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Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar   

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The Desolation Skatecaster SK-3 ST is a modernized take on the highly distinctive Charvel Surfcaster of the early 1990s, with a solid mahogany body a...Read More

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An entirely new design for Charvel with mahogany woods and passive pickups.

The Desolation Skatecaster SK-3 ST is a modernized take on the highly distinctive Charvel Surfcaster of the early 1990s, with a solid mahogany body and bolt-on mahogany neck. Features include a compound radius (12"-16") Indian rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and pearloid "keystone" inlays, pearloid body and headstock binding, dual Charvel passive 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).

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-3
  • Mahogany body
  • Dot position inlays
  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • Oiled neck finish
  • H/H pickup configuration
  • Passive Desolation bridge pickup
  • Passive Desolation 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 3 Electric Guitar

  • 24 jumbo frets
  • 16" neck radius
  • 1.65" nut width
  • 25.5" scale length
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CharvelDesolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good pick up (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very happy with this guitar

Honestly, every time I logged on to musicians friend, i saw this guitar and always over looked it. One day this guitar was onsale a third of the normal price. So I figured...Read complete review

Honestly, every time I logged on to musicians friend, i saw this guitar and always over looked it. One day this guitar was onsale a third of the normal price. So I figured why not? Compound radius, Jaguar styled body, All mahogany (besides rosewood fingerboard), and nice pearliod inlays; I'm sold. When I recieved this guitar in the mail, I could not believe the guitar I was holding, the guitar had such a beautiful top, (Red trans finish) the picture really doesn't do this guitar justice. The pickups are pretty hot for being stock, I was almost sure I was going to upgrade them to seymour duncans the moment I got it but I think it can wait. I get a very nice tone out of them that suits my style (thrash metal and classic hard rock). The neck is one of the best fetures, a compound radius and action so low you can just shred for hours without a problem. Not only that an amazing bridge designed specifically for compound radius' necks. the only complaint I have is that in standard E tuning the g string tends to go out of tune (only slighty but noticable). But in standard Eb, it stays in tune for litterally days (with at least a half hour of playing time a day) Over all, this guitar is one of the best I own.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worst Photo ever

They really should change this Photo. The Photographer was not a guitar player 'Obviously', to let this one slide by.

Look at where the neck meets the...Read complete review

They really should change this Photo. The Photographer was not a guitar player 'Obviously', to let this one slide by.

Look at where the neck meets the body,it is so far out of allignment it is disturbing to even look at,and promotes a negative on view.

This does not say this is a bad guitar I missed the xmas sale by minutes for 99clams ,that was an amzing deal.

I wanted to get one for my bro. So he got a Tuner instead, sorry Bro. "ship happens"

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5.0

Very happy with this guitar

By 

from Maine

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Amazing Craftsmanship
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Killer Looks
  • Low action
  • Solid Electronics
  • Stays in tune

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

    Honestly, every time I logged on to musicians friend, i saw this guitar and always over looked it. One day this guitar was onsale a third of the normal price. So I figured why not? Compound radius, Jaguar styled body, All mahogany (besides rosewood fingerboard), and nice pearliod inlays; I'm sold. When I recieved this guitar in the mail, I could not believe the guitar I was holding, the guitar had such a beautiful top, (Red trans finish) the picture really doesn't do this guitar justice. The pickups are pretty hot for being stock, I was almost sure I was going to upgrade them to seymour duncans the moment I got it but I think it can wait. I get a very nice tone out of them that suits my style (thrash metal and classic hard rock). The neck is one of the best fetures, a compound radius and action so low you can just shred for hours without a problem. Not only that an amazing bridge designed specifically for compound radius' necks. the only complaint I have is that in standard E tuning the g string tends to go out of tune (only slighty but noticable). But in standard Eb, it stays in tune for litterally days (with at least a half hour of playing time a day) Over all, this guitar is one of the best I own.

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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Worst Photo ever

    Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

    They really should change this Photo. The Photographer was not a guitar player 'Obviously', to let this one slide by.

