Are you looking for a fun, cheap, GREAT guitar?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by clmazza, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. clmazza

    clmazza Supporting Member

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    Well... look no further. The Charvel Desolation Star is worth every penny :). Many Thanks to my buddy Wayne for turning me on to these. ;)

    I have a bunch of guitars (mostly USA made, custom shop, small luthier built) but have always been intrigued by the "cheapos". This CHINESE made Charvel delivers in spades.... how can they produce a guitar of this quality and make money?! Who cares, right? LOL

    So here she is.... Not a flaw on this puppy with the exception of some glue that had transferred from the box to the horn. I cleaned that up with some polish and it's perfect... in every way.

    The pickups alone are worth the price of admission...EMG 81/85's. The guitar looks like it was dipped in glass... albeit, a bit thick on the finish (more on that later). It's a neck thru with excellent fret work... I mean, not a fret file chatter mark on the frets or the fret board. My R9 had chatter marks on the fret board.... Argh! Not one high or low fret and the fret ends were finished extremely well. Binding, purfling and all hardware is excellent. Even the pot is decent and usable without and scratchiness. Bridge posts and stop tail are well anchored and screwed in evenly.

    The only quirks.... the transition of the finish from the back of the guitar to the bare maple neck has a ridge to it. The finish is so thick... you can actually see it here. I'll knock that down with some sandpaper and it will be perfect. The only other issue (and it's not that bad)... it has a plastic nut. However, it is cut well and does not effect playing ... at all! There's a bit of filler where the inlays were set... but again, very minimal and I've seen more on high-end USA guitars.

    So there you have it... I'm thoroughly impressed. :) This will be a fun guitar to play out...

    Cheers!



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  2. omfg51

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    These new Charvels are pretty impressive, and very good looking too.
     
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    That looks a lot better than the EVH Star announced recently
     
  5. Custom50

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    I think that looks great.
     
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    Reading this thread just cost me $299, the price of one of these bad boys on MF today new an delivered.
     
  7. redgold

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    Cool looker, congrats! How does it balance on the lap and with a strap?
     
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    The Charvel Desolation series is very under-rated. I picked one up last year and I absolutely love it. Mine had the thick finish as well, with a definite ridge where the neck meets the body, but I've never noticed it while playing. The matte neck is what sold me - it feels very smooth and not 'sticky' like some others I have tried.
     
  9. clmazza

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    That's where at got mine at the same price ;). It's a No brainier! I hope yours is as nice as this one... Cheers!
     
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    It balances really well... No neck dive and it weighs 8.1 lbs. very nice!
     
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    I have one of the $99 Desolations and man I can not tell you how fun this little guitar is! I thought about pulling the trigger on the stupid deal of the day but. It looks like a tiny Les Paul!
     
  12. Polyester

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    Damn, $299 for that? That's a steal.
     
  13. DustyRhodesJr

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    I agree about the Charvel imports.

    Best Chinese guitar I have ever played at anywhere near the price
    point.
     
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    If musiciansfriend shipped those to Canada and they were the same price I would have bought one for sure.
     
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    Does it fit in a standard gig bag?
     
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    Thanks...very tempting...
     
  17. clmazza

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    I just checked and it appears to be a bit long for the ones I have.... dang.
     
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    Almost got one on a SDOTD.

    But...I...Just...dont...need...another...guitar.
     
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    It just fits into the Charvel Star Gig bag. I already installed an FU-Tone in mine.
     
  20. DustyRhodesJr

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    Just today a local shop told me that Charvel is getting ready to
    blow out the star guitars, like they did on some other models
    months back.

    He didnt know how much, but thinks there may be some good
    deals.
     

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