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Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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Product# H77161
OVERVIEW

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.

Case sold separately.

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.

SPECIFICATIONS

Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar

  • 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
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good pick up (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (13)
    • Practicing (13)
    • Recording (11)
    • Rock concerts (9)
    • Small venues (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

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    5.0

    great purchase!

    By nealmay

    from Woodbury, MN

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

        I own a Charvel Surfcaster and when I saw a deal on this distant cousin, I had to get it.

        The guitar looks incredible right out of the box. I did have to make a few minor adjustments: raised the bridge slightly to minimize fret buzz and some slight adjustments for intonation.

        The guitar is bright and loud. The pick-ups can clean up but the EMGs are made to roar and that they do. The neck feel is interesting since it is oiled. It almost feels unfinished and strange on the first play, but over time it feels smoother and rather natural.

        I know Charvel is discontinuing this (and similar) guitars, but if you can get your hands on one (and it is what you are looking for) I would recommend you do so.

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        4.0

        good guitar at a great price.

        By BryanC

        from Columbia, SC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

          I purchased this guitar as a gift for my dad. It has some nice features- the neck is small similar to the Ibanez Wizard neck, the frets are pretty large, and it uses active pickups, which I figured wouldn't be too big of an issue.

          Right out of the box, it needed a set-up. I set it up myself and got it playing better, and gave it to my dad shortly after that.

          It has a compound radius fretboard, ranging from 10" near the nut and 16" towards the highest frets. I'm personally not a fan but I recommend playing it yourself to see what you prefer.

          I play it from time to time, even though i'm a lefty. I think the active pickups are really best suited for metal or any other genre that uses a lot of gain. Because of the mahogany body and Tune-o-matic bridge It has a pronounced midrange acoustically, and it also has a pronounced midrange bump when played through an amp. I've since lowered the pickups slightly and it has helped.

          Overall its a great guitar for the price (it was on sale) and provided that it is set up well and maintained regularly, it is an excellent deal for the beginner to intermediate player.

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          4.0

          killer value

          By NICKLEFRET

          from NH

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          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Smokin Pickups
          • Stays in tune
          • Very fast neck

          Cons

          • Minor Quality Issues

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues
          • Unreal Value

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

          the best deal I ever got on a metal axe,,got it on the stupid deal thing

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          5.0

          Fantastic Rock/Metal Guitar

          By surfgroove

          from Ponte Vedra, Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • Sustain for days

          Cons

          • Wish I'd Bought Two

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

          I've wanted a Charvel Desolation for a year or two, so when this Skatecaster came up on SDOTD I didn't hesitate. I initially was considering the FR equipped DC-1 or DS-1, but the Skatecaster sounded so great on Rob Chapman's web review that I figured it was meant to be. The playability of the neck is fantastic. It's wide and thin in unfinished mahogany (that goes all the way through the body). Between the guitars tonewood sustain and the EMGs drive, it sounds fantastic. The body isn't the most attractive shape, sort of Jaguar-ish I guess, but it's comfortable to play even while sitting. The guitars finish is well done, and the abalone binding gives some class to it as well. The guitar STAYS in tune better than anything else I have that doesn't have a locking trem. I'd have been thrilled with the guitar even if I'd payed twice what I did. If you don't check Musician's Friend stupid deal of the day every day you are truly missing out. Don't be ummmm, stupid.

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          5.0

          A Solid Guitar

          By maxrat567

          from Saginaw, MI

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy to play
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Metal Guitar
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • A Bit Heavy
          • No Tone Knob For Control

          Best Uses

          • Anything Metalhardcore
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar on a whim, and after reading many reviews of it, I had mixed feelings about the guitar. I decided that once I got it, I would play around with it and either keep it or sell it. The day I got it, I plugged it in and played around for about 5 minutes. I almost tried to buy another one. I play primarily metal/hardcore (Anywhere from Slipknot to Veil Of Maya). This guitar fits that bill perfectly. It comes packed with EMG 81 and 85 pickups and is made of solid mahogany. The sound I got out of it was incredible. I have a Jackson SLATTXMG-6 Soloist with the same pickups. I compared them both side by side and found that the Charvel had a better tone and was a little more defined. (Now, my Jackson is still a great guitar, and is a little easier to play, but it wasn't too much of a difference). Overall, if you like metal/hardcore music and are looking for a reliable, easy to play guitar for recording, jamming, practicing, or gigging, then this is the guitar for you. I recommend that every guitarist who plays this genre have at least one Charvel in their line-up, specifically this model. 10/10, hands down.

