C-1 XXX Review

manufacturer: Schecter date: 07/16/2012 category: Electric Guitars
Schecter: C-1 XXX
It has 25.5" ultra access body, mohagany body, a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard.
 Sound: 9
 Overall Impression: 9.5
 Reliability & Durability: 9.5
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8.5
 Features: 10
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overall: 9.6
C-1 XXX Reviewed by: Bass90, on april 14, 2006
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Price paid: $ 350

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Features: My Schecter 0th Anniversary C1 is a 2004 Korean made guitar fully set-up in the United States and is now currently out of production. It has 25.5" ultra access body, mohagany body, a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. There's a beautiful "creme" bing all around the guitar. It is based on Schecter "C" series and looks just like the C1 Blackjack. It features 24 jumbo frets, Tune-O-Matic bridge, Grover tuners, Duncan Designed humbuckers in both neck and bridge position, 2 volumes, 1 tone with a "push and pull" for single coil use on the tone knob. Last but not least it features 9 sexy stripper girl inlays on the fretboard. // 10

Sound: I play anything from punk all the way to metal and this guitar covers it all. I run it through a Line 6 Spider II 30 modeling amp and it sounds ferocious. The Duncan Designed humbuckers give out really good distortion. It comes with a push and pull knob for single coil use so you can get a variety of sounds. It gives out a realy nice and thick sound so it sounds extra heavy overdriven. When on clean it sounds like an angel and plays chords like butter. The Grover tuners keep the guitar in tune for a long time. I even snapped a string and it still stayed in tune. My only grudge about it is that when coil use it, it makes a little buzzing sound but I turned on the noise gate on my amp and it was elimenated. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: I have to admit, this thing wasnt set-up too good whewn I got it. The pickups were too low and the action was set too high so I had to adjust it a lot to get the sound I wanted. There was a little buzz with the pickup selector but I had a noise gate so it gone. Other than that I have no other problem with it. The finsih is just stunning, gloss black on mohgany wood just looks so beautiful. The stripper inlays look so good and add a nice touch to. // 9

Reliability & Durability: This guitar defentley will withstand live playing. The hardware sould last but I expect the Duncans to wear out soon. The strap bottons are solid so it's good for gigging. I'm not sure about how durable it is, but due to the fact that I have another guitar with the same wood quality that is a little scratched up, I suspect that this guitar has a pretty fragile finish. I'm not sure if I would use this guitar without a backup because it has a variety of sounds but then again, anything could happen on stage. // 10

Overall Impression: I have been playing for 2 years now and play anythig from Punk to Metal. This guitar is extremely reliable for live play and just looks beautiful. I love the stripper inlays on the fretboard the coil tap function on the Tone knob. The only thing I hate about this guitar is the thin finsih on it. It could easily get scratched. I also suspect the Duncans Designed will wear on me eventually but I plan on putting in Seymour Duncan SH-8s. The XXX is a good buy compared to other guitars but the only problem is that is out of production. I have a Schecter S1 Standard and the C1 XXX has all the sounds of the S1 and for almost half the price. If this were stolen I'd hunt the guy down and destroy him. The C1 XXX is a prestigious guitar and you can't find in stores anymore so I defenitley take value in it. // 10

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overall: 9
C-1 XXX Reviewed by: Culler Amps, on july 16, 2012
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Price paid: $ 325

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Features: Schecter XXX made in South Korea. Purchased from Guitar Center in Feb. 2008. 24 Fret Set Maple Neck, Carved top Mahogany body, Solid Black Finish. C-1 body style with Tune-o-matic bridge. Duncan Designed Humbuckers with 2 volume and 1 tone control. Grover tuners. These options are perfect for me so I have to give a 10 in this category. // 10

Sound: I play Metal / Death Metal / Prog Metal, and the XXX fits that style perfectly. I use it with a Culler Amplification SC-5 tube amp. The Duncan Design bridge humbucker is supposed to be a cheap version of the JB. It sounds great and pushes my amp well. The mahogany body is very heavy, and gives a nice dark tone you'd expect from mahogany. Perfect for D standard tuning which I use. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: Setup was near perfect for E standard when I bought it. Changed to .011's and went to D standard. Guitar had a ding in it and was being sold as blemished which is why I got it for $325 instead of $499. Only factory flaw I see is a couple of places on the binding where the finish was wet-sanded through. Has a Gun Metal grey finish on all the metal hardware, and after 4 years of heavy playing not a bit of it has tarnished. Not even the bridge. One thing I should point out is the fretwork on this guitar. Best I've ever seen in this price range. The fret ends are nice and rounded, no sharp edges, and the action will get very low, which means a good leveling job was done. I won't deduct points for the ding since I know it was there when I purchased. // 8

Reliability & Durability: Would definitely withstand live playing. Strap buttons are nice and fat, larger than your average strap button. I'd never play live without a backup, but if I had to, this would be the guitar. Durability of the finish seems good. No wear yet. The gloss black does show fingerprints very well though, and when you clean it its only clean until you pick it up again. // 9

Overall Impression: I have owned this for 4 years. I play at least a few hours each week. Sometimes a lot of hours... This guitar has become my main axe. I used to be an Ibanez guy until I purchased this. The feel of the neck converted me. If it were stolen I would try to find another one. No longer in production, but they do pop up for sale online here and there. Overall a great guitar. It has managed to keep my "buy new guitar" syndrome in check for the last few years. // 9

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