Synyster Gates Custom review by Schecter

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (545 votes)
Schecter: Synyster Gates Custom
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Price paid: C$ 1000

Purchased from: Ebay

Sound — 8
This is great for everything. From soft to really heavy music... it can handle it all. You can crank up the distortion and it will still give you a great sound. The invaders give you LOADS of tone. There is almost no noise from it. It is very quiet. Only thing I don't like on sound is that the pickups are the same. When you Switch from neck to bridge or bridge to neck there is almost no difference in sound.

Overall Impression — 9
This guitar plays like a dream. The way the neck is set in is great. It cups your hand and fits in so perfectly. The neck plays really smooth. I also like the fine tuners. once you tune your guitar and lock the tune in with the Floyd Rose locking nuts you can make small changes to your tune with the fine tuners.

Reliability & Durability — 10
The hardware is solid. it will last a long time. it's quite heavy, and thick. The body is very strong and so is the neck even though it is long and set in.With this guitar you will never need a backup guitar for a Live show. You can drop this guitar 50 feet in the air and it will still be in perfect... I do not recommend that... what I said is probably not true... but it would be cool.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The Guitar is set up amazing. No adjustments were required. Ready right out of the box. The finish is not that great around the Floyd Rose bridge. The paint has some empty spaces. The action is amazing.The neck is also super fast and smooth. The neck is set in and makes it easy to access all frets. The curve on the back of the guitar makes it VERY comfortable to sit down and play. Standing is also very comfortable. This guitar plays better than some $10, 000 guitars I have tried.

Features — 8
This guitar was crafted in Korea. It has 24 jumbo fret (witch makes it easy to shred). It has a 25.5" scale and a mahogany body. The neck is also mahogany and the fretboard is ebony witch gives it a deep, thick heavy sound. The neck profile is the same as the SG. The frets are pearl and have "syn" gothic crosses and the death bat on it. The ebony is very attractive and has no cracks or holes in it like rosewood has. The neck is set in and the cutaway allows EASY access to EVERY fret on the guitar. This guitar comes with 2 Seymour Duncan custom invaders. It has GREAT grover tuners, one volume, one tone knob and coil tap. for those Who don't know what coil tap is it splits your humbucker pickup and only activates one side so it acts as a single coil pickup. The finish is beautiful. A great black color with silver stripes. It also has Floyd Rose tremolo and Floyd Rose Locking nuts. No matter how many times you play with the Floyd the string will ALWAYS stay in tune. With this guitar you wont need to tune it every time you pick it up(if you just stay in one tune). But because it has a floating bridge tuning to different tunings can be a hassle. for different tunings from Standard to drop tunings you have to use different gauge strings and/or more or less springs in the back. And once you tune you have to go over it all again so all strings are in tune because the tension will be different.The shape is beautiful but it makes it hard to find a soft case for it.

