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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
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (9)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (11)
    • Practicing (10)
    • Recording (8)
    • Rock concerts (7)
    • Small venues (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Novice (3)

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    4.0

    Best Deal Of the Day I've Picked Up

    By Hutch

    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 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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