Price paid: C$ 700
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 10
Currently, I'm alot into punk, metal, alternative and just getting into progressive at the moment. So far, it's definitely suited all my needs, especially with all the modelling options from my Line 6 Spider II 150. There's no fret buzz whatsoever except for that hum the amplifier gives out when it's on a really high volume. The single coil options give nice clean and sometimes even blue-sy tones if you wanted it to, however with both pickups engaged on double coil, the guitar gives out a very powerful sound. The tonal range on the guitar is absolutely Stellar and for what you pay for, it's definitely work it without the need to modify it. All in all, pretty solid.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this guitar was definitely worth its value. I've tried a bunch of Schecters and loved them all but decided to land on this one, just because it was cheaper than the list price of $1,000 USD, despite having to fix a few things up. I used to play alot more punk and alternative with my Mexican Fender Stratocaster, I knew that I'd need something more heavy as I progressed into metal and all its subgenres. I'm 16 right now and have been playing for about 4.5 years, all self-taught. If this guitar was stolen/lost (how could you lose a guitar?) I'd definitely would have to pick another one up if I could afford it again, it's the sound that you'd expect from Synyster Gates, but again, can also be so diverse. I definitely love the deathbat inlay and the pinstripes on the body, however I do realize as I move on in music, I won't appreciate it as much, but I'm not one to really care about the aesthetic features as opposed to the sound. There's not really much to hate about this guitar though (not being biased,) unless you prefer the sound of active pickups such as EMGs. Again, I've compared the Synyster Custom to a bunch of ESPs, Deans, and other Schecters, and this one seemed the most bang for your buck, especially at the price I got it at. In conclusion, I'm definitely satisfied, however I'm going to give it an 8 for the damage I recieved when I got it initially.
Reliability & Durability — 9
After getting this guitar fixed, it definitely can withstand live playing. This guitar's a tank, always staying in tune, and the metal won't oxidize since it's not exposed. All the knobs and tuners are in fine shape, and the strap buttons are pretty solid despite stories I've heard of them falling out. The Floyd Rose'll definitely help out if you can maintain and know how to use it. I've used it a couple times without a backup and feel pretty confident with it, despite it being an artist model, it's one that is definitely worth playing and it'll catch sight of many.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Despite being new and unopened, I had low expectations from buying it off ebay. When it came in, I opened a box to a super low action causing string buzz whenever you hit a note. On the other hand, the pickups were adjusted just fine. The bridge definitely needed some adjustment as it was actually off center and cutting it's way into the body. There were a few other flaws such as a few aesthetic bumps or nicks in the neck and body, but all in all, it doesn't affect the performance in any way. In the end, I had to get it professionally set up.
Features — 10
The Schecter Synyster Custom features 24 X-Jumbo frets, with special gothic cross inlays, as well as "SYN" and the deathbat at the 12th. Mine I believe, was made in Indonesia unlike the more prevelant Korean ones that've been reviewed. The neck's a 3-pc mahogany and is a 25.5" scale. The body itself is made of Mahogany, and the fretboard of Ebony, giving it that metal sound that alot of you are looking at. The body of the guitar is almost exactly like a Schecter Hellraiser, the only difference being the headstock, which features Synyster Gates' clothing line logo with the skull and top hat. The Bridge is an ORIGINAL Floyd Rose and definitely holds its tuning while letting you bend in either direction without losing it's tuning. The guitar also features passive Seymour Duncan (Custom) Invaders which despite what many people say, actually sounds decent in this guitar, however I might replace my neck pickup with a Fernandes Sustainer in the future. Extra features include a Volume knob, Tone knob with coil tap as well as Grover tuners. All in all, for what I paid for, it came with alot.