Price paid: € 779
Purchased from: Musik Produktiv
Sound — 10
The sound is perfect for metal, anyone who ever heard the EMG active Pickups knows what I mean. You can play really fast and the tones are still very well defined + it also has very nice and long sustain. It's also awesome for pinch harmonics. Just any metal stuff is perfect for this guitar, especially if you get it adjusted to a low action, what makes the sound more percussive and makes it even easier to play fast as hell. I'm playing it in standard D and sometimes Drop C and it's very nice for the lower tones. If you want more variety to the sound (e.g. Play Jazz) you will maybe want its bigger brother, because of the splittable Humbuckers.
Overall Impression — 10
I'm playing for about 8 months now and I love metal, especially Death metal. For this kind of music the guitar is perfect. Mahagony Body, EMG pickups, 24 Jumbo Frets fit the genre well. I'm playing on overall low gear (Roland Cube 15 and a low-cost multieffect-pedal) and it still sounds totally awesome. If I lived again, I would totally buy this guitar a second time.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I don't have it for very long, but I played it for 2-4 hours a day since the 23.12. And it still looks like it looked when I bought it. The guitar keeps in tune and seems to be solid and I think and hope it will last for a very long time. Btw. I have bought the model they had in the shop for testing and it's flawless, but don't know how long it have been there.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I have bought it in Musik Produktiv in Ibbenbren. You get free Setup there, so everything was adjusted perfectly for my needs. It was adjusted to a very low action. Because of that I really need some Distortion for a good sound, but on the other hand, it's very easy to play fast. I can really recommend getting a low action. It's sweet for metal.
Features — 8
The C-1 Hellraiser Special is the little brother of the Hellraiser. It offers: - Modern Strat form - Colour: Black Cherry - 24 Jumbo Frets - Mahagony Body - EMG 81/85 active Pickups on neck/bridge - 25.5" scale - Strings through body - TOM-Bridge (you can get it with FR too, I think) - Perloid Dagger inlays.