#1
Charvel Desolation Star. i paid $300 from MF on a stupid deal last week. i guess they are normal sales (not list) price is like $650 IIRC. EMG 81/85 set single volume knob and a three way switch. neck thru construction.

out of the box it was setup decently well after tuning which is odd. i restrung it with 11's and its overall a nice guitar. pickup height and intonarion are spot on, i just needed to adjust the truss rod about 1/4 turn after the restring with the 11's. it also came with locking tuners which is nice and interesting considering it is a hard tail. the only think i don't like is the transition between the painted portion and unpainted neck, its a thick line, and looks like a small gash in the side of the rosewood.

it sounds great, it plays well nice deal.

the closest thing i can compare it to would be either my two jackson dkmg's and the LTD400, 401, and 1000. it is very comparable quality wise to the the EC400 and 1000 (the two i had were extremely similar) it is way nicer than the 401's. i think the jackson dkmgs are pretty comparable with everything, if maybe the jacksons being a little bit better.

i like it. $300 is nothing really and i got something nice to play on. i wanted another guitar with EMG's and was going to load them into an ibby, but i bought this instead. i guess i will have to throw something in the ibby.



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#2
Looks nice.

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#3
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Looks nice.

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thanks!
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#4
HNGD! Pointy explorer-shapes are cool.

i paid $300 from MF on a stupid deal last week. i guess they are normal sales (not list) price is like $650 IIRC.


It seems like the Desolation series just hasn't sold very well. A few months back, Charvel apparently decided to just clean out their warehouse and sold off (to retailers) all their current Desolation stock for half price, which is probably why there are so many crazy deals on them.
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#5
Nice axe man. 80s as shit.
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Do you have an issue with setting the action on these guitars? In numerous occasions, there have been examples of Desolations were the neck angle of the guitar isn't steep enough to get the action as low as it should be, as the TOM bottoms out on the face of the guitar. Its a terrible thing to happen and irreparable without extensive modifications. Best thing to do is to return it in that situation.
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It seems like the Desolation series just hasn't sold very well. A few months back, Charvel apparently decided to just clean out their warehouse and sold off (to retailers) all their current Desolation stock for half price, which is probably why there are so many crazy deals on them.

Makes sense since so many of the desolation models from last year are no longer in the 2015 lineup.
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#8
Very nice. HNGD
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#9
Those body styles are all fun and games until someone gets their eye out out! And don't run in the house with that!

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#11
I've always wanted a Star, but I want a bolt-on one with a Strat-neck and a Fender-style trem. I'm hoping FMIC will make one in Ensenada soon.
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#12
Excellent

I've heard that about the paint line on the necks. Other than that it sounds pretty sweet for $300 if it's comparable to a LTD 1000 series
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Do you have an issue with setting the action on these guitars? In numerous occasions, there have been examples of Desolations were the neck angle of the guitar isn't steep enough to get the action as low as it should be, as the TOM bottoms out on the face of the guitar. Its a terrible thing to happen and irreparable without extensive modifications. Best thing to do is to return it in that situation.

Makes sense since so many of the desolation models from last year are no longer in the 2015 lineup.


no issues with the action. if the time comes i would pull the studs and countersink the brifge. it would jack it up but at least it would be playable. it seems to have a typical spot though, maybe that isn't on all of them. i had a friend with a dean that happened to and

that is probably why they are blowing them out. but i am still happy with it.
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#14
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Excellent

I've heard that about the paint line on the necks. Other than that it sounds pretty sweet for $300 if it's comparable to a LTD 1000 series


that paint line does bug me though.
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#16
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#17
i was looking into it further with the bridge being potentially too low, it has just as much room to lower the action than some of my other guitars. for example, my strat has just as much room until the saddles bottom out as the.

after further playing, it plays great, but it doesn't exactly feel as nice as an EC1000 would, but certainly better than the 400 and 401.

if they are still available for that price you might get surprised if you nab one up.
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#18
wish i would have seen it before i ordered the viper 400 ha.
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#19
Happy NGD congrats on the stupid low price!

The guitar looks really bitchin the Charvel Star takes me back to the 80's! The fret markers look pretty badass.
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#20
Grats man, that's awesome.
and looks like a small gash in the side of the rosewood
You mean mahogany?
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#21
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Grats man, that's awesome.
You mean mahogany?


no. actually the side of the fretboard. but i can't complain.
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#22
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Happy NGD congrats on the stupid low price!

The guitar looks really bitchin the Charvel Star takes me back to the 80's! The fret markers look pretty badass.


thanks! i love the inlays, really nice up close too. clean work.
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#23
no. actually the side of the fretboard

Ah right, bummer. And the Stars are maple necks too iirc, not mahogany like some of the others - can't view imgs at work

Looks like the deal continues http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/charvel-desolation-dst-1-st-star-electric-guitar Pity they won't ship new to Australia, or I'd be all over that like a fat kid on a cupcake.

EDIT: Damn! Even the hardtail Soloist is up for $350. Sheesh ..
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