C-1 Hellraiser FR review by Schecter

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 9.1 (374 votes)
Schecter: C-1 Hellraiser FR
1

Price paid: $ 690

Purchased from: eBay

Sound — 7
Metal-If you're a metal-head, this guitar is right for you.The active pickups give it a crushing sounds worthy of the highest levels of distortion. Whether you are a lad metal guitarist, or a soloist, this guitar can take you to all levels of metal. The neck pickup gives you a warm almost muffled sound perfect for sweep picking and fast tremelo-picking methods without sacrificing tone and attack. The bridge pickup provides a more full sound with higher distortion to punch out melodic riffs and leads. Classic Rock-This guitar has a decent sound if you're playing classic rock, but if you want that genuine sound it depends upon the amp you are using and whethr you have pedals or not. While the Boss Metalzone is excellent for metal, pedals like the Boss Bluesdriver, Super Overdrive, or Overdrive/Distortion Pedal will work well. Pretty good guitar for most genres, but it is mainly a metal guitar. Clean-Don't get discouraged at first when you plug in and seem unable to get a good clean sound without any gain. Simply turn the volume knob of whichever pickup you are using down a little until the gain is gone. That's the EMG's working right there, they are a powerful beast, but sing sweetly when tamed. I get an amazing sound using this method combined with the Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator. This is a near perfect clean. I normally play with the tone knob all the way up for it adds color to the sounds, but turning it down doesn't make too much of a difference.

Overall Impression — 8
Great guitar for metal and for it's price. Most guitars like this will run nar $1,000. he only thing I wish it had was another pickup of my choice (Seymour Duncan) in the middle for a more customizable sound. Overall great guitar and a great buy. I have no regrets.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Completely durable: This thing is a tank and it can sustain plenty of thrashing without changing its sound. The locking nut near the tuners keeps the strings in tune almost always, but if they stretch due to certain instances or climate conditions simply and easily adjust the tune with the fine-tuning pegs located on the guitar's bridge.

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Action-Good action from the factory, but could stand to be lowered depending on taste except if you lower it too much you won't be able to pull back on your tremelo bar without your strings touching the 24th fret. This guitar takes some getting used to: It is heavier than most, but the best similarity I can think of is the Zakk Wylde Custom Les Paul. If you like the feel of this and othe Les Pauls, you will feel right at home with this guitar. I went from a really lightweight Ibanez to this Schecter, but after a few days I was in love with it and wouldn't feel comfortable with any other guitar. Floyd Rose: Most Floyd Rose owners know they are a pain to tune. Although you can have fun with the sounds you can make with this, I would suggest getting the Hellraiser without the Floyd Rose unless you know what you are doing. To make my life easier I invented my own type of alteration and improvement on this system which I will submit an article about.

