Price paid: $ 250
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
It works great playing anything from Ultra hardcore metal to classical pieces. I play as I said before with a Peavey Vypyr 15 which I use as a practice amp coupled with a DigiTech RP50. There is almost never any background noise unless I add it with effects. Is sounds very big and powerful, very rich. It isn't twangy or sharp sounding.
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is fantastic, I highly recommend it for any playing style. I've been playing for 4 to 5 years and have owned and played many a guitar, but this Schecter definitely tops even a Gibson LP in my book. If someone stole this guitar I would do all I could to either get it back or get another. I have no regrets in buying it at all. It is a magnificent guitar and would buy a second if I had the money.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will stand just about anything, I've accidentally knocked it off its stand and it landed on the front without any damage at all. The tone and volume knobs are metal and I doubt I could break them in any way no matter how hard I am on them (which I try not to be). The strap pins work great, I haven't had my strap slip off once since I've had it. I would have no problem bring just this guitar to a gig as it is very dependable. I have yet to even scratch the paint on this beauty unlike my LP which scratched within a month so I'm really not worrying about having to repair the finish in any way.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar is beautifully built, the pickups are set great, the FR bridge is astonishingly good, the neck is set very well, and the head fantastic.
Features — 9
I bought my used Schecter Damien-FR Diamond Series this past June. It has a beautiful basswood body that was made in the U.S. The maple neck was made in South Korea and plays wonderfully. The 24 Xtra jumbo frets make soloing easy and are rather comfortable to play. The inlays are pearl bats set in a rosewood neck that looks completely awesome with the matte black finish on the body. It comes with a pair of awesome EMG-HZ H4 and H4A pickups which sound amazing through my Peavey Vypyr 15 practice amp and anything else I plug it into. It has Grover tuning machines and a Floyd Rose bridge so tuning is kept at a minimum.