Price paid: $ 466.092
Purchased from: L&M
Sound — 9
I play a lot of older metal and some newer hardcore stuff etc. Mostly lately has been a lot of Gilbert stuff, really into shred now. I run it with my Carvin MTS 3212 tube combo, as well as my Boss RC-2 Loop Station. It's not noisy at all. The sound is solid through my amp, I can get lots of nice rich harmonics and cutting through distorted tones easily.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall it's a real nice guitar, but for my shred tastes, I prefer having something light on my shoulders that feels like my fingers can free roam and it almost feels like I'm not even holding a guitar. This guitar is very heavy compared to my old SLSMG Soloist, as well as my DK-2. If it were stolen or lost I'd most likely buy something else, Schecter necks are medium sized, definately not even close to a Jackson or Ibanez Wizard or Wizard II neck.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar will withstand Live playing, even after whammy dives the tuning is still good to go. I installed DiMarzio strap locks on it and those have helped a lot as well. I would gig with it but definately have a backup, you never know with guitars, especially if a string broke Live. Always good to have a number 2 with you.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Guitar was setup great from the factory, but L&M butchered that setup. I asked for it in D Standard, and I believe the notes ended up DCGFBD, it was hilarious, definately I would recommend check out some youtube videos of how to setup a floyd yourself, it's good to know for future reference anyways. The pickup height and everything was great, my one problem with it is it's ungodly heavy, honestly it feels like I'm playing a Les Paul compared to my Jackson. Still has lots of sustain and does seem built to last.
Features — 8
Its your basic run of the mill metal guitar. It has a basswood body with stock Schecter pickups which do sound suprisingly well. The liscensed floyd rose is very liable so far and I havenmt had any tuning issues etc. The setup from L&M however was garbage, but if youknow a thing about floyds, it wasn't a problem to fix. The coil tap feature is excellent for getting nice sparkling clean tones. Pickups are passive.