Okay, I planned on buying a schecter xxx (the one with the stripper girls inlays), but unfortunately I called my guitar center and someone has purchased it, bastard.

The closest I can get to it would be a Schecter c-1 elite.

What he described to me is that there is a Schecter c-1 elite with a set neck and black gloss finish and a c-1 elite with a quilt top and amber finish.

Now, i'm very sad because as I played that xxx I fell in love with it.
My question is this. If I buy a c-1 elite is it any different then an xxx spec wise? I'm not worried about the inlays, just in how it sounds and plays. The xxx was amazing when I was playing metal, pick up wise and sound-wise, is the elite any different?
My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who i am.
Okay to make it easier on some the pickups for the 2 guitars are as follows...

Schecter XXX - Seymour Duncan JB and '59 pickups (duncan designed equivalents)

Schecter c-1 Elite - Duncan Designed HB-102

I have no clue about the pickups, I just need to know if the c-1's pickups sound the same, or are worse then the xxx's pickups.
My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who i am.
I have played both but at different places on different amps. I like both so either one IMHO are a good choice. Before I got a Schecter I don't even know if I ever would have picked one up but now that I own one I like the line. I played an Omen today. Well, I think it was an Omen it was satin black and it had the bat inlays I really thought of grabbing it but I figure I might wait to see if they have a good sale soon.

Well how does the c-1 elite sound? The xxx had a very distinct sound whenever I set the amp I tried it on to a very distorted setting. The distortion was incredibly intense, but was so clear and crisp you could hear everything.

Anyone know anything on the HB-102 pickups? Are they any good?
My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who i am.
Well, if the duncan designed ones sound anything like mine did, it'll be great sounding. You might wanna put actual duncans in there later on like I did, but I think the designed are just fine. Not as good as real duncans mind you, but it sure as hell gets the job done.
My gear:
Schecter C-1+ w/ Seymour duncan Jazz (neck) and Full Shred (bridge), with Sperzels
B-52 LG-100A 4x12 half stack
Rogue LX405 Bass
Yamaha classical
Some sort of acoustic Squier
Boss Flanger
Lyon Chorus
I thought they both sounded great. I wish I could have tried them out at the same place at the same time, it's a lot easier to compare when you can switch off using the same amp. I am pretty sure I prefered the XXX but I like a lot of distortion when I play.