Submitted April 4, 2021 by Rob Rudock in Charlotte, NC
"Another Very nice surprise from Schecter"
zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Let me start by saying that I have 45 guitars now, and that's after getting rid of my junk systematically, so they're all pretty decent to fantastic at this point. I can't in good faith give a sub 1k guitar 5 stars, I just know too much what's out there at this point but just know that this is the one to get at this price point for sure. I was mostly an Ibanez guy for decades but started collecting more recently now that the kids have grown and moved out over the last couple years. My most expensive now is the JS2450 and it's incredible. My favorite of all is the AZ, that's the baseline. The first schecter I bought is the SLS Elite FR Evil twin, it is amazing and one of my main go-to's. Schecter builds a great guitar and gives you a great value, and most definitely improved my opinion of Indonesian guitars as well. I'd compare current quality out of there to Japan 15 years ago at this point. I then got the GT Banshee, it's sweet looking but didn't like it as much as I'd hoped, I still have it. Then got the Silver Mountain C1, great guitar also but still preferred the SLS Elite, however I've come to like it much more recently. The C7 Apocalypse "red reign" is the most comfortable neck of my 7's (Prestiges)So a friend asked me recently what I'd get for a shredder type guitar with a trem without spending a K or more. I advised that under a K I'd definitely go with schecter, a better value in that price range and the Edge II's and III's on Ibanez tend to be very frustrating, the "Hot Rod" version of the FR special definitely makes a difference whatever it is they invested in for upgrades. I bought a FR special directly from Floyd Rose site and it was ok but not great. The Schecters hold tune very well. Well so I got him a link and in viewing it it really started growing on me, and they had the Riviera blue as a "blem". I ALWAYS get the blem, believe me it's generally just a return from a blind order and they didn't bond with it or changed their mind. I've only had to send one Blem back for exchange out of about 10 times and it was an Evertune bridge someone had tried to mess with and stripped a screw making it difficult to get in order. I've never seen a mark on any of these guitars. Scratch and Dent is a different category, so again blem's are great for a deal. Anyway I ordered this guitar and I absolutely love it. Very sleek neck, ebony fretboard is killer, whole thing feels great in your hands, I ran 16th notes at 200bpm to a backing track right off the rip no problem, action is great. I have a Charvel San Dimas in the price range, THIS is better, I like it more. That's the only other guitar with a floating bridge I have under 1k at this point to compare to but I'll play this guitar probably more than quite a few of the more expensive ones. I really like the look, simple but comes together really nicely. You can check it out on my Be a Guitar Badass channel on Youtube. I see now some advance options for this guitar in Blue, Green, and Red Reign. Can't find any prototype pics and right now they are just greyed out but I will very likely get another one of these when available if I don't spring for another Apocalypse.
Get a helix you'll never have to worry about any of this again.
No push/pull coil splitting, dinged "features" just a tad.
Ease of Use
Dirts up nicely, hot pickups and the sustainiac is just so much fun. Very easy to get very nice trem effects with the feedback setting.
Schecter is always 100% solid. Never seen junk from them. Some of the best QC in the business.
For a good fast guitar with stable tuning and a floating bridge, I'd recommend this one all day.
The Wow Factor
Well I have many guitars, I saw it and had to have it, so yeah it's a very sharp guitar.
35 year player, in a few gigging bands, gear enthusiast
Really anything but country. 80's rock, metal, pop, ballads etc.
Did you find this review helpful?
Thanks for your opinion!