C-4 XXX review by Schecter

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reliability & Durability: 4
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 2
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 5 Decent
  • Users' score: 6.1 (25 votes)
Schecter: C-4 XXX

Price paid: $ 225

Purchased from: Guitar center

Sound — 8
Schecter themselves seems to get pigeonholed into a stereotype that there guitars are made for metal shred heads. I have a wide variety of tastes in music, mostly rock/blues and industrial and with the active eq I could always get close enough to the sound I was looking for. I played this bass on a 1965 Ampeg tube amp, a modern era Ampeg tube amp, Fender combos, Roland combo's. Line 6 combos (which it sounded awful but I blame that on Line 6 sucking at bass amps), gk amps.. Ect ect and this bass always seems to out "punch" most anything. The sustaine is amazing. I give it an 8 cause its sound and range are great but just lacks the final bit of tweaking I desired

Overall Impression — 5
I'm a rock/industrial bassist (think Nine Inch Nails meets Chilli peppers) and it was a great bass for me once set up. I been playing 4yrs. If this bass was stolen I wouldn't get it again (its discontinued and hard to find) I would get another Schecter though, probably a stelleto or elite. I love its tone range and its sustain. I hate all the work I had to do to get it to just work right. I compaired this to everything in site, Ibanez, Fender, Epiphone ect ect and this was by far the best in its price range.

Reliability & Durability — 4
If you have this bass set up by a GOOD professional or happen to be really good yourself it would be a great live bass, but I'd keep a backup just in-case you have any of the issues I did. Also you will need better strap buttons or a strap lock system cause my straps fell off a couple times (luckily I caught it every time) the last downfall I have about this bass goes back to one of the things I likes best about this bass, The Thin neck.. It reacts to environment quite extremely and at some point will probably bow on you unless your very cautious about it. After it was set up and I got ahold of the specific case from Schecter I never had problems.

Action, Fit & Finish — 2
So The bass is supposably set up here in the great ol US of A. They must have a day when 3rd graders come to there plant and get a change to set up a bass. Cause mine was pathetic. The strings were ungodly high. The pickups were uneven. The bridge pocket was good and tight. I had to tear apart the tuning pegs and tighten the screws in all of them. The tuss nut rod just popped off one day leaving the bass useless. The bride is odd and those tiny saddle things always kinda scared me. After fixing everything I could and taking it to two shops to have it worked on it was a nice playing bass.

Features — 6
This bass was made I bealive around 2005. Its assembled In Korea or Thailand. And then properly set up in the US. It has 24 jumbo frets, which are great for those who want to play really fast. It features a maple neck with a rosewood top. To me the neck felt really thin. Which was great for me as I have smaller hands. Its a solid top completely mahogany body. Finish: The finish was flawless..I was very impressed its a black body with a creamish colored bindings on both the neck body it shows fingerprints and swirls very easy though. But when polished up boy does she look good. I was an idiot and hit the headstock on a plaster ceiling taking it off ( I lifted it dumb so really this is my fault) and a bit of the finish chipped but the wood was fine. Electronics: well loke millions of other basses it features Two EMG-HZ passive pickups with active eq. I wish the entire set up was active not just the eq but it did a good job of providing me for the most part whatever tone I wanted.. Always a bit dark though which I attribute to the mahogany body. Tuners: They have the standard Schecter tuners.. Just plain old tuners really. There's nothing really mind blowing about the features on this bass but it does everything well.

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