Price paid: $ 1099
Purchased from: Daddy's Junky Music
Sound — 10
This guitar sounds incredible. I'm a metal player and it fits my style to a T. At the store, I played a Line 6 and Peavey amps at the store just to hear it and was impressed. Even, unplugged it sounds terrific... When I got home and plugged into my Boss GT-8 is when my jaw really hit the ground. I dialed my gain back just a touch on my main patch and this thing just screams. Crushing tight heavy tone and the highs are crystal clear as well. Cleans are decent but it really excels with distorted tone. Excellent overal tonal qualities.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is perfect for my style of play. I've been playing for many years and I've had some nice guitars over that time. For the money, this is one of the best guitars out there (at least for my style of music). If it was lost or stolen I would replace it in a heartbeat... One final thought, if you have the money... Go get one.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Schecter makes solid guitars. This guitar is a tank and I'm not worried about it's durability. The strap buttons on my last Schecter did loosen up but so far the Loomis has been excellent. Time will tell if the finish will fade however I take meticulous care of my equipment (yes, gear nerd) so I doubt it. The original Floyd is awesome, I've been beating on the bar quite a bit and this thing stays in tune even with the most extreme whammy abuse.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar itself came flawless (no noticable defects). The guitar is a longer scale and heavier than I am used but I quickly adapted. The action was pretty high on the intital setup but I quickly resolved that with some tweaking. I set it up for medium action and changed the battery in the first week. The finish is great... It's a visually stunning axe.
Features — 9
Schecter 2009 Jeff Loomis-FR Year - 2009 Country of Origin - Korea / setup done at Schecter USA Construction - Set-Neck w/ Ultra-Access Body - Ash Neck - Maple Frets - 24 jumbo Scale - 26.5" Pickups - EMG707 Electronics - Single Volume Knob \ 3 Way Switch Bridge - Original Floyd Rose 7 Tuners - Groover Hardware - Black Chrome Finish - Satin Color - Vampyre Red Satin (Blood Red) I waited 10 weeks for this guitar to come in and was well worth it. The guitar came in mint condition and is a really beautiful instrument. I'm basically a metal player and this guitar had all the features I was looking for. The only real complaint I have, is that it didn't come with a case. I did order a Gator case for it. Weight is also a factor if you coming from a Strat or you're a smaller person you will notice the difference.