C-4 XXX review by Schecter

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Schecter: C-4 XXX
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Features — 9
Not sure of the year this bass was made. It's a special edition C4 model Guitar Center exclusive (although discontinued if I understand correctly), 4 string, made in Korea. Being of the C4 family of basses, this shares quite a bit of similarity with the C4 bass with some minor differences. It has a mahogany body with a maple (walnut too), bolt-on neck. Two EMGhz (non-active) pickups with a two band active EQ circuit (requiring a 9v battery). S-Tek bridge (looks like an ABM). The body is done in a glossy black with a cream binding on both body and neck. Pearl "Dancing Girl" inlays adorn the neck. Hardware is done in a dull, metal grey. It strikes a very unique look and is always a conversation starter.

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    Triumph2002
    I just traded an Ibanez sound gear for the C4-XXX, it has DR Black coated strings. After boiling the string and a good clean up, I played it through my TNT 115 and I think it kicks ass. The inlay is not my favorite but the sound is pretty decent. It is better than the sound gear garbage from Ibanez. By the way you can find the info at Schecters web site, nothing fancy on this bass but for under 350 used I think it is a good deal.
    Fett13
    Shredder Guitar wrote: Fett13 wrote: Sorry to go off on you and all, but I'm really picky about these things. They don't call me the Schecterman for nothing. what in the hell are you talking about? the kid is just going by information he found somewhere else. settle down a tad, its a bass, not some holy weapon from the dark ages.
    Its a simple matter of a little research. If you're going to make a review listing technical specifications, you need to be damn sure you got it right. When you start listing the wrong things it kinda defeats the purpose of the review as to whether the bass is good or not. And its not difficult to go on the Schecter website, realize they discontinued the bass, but look at all the other pictures of basses on there and realize its is very obviously not an S-tek bridge.
    Hakael
    Shredder Guitar wrote: i meant guy, not kid lol.
    LOL, at my age, you start to take "kid" from any context as a compliment.
    Shredder Guitar
    Fett13 wrote: Sorry to go off on you and all, but I'm really picky about these things. They don't call me the Schecterman for nothing.
    what in the hell are you talking about? the kid is just going by information he found somewhere else. settle down a tad, its a bass, not some holy weapon from the dark ages.
    richgray5
    wow, i am an idiot, i guess I forgot that i responded already about the # of screws...mine does have 4 per saddle.
    Death-Speak
    Reminds me of Cliff's aria bass in a strange way. I'm not a fan of the inlays though. Good Review.
    richgray5
    i just inspected my bridge....mine is held on by 4 screws, not 16.....are you sure your bridge wasnt replaced?
    Hakael
    richgray5 wrote: ....also, my bridge....is not held together by 16 little screws. I am wondering if maybe yours was replaced? My bridge is held on my 4 screws...the same bridge that is on every C-model, that I have seen.
    I was referring to the smaller "adjustment" screws on the saddles (four apiece). There's four larger screws that actually keep the bridge on the body.
    richgray5
    ....also, my bridge....is not held together by 16 little screws. I am wondering if maybe yours was replaced? My bridge is held on my 4 screws...the same bridge that is on every C-model, that I have seen.
    Hakael
    Unfortunately specification information regarding the C4XXX bass is severely lacking. A number of places I found information (although sketchy) named the bridge an S-Tek. As I don't have another bass to compare it too, I went with what I found. As far as the tone was concerned, I never said it couldn't play anything other than hard-rock or metal, just it was better suited for it, and if you played anything other than that, there were probably other bass models that would fit the bill better.
    richgray5
    i had a stilleto, not an elite.....but i decided that I could return it, save a little cash, and get the C4xxx. THis bass plays great...that was the most important thing to me. It might sound lame, but the stripper inlays put it over the top for me. I am manily a guitar player, but I do play bass in a band, and this thing is all I will ever need. yeah, I dont know about "metal" sounds....I cant really disttinguish bass tones, like I can with guitar tones....so I cant really comment on that, but I for sure, do not play in a metal band, and I have never been negatively critiqued about my sound or how my bass has strippers in teh inlays.
    Fett13
    I'm sorry to say this, but for some reason you don't even know what equipment is on your own bass. That isn't an S-tek bridge, its a diamond custom. There is a HUGE difference between them. The S-tek has four independent sections, one for each string, allowing for more individual stability when there is any change in tension on another sting (such as when you're tuning). Its also a lot sturdier and offers quite a bit more sustain than the custom. The custom is simply a slight step up from the diamond bass (standard Schecter bridge). It offers a bit more stability and sustain, but nothing to jump for joy over. Also, if you can't manage to get anything other than a metal sound out of two EMG-HZs and a two-band active EQ, you're doing something very wrong. Granted I've got the Stiletto Elite, but the better construction and better bridge don't affect the type of sound that much. With a little thought and effort you can get anything from a deep blues sound to a treble punch reminiscent of a Rickenbacker. You need to play with it a bit more, you certainly aren't doing that bass justice if you're limiting the sound in such a way. Sorry to go off on you and all, but I'm really picky about these things. They don't call me the Schecterman for nothing.
    roundwoundsound
    scuse me for the dumbness,but this model isn't made anymore is it? im not exactly a schecter expert