26 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Blondude103
    the limited edition white ones are only 50 more, no matter where you go, cept MSRP. bout to get one for my 18th birthday. cant wait. the white one to me is much more of the eye catcher, and deffinetly more appealing, to me as a christian, who plays worship on sundays, than the black. but the deathgbat doesnt help much... oh well. I would love to share where I am getting the white version, but they have one left, (which they didnt expect to last until christmas, when I asked them around halloween) and I have to wait a few more days before I have the money.
    alexec947
    Its pretentious with all the inlays and stuff, I fully admit that it is even though i LOVE A7X. I want one because its unique, I have never seen those pickups on any other guitar and i've heard this thing like, it just screams. Its really a great sound (well, I like it). I wouldn't buy this guitar to try to *be* Synyster Gates or anything, I would but it because its a brilliant guitar.
    Prisoner5
    Looks kinda bad, yea, but, just like Zacky Vengeance's guitar, you never have to pick another note when you sweep or shred. XD
    DimeBagrulez
    Im thinking of getting one of these, is it a good choice for metal/heavy metal/thrash metal? or is there something better? advice would be greatly appreaciated.
    ilmor
    Where can i find a dealer in the UK? where i can "try before i buy" (in other words isnt just an online shop) cheers
    xXxA7X~Fan07xXx
    I'm getting the Syn Standard just for fun, the custom is too expensive for me. Syn played a Standard on the Japanese lesson video when they taught songs from their City Of Evil album and it plays just as good. I may get the Zavky V custom one day too.
    synystergates92
    I have The Synyster Gates Custom, and it's an awesome guitar ! i totaly love it The look, the sound, the performance, it amacing !
    sharkboy121
    Yes Syn is his nick name but his real name is "Brian" so technicly is not his name on there its the name of the guitar..... who cares "syn" is a awsome word =)
    SOADriff
    ham-of-god wrote: huh not a big fan of the band but my freind owns one of these and they are a really good buy definitely sound killer plugged to a marshal....but what doesnt sound good through a marshal
    I guess that depends... if you are playing in an MG and AVT..
    alexec947
    SupersonicJSX wrote: I played one and I liked the way the neck felt, but it sounded so muddy. I never got that much feedback from a guitar before. I was standing 8 feet away and I had to constantly mute the strings or else it would shriek. the pinstripes arent bad, but the inlays are wayy too much. I thought it was prett half a$$. I hate it when artists release signiture models, but the equipment on them is different then what they really use. Synysters are custom made for him.
    Sorry for double post. The SSC is exactly what Synyster Gates uses, except when he is playing certain songs he uses the same guitar but with a different neck pup, like in Critical Acclaim, for example. The SSS (Schecter Synyster Standard) uses inferior pups, and a lisenced FR system as opposed to the superior Original one on the SSC.
    SupersonicJSX
    I played one and I liked the way the neck felt, but it sounded so muddy. I never got that much feedback from a guitar before. I was standing 8 feet away and I had to constantly mute the strings or else it would shriek. the pinstripes arent bad, but the inlays are wayy too much. I thought it was prett half a$$. I hate it when artists release signiture models, but the equipment on them is different then what they really use. Synysters are custom made for him.
    Blondude103
    StanwoodSpartan wrote: i played this and the schecter hellraiser c-1 fr at the guitar center the other day the hellraiser is 100 dollars cheaper sounds better but this guitar i can play much faster sweeping feels way easyer to do and on this 24 fret guitar im use to playing on 22 fret guitars but the syn custom was like a illusion it felt like a 22fret guitar
    and thats not a good thing... hmmm. it probably means that the fret board is just extended and doesnt have the scale right... I dunno, have to take a look.
    Shadows_
    its amazing...gives you the sound and the looks...what more can you ask for? =D totally worth the money!
    scithe37
    i've got one and i'm in love with it, like quite literally. its good to so play, comfortable as and shit, and majorly bitchin sound. i like the paint job personally and kinda like the inlays, they look sexy i reckon. definetly worth the money in my opinion.
    cheeezplz
    chasing-august wrote: The fretboard is NOT ROSEWOOD it is EBONY, the standard has the rosewood fingerboard. Really if you are going to write a review atleast KNOW what you are talking about, especially sinse you are on the internet and it would only take a few seconds to check if your information is correct.
    Hey man i made the same mistake you did and embarrassed myself for trying to tell someone off...the 2008 version had a rosewood fingerboard and the 2009 has a ebony and your right about the standard having rosewood because it still does but the custom just recently got the ebony feature other than that i just bought the 2009 Schecter Synyster Custom and it came in the mail yesterday but i am at the beach and havnt been home to play it yet
    chasing-august
    The fretboard is NOT ROSEWOOD it is EBONY, the standard has the rosewood fingerboard. Really if you are going to write a review atleast KNOW what you are talking about, especially sinse you are on the internet and it would only take a few seconds to check if your information is correct.
    Ne0Assass1n
    I played this guitar in GC a few weeks ago, didn't like the neck too much. Was a tad too thick for me. The Invaders quickly bored me as well. That's probably because I played the Ibby SV5470 before that XD
    masterofmetal30
    omg i dreamed of playing it for a long ass time and FINALLY got to play it the other day at guitar center it plays like a dream and i want it now
    Neekx0h
    i know what you mean,this is like my dream guitar but i would never let myself buy it cause it would never be my guitar.
    the_bi99man wrote: gab4554 wrote: Before i offend anyone : I love A7x and SYN. Nice guitar (good shape, color inlays etc) and the sound must be awsome.. but why take a guitar that isnt yours at all... I dont see the point of buying Band's guitar.. Id make my own custom guitar instead of buying their guitar.. if i was a popular guitarist like him with my own custom guitar i wouldnt sell copies of my guitar. That's also the main reason that I kind of ruled out this guitar when I was shopping for one even though I really liked the sound and look. If I were a guitar collector, then hell yes I would buy artist custom guitars from bands/guitarists that I like. But I only own one guitar and a bass, and if my only guitar were an artist's custom, I'd just feel like a tool.
    Neekx0h
    i know what you mean,this is like my dream guitar but i would never let myself buy it cause it would never be my guitar.
    gab4554 wrote: Before i offend anyone : I love A7x and SYN. Nice guitar (good shape, color inlays etc) and the sound must be awsome.. but why take a guitar that isnt yours at all... I dont see the point of buying Band's guitar.. Id make my own custom guitar instead of buying their guitar.. if i was a popular guitarist like him with my own custom guitar i wouldnt sell copies of my guitar.
    guitar tab hero
    FearBefore wrote: I'm not sure how this guitar would balance when playing stood up. That long horn looks problematic. Not fond of the 'pinstripe' paintjob either. But on the whole, it's a pretty guitar.
    it balences PERFECT. easy to play standing too.
    ~IzzyInzane~
    I got one for my birthday it came with a coffin case and an arm trem...i only have 1 problem with it...it dents EASILY. I just bought Dimarzio cliplocks for it (mainly white with black plastic) and they arent bad...as a fact i LOVE them. Totally blows my friends SG Special Faded out of the water. I use mine through an Orange Thunderverb Halfstack my brother recently bought and a Boss Mega Distortion (and of course an ISP Noise Supressor and a Boss Equalizer) my friend has marshalls and multi-effects but i stick to Orange and single effect pedals