Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Sound — 10
Since I generally just play different styles of metal this look fits great. However the tone I've found is good for blues, country, metal, just about anything I've played this fits. The only place you might run into a problem is the strings. I've used all kinds of different strings and gauges to find the best sound. For my tastes and for the ease of playing I've found the Ernie Ball Classic.10 gauge fit the bill the best here.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall for the money, if you can find a good used one you cannot go wrong. Sadly Schecter has stopped making these new, though I have read in a few places this might be reissued during the summer of 2009. If that is the case and there are some slight upgrades this would be the perfect guitar for home for anyone, and great for almost any show or practice that you might be in.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Probably the most durable guitar that I've played in a long long time. While this is no Les Paul or Strat, this is no slouch either. It's been dropped a few times in the case (not from high though or with great speed) and nary an issue was had after. The internal wiring seems slightly less then perfect so be warned here. I've had to adjust that some, and tighten up the jack for the cable often. To the point that I've changed them out with something higher end to get it to stay put and sound good at all times.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The factor set-up was fairly complete. However there was a noticeable buzz on the top two strings with anything close to heavy gauge strings. Slight ajustments of the bridge and truss would needed to correct this. As well as matching adjustments of the pickups to compensate for that. The tuners are good enough, though if you're going to do a ton of bending I would recommend an upgrade there as well. The flat black finish is a nice touch on the tuners, however I think that Schecter could have found something a touch more exotic looking for this while keeping with the Standard quality of tuners that are had here.
Features — 9
Parts mostly made in Korea, setup in the US. This is the Vampira Limited Series. All white, with a special paint job and red bat fret inlays. With a picture of the original Queen of scream Vampira herself on the body. Out of the box this comes with very nice Seymour Duncan picks, great sound and tone. Came with a hardshell Coffin Case as well, which just adds to the effect.