Price paid: $ 1100
Purchased from: 77 guitar shop
Sound — 10
This guitar is supposedly made for music leaning to heavy gain genres, and I must say it does its job properly. The EMG humbuckers delivers rich and heavy tone perfect for heavy metal. However it sounds just as well when paying clean tones or lighter toned music. By selecting single pickup config using the push pull knobs, the guitar produces very smooth and clear clean notes. I use a Marshall half stack during jamming sessions and a small spider 6 (line6) for practice. The pickups do get a little too sensitive when volume is set high and feedback is very common. I play from A7X to Boy Like Girls, From The Devil Wears Prada to classical songs, and the Hellraiser has handled all well.
Overall Impression — 10
As mentioned, I play everything from metal to classical and the guitar never fails to impress. I have been playing for around 6 years and own a Hamer electric as well as a Cort acoustic. I am very pleased with the Hellraiser. If it was stolen I would continue using Schecter Hellraiser, but probably not the avenger. I love everything about it except its weight and slightly large frame. I chosen it even after trying out a usd2000 Fender and usd3000 Gibson Les Paul. I strongly recommend this guitar, it quality far exceeds the price.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The string retention is excellent and even after leaving it untouched for a month is a changing temp room (off and on of air conditioner) it does not go out of tune. I have owned the guitar for more than a year and I have never gotten a broken string. It will survive any sort of live playing, no matter how heavy. Strap buttons feel solid and have never failed. I am confident to go on a gig w/o a backup. The finish is good although scratches are easy and frequent polishing is needed to retain the shiny look.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The finish is excellent with a smooth joint between neck and body. However this means that the neck cannot be removed from the body. The action is quite low when I first got it. The top and bridges are all done well. There were no significant flaws with the guitar. The only complain I have is that the guitar is really heavy and playing with a band with it gets very tiring and painful on the shoulders.
Features — 9
- Made from: Korea - Neck: mahogany, 24 jumbo frets - Finish: satin - Body style: cutaway? I have no idea what its called - Bridge style: tune-o-matic fixed bridge - Pickups: active, EMG 89, 85 double humbuckers - Controls: two control knob (push pull) for selecting b/w single coil and humbucker - Tuners: locking grovers - Accessories: a good gig back is difficult to find due to its unique shape. I use a bass gig bag.