Price paid: $ 750
Sound — 10
I play mostly prog-metal, prog-fusion but also jazz and sometimes blues. This guitar is able to make sounds matching every of these types of music perfectly. Don't judge the book by it's cover- although 'evil' and 'metal' looking, this guitar is very versatile! The mahogany body and pick-ups, make the sound a little bit darker, but it makes it even better. Incredible sustain, and when it's coupling it's not going to high-pitches like most of the guitars do, it just smoothly makes a great sound.
Overall Impression — 10
My Schecter Demon was one of the first Demon models actually released by Schecter, so I couldn't base on any reviews (since there were none) when I was buying it. But I wasn't dissapointed, I was really amazed! It fits really almost every type of music (especially metal kinds, not suprisingly). If it's been stolen, I wouldn't buy it again.. I would buy the 7-string version of the Schecter Demon! I love the versatility of it, durability and of course the sound. I'd compare it to Petrucci's signature Music Man, I've played on both, and they seem to sound amazingly similiar, although sound is the only thing that links these guitars.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've played a couple of serious gigs with my band with the Demon, it never brought me down. The hardware is solid, and I bet it would be still 'almost like new' after letting it fall downstairs. The strap buttons are a pain though, they were poorly nailed untill I actually dealed with them. What do I mean through 'poorly nailed' is - they began to 'move' a little bit after half a year of playing, and I could practically take them out easily by hand. But I've repaired it for 10$, happily, they seem to hold the guitar without any problems since then. I'm 100% sure that it's a very durable guitar that you can rely on.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
My guitar was a straight out-of-the-box model. They set it up pretty well at the factory, the action was perfect, the bridge was perfectly set, no flaws at all. The only badly done thing, were the pick-ups. The bridge humbucker was way too low, and had to adjust it just a little bit, but it's not a problem at all, just a matter of minutes.
Features — 9
My Demon's been made in the mid 90s, something around 1995 (which makes it one of the very first models). And since I bought it, it amazes me everyday. The 24-fret, dark sounding mahogany body, smooth maple/rosewood neck and fingerboard, and the part that amazed me the most- Duncan Designed active Humbuckers in a H-H set-up. As far as I know, the Demon is available only in satin black colour, that's the only bad thing about it. I would choose the satin black colour anyday, but when dust gets on it- then we've got a problem, because even a blind person would see it. The tuners are also Schecter's, but they've never dissapointed me, not even a bit. Demon is available with and without (stopbar) Floyd Rose bridge, I own a Floyd Rose version. It holds tune very, very well, maybe that's because Demons are built with a Licensed Floyd Rose as their FR bridges.