Submitted January 30, 2017 by Keenan L in Weare, NH
"Custom quality, great price, great guitar."
I've owned two Hellraisers berfore I purchased this one, both I ended up selling because I was a kid, and needed the money for gas or other teenager things. Both of those were purchased back in 2007, and Schecter has really made some incredible improvements in the last ten years. First off, the locking tuners are great, and incredibly convenient. No more doing crazy knots and lashings to secure your strings. I only ever owned white Hellraisers until this one (black cherry) and the finish is incredible. Overall, this guitar is well worth the money. It was ten years ago, and it still is now. I'm sure I'll buy another one in the future.
The EMG active pickups give this guitar a severe snarl. Pinch harmonics are a breeze with this. The cleans sound beautiful with this guitar, especially in you split the coil and use an acoustic emulator. Overdrive with my 6505+ is also something to behold. My SG's passive pickups just can't keep up. If you play any form of metal or hard rock, this is definitely a viable instrument to have in your arsenal.
Push/pull coil taps, string-thru body, seamless set neck so well made, you'd swear it was neck-thru, locking tuners, active EMG 81/89 pickups. This is all crafted beautifully into an incredibly attractive package. Although I don't often use the coil taps, they do work, and they work quite well. The locking tuners save ample amounts of time when tossing some new strings on. The active pickups are a metalhead's dream, and the neck plays fast and accurately.
Ease of Use
Simple use. The only gripe I could think of is maybe having to change the battery every so often, but it's pretty few and far between, maybe every few months or so. Just keep a small stock of 9v batteries and you'll be all set. Other than that, this guitar plays as easy as any.
Although this is coming off of a mass-production line, it feels like a custom-shop guitar. All the parts are manufactured in South Korea, and fully assembled and finished in California, and then undergoes rigid and strict quality assurance testing. Schecter does not produce a cheap guitar. Inexpensive, yes, but not cheap. The Hellraiser is a solid, dependable guitar. Nothing about it is sub-par.
If you wanted to buy an ESP with half of the features of the Hellraiser, you're looking at an easy $1200. As stated before, its price is low because it's a mass-produced guitar, but it plays like it was custom made specifically for the individual who bought it. I'm sure this isn't the last one I'll buy.
This is the only area I have a real complaint. I went on to Schecter's website to register my guitar. After filling out the sign-up form and giving them my email, I have yet to receive my confirmation email. It's been two weeks now. I haven't called them yet, so that will be my next step.
The Wow Factor
The guitar definitely pops. The aesthetics are what really sets it apart from its competition. I was considering the LTD MH-1001NT before I pulled the trigger on the Hellraiser. Same price, and basically all the same features. The reason I didn't go with the LTD is because it just didn't have the same appeal as the Hellraiser. The LTD doesn't have the full body and headstock abalone binding, the beautiful inlays, or the rich black cherry finish. The Hellraiser does though.
Playing since 2005, recreational playing only.
Metalcore, hardcore, post-hardcore
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