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Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar Trans Black 

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Overview
  • Model Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 ST
  • Mahogany body
  • Through-body fast neck with tilt-back scarf joint head stock
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $869.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $220.00
  • Your Price:
    $64999

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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.

      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.

       

      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
       
      4.6

      (based on 11 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (7)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 3 Stars

         

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      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Fun to play (9)
      • Good tone (9)
      • Good feel (8)
      • Good pick up (8)
      • Solid electronics (8)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming (9)
        • Practicing (9)
        • Recording (8)
        • Rock concerts (7)
        • Small venues (4)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

        Reviewed by 11 customers

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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

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              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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              4.0

              UNREAL VALUE

              By NICKLEFRET

              from NH

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fast neck
              • Good Hardware
              • Great looking
              • Lot Of Guitar 4 Little

              Cons

              • Minor Quality Issues

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

              I PICKED THIS UP ON A STUPID DEAL,,,,,THIS WAS TRULY A BARGAIN,,,I NOW HAVE A SOLID METAL GUITAR IN MY QUIVER,,,MUSICIANS FRIEND HAS SOME UNREAL DEALS

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              5.0

              So glad I bought this. I love it.

              By bluenull

              from Orlando

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Good value
              • Great Action
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

                I saw this guitar during one of the stupid deals and really liked the way it looked. It had the same basic shape as my jaguar but with nicer details. I remembered likely Charvel from my teenage years, but hadn't played one in forever. It was a good deal so I took a chance. I was so surprised by how much I loved this guitar. Its now one of my favorites. I was a little worried about only having a volume control and a pickup switch, but its like they found the perfect tone and then removed the knobs. It sounds great. I love the sound of the EMGs. I has a warm darker tone.I love the neck on this guitar. Not sure the type of wood or finish, but my hands just glide up and down the neck. It has the lowest action of any guitar I have ever played and I currently have 23 (mostly neck through body). I am thinking about picking up another one so I can have 2nd with a drop tunning. I really

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                5.0

                I love this Axe so much I bought another

                By In His Service

                from USA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar was set up very low right out of the box just the way I like it. I had to fix the intonation on a couple of strings but that's normal. Very satisfied with it. Wish it wasn't Chinese but most things are nowadays.

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                  4.0

                  Great Guitar - Great Tone - Great Price

                  By Musicman971997

                  from California

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Control
                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 1 Electric Guitar:

                  As others have stated - The EMG pickups have incredible tone, some of the very best I have played. The guitar has sustain for days, and that makes it a lot of fun to play. The controls are minimal, but a decent amp gives you all the control you should ever need to enjoy the guitar. I bought two on a "SDOTD" and they were a bargain at the sale price. A raging bargain... First one I unpacked had a great finish, but scuffs on the neck they didn't polish out and/or seal the finish. A little lemon oil and a rub, and it was good to play. The second had finish blems, and a really ugly sappy fret board with streaks in the finish. Musician's Friend sent me a replacement, and that one had a stripped input jack, but it was easy enough to replace it. Bottom Line: Quality control is iffy at best, but these are great guitars for the price you pay, and Musician's Friend customer service is the best there is.

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                  4.0

                  Good for Metal

                  By Guitar Critic

                  from Los Angeles, California

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                  Ask me a question

                  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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