Schecter C-1 Classic Review
Original author: Zephyr
Model: C-1 Classic
Well, spec-wise, this guitar has a solid mahogany body with a quilted maple top, maple 24-fret neck, and a rosewood fretboard with a beautiful abalone inlay. Neck-through construction, 25.5" scale. Stock pickups are Seymour Duncans, the SH-4 in the bridge position and the SH-2 in the neck. It's got a 5-way switch and master volume and tone knobs. Available finishes are Antique Amber, 3-Tone Sunburst, and Translucent Blue.
Price paid: $600 at Guitar Trader in San Diego, California.
When I was shopping for a guitar at the time that I got this, I was looking around the $1,000-1,500 price range, I had tried out many guitars, I had thought about Epiphone Les Paul Elitists, Fender Stratocasters, and many others. After trying out oh-so-many guitars that I just didn't connect with, I saw a Schecter C-1 Classic hanging from a wall. I thought, what the heck, why not try it out? I had the incorrect impression then that Schecters were just some more "heavy metal" or something along that line kind of guitars. I sat down with it, and fell in love immediately! It played was like a dream (and it wasn't even set up well yet!), and sounded amazing, clean it had a "huge" kind of sound, very warm and colorful, and when overdriven, the neck pickup gave a very smooth, wonderful sounding tone, perfect for lead stuff, and the bridge was nice and crunchy, good for strong power chords and rhythm, or the more high-gain leads.
I play just about everything throughout the musical spectrum, classic rock, metal, blues, classical, shred, whatever, and this guitar has worked great for everything I've thrown at it so far. However, what I play most is instrumental lead kind of stuff (Vai, Satriani, Johnson, Timmons), and I feel that this guitar really shines for leads and solos. Of course, there is going to be better guitars than this, but for $600? I think not, mis amigos.
The sounds you can get out of this chunk of wood are simply amazing! I talked about it a little before, but the neck pickup is very warm and fat sound, sounds excellent clean or for smooth overdriven leads. The bridge is very crunchy and strong, sounds good for heavy rhythm and works great for high-gain type of stuff, you can get harmonics just about anywhere on the guitar with this one!
This guitar is ridiculously solid. Sometimes when I run into someone extremely annoying, I think to myself, "If only I had my Schecter to knock some sense into this guy..."
Basically, this guitar plays like a dream, I can't even begin to describe how good it feels to play this guitar, it sounds simply amazing, and looks beautiful, and all this without have to take out a mortgage on the house! The only thing I think this guitar is "missing" is a tremolo, but having a fixed-bridge has it's advantages as well. This, in addition to the neck-through construction, gives it excellent sustain. Keep in mind, this guitar isn't the greatest out there, but in my opinion, it takes down guitars two or three times it's price, no problem.
Let me know if i forgot something or if I should add something. I might make a video review at some point, first of all if I find my camera, and second if I have time/decide to get off my lazy butt and do it.