Price paid: $ 349
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 8
I love the way this guitar sounds clean, but that is not it's best use. Metal and rock are definitely where the Damien 6 shines (if you need those real deep notes go for the Damien 7). From rythm chords to face-melting solos this guitar can give you the sound you need. I don't use the neck pickup as much as I do the bridge, but this will work for backup guitarists and leads alike. Harmonics sound great and are fairly easy to warp out of the guitar. What I really like about the sound in general is the the due to the body of the guitar. It's not too solid like Les Paul let's say, nor is it too bright like an Ibanez. The body really gives this guitar a distinct tone and great sound.
Overall Impression — 7
I play thrash metal, heavy metal, nu-metal, and a little metalcore and I have to say I got the right guitar. There a a few Schecter Damiens and you can pick between the 6 (strings), 7 (strings), and FR (whammy bar). I was hotly debating whether to get the FR or not, but it was $50 more and, frankly, I didn't have the money or else I would have got it. Nevertheless I love my Damien 6 and do not regret buying it at all. I absolutely love the tone, the inlays, and the overall feel of the guitar, it is really comfortable to hold/carry around by strap. It is definitely not too heavy (but not too light). This guitar would probably not be welcome on a blues stage, or classic rock, or other less metal-ly arenas due to its bat inlays and just darkness, but I love it. If this were stolen I would probably get the Damien FR, but I would definitely stay with Schecter. Great guitar period. Well made. Rock on.
Reliability & Durability — 6
Other than the aforementioned problem (scratches) this guitar is fairly durable. Not superb though. I have a feeling I'm going to have to buy a new guitar within the next 2 or 3 years at the latest. The Damien 6 will probably wear out within that time period. For live gigs this is definitely a good guitar as long as it is taken care of. Pretty reliable for the sound, tone, pickups, etc. it's the durability of this guitar that is the downside.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Everything was absolutely perfect when I recieved my guitar. Heck, the strings were even tuned (fortunately the strings didn't snap during the shipment! ). The way my guitar was packed (from the Schecter HQ) there was no way this was going to get damaged during the journey to my house. The finish on the Damien 6 is okay. I would like a Damien 6 with a glossier Shine (like it often appears online). I scratched my guitar the first day I got it with my belt buckle (bummer). You have to be really careful not to scrape it up if you want to keep it ship-shape.
Features — 7
Satin Black finish, 25.5" scale, solid body, basswood, rosewood fretboard, bolt-joint, Grover tuners, EMGhz H4 bridge pickup (humbucker), EMG HZ neck pickup (humbucker), 24 frets, 2 controls: volume and tone, and bat inlays on fretboard. Pretty good features for the price. I find that the Grover tuners aren't the best in the world. I also wish there were two tone controls, but overall great features. I also really like the EMG pickups--give very nice sounds that dig into the the notes.