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Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar  

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Overview
  • Model Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 ST
  • Mahogany body
  • Through-body fast neck with tilt-back scarf joint head stock
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An entirely new design from Charvel with mahogany woods and EMG pickups.

The Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 ST is a modernized take on the highly distinctive Charvel Surfcaster of the early 1990s, with a solid mahogany body and neck-through design. Features include a bound mahogany neck, compound radius (12”-16”) Indian rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and abalone “keystone” inlays, abalone body and headstock binding, EMG® 85 (neck) and 81 (bridge) active humbucking pickups with three-way toggle switching, single control knob (volume), 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.

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Features
  • Model Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 ST
  • Mahogany body
  • Through-body fast neck with tilt-back scarf joint head stock
  • Abalone "Keystone" position inlays
  • Mahogany neck
  • Oiled neck finish
  • H/H pickup configuration
  • EMG 81 bridge pickup
  • EMG 85 neck pickup
  • 3-position toggle pickup switching
  • Charvel stop tail bridge
  • Case sold separately

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

 

Desolation Skatecaster 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 Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar
 
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4.0

Good for Metal

By Guitar Critic

from Los Angeles, California

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

    This is a nice guitar for metal. It has great sustain and good output from the EMG pick ups. It came set up right, and I had no issues with fret buzz. The guitar looks nice, and I have not seen any cosmetic flaws. I got the red color and the binding and inlays are more on the darker color and they do not contrast as much with color of the guitar.

    The neck does not have paint or any significant finish. It feels like I finished smooth wood. The neck is not a big issue and it is comfortable.

    The guitar screams for metal. It can drive a tube amp very well with EMG pick ups, but you can not tone down the screams because there is no tone control.

    The guitar stays in tune very well. Overall it is a decent guitar for metal, I would recommend it at a lower price because at the current street price, you can find better guitars compared to this one.

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    5.0

    Monster Sound

    By dude

    from NY

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

    This is my third EMG guitar. I have Schecter Damien Avenger and PRS Paul Allender model. This one fits in between. PRS is more sophisticated, prettier, and more versatile but this Charvel has a better sustain. This is I believe due to both mahogany body and neck. The fretboard is rosewood in Desolation 1 models which is surely better than mahogany in DS2 model. The sustain is absolutely awesome. Make no mistake - this is a metal guitar, the sound is heavy but well defined as the EMG81/85 combination is expected to make since these are the very best metal humbuckers on the market (in my view better than SeyDuns).

    Now the bad things - since the design is following van Hallen's Surfcaster if I am not mistaken they decided to skip the tone knob which is truly silly. Bindings are not exactly attractive either and the whole guitar has rather bland look (mine is flat black). Those are minor issues to me since the sound is the most important to me.

    I dare to say that a metal player will not find better sounding guitar on the market but if you are looking for an instrument with flashy look then this is not it. I am also not a big fan of Floyd Rose and I prefer whammy setup in strats and PRS guitars but to be fair this is 35% cheaper than my PRS and has more sustain so I am keeping them both.

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