iGuitar Magazine recently reviewed two guitars from the Charvel Desolation Series – the DST-1 FR and the DX-1 ST.
Reviewer Tom Quayle had positive things to say about both axes, especially their playability and tone.
“These two Charvel guitars enter a very crowded and popular market with a lot of stiff competition from many brands aiming at the Metal player,” he wrote. ”But if you’re after a through-neck design with great hardware, great pickups and great playability, then I think these Charvel Desolations simply have to be checked out.”
Performer Magazine recently took a hard look at a Charvel DS-1 ST, noting that the axe was great for players who want a classic look with contemporary playability.
“For most modern music, this guitar excels, especially hard rock and metal,” noted reviewer Chris Devine. “Distorted, the pickups have plenty of clarity and punch, and the clean tones are perfect. With heavy overdrive, the tone controls don’t have a lot of range, but when cleaner tones are used, it’s much more noticeable. Vintage tones reside in here, too; rolling down the tone controls reveals warm, jazzy sounds.”
The Charvel So-Cal Style 1 landed on MusicRadar‘s recent list for the top guitars in the world under $1,500, coming in at No. 11.
When MusicRadar originally reviewed the So-Cal Style 1 in 2009, they gave it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
“The hotrod vibe, thanks to the stripped-down look and candy finishes, is front and centre and, as we’ve said, the necks are truly things of wonder, the feel of which belies what is certainly a modest price tag,” wrote MusicRadar.
“This ticks all the boxes for rock and pop styles, especially all-out wang-bar madness. Go wail!”
The Charvel Desolation DS2-ST recently got tested by the Music Gear Review camp, which called the axe “striking” and “well-balanced.”
Staff at Music Gear Review praised the DS2-ST’s feel, and said it makes for a great stage companion.
“I played this guitar during a band rehearsal and had it strapped on me for 3 hours of uninterrupted duration and came to an obvious conclusion about this guitar: it’s VERY light!,” said the website. “The body feels as if it’s made of basswood and not mahogany. This goes a long way in making it a great stage instrument.”
Music Gear Review also dug the axe’s look and tone, and wrapped up by saying that the model offers great sound for the buck.
“Charvel has surprised me with this DS-2 model,” concluded Music Gear Review. “Not only in quality for a guitar with an MSRP of $469.99 – $529.99 USD, but simply because Charvel has broken the mold with a different look and constructed a guitar to appeal to a wider demographic of players looking for more than a double cut-away style.”