Hellraiser C-8 review by Schecter

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.7 (24 votes)
Schecter: Hellraiser C-8
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Price paid: $ 809

Purchased from: BCR Music and Sound

Sound — 8
I play heavier music - anywhere from Rammstein to Meshuggah. This is a great choice for a heavy down tuned metal lover. Using Tech 21 and Marshall Amps. Tech 21 Analog Transistor (Tight Low-End is Great) and Marshall JCM and JVM (Much more balanced sound) Not noisy at all. Neck pickup is very brilliant, and the bridge is meant for a full sound. The better to destroy your neighbors with. The guitar offers the same sounds as any other with emgs, with the consideration it has 24 frets, has unique pickups, and is an 8 string. Depending on tuning, this guitar makes some unqiue sounds. Again depending on tuning - If you want to tune past F#, you should get heavier gauge strings. Next to that, its all good.

Overall Impression — 8
I love anything heavy, and this guitar is on the extreme edge of that. I've been playing 3 years, self taught, and I'm ready for this instrument. It is not for the faint of heart, or the inexperienced. If it were stolen I Must Get Another. I love the tone, I dislike only the fact that they don't make 8 string packs of strings. I compared Ibanez, ESP, and Agile to this. Although some things do differ slightly, Schecter is without a doubt the best choice, and more affordable.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Like any Schecter, its meant to destroy the world. Hardware will definitely last. Straps are solid. I would depend on it, but I would make sure the strings are in good condition and aren't old or strained. Finish is great, and I doubt will wear even with extensive play.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar is my 5th Schecter out of 6, and is flawless from the factory. It is inspected by Schecter in the US after creation and than personally inspected by me after I get my paws on it. Pickups are aligned perfect. Pictures match the guitar again flawlessly. No flaws whatsoever. This guitar is meant to be plugged in and destroy the world as soon as you crank it.

Features — 8
2009 Made, South Korea 24 Fret X-Jumbo (29.5 Scale Neck) Solid-Top Quilted Cherry Finish Schecter C Custom Hipshot 8 Active EMG 808's 2 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 way selector Bridge and Neck pickups Schecter Custom Locking Tuners Schecter Hardcase for C Body Styles