    Look at where the neck meets the body,it is so far out of allignment it is disturbing to even look at,and promotes a negative on view.

    This does not say this is a bad guitar I missed the xmas sale by minutes for 99clams ,that was an amzing deal.

    I wanted to get one for my bro. So he got a Tuner instead, sorry Bro. "ship happens"

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    5.0

    kool gui-tar!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By 

    from Dallas GA

    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
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

      Very well made great for country rock guitar.picking ...played it before buying....... I had 3 reps descend on me after some finger picking on it and wanted to know what I was playing....this guitar has good stock pups......I played thru clean used marshall solid stae tube preamp valvestate15 watt..so amp was a lower end model but has a good volume and timber ..hence the reps saying it had a great sound...this guitar will surprise you with a gretsch type sound....get one....kool guit--ar!!!!!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Best Deal Of the Day I've Picked Up

      By 

      from Lansing, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • School Bands

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

        WOW!! This is the 2nd Charvel I picked up on a Stupid Deal.... It certainly wasn't a stupid deal for me! Best "New" "on sale" electric guitar I've owned.
        At the price they had it at... I should have picked up 3

        Ya can't complain about anything with the deal they had.
        Pick one up if available. Easy to play, looks good, and my student loves it (She took it over as soon as she saw it)

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        5.0

        The best to deal with anywhere great

        By 

        from tampa fla

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

          Great action super nice guitar sounds amazing . Great customer service. Just super guys and so much help. I'll be back you should try them out too..
          you won't be disappointed.
          thanks guys for a great deal

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          5.0

          Just Beautiful

          By 

          from Southern Alabama

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

            Fit and finish are remarkable, I've not seen too many guitars this pretty... It's comfortable to play, and sounded great right out of the box. There's nothing to figure out... it just has a volume knob, and that's it! Plugged into a tube amp, it just gives you back what you put in. Simple, comfortable, and beautiful. Highly recommended!

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            4.0

            Charvel delivers again

            By 

            from Thunder Bay

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fast Smooth Neck
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Well Dressed Frets

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

            I gave 4 because I did not like the stock pickups. The review is for the guitar as a whole and the only dislike was the pu's.

            The neck felt like all the other Desolation 1 Pro series Charvels I bought from M.F even though this Desolation was 3 series. If you had a chance to try the Charvel lightly oiled slim neck profile you will feel at home with this series. Mine is the Trans Red I got for the Stupid Deal and what a deal it was. Worth every penny.

            The pickups sound okay in a Line6 type amp but FAIL when i plugged it into an all tube amp. An all tube amp will expose all the generic pickups which is nothing new. The guitar is of quality so if you just swap out your pickups with some brand name ones this gem will sing.

            The guitars stays in tune thanks to the locking tuners. This guitar for me was a no brainer, especially because I got mine as the SDOTD.

            Even at regular price this guitar quality and feel is better then most guitars in it's price range.

            I've been playing guitar for 3 years now and in no way do I consider myself a pro so my view is just that my point of view. I own 4 Charvels, Fender Strat, few Epiphones, Jackson, BC rich, few Dean's, ESP LTD, and some off name brands not worth a mention. Bottom line for me, if it feels good and plays good and at a decent price range I will most likely buy it.

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            5.0

            Outstanding value!

            By 

            from Springfield, MO

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

              Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

              My only regret of this purchase is that I did not buy two of these fine guitars. The finish is beautiful and perfect. The craftsmanship is stellar. The hardware is quality. The neck is straight and comfortable. I prefer single coils but these pickups have a wonderfully clear and full sound. I could not be happier.

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              5.0

              skatecaster-best deal ever

              By 

              from central ca.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • All Good
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Maybe Replace Bridge Pup

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Locking Tuners-binding-
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

              every great-only thing may be replace bridge pup-neck is great-all good

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              4.0

              Killer Machine \m/

              By 

              from Puerto Rico

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

              Need new strings

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