This is a straight-ahead, single-cut, twohumbucker
guitar, and what you see is what
you get: typical killer workmanship and quality
hardware. What you don’t see is the Ultra Access neck joint (a very welcome change
from the days of yore), a meaty neck profile
to support your hand, a push-pull Tone pot
for splitting the pickups’ coils, and an amazing
amount of acoustic ring and sustain. The
upper register of the high-E string was a little
plinky and threatened to fret out on bends,
but I was able to mitigate this by raising the
action a bit at the bridge.
The amplified tones (through the Randall)
could cover everything from gutsy protorock
and blues to smoky jazz and modern
shred. Even though I normally don’t mess
with Volume and Tone knobs much, I found
myself constantly adjusting these because of
their awesome rubber grip rings. The range
of the Volume knobs was very usable but the
Tone knob didn’t seem to do much from 10
down to around 2, after which it acted almost
like an on/off switch. I grew to really dig that,
though, because it gave rise to some sweet
Danny Gatton/Roy Buchanan wah tricks.
This is my favorite neck of all the guitars
reviewed here and was just plain fun to play.
When you add it all up—the looks, feel, construction,
and tone—it’s no surprise that
you’re seeing more and more Schecters on
stages these days. Nicely done.
CONTACT Schecter Guitars, schecterguitars.com
PRICE $799 retail/$549 street
NUTWIDTH 1 11/16"
NECK 24 3/4" 3-piece set mahogany with Ultra Access neck joint
FRETS 22 medium
PICKUPS Duncan Designed HB-101n (neck) and HB-102b
CONTROLS Two Volume, one Tone (with push/pull coil split),
BRIDGE TonePros Tune-o-matic style
FACTORYSTRINGS D’Addario XL110, .010-.046
WEIGHT 8.24 Lbs
KUDOS Classic look. Great neck. Awesome deal.
CONCERNS High E tended to fret out.
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