Price paid: $ 750
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 7
This guitar was clearly made for metal, pinch harmonics are a breeze, and the resonance from the body give this beauty a warm rich tone that hits you in the chest. I'm running this bad boy through a Mesa Boogie Dual Rec Roadster head with a Marshall 1960A 4X12 cab and a Diezel 4X12 FL cab with V30's. This beast absolutely screams through this rig. The only thing i did not like about this guitar is the stock pickups. The coil tapping thing was a great idea, but not for this guitar. They sound too compressed with the low E and A strings, and i could not get anything but a nasty muddy tone from them. I swapped the pickups and volume pots out and put a set of Seymour Duncan Blackouts in and it sounds so much better. would give this higher rating, but had to spend an extra 180 bucks to get decent sound from the pickups.
Overall Impression — 9
With the exception of the stock pickup issue, I believe this guitar is perfect. Schecter is still a fairly small company so they can make great quality instruments for a fraction of the price. I whole-heartedly believe that if this guitar had an ESP or Gibson symbol on the headstock it would be a 1500 dollar guitar. I would have liked it if this baby came pre-loaded with the Blackouts, because they sound perfect in her, but can't complain too much when i still feel like i'm ripping Schecter off only paying them 750 for this sucker. If it were stolen i would immediately replace it, no questions, i feel like this is going to turn into my "frankenstein" guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I cant say too much about reliability, as no situation has occurred that would test it, and if i would have to guess, I would say I could safely gig without a backup (maybe an extra 9 volt), but string breakage can be a problem, so its better to be safe than sorry. Everything does feel nice and solid, even swapped out original strap button screws for some strap lock screws, and the new ones have not come loose yet.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Action was set up at perfect height, pickups haven't needed a bit of adjusting, guitar stays in tune amazingly well. Finish has 2 flaws that I have found so far, but they are extremely minor and i only noticed them because i was looking for them, at the same time, little flaws like that have never bothered me, I'm gonna beat the living crap out of this guitar anyway. Neck is as smooth as butter, even though it has a very fat profile (almost Explorer/Les Paul-ish). Nothing to complain about here.
Features — 10
2009 Model, Made in Korea. 25 1/2" scale i believe, 24 Jumbo frets. Black Cherry finish which is absolutely stunning up close. Abalone binding on body and headstock and black binding on neck with rosewood fretboard. Grover tuners, Tone-Pros bridge and string through body design along with set neck. Body and core are both mahogany while top is quilted maple. 2 Active EMG 81TW/89 (coil-tappable) humbucking pups controlled by a 3 way selector Switch and 2 volume, 1 Master tone controls.