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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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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.