#1
I got the Stupid Deal of the Day and got the Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 and can't decide whether to keep it or return it. It regularly sells for $649 and I paid $199. That's what makes the decision hard and wanted some experienced guitarist to weigh in their opinions. I currently have two LP's, 87' Ibanez Roadstar series (RG-440), and a Rogue that was a MF in house brand for a time that's a great guitar. This is my first "active" pickup guitar and I've noticed a lot for differences (muddy, low volume issues, etc.). The Charvel is a beautiful axe, but is it really worth $199?

Any feedback or opinions would be appreciated
#2
Are you playing thru a solid state amp? Generally it isnt recommended to use active p/u with solid state amps.
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#3
I would keep it for now if it were me. If the active pickups are the issue then you can always change them out. Even if that fails to get a good sound you want you can most likely still sell it for profit in the future.
#4
For what you paid, it's more than worth keeping. I loved the ones I played so far, and they seemed pretty solidly built. So even if you change the pickups to some more to your liking, you'll still come out a winner.
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#5
Can't hurt having a 24 fret EMG machine in your collection surely. If you're not convinced after a couple of months, sell the pups and get your money back.
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#6
For $199 that's a steal. You can later sell it for more than what you paid (or worst case same price). Worst case like jmag said, change the pickups and sell the active ones…
#7
The sound issues your hearing might just be the battery needing to be replaced in the actives. That's a great price and if you like the look and playability I'd try swapping a fresh battery and see how it sounds.
#8
Try the battery and if you still have issues try raising the pickups closer to the strings. Actives need to be closer to the strings than passives.
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