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    Blargaha
    @PDXluthier No, seven and eightstrings are for those who want extra low octaves without having to tune down their guitar. With your reasoning a drummer wouldn't need more than one kickdrum, one tom, a highhat and a ride, since drummers with more than that has a retarded creative ability? But tha reasoning is common among the sixstring fascists who usually regard multistringers as lower human beings, grow up!
    stoic
    Why not just invent a 20 string guitar and get this over with, already. Eventually we'll all be tuning our strings so low that the human ear will be unable to hear it at all. Now that's heavy.
    carl943
    The neck is actually very comfortable. I played a schecter c-7 for about a year before moving up to this, and i feel no difference. It definitely has a great seismic tone and leads will not suffer at all. The 808s have a much punchy bass tone and a rounded high end compared to the 81-85. EMGs are not standard on most guitars, but they are for metal heads. There are very few big name pickups metal heads use next to emg/SD blackouts.
    Lefty27
    I just traded my C-7 for this C-8, I cant wait to get it and Jam!!! Great review, it's nice to hear a different view than the old farts that play rock n' roll.
    GregAshby
    E.harley wrote: if you think emgs sound like sh*t, you truly are stupidbeelzybub wrote: The guitar offers the same sounds as any other with emgs, with the consideration it has 24 frets, has unique pickups, and is an 8 string. That's a terrible summary, you say it is the same as any other guitar with EMG's then go and say the pickups are unique. Make up your mind. EMG's are pretty much standard on most guitars these days and sound like shit.
    I agree with this guy.....Your stupid if you think they sound like shit.
    Xelorh
    beelzybub wrote: The guitar offers the same sounds as any other with emgs, with the consideration it has 24 frets, has unique pickups, and is an 8 string. That's a terrible summary, you say it is the same as any other guitar with EMG's then go and say the pickups are unique. Make up your mind. EMG's are pretty much standard on most guitars these days and sound like shit.
    Indeed a terrible summary. But EMG's are amazing. You OBVIOUSLY haven't played a guitar with quality pickup's in your life. DiMarzio, Duncan, and any other pickup brands out there just can't top 'em....
    Ali-b912
    EMG's have one sound they do well, and they are total shit at everything else. Most people think they're THE BEST EVAR because they're standard for every metalcore, deathcore etc. type band. Or, it's a black/death metal band, and most death metal bands have a pretty crappy sound. And then don't even try and get EMG's to do anything outside of metal.
    Ali-b912
    carl943 wrote: There are very few big name pickups metal heads use next to emg/SD blackouts.
    SD: JB, Jazz (for the neck), Invader, Distortion, Custom 5, Custom Custom, Alternative 8, Dimebucker, Duncan Custom, Full Shred DiMarzio: X2N, Super Distortion, Tone Zone, D-Activators, Evo's, Crunch Lab Bill Lawrence: XL-500, XL-250 etc.
    PDXluthier
    7-8 strings are for those that cant create past their own abilities. More strings arent the answer, read some books people!
    ippystratman
    stoic wrote: Why not just invent a 20 string guitar and get this over with, already. Eventually we'll all be tuning our strings so low that the human ear will be unable to hear it at all. Now that's heavy.
    I agree, perosnally i think 8 strings is getting a bit redundant. Ever since korn started playing on 7 strings everything in the world of metal seems to have just become a competition of how far can you go with heaviness. It'll get to the point where someone gets something ridiculous like a 15 neck guitar each neck has 85 strings and you tune it to like drop E 3 octaves below standard or something thats just plain stupid. I do like 7 string guitars though and i do like schecters though i must say i was disappointed with the hellraiser series. The damiens are beautiful though and so is the one that synyster gates plays (yes i know its a hellraiser but its an exception)
    Pan-Tallica
    PDXluthier wrote: 7-8 strings are for those that cant create past their own abilities. More strings arent the answer, read some books people!
    It's so disappointing that you seem to have signed up just to say that.
    Robby_0_1990
    Xelorh wrote: Indeed a terrible summary. But EMG's are amazing. You OBVIOUSLY haven't played a guitar with quality pickup's in your life. DiMarzio, Duncan, and any other pickup brands out there just can't top 'em....
    For sure. My mate has a Jackson RR3 with Seymour Duncan pickups. They are amazing, not much can compete with them.
    The Interlude
    I think havving a very light string for the highest one is an awesome idea, of which I've pondered myself. it would definately be good forsolos. I love it when they get super high pitched with the shredding. would the pickuphave any trouble picking up the sound of a lighter string, kinda how a low tuning might mean muddying up? just a thought...
    bambi89
    i understand that this is probably a very naive question, but what tunings would you have on an 8-string guitar? i mean do you have it go B,E,A,G,B,e,a? or G,B,E,A,D,G,B,e?
    Dream Floyd
    bambi89 wrote: i understand that this is probably a very naive question, but what tunings would you have on an 8-string guitar? i mean do you have it go B,E,A,G,B,e,a? or G,B,E,A,D,G,B,e?
    Most metal heads tune to F#,B,E,A,D,G,B,E... But if I get one I would tune it with a high A string... Scale the Summit FTW
    E.harley
    if you think emgs sound like sh*t, you truly are stupid
    beelzybub wrote: The guitar offers the same sounds as any other with emgs, with the consideration it has 24 frets, has unique pickups, and is an 8 string. That's a terrible summary, you say it is the same as any other guitar with EMG's then go and say the pickups are unique. Make up your mind. EMG's are pretty much standard on most guitars these days and sound like shit.
    wario_mt
    MrWeenie wrote: HammettFTW wrote: sorry for the triple post, but i would also just like to point out that Schecter 7 and 8 strings have fat necks compared to most seven strings. This gives it truly seismic tone, but your lead playing might suffer. meshuggah fans and nu-metal fans will love it. and if you have long fingers, it does the job. but there are 7/8 strings that have a far more slender neck profile. Jeff Loomis sig is the only schecter ERG that has a more thinner neck profile i can play leads much better on my schecter 7 than any of my other guitars. the neck is thinner too, i love it
    Mine blackjack c-7 has fat neck which I really like about it, leads are comfortable, chords and riffage too. I prefer fatter necks to some lets say ibanez type neck. And yeah, seismic tone is the right word
    gquady09
