Schecter C1

The company was founded in 1976 by David Schecter and originally produced only replacement parts for existing guitars from manufacturers such as Fender and Gibson. Today they produce mainly rock and metal style guitars for artists including The Cure and The Misfits. Beginner guitars such as the Schecter 006 Deluxe can be found for around £150.

The fascinating thing about this guitar is its versatile capabilities. Though it is historically bred for hard rock, you can easily play anything from jazz to pop. It boasts two Seymour Duncan humbuckers that offer the ability to create a near acoustic sound as well as a heavy tone. The dual cutaway body lets way to 24 jumbo frets, all of which are easily accessible. Holding the strings in tune are world renowned Grover tuners. The first thing you notice about the guitar is its stunning beauty. It has a solid maple body with a quilted maple top. The C1 Classic features what they call the Vine of Life inlay, and you’ll understand why when you see it run from fret 1 all the way down to fret 24. Another wonderful feature of this guitar is its neck-thru body construction and string-thru-body tail piece with Tone Pros bridge. This allows an unbelievable amount of sustain.

Behind that artwork on the neck is a rosewood fretboard. While fretboard material is a personal preference, this guitar plays fast and clean. Some guitars are built for playing chords, but this axe was designed for speed playing. The neck is rather thin which lets you wrap your hand all the way around the neck with ease. For this reason it is also excellent for playing those tricky jazz chords.

Schecter Guitars are a solid buy for any enthusiast or beginner. They build with the finest materials and offer a wide range of styles to accommodate all personalities. If any suggestions were to be made however, the pots (volume and tone knobs) are not the best. If you decide to buy this guitar, or most Schecters, take it to your local repair shop and see if they’ll install a set of 1meg CTS pots. They will open up the sound of the guitar even more, making it a worthy choice for literally any job. The C-1 Classic is around £800 and offers playability and quality sound at reasonable price.

Construction: Neck-Thru Body
Body: Mahogany/Quilt Maple
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 25½”
Inlays: Vine of Life
Hardware: Chrome
Bridge: Tone Pros
Tuners: Grover
Binding: Natural [body], Creme [neck]
Frets: 24 Jumbo
Electronics: Seymour Duncan JB [bridge], Seymour Duncan ’59 [neck]

More information: Schecter

Review supplied by Ryan Axford.