Price paid: $ 430
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Features — 9
Schecter Demon-7 Vintage White. 7 Strings (B E A D G b e), Solid Basswood String Though Body, Rosewood Fret board, Dual Action Truss Rod, Gloss White Finish, Clear-coated Neck, Black Binding, Black Chrome Tune-O-Matic Bridge, Seymour Duncan Design Active HB-105/7N Humbuckers, 26. 5 Inch Scale Length, 24 Frets, Black Chrome Set Screw 1 Tone 1 Volume Knobs, Bolt On Maple Neck, 3 Way Black Pickup Selector, Grey Perloid Gothic Cross Inlay, Schecter Brand Tuners, Jumbo Frets. 9-volt Clip-in Battery Compartment.
Sound — 9
It sounds very full due to the long scale length. It has a very soft soothing clean sound in the neck pickups and has high output. The neck pickup is trebly and sounds amazing with distortion. Very little feedback. Low B string sounds much better if you buy thick strings and sounds very full, bass-y, very clean, tight, and not muddy like you find on many other guitars. The whole guitar clean or distorted sounds fuller, beefier, puncher and tighter than a Les Paul Gibson Standard or a Fender American Tele or Strat. The basswood body gives it a natural scooped mid range so when on the neck pickup it sounds very clean and simply amazing, Graph Tech XL Black Tusq Nut.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The action was set perfectly. The pickups need a little raising but not much, everything looked very good. The unnoticeable head stock needed a little more work on the edges where the paint is uneven but the rest of the guitar looked amazing. The pickups selector had a little too much play. The volume and tone knobs where good. Stock pickups are amazing. The truss rod cover screw stripped after opening it once. The bodywork was simply amazing with all the perfect details, the finish was very well done and I found a tiny crack at the bottom but it was from being at the store. Very fine neck and the best neck I have seen and played on.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Yes, the strap knobs are really well screwed in there and has survived my crazy jumping around on stage for many gigs. The hardware will last a wile, the first things I expect to go out is the pickup selector and the truss rod cover. The body is very soft and the neck can withstand very thick strings with a simple truss rod adjustment. I would only have to bring this guitar to my shows because It has had no problems that would make it unplayable. Everything but the pickup selector is very durable. The only downside to this guitar is the active pickups and you just gotta make sure the battery is all good. If the battery goes bad the guitar will have a distorted output (and it doesn't sound good).
Overall Impression — 10
I love this guitar from the first 10 minutes of playing it in the guitar store. It has done me good but the little tiny cough there with the truss rod cover but everything else is fine. I play anywhere from punk rock to death metal and this guitar has served me well. Compare this to an Ibanez or any other 7-string and this guitar will kick ass. The length is not much longer than a Stratocaster but it takes some time to get used to it but it's worth it for the amazing tone it brings. I never really have to drop tune because that low B string is right there. I own some pretty good gear and have been playing for over 3 years. I would buy another Schecter but I would go for the Hellraiser Series. This one has amazing quality but the only reason I would get a Hellraiser instead of this again is because of the finish, EMGs, and the Floyd Rose bridge.