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Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

An entirely new design for Charvel with mahogany woods, EMG pickups, and locking tremolo.

The Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR 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), Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, black nickel hardware, three-on-a-side Charvel tuners, and solid and trans finishes (flame maple veneer on trans finishes) with matching headstocks. Available in Flat Black and Trans Black.

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.

FEATURES
  • 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
  • Recessed Floyd Rose FRT-O2000 double-locking tremolo
  • Floyd Rose original locking nut

Get great playability and massive tone with this fresh-looking guitar. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR Electric Guitar

  • 24 jumbo frets
  • 12" to 16" compound neck radius
  • 1.65" nut width
  • 25.5" scale length
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CharvelDesolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (10)
    • Practicing (10)
    • Recording (8)
    • Rock concerts (7)
    • Small venues (5)
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    4.0

    Great Value

    By Trezured002

    from Dallas, Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Floyd Rose Pickup
    • Intonation Up The Neck
    • Staying in Tune

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR Electric Guitar:

    The Floyd Rose tuning system definitely takes some getting used to. It is precise, but goes out of tune often.

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    5.0

    What a surprise !!!

    By Joe72

    from San jose, ca

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR Electric Guitar:

      A very nice surprise from this guitar. I didnt expect from a guitar under 500 to be that good.
      Very comfortable neck, high quality built, sounds great with Active EMGs and overall feels great.
      I dont see any cons at this point.expect a heavey tone and you wont be disspaointed from this axe.

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      5.0

      Great sounding well built guitar

      By Fonzie

      from Seattle

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR Electric Guitar:

        I bought this on a closeout special the price for what I got was probably the best deal I have ever gotten on a guitar.The Floyd rose and the pickups alone are worth as much or more than what I paid for the guitar.

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        5.0

        Pretty Guitar ,quality build,

        By 7 Strats

        from Milwaukee,Wisconsin

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar to add Active pic-ups and Floyd Rose guitar to my collection. I found the EMG pic-ups offer a wide range of tone and I am having fun playing with them . The guitar is a real gem and is well crafted. Love the feel of the neck. For what I paid, this was a steal of a deal.

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          5.0

          Great Guitar!!!!

          By Paulm

          from Baltimore, md

          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 SK-1 FR Electric Guitar:

            Easy guitar to like. Made with tone woods, and good hardware, with a good setup out of the box. the best made in China guitar you will find.

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            5.0

            Charvel SkateCaster SK-1 FR - MUST HAVE

            By Chip Gregory

            from Midlothian VA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Plays like a dream
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Limited colors

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR Electric Guitar:

            Best guitar, by far, for the price and value. Plus it looks good, plays awesome, is very well balanced and ROCKS!

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            4.0

            So worth the $$ (Stupid-deal-of the day)

            By Mockingbirdave

            from Miami

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Great Pick-ups
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Made in China

            Best Uses

            • Impressing The Masses

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR Electric Guitar:

            First off,... I play Heavy Rock/Metal, been playing over 10 years, I've owned a lot of "well made" guitars (I'm not a kid with his first guitar), that being said...
            Dig this guitar... I've only had it 2 weeks, but I have played the heck out of it.
            Plays great, Sounds great, Feels great (love the unfinished "oiled" neck)- where the paint meets the neck, it's not real smooth, but that doesn't bug me!
            The EMG's are sweet, (I have them in all my guitars) The Sustain on the guitar is awesome, actually better than my ESP/LTD M-1000 (a guitar costing twice as much) The Floyd stays in tune well (and I USE the Floyd for full dives)...
            I got the Flat Black one, No abalone binding (which I like), wish they used Basic "dots" on the fret board (again, not into abalone so much)...
            This is my first Quality "made in China" guitar, very surprised, well made (al my other guitars are made in Korea or Japan)... This guitar has changed my mind about Chinese guitars (good job Charvel) (my MIJ San Dimas is a little nicer, but was a lot more expensive)

            If you want to hear it? I recorded "Fly Away" with it, check it out hear >>>
            http://www.reverbnation.com/frownclownsmile?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav

            Did I mention, I dig the body shape? \,,/ () \,,/

            ♫ ♫ ♫

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My 2nd Charvel

            By RMJSTUDIO

            from Washington DC

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Tech Issue

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR Electric Guitar:

            Pro's
            Just an amazing finish basicly a custom shop guitar for a give away price. With the clearance sale.

            Con's
            they don't know how to set up a floyd properly,
            no big deal
            I did have to remove the rear cover and adjust the spring tension to keep proper string height with proper tuning. If you don't know how, take it to a guitar tech, it takes about 3-5 minutes.
            TECH TIP!
            you can raise or lower the action with the rear springs, just loosen or tighten the 2 screws holding the springs in place.

            After thoughts
            I bought the DC-2 in SDOTD, for 2 Franklins
            I was blowen away, I waited for one with a Floyd to go on sale, Picked it up for 2.5 Franklins, 2 weeks later.
            I am even more amazed, the EMG's are a step up from the Charvel active pickups,this beast almost has too much sustain I find myself muting it.
            I have a new favorite Guitar, selling 2 from my collection now!

            For the Clearance price I payed , this guitar is almost a give away! I am just stunned and amazed getting a 900$ almost custom shop guitar for 2.5 Franklins

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            flying under the radar

            By part time strummer

            from Thousand Oaks, CA.

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            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 SK-1 FR Electric Guitar:

              I wanted a guitar that had a bit more bite than what I already have. And this one sure fits the bill. It has a great sound all the way up to the 24th fret. I never owned an EMG fitted guitar, so on that I will wait and see. Very smooth neck and frets and the body style is a very contoured fit. I played this several times but yet to up the volume to really hear it. Not many reviews, so that's why I wrote "under the radar". Plays very sweet and more importantly, stays in tune. One thing to know is that there isn't a tone knob. But that hasn't stopped me from cranking it up. Bottom line, I like it. But play one before you commit.

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              5.0

              Nice player

              By scredly

              from Rhode Island

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR Electric Guitar:

                I purchased on Stupid Deal so I couldn't be happier. Mine is flat black. Neck through. Active EMG's. Set-up was decent out of the box - but I still sent it out for a set-up with my tech - it only got better (strung with 9's). Finish fine. No ragged fret ends. I like the neck scale and compound radius. Love the unfinished neck. I don't have a problem with the paint line where neck meets body. Great access to 24th fret. Has FRT01000 Floyd. This is the same materials/build as an OFR but made in Asia (by Ping?) instead of in Germany by Schaller. Trem feels great. I was wary of EMG's without a tone knob but I have to say they sound pretty balanced to me compared to the passive Evo2's I have in the bridge of all my Ibanez guitars. Body shape is cool. I almost bought a Surfcaster back in the day. Very pleased with this instrument.

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