for the price you cant go wrong.

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        (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pretty nice for the price

        By 

        from Northeast Ohio

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Single Cutaway 3 Electric Guitar:

        I've been wanting "24 frets and a couple of humbuckers" for awhile. Given the manufacturer and model, I was expecting hotter pickups, more of a shred monster if you will. The DS-1 has blackouts, and the DS-3 has Charvel passive humbuckers. As I mentioned above, the neck pickup is warm, round and responsive. The bridge pup I would have liked to be meatier. I adjusted it closer to the strings and it has helped somewhat. This thing loves lotsa crunch and absolutely adores pedals.

        The neck is thin, but not "wizard" thin. My main rig is a '69 Thinline Tele with 71/4" neck radius, so the 12" fretboard on this seems really flat. But it is also really fast. The upper frets are easy to get to, and it came well setup out of the box.

        What I would like to see is more information on this model on the company's website, including setup information, pickup specs, etc. like their parent company, Fender, does.
        Pretty straightforward - mahogany body and neck, 24 frets and a couple of passive humbuckers, with standard electronics.
        Physical balance is outstanding, fit and finish pretty first-rate. Some reviewers are put off by the finish on the neck, which could be a little smoother. I prefer satin-finished necks, however, and over time with lemon oil and wear it will smooth out nicely. I felt that the neck pickup could have higher output to better balance it with the neck pup, which is delightfully warm and full - think PAFish.
        For a the price this thing is hard to beat.

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