With its double-cutaway body, 24e" scale
length, and two humbuckers, the C-1
Custom instantly catches the eye of anyone
looking for a “best of both worlds,”
Fender-meets-Gibson kind of guitar. The
model here is finished in a beautiful tobacco
sunburst over a sumptuous quilted maple
top. The binding is clean, the split crown
inlays look great, and the pearl buttons on
the bitchin’ locking Schecter tuners round
out the classy vibe. Hitting a chord on the
C-1 reveals a strong acoustic voice with
plenty of sustain—always a good sign.
Into the Randall Lynch Box, the C-1
delivered fat, clear humbucker tones. The
Duncan ’59 in the neck position is particularly
sweet sounding, ringing on the lower
gain settings and singing on the high-gain
side. The C-1 Custom’s Custom Custom
in the bridge is punchy and tough, with
excellent midrange snarl and enough top
end to cut through a raucous rock mix. The
master Tone knob sports a push-pull pot
to split the coils on both pickups. This is a
great bonus and adds a ton of flexibility.
Pulling the knob up and rolling the volume
down produced a zingier neck tone, great
for funky blues. Splitting the bridge pickup
made for a bright, spanky tone that would
work in a country tune. Because each pickup
has its own Volume knob, the real fun is
when you blend them. There are truckloads
of nice colors to be found here, both in humbucker
and split mode.
Playability is a breeze on the C-1 thanks
to the super-clean frets and great setup,
and that makes monster bends and legato
runs no problem. The medium-beefy neck
profile is comfortable and the Ultra Access
neck joint makes it absurdly easy to reach
all the way up to the 24th fret.
It’s tough to find fault with the C-1.
Anyone who wants a classically inspired
look with modern craftsmanship in a
machine that can rock and shred needs to
play this guitar.
CONTACT Schecter Guitars, schecterguitars.com
PRICE $999 retail/$699 street
NUTWIDTH 1 11/16"
NECK 24 3/4" 3-piece set maple with Ultra Access neck joint
FRETS 24 medium
BODY Mahogany with quilted maple top
PICKUPS Seymour Duncan SH1-59 (neck) and SH11 Custom
Custom (bridge) humbuckers
CONTROLS Two Volume, one Tone (with push/pull coil split),
BRIDGE Tune-o-matic style with thru-body stringing
TUNERS Schecter Locking with pearl buttons
FACTORYSTRINGS D’Addario XL110, .010-.046
WEIGHT 7.44 lbs
KUDOS Slick construction. Great playability. Killer deal.
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