    I spoke to Chris from Scale The Summit. He tunes his 8-string B-E-A-D-G-b-e-g. He told me to get his strings, he e-mails Ernie Ball for the 7-string set, then an extra high (to tune up to the high g).
    HammettFTW
    Dream Floyd wrote: bambi89 wrote: i understand that this is probably a very naive question, but what tunings would you have on an 8-string guitar? i mean do you have it go B,E,A,G,B,e,a? or G,B,E,A,D,G,B,e? Most metal heads tune to F#,B,E,A,D,G,B,E... But if I get one I would tune it with a high A string... Scale the Summit FTW
    there would be way too much tension on the high A string.
    humperdunk
    i wish there were more decent american companies that manufactured eight strings. I guess Schecter is as close as it gets. They're definitely the best out of the metal oriented guitars.
    Shor-T Zero
    Schecter makes great metal oriented guitars, and although there may be a company out there that makes 8 strings better, Schecter mass produces them the best. As far as tuning goes, Dream Floyd is right. Most of the time, though, strings aren't capable of the tension to tune to higher A. Or it'll be extremely thin. You would want something specifically made to go to a higher A 8 string. These 8 stringers are ALL about the Lows. Bambi, if you want to hear what an 8-string is good for and sounds like, listen to "Obzen". It has an entire riff devoted to chugging on the 8th string (they tune a half step down, so their tuning is something like (F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb). It is HEAVY and can't imagine anything lower (mostly because it'll sound like crap, probably).
    EpiExplorer
    humperdunk wrote: i wish there were more decent american companies that manufactured eight strings. I guess Schecter is as close as it gets. They're definitely the best out of the metal oriented guitars.
    but yeah, I would get this if I had the spare cash/the need to.. cuz, its not something I'd use alot. But good review-ish.
    deyangeorgiev
    definetly a good metal guitar... fingerpicking would be a pain in the *ss though, you'd need a few months on a 7 to switch to an 8...
    beelzybub
    The guitar offers the same sounds as any other with emgs, with the consideration it has 24 frets, has unique pickups, and is an 8 string.
    That's a terrible summary, you say it is the same as any other guitar with EMG's then go and say the pickups are unique. Make up your mind. EMG's are pretty much standard on most guitars these days and sound like shit.
    HammettFTW
    sorry for the double post, but features wise, it is clearly not an 8, judging by the fact that you gave all your ratings and 8, i would assume that you were lazy in your ratings.
    guitarsftw
    Marshall Harrison's "demo" of this guitar makes me want it so badly. He actually tunes it B-E-A-D-G-C-e-a
    carl943
    I am the original poster of this review. I tuned mine instantly to D-A-D-A-D-G-A-D for shits. I had to get a bass gauge string for the octave D to not sound muddy. (.90 gauge) Beezlybub, your a hater. I admit i contradicted myself, but you know how emgs are. They are the best for metalheads. 707's and 808's have a much more balanced and unique sound, whereas as 60-81-85 etc have a designated tone. Its unique because they are 707's or 808's and will respond differently to the frequencies that 6'ers do. In a good way. I admit that this is overkill. Im crazy for buying 2 of these (One is a blackjack coming). With the unique tuning i have already done to it, its very easy to jump from a standard 6 to a octave down. If you have any personal questions email me at cjkulonda@comcast.net I can answer there
    celticstorm84
    Badass looking guitar I have to admit. I tried the Ibanez RG 8 string and wasn't terribly impressed for the price. This looks worth trying for sure. The 808s do sound pretty solid for what they're designed for. Good review.
    guitarsftw
    HammettFTW wrote: Dream Floyd wrote: bambi89 wrote: i understand that this is probably a very naive question, but what tunings would you have on an 8-string guitar? i mean do you have it go B,E,A,G,B,e,a? or G,B,E,A,D,G,B,e? Most metal heads tune to F#,B,E,A,D,G,B,E... But if I get one I would tune it with a high A string... Scale the Summit FTW there would be way too much tension on the high A string.
    There's this one company that sells EXTREMELY light strings for people to tune to such higher pitches http://www.garrygoodman.com/order.htm
    CapnKickass
    Shor-T Zero wrote: Schecter makes great metal oriented guitars, and although there may be a company out there that makes 8 strings better, Schecter mass produces them the best. As far as tuning goes, Dream Floyd is right. Most of the time, though, strings aren't capable of the tension to tune to higher A. Or it'll be extremely thin. You would want something specifically made to go to a higher A 8 string. These 8 stringers are ALL about the Lows. Bambi, if you want to hear what an 8-string is good for and sounds like, listen to "Obzen". It has an entire riff devoted to chugging on the 8th string (they tune a half step down, so their tuning is something like (F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb). It is HEAVY and can't imagine anything lower (mostly because it'll sound like crap, probably).
    Kylesa tune to Drop G, on six stings non-the-less heheheh.
    HammettFTW
    sorry for the triple post, but i would also just like to point out that Schecter 7 and 8 strings have fat necks compared to most seven strings. This gives it truly seismic tone, but your lead playing might suffer. meshuggah fans and nu-metal fans will love it. and if you have long fingers, it does the job. but there are 7/8 strings that have a far more slender neck profile. Jeff Loomis sig is the only schecter ERG that has a more thinner neck profile
    HammettFTW
    guitarsftw wrote: HammettFTW wrote: Dream Floyd wrote: bambi89 wrote: i understand that this is probably a very naive question, but what tunings would you have on an 8-string guitar? i mean do you have it go B,E,A,G,B,e,a? or G,B,E,A,D,G,B,e? Most metal heads tune to F#,B,E,A,D,G,B,E... But if I get one I would tune it with a high A string... Scale the Summit FTW there would be way too much tension on the high A string. There's this one company that sells EXTREMELY light strings for people to tune to such higher pitches http://www.garrygoodman.com/order.htm fair enough, but if i were you, i would get a digitech whammy or some form of octaver, it wont hinder your tone as much as well
    MrWeenie
    HammettFTW wrote: sorry for the triple post, but i would also just like to point out that Schecter 7 and 8 strings have fat necks compared to most seven strings. This gives it truly seismic tone, but your lead playing might suffer. meshuggah fans and nu-metal fans will love it. and if you have long fingers, it does the job. but there are 7/8 strings that have a far more slender neck profile. Jeff Loomis sig is the only schecter ERG that has a more thinner neck profile
    i can play leads much better on my schecter 7 than any of my other guitars. the neck is thinner too, i love it