Submitted January 3, 2020 by Paul S in Weirton, WV
"A Big, Thick Mountain Mover"
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This guitar is a beast. It's loud, the active EMG pickups are so potent they can push a hard tone into overdrive and the body is perfectly well-balanced.I was torn between this and the 7-string variant of the Hellraiser Hybrid. In retrospect, I kind of wished I'd gone with the 7, as I don't know what to do with that 8th string, personally. I've tuned it like a super-bass a couple times an got a really nice guttural tone, but I feel like I'm wasting that big springy cable on top.The fretsboard/neck feel great and smooth with fantastic playability and smooth movement. The locking tuners were a treat and keep the guitar is tune really well, no matter the tuning.My only major gripe with this guitar is the EMG Pickups. I'm not an active pickup guy, and I knew what I was getting into buying this guitar. I just think they are a bit too aggressive, even for a 'metal guitar.' They kind of compress and push even a low-gain setting into a heavy distortion and I feel like some clarity is lost. Flip the three way switch and things improve at the middle setting, turn down both volume knobs a bit and you can get a warm jazzy jangle, y'know, on a metal guitar.Aesthetically, she's beautiful, smooth glossy finish, a great distribution of weight, and a very playable neck, despite being an 8-string plank.If you're going to djent, or prog, or whatever this is a solid guitar, I'm just biased towards my passive Seymour duncans on my old C-1.
15 Years of jamming/recording at home, playing with a couple small bands, and irritating my neighbors.
Metal (Industrial, Black, Doom) and a smattering of other stuff.
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