So it appears those Charvel Desolation are on the discount at the moment... Best guitar below 1500$ at the store I was in today (went to try a few Gibsons and was appalled by the terrible finish and fret jobs... ). And Waaayyyy below 1500$ at that: A DC-1-FR that I brought home with me instead of an LP. And very few guitars that played better AT ALL regardless of price (Exceptions: usual suspects of a couple PRSi, MM and one used Carvin). Fit and finish are CRAZY good for the price... Nothing is out of line, eveything is straight, the neck pseudo binding is perfect, as are the inlays, as are all the paints etc... A very light setup and it plays amazing. 12-16" compound fretboard to top that . Sounds HEAVY with the EMGs, and stays in tune perfect. The top veneer is actually pretty deep with a surprising chatoyance. Top is carved too. This thing has a super smooth dark Rosewood fretboard (the dry brownish Gibbies next to it made me sad...), a 3-piece gunstock oiled neck-through neck (mahogany, just like the body) - and VERY good fretjob, with rolled end of frets. Guessing the woods are not super top grade considering the target market ... but it's tough to tell. Nice grain, well resonant, neck even looks quartersawn. So my question...Why didn't those sell? Is it the bling (not worse than some LTD 1000s)? The odd shape? I was doubtful when I saw the 'Crafted in China', but a few minutes is enough to realize that this is every bit as good as a VERY good guitar out of Worlds Music Instruments & Co. On the level of VERY good PRS SEs, and much better than your basic import Jacksons or LTDs..