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Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar Flat Black 

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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.

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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
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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    (3)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (10)
    • Practicing (9)
    • Recording (8)
    • Rock concerts (7)
    • Small venues (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Novice (3)

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    5.0

    The best to deal with anywhere great

    By christaichi1959

    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 Grumpy

      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 Old School

        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 Tberg

        from Springfield, MO

        About Me Experienced

        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 dearl

          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 Arjmathork(Black Imperium)

          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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          5.0

          Love The Guitar!

          By Guitarfan

          from Old Bethpage, NY

          About Me Novice

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fantastic Deal At Mf
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

            Fantastic deal at MF. great quality guitar. Lightening fast delivery!

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            5.0

            AWESOME QUALITY GUITAR

            By S.D.O.T.D. Lover!

            from Alabama

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

            I picked this beautiful trans red guitar at clearance pricing on an impulse buy and was pleasantly surprised. I'm always a little skeptical buying inexpensive guitars, however, its quality is excellent, the pickups are comparable with mid range guitars & the neck is fast like Ibanez guitars. It did have some fret buzz when it arrived, but a few minor adjustments and that did the trick. This is my second Skatecaster (SK-1 Blue Smear) and I'm very pleased with Charvel's quality and workmanship. In my opinion Charvels are way under rated. It's a great axe to play and puts out some great sounds!

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            5.0

            Amazing

            By jeanaben007

            from roanoke va

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • 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:

              For what I paid pre blackfriday couldn't go wrong all around great guitar Hats off to musicians friend

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              5.0

              good guitar

              By loves sound

              from cali

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster 3 Electric Guitar:

                    i have owned and played dozens of guitars, after a quick 'set up' (all i had to do was lower the bridge a little and intonate correctly) upon arrival and now playing with it for a few days i can say its a GREAT guitar, amazing for C note (got mine 'red' on sale) neck is wider but thinner then most guitars, like a 'fast' acoustic guitar neck... its odd but i like it, better for peeps with long fingers.pickups are good i can get almost any tone / sound i want, from clean to metal. its not a heavy guitar... its new but i can see it getting played a lot at my house even when its familiar, i like the way it feels... start necks feel a little cramped in comparison, i like the extra room on the fretboard, cutaway / design is good, its easy to get a long way up the fretboard...

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