Synyster Gates Custom review by Schecter

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (545 votes)
Schecter: Synyster Gates Custom

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.

8 comments sorted by best / new / date

    I might get a Schecter Synyster Custom later in the week. Gonna see about applying for a GC credit card so I can do monthly payments, hope it goes through. The Syn Custom is one badass guitar. Perfect for any A7X fan or any Syn fan in general.
    BRB Devil
    I value the opinion of the people who have bought and reviewed these guitars. Every guitar i've seen has someone's name it, Schecter, Gibson, Fender, Dean so what difference does it make if it has Tony Iommi, Dimebag, Dave Mustaine, Michael Amott, Zacky Vengence or Sinnister Gates name on it. They are great guitars for the price, if you think they are too expensive grow up. I will buy and play which ever guitar i want and i want a Schecter Zacky Vengeance Signature ZV Fractured Mirror Guitar. Up yours world, i will do as i please.
    i have this guitar but i replaced the invaders with some bare knuckle painkillers. Tones godly now but tbh most of the tone comes from your amp and not your guitar so as long as you have a half decent amp your all set
    Lets hear something that we don't already know. If you looked this up, chances are you know all of its specs for instance frets and parts. Tell me what it's flaws are. Do edges grind into your ribs when you sit with it, can you play efficiently? Some guitars are just too bulky to play at your best. And don't do a review after just buying it please because chances are it will always be "amazing" and set up perfectly.
    xXxA7X~Fan07xXx wrote: 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.
    Standard is great, i found the neck to be a bit harder to whip up and down. And i have concerns for the licensed FR but other than that, its just as good
    i played it, i thought it was shit compared to the 6 other models i tried that day, and all but one of them was cheaper. i ended up with a les paul for 300 bucks cheaper that made the schecter look like a piece if shit. syn doesn't even play one onstage, has has a different neck pickup and a fernandes sustainer
    AC/DCnut wrote: i played it, i thought it was shit compared to the 6 other models i tried that day, and all but one of them was cheaper. i ended up with a les paul for 300 bucks cheaper that made the schecter look like a piece if shit. syn doesn't even play one onstage, has has a different neck pickup and a fernandes sustainer
    He does use that guitar but for some songs he switches to a model with a custom built in SUSTAINIAC pickup, not a fernandes sustainer. When it comes to the look I can see why people do not prefer it but it plays amazing and I probably couldn't walk into a shop and play 6 better guitars. You should practice more then play it again someday.