Price paid: A$ 400
Purchased from: Billy Hyde Music
Sound — 8
I am only a beginner guitarist and I can't really play much but I prefer to play hard rock or metal riffs. Being a Schecter this guitar suits my playing style. I have a Squier SP-10 amp which is terrible but the guitar still sounds decent, the only problem is when I use my Vox V847-A wah pedal with it is sounds quite bad, but that is just because of my amp, with my friend's amp it sounds fine. It is very full, loud sound but it gets a dim sound if you do not have the tone knob up full. Because both pickups are the same you don't get much variety and it mainly gives a deeper, crunchy sound but with a bit of amp tweaking you can get many sounds out of it.
Overall Impression — 8
For my genre (metal) it is a good match. I have only been playing for just under 4 months and even with my very poor amp it holds up good enough. I really should have asked for some recommendations of other guitars in my price range before buying this but I was in a bit of a Rush when I went to the store. If it was stolen or lost I would probably invest in a new amp before a guitar (like I should have in the first place) but if I had to get a guitar I would definitely get it again. I find it very easy to do pinch harmonics on however I don't like the Licensed Floyd Rose. I wish it has different pickups (EMGs to suit my playing style) so if you have money save up for a Schecter C-1 or C-1 FR. Nothing else is really a problem to me with my playing ability but for other people they might not like the Licensed Floyd Rose or the tuners.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I think that the guitar would withstand Live playing if it is properly set up and maintained, as for bringing a backup or not it depends on the person, most people would take a backup always and some people would only take the guitar they are going to use. The hardware seems like it will last, it is very solid but I don't like the Licensed Floyd Rose, it seems to be made of cheap metal and I think that will be the first part of the guitar to break. The strap buttons I do not use as I only play at home at my computer where I have acess to videos and tabs but the few times I have played standing up the strap buttons seems solid and able to hold well. The finish looks like it had a few too many coats of clear which gives it an extremely glossy look but also makes it last longer.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Because it was the demo guitar (last one at the store) it was already set up but the action was a bit low. The pickups were a bit lower than other guitars I have played but it didn't really bother me too much to go and adjust them. The only problems were the string locks in the Floyd Rose, on the 3rd string it rattles and the locks are very sharp that it ended up cutting the end off the 1st string. The tuning peg for the 5th string was also loose. Other then that everything was fine.
Features — 9
Despite the fact that the sticker price was $500 I payed only $400 for it due to an incorrect price in the system at Billy Hyde. It was made in 2006 in China, most Schecters are made in Korea however apparently Schecter has relocated the manufacturing site from South Korea to China. It is 25-1/2" scale with 24 jumbo frets bolt on maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. It is a solid-top basswood body with a gloss black finish. It is a Strat style body but with larger cutouts for easy access to the higher frets. It has a Licensed Floyd Rose (hence the name FR)and is fitted with basic Schecter Diamond series humbucker pickups in the neck and bridge. It has 1 vol, 1 tone and a 3 way selector Switch with Schecter Diamond tuners.