Price paid: $ 850
Purchased from: Guitar Centre
Sound — 10
I'm just running it through a tiny Line 6 Spider IV 15w at the moment (getting a better amp when I have money), it doesn't really do it justice but it still makes a great sound. Like I said, the pickups are great for rock and metal because of the high output. The bridge is great for rhythm because it has loads of low end power but still a bright tone. The neck pickup is perfect for soloing and gives a great, bassy sound for playing clean things. The pickups can be coil tapped which gives a good variety of clean sounds, especially when trying to replicate a Strat type sound. You can play just about anything from classic rock, to the heaviest of metal with this guitar, it's perfect for me.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall it's great, it feels amazing to play, it's one of the best looking guitars I've ever seen and it sounds perfect. It would be cool if they offered one with a sustainer pickup, but I could always get one installed if I wanted it that bad. I would definitely recommend it because it plays just as well as a Synyster Custom but it doesn't look like Synyster Gates' signature guitar, so people don't see it and say "Hey, that's Syn's guitar", they say "Hey, YOUR guitar is great". So if you're thinking of getting the custom, I would recommend getting this instead. Even if you're not an Avenged Sevenfold fan, it's still a great guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I haven't had it that long and haven't gigged with it at all, but so far it's showing no signs of wear or anything. I've bashed it on things quite a few times but I can't see any dints anywhere. When I got it the bottom strap button was slightly loose, but I tightened the screw and it's stayed fine ever since.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
When I got the guitar it was set up just about perfectly, as I hear most Schecter guitars are. I lowered the action slightly to suit my playing style, and it plays great. The black finish looks great, especially with the black chrome hardware and white binding. The only problem I have is the gloss black makes scratches show up more, so it can only be polished with a very soft cloth, otherwise it gets covered in fine scratches.
Features — 9
This guitar pretty much has the same technical specs as the Synyster Gates Custom, but it looks much nicer in my opinion, I think the gloss black finish, white binding, black chrome hardware and gothic cross inlays look better than the stripes and everything. It has 24 frets on an ebony fretboard, which looks and feels great. The bridge is a floyd rose 1000 series bridge, my friend has an original and it feels just as good as that. The pickups are great, Seymour Duncan Invaders, they are very high output with lots of bass, great for rock and metal. They are hooked up to 1 volume and 1 tone knob with coil tap and a 3 way switch, I would prefer separate knobs for each pickup but it's no big deal. Apart from that it's great, no problems.