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    SupermanIsDead
    butthouse337 wrote: to the dood who said schecter makes a better guitar then gibson. your an idiot. and obviously no nothing about guitars. any1 in their right mind would agree. 1st of all gibson is an american made guitar. schecter is korean or japenese or something. which means schecter sends them to be made in different countries becuz they are made cheaper. cheaper defines crap. the materials and specs don't hold any water to a gibson. gibson uses maghoany and maple in their guitars. your precsious schecter is more than likely a couple of pieces of plywood slapped together. now don't get me wrong what type of guitar u like is up to the player. and if this is the 1 for u. awesome. get it. but do some damn research 1st. just remember this guitar has active emg 81/85 pickups. this combination was made famous by zakk wylde in a les paul not a schecter. oh and 1 more thing. when u buy a guitar remember it's like buying a car. if u want a kia by a schecter. if u want a cadillac by a gibson. it's a no brainer, butthouse p.s. before a7x was endorsed by schecter they were playing gibson les pauls. most of u are lame and wouldn't know that cuz u don't know anything about a band until mtv tells u their the new thing. also a7x and synster are the the biggest ripoffs of guns and roses since guns and roses. fyi - slash plays a les paul.
    hi, i'm a newbie around here, so here is my comment: -this guitar is great (i've played it) -gibsons are great (i've played it) -butthouse337 is a dick and a retarded person (go f**k your gibson)
    bass_monkey
    butthouse337 wrote: to the dood who said schecter makes a better guitar then gibson. your an idiot. and obviously no nothing about guitars. any1 in their right mind would agree. 1st of all gibson is an american made guitar. schecter is korean or japenese or something. which means schecter sends them to be made in different countries becuz they are made cheaper. cheaper defines crap. the materials and specs don't hold any water to a gibson. gibson uses maghoany and maple in their guitars. your precsious schecter is more than likely a couple of pieces of plywood slapped together. now don't get me wrong what type of guitar u like is up to the player. and if this is the 1 for u. awesome. get it. but do some damn research 1st. just remember this guitar has active emg 81/85 pickups. this combination was made famous by zakk wylde in a les paul not a schecter. oh and 1 more thing. when u buy a guitar remember it's like buying a car. if u want a kia by a schecter. if u want a cadillac by a gibson. it's a no brainer, butthouse p.s. before a7x was endorsed by schecter they were playing gibson les pauls. most of u are lame and wouldn't know that cuz u don't know anything about a band until mtv tells u their the new thing. also a7x and synster are the the biggest ripoffs of guns and roses since guns and roses. fyi - slash plays a les paul.
    You Sir, are retarded, You are obviously in denial about gibsons quality going down in recent years , while schecter makes better intruments at better prices
    xFinnellx
    butthouse337 wrote: to the dood who said schecter makes a better guitar then gibson. your an idiot. and obviously no nothing about guitars. any1 in their right mind would agree. 1st of all gibson is an american made guitar. schecter is korean or japenese or something. which means schecter sends them to be made in different countries becuz they are made cheaper. cheaper defines crap. the materials and specs don't hold any water to a gibson. gibson uses maghoany and maple in their guitars. your precsious schecter is more than likely a couple of pieces of plywood slapped together. now don't get me wrong what type of guitar u like is up to the player. and if this is the 1 for u. awesome. get it. but do some damn research 1st. just remember this guitar has active emg 81/85 pickups. this combination was made famous by zakk wylde in a les paul not a schecter. oh and 1 more thing. when u buy a guitar remember it's like buying a car. if u want a kia by a schecter. if u want a cadillac by a gibson. it's a no brainer, butthouse p.s. before a7x was endorsed by schecter they were playing gibson les pauls. most of u are lame and wouldn't know that cuz u don't know anything about a band until mtv tells u their the new thing. also a7x and synster are the the biggest ripoffs of guns and roses since guns and roses. fyi - slash plays a les paul.
    your such a moron, just because the materials touched a plane and an asian machine (they pay the asians chap, not the material producers) dosent mean its horrible and ruined. infact, in tennese or wherever gibsons are made its insanely humid and hot so the woods are much harder to take care of so thats y its more expensive. and thats y schecter is pretty much the same thing cheaper cuz the woods are easyer to dry and take care of. and i would feel safer that an aisian touched it because they have great detail and perfection in the work, they are hard workers... mexicans and aisians work very, very hard aisian= spend more worktime perfecting mexican= spend more worktime producing probs not the exact case, just my instant thought. but anyways. umm... your comparing gibsons as a cadilac...cadilacs suck. yet good point about the mtv thing. too much music bashing gets thru mtv, thats y i dont watch it.
    Random3
    just got one in Houston... its amazing!!! first thing jelous friend says to me is "the only good thing is the pickups" which made me lol
    Eddie616
    "I'd recommend it to anyone except emo's cause I don't want em' playing something this nice" Couldn't have said it better myself.
    +1
    xFinnellx
    i got myn today. i already had a schecter omen 6 and this thing feels quite the same because of the neck (besides the higher frets, thats just godly on these) and the floyd is amazing, the coil tapps are definetly amazing whenn your on clean channeslls and the emgs are amazing. whatelse...umm, looks kickass, and yea. pretty much the ultimate guitar for a third of the price
    Nykee86
    This guitar is sick nasty. I have one in black and I haven't re-tuned it since I got it, which was 4 months ago. The EMG's make it scream, and the neck is sooo fast. It's great for everything, but metal of course is the best bet. GET THIS GUITAR, you will not regret it at all. This is so underrated, in a few years, the price will skyrocket past 1000 because of the high demand for it.
    layzejerze20006
    PS to butthouse, you're an annoying a-hole and you contradicted yourself. You said a7x used to play gibson les pauls and now play schecters. why they make the switch to a worse guitar?
    hex_omega
    bought one today and it F***ING ROCKS!!!, playing metal is sweet but I love the tone it produces when playing blues and prog stuff like floyd!! I play through a spider 3 150w head and 4x12 line six cab with the FBV shortboard
    Pr0gNut
    I'm stuck on whether I should get this guitar and do an 18 volt mod on it,or get a schecter stiletto classic.They're both sweet ****ing guitars,might have to flip a coin when pay day rolls around.