Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
I play anything from pop-punk all the way up to death metal and I have to say that this guitar unfortuntley does not cover them all. I run it through a Line 6 Spider II 30 Modeling amp with a little reverb and it sound spectecular at first. The Duncan's sound very rich and full at first but they start to wear out and get deep. They give out good distortion but not enough for soloing. You can solo, but you would mabey want a distorion pedal for it. The thing plays chords like butter. My favorite thing about the Duncans is that you can get that heavy "chug chug" when you palm mute. I love the Grover Tuners. They keep the guitar in tune for a long time. However like I said before, the Duncans wear out after a while and start to sound horrible. After having them in (a little over a year), I decided to change them to the almighty EMG 81/85 combination. Now it sounds like a Demon thanks to the wood quality of the S1. In conclusion about the sound. The S1 sounds beautiful at first but after at least a year of playing with it. You would want to pull out the Duncan pickups and put in somthing else.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing for 2 years now and I play anything form punk to metal. The S1 covers almost every style at first but then starts to wear out and sound like crap after a year. The only issue is the Duncan pickups. They go from amazing to horrbile in a year. I love the quality wood of the guitar, it's finishes and its look but I've grown to hate the Duncan Designs (luckliy I replaced them with EMG 81/85). If the guitar were stolen, I would defentley hunt the guy who took it or just buy another one just due to the fact that the guitar is just sooooo goergous. I would defentley recommend this guitar, but only if you decide to replace its stock pick-ups with somthing else after you have it for a a little over a year. It is also a good buy and can hang with the big brands such as PRS and Gibson if you do decide to replace the pickups.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The S1 is a durable guitar but its extremley fragile. I sligltly bumped into a wall while I was playing it and cracked the head stock a little bit. It can easily be scratched because of the thin finish. However, none of this effected the sound of the guitar what so ever so the I was pleased with.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I got the guitar. The action was to high so I lowered it a little and it sounded perfect. It was set up at a factory. My only grudge about the S1 is the body. It looks goergous but accessing the higher frets is a pain in the ass due to the SG sort-of body but other wise every thing was perfect.
Features — 10
This is a 2005 Korean made Schecter S1 but 100% set up in the United States. It has 24.75" scale and a set neck. The body is mohogany and the neck is rosewood and it features 22 jumbo frets, excellent Grovere tuners, TonePros Tom system, chrome harware, a beautiful creme colored binding on the neck and goergous mother of pearl 3-ply crown inlays. Mine came with a stunning see thru-cherry color finish. Its pickups are a decent pair of Duncan Designed HB-102s passive pickups in both the neck and bridge positions. However when I later changed the pickups it had a label of HB-103 so I wasn't really sure. Anyway it also comes with a 2 volume control and 1 tone control and a three way selecter Switch. All very nice features.