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          5.0

          NICE GUITAR!

          By S.D.O.T.D. Lover!

          from Decatur, Alabama

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Beautiful Guitar
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

          I purchased the Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 on the Stupid Deal of the Day (they dang near gave it to me!) a couple of weeks ago not really knowing what to expect. This is my first Charvel and upon opening the box I was pleasantly surprised! None of the pics did the Blue Smear color justice.

          Out of the box the setup needed a slight adjustment to remedy fret buzz. This is my first "active" pickup guitar and is a great guitar for metal or hard rock, however, it does lack clarity and crispness that I've been accustomed to with my LP's. It's not your best choice if you play a lot of clean rhythm guitar. It also has poor pickup at lower volume levels (apparently common with active pups). I will say that the more I've played it the more I like it!

          The looks, quality, and workmanship is awesome on the Blue Smear. The Abalone "Keystone" position inlays and abalone body and headstock binding are very nice & detailed, the neck is thin & fast (much smaller than the LP's). The locking Charvel tuners keep it in tune very well and make string replacement a breeze. The oiled finished Mahogany neck is a different feel but easy to get used to. This guitar has a classy look and resembles the Fender Jaguar.

          I would definitely recommend this guitar! Thank You MF for the S.D.O.T.D. sales!!!

          It makes a nice addition to my collection with two LP's, 87' Ibanez RG440 Roadstar Series, Rogue (Stratocaster style), and a Takamine acoustic guitar.

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          5.0

          Sweet Guitar!

          By Khobs

          from Cleveland

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

              I got this guitar during the stupid deal of the day. I'm so glad I pulled the trigger on that deal. Out of the box it looked amazing and felt solid when I picked it up. You don't need a tone knob for this guitar because the volume control gives you different tones when you turn it up and down. I've never had a set of EMG pick ups and I'm quite surprised on how versatile they are. I love the sound of mahogany. The neck is mahogany and so is the body. The neck is super fast and smooth. All in all this was a great buy! Buy one!

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              5.0

              Great Axe for the MONEY!!!

              By timleo

              from Kansas City

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gigging
                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

                This guitar is a great purchase at the stupid deal price! This is my 2nd Skatecaster SK1 and overall I think it is incredible for the money. The unfinished neck is great. The paint and flame are awesome. The guitar sounds great with over-driven tones, and OK for cleans. Built quality is good for this price point. I recommend this for anyone wanting a cool-looking and great sounding rock guitar!

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                4.0

                Good deal on a guitar with great specs

                By ElPasoLesStratMan

                from TEXAS

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • No Tone Knob
                • Solid Electronics
                • Thin fast neck

                Cons

                • No Tone Knob
                • Thin Fast Neck

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

                This guitar was a stupid deal of the day for two hundred clams. It is a deal at thrice the price. Hard to believe they can build a guitar with these specs at that price. Neck-through construction, all mahogany body and neck, EMG 81/85 pickups, locking tuners, fully bound neck and body top and abalone inlays over the translucent finish are very high quality and well constructed. Not USA-made quality wood, but good enough for nearly LP sustain and low end. Interestingly, with the 25.5" scale length it still has a little Strat snappiness and responds well to drop tunings. The tone from the EMGs is as expected, even a little hotter without a tone knob, which I don't use much even when it is there. The neck is Ibanez Wizard thin and the body is Tele like in having no belly scarf nor arm contour. The tone is hot, warm and yet biting due to the EMG and mahogany combination. At this price it was a steal and is 75% of a LP and was at 10% of the price of one. That, my fellow players is some good math.

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                5.0

                skatecaster bliss

                By jerry zak

                from michigan

                About Me Novice

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

                changed the strings, and that's it. perfect low action. love a compound radias necj

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