First of all, I come from a long, wide search through the web before to post this (my first post ever/cheers .)
I want to get an 8.
That's the point.
(I've never went 7. I wanted.. but)
After all my runs, I come to the Schecter Damien Elite 8
(€ 750 here, I guess less in the US).
My budget come just to this.
My questions are a lot.
First, Emgs 808 vs Duncan Blackouts (I'm a kind of emg lover) - the guitar comes with 808s and my budget is still there, like said before.
(there are Schecter with the BOs but they're not imported here - I guess I could ask specifically for it).
Anyway, the Tobin Abasi's tone is just terrific (...but at the EMG studios...) Ibanez RG2228 and 808x.
2) The neck scale (I'm not a lot into that kind of things. I'd have to). the Damien is shorter than some, but longer than the ESPs
(love the Deftones's tone a lot - 808s too for their production)
3)Mahogany body with quilted maple top/Bolt on/rosewood over maple neck
Sounds good but can it get too dark?
(I'm a proud lespaulER - Heritage Gary Moore w/ Duncans Alnico II pro/n & Pearly Gates/br - all the possible ways switchable - I still wait the axe from the shop, maybe tomorrow)
I've watched every video around (not proof ones) and I can say, I liked what I've heard and, a lot, what I've seen (love the look!).
Agile are not imported here in Italy (I guess I could buy it online somewhere but I don't like their look so much and I want a two pups config. with the budget).
[I confess you] I play through a Pod X3 Live straight into neutral amplifications. I just love it
(I mostly write, record and play at home on the electric at the moment - When I'm around, I'm with my D-28 by my side).
I don't know if I've asked everything I wanted but I wish some of you could give me a right word.
Do I have to get this guitar?
(Sorry for my english and for the lenght of the post)
The 808s aren't too terrible, just a bit boring-sounding. Back them off a bit from the strings, and wire them for 18V, and that helps.
Get rid of the stock strings ASAP. The gauges are: .010 .013 .017 .030 .042 .054 .064 .074. They're a little too heavy/tight in the middle, and the 8th is too light, especially compared to the rest. I found myself needing to adjust my pick attack too much to play comfortably until I restrung with the following gauges: .010 .013 .017 .026 .036 .046 .062 .080.
I haven't had any problems with it being too dark, and I tend to like relatively bright guitars. I don't have any recordings of it yet, though.