Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: Drum City Guitarland
Sound — 10
As I said, the tone is great. My other guitar that I have been playing for years is an ec-1000 by ltd. Great guitar but it cannot match this one in tone. This Devil Custom has a very warm, well-rounded sound, but is also a bit on the middy/high end cause of the 81/85 emgs and the way this doggy is built. I noticed a very 'cutting' sound to my crunchy chords and also, as I said, the clean notes are very warm and full-bodied.
Overall Impression — 10
For metal this guitar not only looks and feels awesome, but SOUNDS awesome as well. I play out of a Marshall TSL 100 with a BBE maximixer and this geetar HOWLS f*****g metal. Like I said, the tone is on the higher end but with emgs and a Marshall you can't miss. My ltd ec-1000 is a VERY solid guitar, and I have been happy with it for years. Still am - but - it was time for a new gitbox. To change up the feel, shake things up etc. The Scheter Devil Custom caught my eye YEARS ago in an American Musical magazine but I didn't have the cash for it and I was also already very happy with my ltd. I was VERY fortunate to be able to find a Devil still in stock somewhere last month, brand new. I had to SCOUR google until I found the little geet shop in Colorado that had one. I never buy things used; I want to be the first one to break any instrument in. Anyways, I have ZERO complaints about this guitar. It is everything I thought it would be and MORE. If you can find one still out there, get it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar is balanced perfectly. You put on the strap and let it go and it settles at the perfect playing spot and does not droop any further. The neck I found to be a bit thicker than most guitars, but I like that. And it def doesn't hinder the thrash-attack. The guitar is on the lighter side but feels rugged enough. I have been beating on it for a month now and it rises to the occassion everytime. Schecter makes solid axes, end of story.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The geet came with the bass side at 3/64 and the treble side at 2/32. These are the measurments of a Standard setup from the factory. Which I didn't mind because A) it was unplayed, straight from the box, and B) I do my own setups and I like being the first one to noodle with that kinda thing whemn it's my own axe. I like my action a bit higher cause I have a heavier picking style and this guitar responded beautifully to the action adjustment and intonation I applied. This is a guitar that WANTS to intonate for you when you adjust the saddle-slots. The blood red burst finish is a malevolently beautiful thing to behold. It is very dark for the most part. Your average bedroom lighting shows the guitar as an almost blackish color with a very light bloody-plum sorta hue to it. But in direct light the craftsmanship on the color/finish comes to life. In direct lighting you see a 'black crushed-velvet covered in blood' sorta look. It is freakishly awesome.
Features — 10
It's a thru-neck design and it's also a string-thru. Which lends itself to a ton of tone. The 81/85 setup is deal for metal, which I play. Standard bridge. I have zero interest in leads so I don't mess around with the Floyd Rose headcahe. Very well-built git-box. I have the blood red burst model, and yes, it looks just as bada$$ as any pics you've seen.