Damien Platinum 6 FR review by Schecter

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  • Features: 9
  • Sound: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (8 votes)
Schecter: Damien Platinum 6 FR

Price paid: $ 500

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Features — 9
The Damien Platinum 6 FR is a new 2013 model and is built in South Korea. It has 24 X-jumbo frets on a Rosewood Fingerboard with unique platinum "bat" inlays on a 3pc maple neck. It's a solid mahogany body superstrat with a Satin Black finish and a matte silver-colored binding around the body, neck, and headstock. It has a Floyd Rose Special Bridge with your normal EMG 81/85 combo and a Volume/Tone control. The tuners are Grovers. The hardware is all in a matte-metallic color. The Floyd Rose'd version comes at 600 dollars and for the price it's literally a steal where such similarly specked Set-Neck mahogany MIK guitars with EMGs are in the 700-800 dollar price range (Schecter Hellraiser and ESP MH-1000). The FR Special doesn't keep in tune quite as well as a FR-1000 or Original but if you don't go completely crazy with the trem it should be just fine.

Sound — 9
The guitar is what it is: metal. It looks and sounds metal. I use it through a Marshall MG15CFX amplifier at home and with proper settings it sounds really nice. I play mainly metal like Queensryche, Megadeth, Metallica, Tesla, Skid Row, Alter Bridge, A7X and the likes, and it handles it wonderfully. The EMGs are not as good as the Blackouts in my opinion, but you can still pull a nice tone from them and they still excel with high gain. I haven't messed much with the clean sounds or many other genres at home but when I originally tried it out the clean tone wasn't terrible. It was a little bit flat with clean settings. On my amp, I run it through the OD1 channel with high gain and light reverb and it handles metal beautifully. It has a nice heavy sound and cuts through solos like nothing. I'm coming from a Fender Starcaster starter kit so it's light years ahead tone-wise.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action from the factory was a bit too low - you could hear fret buzz on almost every string (though very unnoticeable while plugged in) but the rest of the set up was fairly good. It arrived almost perfectly in-tune and required very little adjustment and the pickup height was set up better than at the local GC. The matte finish is a bit easy to scratch/get oily and the back trem-spring cover was fairly scratched up when I got it but the rest of it is fine. The bindings are very well done as are the frets and inlays and aside from the action and back cover it came very nicely set-up.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I haven't played the guitar live yet but I do feel as if it'd be ready for at least shorter live gigs. I probably wouldn't go without a backup since that's always a bad idea though I don't think anything would go wrong. I'd just most likely replace the pickup battery before the gig for precaution. The strap fell off all the time on my old guitar thanks to it's low quality but on this guitar the strap buttons are nice and big and it hasn't happened yet. The finish seems fine although easy enough to ruin with heavy picking.

Overall Impression — 10
For the price I got it at, or even the price it sells at street-wise, this guitar is a steal. I first picked it up at a local GC after playing a few Hellraisers. My initial thoughts were: "It's a set neck Schecter with EMGs for 600? Seems a bit good to be true." It looks beautiful and is a definite headturner and unique-looking guitar and it's a great match for me as I play lots of metal. The thing I dislike most is the pain of working with the FR tremolo. Compared to the MH-1000, Hellraiser C-1, Hellraiser Special, and several Ibanez guitars, this one won for the bang for your buck aspect for the most part. Coming from the sh-tty starter strat, it's amazing in looks and features and sound. If I lost it or it was stolen I'd either buy another one of see if I could get a Blackjack series Schecter with Blackouts. I'd love to try the Sustainiac version of this guitar too some day although my local GC doesn't carry any. I'm giving it a 10 for overall due to the awesome appearance and the quality and features for the money.

6 comments sorted by best / new / date

    well my score is 9, and i really recommend this guitar to metal players. The only problem is the Floyd, but you can get use to it.
    Can never really take a review seriously when being used with a 15 watt marshall MG.
    I'm in a bedroom in an urban apartment building with a limited budget, I can't get full Marshall stacks or $1000+ amps to play with, sorry. For my purposes and some decent settings, it doesn't sound terrible. If you wanna know what it sounds like, read any review on any guitar with an EMG set and it'll probably sound very similar.
    I had a play of this guitar in Guitar Center. The only thing stopping me from buying it was the bat inlays. Apart from that, it's a very nice guitar and it seems to be very well crafted.
    I have a Damien 7 FR Elite. Although it's a different guitar, this are the only cons I have: 2 of the tuners broke (internal teeth snapped in some areas I guess) I have dark nickel hardware, and some has lost it's finish. I've had it for over 12 months now, and play it every day. It's a fantastic guitar, and extremely durable. The only thing I would change is blocking the trem, and different pick ups.
    Why, why would you put those bats on the fretboard. Cmon I'm crazy in love with this guitar, and hunting for my new guitar and I'm thinking of getting this one, but man those stupid bats...