C-7 Hellraiser FR review by Schecter

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.6 (42 votes)
Schecter: C-7 Hellraiser FR
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Price paid: $ 999

Purchased from: Billyhyde

Sound — 10
I play anything from funk to rock to metal and while it is a versatile guitar capable of playing all of these styles, it really shines in the heavier metal and shred tones, which is I guess what it was made for. The EMG 707's really compliment the guitars mean look and can give you lots of attack and really nice bass from the seventh string. The push/pull feature which changes to single coil lets you get surprisingly good clean tones, not particularly a warm fat clean but more of a glassy, crisp tone.

Overall Impression — 10
Buy one. You know you want to. It's an absolutely beautiful guitar that's just fun to play. It's very comfortable, and it's about twice as versative as I'd have expected it to be. Hellraiser or not, you can totally play blues on this, the clean tones are quite cool in a rather crystalline, sparkling way, and it's just a guitar that smokes for lead work. For the price and for the features, it's one of the better sevens on the market right now.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is definitely gig worthy and comes with good quality hardware. I would do a gig with no worries on whether something will go wrong, it looks and feels like a solid instrument. So far there have been no problems with anything but I have only recently bought it, so not much to say here.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Everything was setup perfect out of the box. There were no blemishes or flaws in any of the construction and finish and it played like a dream. This is my first and only seven string at the moment and the transition from six to seven only took a few hours, partially because the other guitar I use for shred/lead work is an ESP LTD KH-602 and the neck on the Hellraiser actually feels quite similar to it.

Features — 10
Basic Features: * Construction: Set-neck with Ultra Access * Scale: 26.5" * Tuning: B-E-A-D-G-B-E * Body: Mahogany * Top: Quilted maple * Neck: 3-piece mahogany * Fingerboard: Rosewood * Frets: 24 extra-jumbo * Inlays: Gothic cross * Pickups: EMG Active 707-TW * Electronics: 2 Vol with push/pull coil-splitting/Tone/3-Way Toggle Switch * Bridge: Original Floyd Rose Tremolo * Binding: Abalone * Tuners: Grover * Hardware: Black Chrome 3-colour options, black, white and black cherry The only drawback in the features is that it didn't come with a case but that has nothing to do with the guitar itself.

23 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Amuro Jay
    tele-rat wrote: just what the world needs, another pointy rocket-ship guitar that looks like the decade of the 80's puked up.
    How's it any pointier than a regular Strat?
    travislausch
    Vikingx wrote: All 10's eh? Thanks for another nonobjective review...
    I'm tired of people saying this.
    COBHC728
    This is a very nice guitar, but not worth all 10s. It lacks in tonal diversity, and I feel that the pickups on this guitar can be very limiting to anything that's not metal. However, it is still a fantastic guitar, especially for the price. If you do get this, I recommend against getting a Floyd Rose, as the added tension of the low B makes tuning that much more of a pain in the ass, and I feel that Floyd's take away from the sustain and resonance (which you will need for a 7).
    SilverSpurs616
    That's a damned amazing-looking guitar, nice features too. But all 10's? I'm willing to bet it's a fantastic guitar, but thats a bogus review score there..
    sw1ss023
    xXxOmen6xXx wrote: no difference to the Omen6 extreme Oo
    This has a set neck, OFR, an extra string, EMGs, and better quality.
    filthylittleboy
    new_age_reject wrote: filthylittleboy wrote: I really want an ibanez 7 string with 26.5 scale... You really want an Ibanez S7320. I don't like the body of the S series, but 7 string RG's are the shit, just too bad that they don't make them 26.5 inch scale length The closest thing to a perfect 7 string I've ever played.
    The^Unforgiven
    Vikingx wrote: All 10's eh? Thanks for another nonobjective review...
    Don't read the scores alone, read the review and make your deductions then.
    EpiExplorer
    SeanX3187 wrote: all 10's again... i'm unimpressed. it's been said so many times but i think i'll repeat it; the UG team members who decide if these are good enough to post, aren't doing their job very well. Tabs get shot down for little reasons, and yet they accept glowing reviews for obviously not "All 10" quality guitars?
    I know, whats the deal with that? o.o
    sammo_boi
    there's a doorbuster sale at billy hyde... *runs to billy hyde to pick up schecter*
    SeanX3187
    all 10's again... i'm unimpressed. it's been said so many times but i think i'll repeat it; the UG team members who decide if these are good enough to post, aren't doing their job very well. Tabs get shot down for little reasons, and yet they accept glowing reviews for obviously not "All 10" quality guitars?
    new_age_reject
    filthylittleboy wrote: I really want an ibanez 7 string with 26.5 scale...
    You really want an Ibanez S7320. The closest thing to a perfect 7 string I've ever played.
    EpiExplorer
    Woulda thought the Apex or Universe to be better. But those specs are WOW o.o Seriously, 707 actives. But yet again, another 'glowing, superficial review that shouldnt be posted!' ;P
    Skuzzmo
    Vikingx wrote: All 10's eh? Thanks for another nonobjective review...
    Yeah, have to agree with this... reading all these reviews and so many people have bought heaven made perfect equipment.. pfft..
    MrWeenie
    that damn doorbuster sale....all i got were some measly strings...at a fine price, but still no $30 Mark Morton Jackson or anything...
    SOADriff
    slipknot_420 wrote: Nice guitar but you paid too much!
    Not really. In australia thats a very good deal for a schecter, they retail normally for about 1600-1800 AUS dollars. Im assuming he bought this at the doorbuster sale.
    tele-rat
    just what the world needs, another pointy rocket-ship guitar that looks like the decade of the 80's puked up.