Price paid: $ 450
Purchased from: Best Buy
Sound — 9
I run this guitar through a Line 6 Spider III 15 watt thats decent but not perfect, but I have to say that where the amp lacks, the Damien makes up for it. Great clean sounds as well as distorted, which is good because I play everything from bluegrass to death metal. I know that a lot more people are turning to Schecter for their guitars, and synster gates of A7X probably has the coolest one. I used to have a crappy Squier Stratocaster that sounded awful on almost any setting, but luckily this is much better The tone of the guitar itself is best when trying to achieve a good distorted sound, mostly metal, but I would still recommend it to a player of any genre.
Overall Impression — 10
Compared to any Ibanez, ESP, or LTD guitars at its price it will blow them away. I was considering getting an Ibanez ART because I know that Ibanez usually has a great metal sound but this guitar is way better. When compared to the ART, I found that it had a much wider range of sounds. The jazz pickup in the neck is especially great for deep sounds even on distortion I use it for a fat bassy sound. As for ESP's and LTD's, I just think they are poorly constructed usually and have not as good a tone (give or take a few guitars). Also when compared to other Schecter guitars, it's almost as good as the hellraiser, and definitely beasts the C-1 series except for the apocalypse one. The glossed finish is spectacular, the overall sound is great and I wouldn't change a thing about it, besides the pickups.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I've smashed it into quite a few things as I was taking it to recording studios and gigs and such but I haven't actually dropped it anywhere although I'm sure it won't break easy. The finish seems to stay well after a few years of use although it does need some cleaning up after awhile.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The EMG HZ's are actually pretty good despite what you might hear otherwise because they're passive, although the Seymour Duncan Blackouts would be what I would replace them with if I did. The finish is stunning and maybe even breathtaking when you first lay eyes on it- Glossed Crimson with waves of black on it and a nice white striped outline on the body. Reasonably light, and great action on fretboard.
Features — 9
Nicely set up with 24 Jumbo fret, Rosewood fretboard and bolt-on body. Made with Grover tuners and passive EMG HZ Humbucker pickups (But don't underestimate them.) Three way selector on the pickups, and the neck pickup gets a great low jazzy sound to it with a lot of bass. Glossed finish over the body and has a double cutaway that's great for lots of upper neck action on solos. The finish is called "Blood Moon", and is a combination of crimson and black waves that you really have to see to understand the beauty of it.