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Charvel Desolation Soloist DX-1 FR - Transparent Blue Smear Reviews

4.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
  • from Idaho September 13, 2014Music Background:
    20+ yrs. Guitar Player of Metal and Progressive Music

    Charvel Desolation Soloist DX-1 FR- Transparent Blue Smear

    This is Simply The Best Guitar on the Market at this Price! $448??? Really?? I have played many high end brand guitars all the way up to $ 4K in price and out of the box this thing Just Smokes! Great Build Quality light weight and the Sound Is Fantastic!
    I am glad I jumped on it because they sold out fast.
    I was going to purchase another one, and they were SOLD OUT!!
    AMAZING GUITAR!

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

    Fantastic!

    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:
    Guitarist

    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

    Excellent!!

    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 Michigan City, IN September 9, 2014Music Background:
    Hobby musician, home project studio. I play guitar, bass, and hack around on keys & drums.

    Pure Shred Machine!

    Great guitar, great price, and great service.

    I've only had this guitar in my possession for 4 days, so longevity is to be determined. My 1st impression when I strummed the 1st chord, was it was pretty much in tune and the intonation was dead on, and there were no fret burrs or buzzing. ( And that says a lot, I purchased a guitar from another retailer costing 3x as much, and still had to spend $$ on a set up) This Charvel is a looker too. Flawless finish, gorgeous chrome hardware, The pictures do not do justice. And the Desolation sounds totally sick! The combination of tone woods, neck through construction and EMG 81 & 85 topped off with the Floyd......you gotta hear it to believe it. Sounds so good you will want to play for days. And with the fast, low action, you will be able to. The neck is super playable. WOW. Now the only beef I have is the guitar is a little on the light side. The body is a bit thin, I'd like it to be another inch thick or so and another 3 or 4 pounds heavier.

    Sweetwater, most excellent service from the team, what else would one expect? Prompt shipping. Also the guitar was set up, and in tune. Opened box, and played. Classic Sweetwater treatment.

  • from Volney NY August 6, 2013Music Background:
    Musician (Guitar, Keys, Vocals, Percussion, Blues Harp)

    Quality Guitar at affordable price

    The guitar is quite beautiful. The inlay borders the entire body and upon close inspection was done evenly with no noticeable flaws, same for the neck inlays. The neck is smooth and fast with it's satin finish back and rosewood fretboard. Unlike my Gibson Explorer or my Yamaha SG 2000 this guitar could have better sustain but that is more a result of the Floyd Rose Tremolo. The pickup selector switch could be located in a better position but can get used to it. Overall it's a great guitar especially for the money.

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