C-4 XXX Review

manufacturer: Schecter date: 03/18/2011 category: Bass Guitars
Schecter: C-4 XXX
This Schecter C-4-XXX Special Edition Bass has a loud tone, a metal-ish sound, so don't expect to be playing Blues/Jazz music with this one.
 Features: 8
 Sound: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 7
 Reliability & Durability: 6
 Action, Fit & Finish: 5
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overall: 9
C-4 XXX Reviewed by: Hakael, on february 08, 2008
1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Features: 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. // 9

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overall: 5
C-4 XXX Reviewed by: halfj06, on january 13, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 225

Purchased from: Guitar center

Features: 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. // 6

Sound: 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 // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: 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. // 2

Reliability & Durability: 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. // 4

Overall Impression: 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. // 5

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overall: 8.6
C-4 XXX Reviewed by: unregistered, on march 18, 2011
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Price paid: £ 320

Purchased from: USA

Features: More or less the same as the C-4 models: CONSTRUCTION/SCALE: Bolt-on / 34" BODY: Mahogany NECK/FINGERBOARD: Maple / Rosewood FRETS: 24 Jumbo INLAYS: custom XXX Dancing Girls PICKUPS: EMG HZ ELECTRONICS: 2 Vol w/ EMG Active 2-Band EQ BRIDGE: S-Tek TUNERS: Grover HARDWARE: Satin silver FINISH: Black with aged white binding. Active EQ with passive pickups, nice big strap buttons, and balances well on a strap, no nose diving. // 9

Sound: What can you say... Great sound from funk to punk, pull of the back plate and there are dip switches to change the frequency response, so if you like mainly deep down bass then change the dip switches and it gives you more depth. I use it at factory settings and it is fine for me. Loads of punch, the neck is a joy to play and straight with nice fret dressing. This bass is quiet when amp'd with no radio interference noticed in 3 years of live playing, no hiss, no crackles. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: When this arrived the action was fine but I got it pro setup anyway. Intonation was out a little and the strings were a little low for my style. Never had an issue with the bridge or tuners. Fits in most jazz type hard cases. Finish is great, modern gloss black, easy to clean with matt grey bright work. Stripper inlays well worked in with no gaps, nice bit of rosewood on mine. // 8

Reliability & Durability: Have gig'd this bass for 3 years and my only issue is the battery has gone flat on me at a few gigs, but I just change it out in a few mins. and all is back working. I would like to see a quick open battery compartment as you should not need to carry a philips screwdriver to gigs just to change the battery. I have had to change two of the pots, one volume and one tone pot since owning this bass, and have fitted strap locks but all in all a well built guitar with a solid feel to it's construction and a good weight. // 8

Overall Impression: I play 70's rock and blues in 2 bands and gig weekly around pubs and clubs, I use this bass exclusively, through an Ashdown combo and a Boss pedalboard. Played for 30 years now on and off, tried and owned many basses but this is a keeper. Also look out for the Schecter C-4 Hellraiser if you like this one. This Bass always turns heads and looks cool in live photos. // 9

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