Shredders and metalheads take note: the Synyster Gates Custom-S electric guitar by Schecter Guitar Research packs a mean metal masher with nearly infinite sustain in a seductively sleek solidbody electric guitar. Designed specifically for Synyster Gates, aka Syn, of the band Avenged Sevenfold, the Synyster Gates Custom-S is a dream come true for any headbanger.
Sleek Solid Body Design
The Custom-S features a mahogany body for rich sustain, while keeping the instrument lightweight. The neck is also made of mahogany, with a robust three-piece design to help keep it true through years of heavy gigging. The fingerboard is made of ebony for stylish look fit for any metal guitar, while providing a crisper, more percussive attack than you'd get with other, traditional fretboard materials. And what's more, the neck's Ultra Access design features a recessed and smoothed heel, allowing for easy access to all 24 jumbo frets.
Heavy Metal Hardware
A few key pieces of hardware are sure to come in handy when shredding on the Custom-S. It's equipped with a Sustainiac Driver which stimulates active vibration for improved sustain. It's got Grover Rotomatics tuners with 18:1 gear ratio, which allow for more precise tuning and stability while bending -- great for tracks that require half step tunings. And if course, you've got a genuine Floyd Rose tremolo at the bridge for when finger-bending just isn't enough.
Sustainiac Driver for Infinite Sustain
The Sustainiac Driver provides controlled feedback for a truly 21st-century twist on this metal machine. When active, the Sustainiac circuit amplifies the pickup signal and feeds it into the Sustainiac Driver, which converts this signal into vibrational energy. This vibrational energy feeds back into the string, much like what happens when you play in front of a loud amp, allowing for screeching feedback and unending sustain with the flip of a switch. Two mini switches are provided for controlling the Sustainiac Driver, an on/off switch and a normal/mix/harmonic switch which allows you to manipulate the harmonics of your controlled sustain.
- Signature instrument of Avenged Sevenfold's guitarist Synyster Gates, aka Syn
- Mahogany body with black and metallic pinstriped finish
- Three-piece mahogany neck with Ultra Access neck heel profile
- Ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets for a dark, sleek look
- "SYN" and Death Bat inlays in the fingerboard
- Sustainiac Driver provides vibrational energy to stimulate virtually infinite sustain
- Seymour Duncan Custom Syn Invader Humbucker in the bridge position
- Sustainiac Humbucker in the neck position
- Volume knob, tone knob, and 3-way pickup selector toggle switch
- On/off and normal/mix/harmonic mini switches for controlling the Sustainiac Driver
- Grover Rotomatics tuners with 18:1 gear ratio for finer tuning and greater stability
- Floyd Rose 1000 Series tremolo bridge
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The Schecter Synyster Gates Custom-S has all of the Syn Custom upgrade features, from the killer pinstripe graphics, to the Floyd Rose Original 1000 locking tremolo. There's a custom Seymour Duncan Invader humbucker in the bridge only on this one, as the Custom-S is loaded with Syn's self-dubbed 'secret weapon' Sustainiac System. Two mini toggles are added to control the Stealth Pro's On/Off as well as the Harmonic Mode.
Grover Rotomatics Tuners
The original Rotomatic with an improved higher ratio gearing. The 18:1 ratio provides for finer tuning and greater stability. The finer gears provide smoother tuning and a higher degree of backlash elimination.
Ebony has a snappy, crisp attack with the density of maple, but with more brittle grains, oilier pores, and a stronger fundamental tone than maple. It has a tremendous amount of percussive overtones in the pick attack, that mute out shortly thereafter to foster great, long, sustain.
Seymour Duncan Invader / Sustainiac Pickups
Invader- Designed for the heaviest tones a passive pickup can produce. A combination of three ceramic magnets, over-wound coils and twelve cap screws make the Invader an electrifying force of energy. Sustainiac- This Driver/Pickup produces beautiful humbucker tones when Sustain switch is off, and works as the Sustainiac Driver when switched On. The Sustainiac Driver creates an infinite feedback sustain of string vibrations by electromagnetic feedback. Bridge pickup is selected when Driver is on.
3-Piece Mahogany Neck
Made with 3 pieces of mahogany for extra stability. 3 piece necks can withstand the test of time. Where standard necks may show aging defects from temperature and moisture changes throughout the years, the 3 piece neck will stay nice and straight for a lifetime of playability.
The 'Secret Weapon' for controlled feedback and infinite sustain. First, the pickup signal is processed by the Sustainiac circuit, and then connected to the Sustainiac Driver. The Driver turns the amplified note into vibrational energy. This vibrational energy is then fed back into the strings for infinite sustain. This string vibration is similar to playing in front of a loud amp.
Sustainiac Mini Switches
On/Off Switch: This turns on/off the Sustainiac driver. Normal/Mix/Harmonic Switch: Normal Mode- String vibration will continue to ring natural fundamental note. Mix Mode- Some frets yield fundamentals, while others yield harmonics. Notes below the 12th fret will mostly morph into 2nd or 3rd harmonics. Harmonic Mode- Sustained notes morph into a high 5th or 7th harmonic vibration.