So for a long time now I've been wanting to buy a 6-string guitar, I haven't owned one since my very first guitar which I only had for about 6 months before I got my first 7-string...I still love 7-string, but I wanted something different. I wanted a guitar for Drop C tuning, that way I could cover the most ground...my Loomis for standard six and seven tuned songs, drop A on my Loomis, a full step down on the 6, drop C on the 6...you get the idea. I've been looking and struggling to find a good deal and a guitar I'd be happy with, I considered an MBM2 from the local shop here for 700, an MTM2, finding a used RGA121, another Schecter, and I heard lots of good things about the PRS SE line so I even considered that...but nothing really solidified for me.
So today on a whim I decide to go to my local GC and see what they got. I look and they have what seems to be a damn near mint Hellraiser C-1 used for $450...they go for $750 new, so I plugged that in and played it. I know I love Schecters already so I immediately loved it, the 81 in the bridge sounded HUGE and very heavy. But they also had a Tremonti SE I tried out. I wanted to see how something different for me would work, a single cut guitar with 22 frets. The guitar DID play and sound awesome, I just didn't get along with the neck profile...fatter and more C shaped than the Schecter, and the stock pickups would have to be swapped out anyways. So I ended up grabbing the Schecter One of the newer ones with the coil tappable pickups and schecter locking tuners (which I might add are VERY good!)
Got her home, gave a little TLC, the fretboard was so thirsty...went to take off the strings and I found the one thing wrong with the guitar...
the nut fell off!
so I just put a small amount of wood glue underneath and let the string pressure on the nut clamp it down while it dries, got everything on her setup with some 11-49's...god damn this thing sounds so good. It has this searing upper midrange that just cuts through anything and stays very tight. It and my Loomis both sound so different I thought I'd plug in the Loomis and be disappointed with the 707's after hearing the 81...I wasn't! The Loomis has a much thicker low-mid sound that is still tight and heavy while the Hellraiser goes towards the upper mids.
The hardest part I'm gonna have to get used to is trying to write material in a drop tuning after pretty much only playing standard tuning for the better part of 10+ years anyways here's a couple of pictures of them together, they are crappy pictures so dont expect much it's just to appease you guys
Very nice I'd love to have a Hellraiser too, Schecter is my brand now.