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Charvel Desolation Soloist DX-1 FR - Flat Black Reviews

5.0 stars based on 7 customer reviews
  • from Westchester, NY September 24, 2014Music Background:

    WOW buy this guitar!

    I had a USA Jackson Soloist years ago that I sold and I always regretted it. When I saw this on the Sweetwater site I knew I had to try one, especially for the unreal price. I was not disappointed. First of all, these are my first set of EMGs and I love them. Literally gets that "Metallica sound"! This guitar actually feels better than my Jackson did from what I remember. Great weight and balance. The Floyd stays in tune and the pickups offer a wide array of crunch and clean tones. Thanks Paul!!

  • from Somerville, MA September 15, 2014Music Background:

    Meanest Shredder in the House

    The neck and body binding is neither white nor black, it is battleship grey. Since I can't think of any natural substances which are glossy battleship grey, it looks like putty plastic. Just embrace it.

    Wow. It plays better (and with lower action) than my ESP Edwards Pink Alexi Sawtooth neck-through, or my ESP Hanneman Eagle-Inlay neck-through, and it's got about the same action (but a less flat fingerboard and thicker neck) than my late-80's neck-through Japan Charvel. It is absolutely stunning to play. If you put fat wide frets on it, you could set it up like a fretless wonder SG. It's that nice. The wife and I have decided it's probably the nicest metal axe in the house. Quite an achievement for a $400 purchase. If I thought they were going to close the China factories I would definitely get two more for general life principles. It's that nice to play.

    Get the Jackson Soloist case, it fits inside perfectly, and it's a really bad ass case, with excellent thick molded edge protection for actual airline travel.

    This guitar has a metallic high end, like a strat with Hot Rails in the bridge. It's really crisp. The rosewood is beautiful, and the paint line on the neck joint where the bare neck meets the paint, is not as bad as pro reviewers have said. I have some very expensive neck-throughs with bare necks, and I've never seen a neck joint paint seam I can't feel.

    This neck is as pretty as any bare neck I've seen in a neck-through. The guitar was stiff for two days but I've been applying generous lemon oil to the rear of the neck and smaller careful amounts to the fretboard. After three days, the rosewood is much darker, and the guitar is singing a bit better.

    The pickup rings are thin plastic, and the EMG pickups wobble a bit more than I'm used to. But the rings are exactly standard size (everything is just perfect, really) and I'm dropping some black metal pickup rings onto it, and padding the insides of the pickup rings with low foam to keep the pickups solid.

    I can't say enough about this guitar, and I am a worshipper of the vintage Japan neck-through Charvel I gave my wife when I met her. If I spent two grand on an ESP E-II or Edwards M-series, I'd be lucky to get one that plays this nicely. If I spent 3 grand or more on a ESP USA series, there would be no guarantee it would play any better than this axe. It is built about like a $1200 shredder, with one inlay still showing glue edges, and the grey binding very daring. The edge of the fretboard shows excellent fret filing and careful work. I would give it a 10 out of 10 if I could.

    I picked the heaviest one from the showroom pictures, and it happened to have flame maple all along the three-piece neck. Good luck getting a good one! I sure did. Enjoy.

  • from Chanhassen, MN January 28, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist in all styles, gigging rock musician


    This guitar is great! The quality, feel and tonality is amazing. It delivers on what it promises: a fast neck with great pickups and a sweet Floyd Rose system. I highly recommend this guitar. If you are unsure if you should pull the trigger on purchasing the guitar, do it, you will not regret this purchase. Of course, a big thanks to everyone at Sweetwater for their amazing service; as always, thank you.

  • from Richmond, IN November 9, 2012Music Background:

    Charvel Desolation Soloist DX-1 FR

    You won't find more of a guitar at this price anywhere. The factory setup was almost perfect. intonation was off just a tiny bit on a couple strings. You get neck-through, the holy grail of EMG metal pups (81&85 active). To top it off, the sustain is amazing! This guitar is absolutely beautiful. I love the fretboard inlays, they look great. My favorite guitar has always been my Charvel Model 6 that I bought in 1986. Looks like that just changed.

  • from Dunbartin NH USA October 22, 2012Music Background:
    Semi Pro and studio musician.

    Excellent Guitar for the price

    This guitar is worth every penny that you pay for it.I have been playing for longer then many of you reading this have been alive. I've owned every high end guitar thats been made and this guitar is every bit as good as any of them. It came set up perfectly and plays and sounds great. I wouldn't have minded a tone knob but its not a big deal. Being made in China might put some people off but it would be your loss. The finish and the build quality are top notch. Getting neck thru construction and a real Floyd Rose for this price is very hard to find. If your a rocker you can't beat this guitar.

  • from Novato, CA June 4, 2013Music Background:
    Amateur that's been playing a lifetime


    I played this guitar at a local shop, but I prefer to purchase from Sweetwater, as they have fantastic service and provide a fantastic team should anything go amiss. This guitar plays FAST and the active pickups just scream.The FR is stable and doesn't jump out of tune. My Son and I like this axe a lot. It has quickly become our 'Rock" staple.

  • from Baltimore, MD April 23, 2012Music Background:

    Excellent Guitar!

    As an active musician I find this guitar to be one of the best, non-USA/Japanese crafted I have ever played. The neck has the classic Charvel feel, with the added satin finish, its extremely fast. The trem is a Ping shop OFR, which stays in tune well. The neck-through body construction makes access to the top frets very comfortable. Having active EMGs (81/85) I had no need to put in better pickups. I have had it now for about a month, I have played live with it, having no issues at all. If your looking for a good, solid shredder, at this price, you would be hard-pressed to find anything else as well made.

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