Schecter http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/1267/all en Video: Jeff Loomis Demos and Discusses Schecter Hellraiser C-7 FR-S http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-demos-and-discusses-schecter-hellraiser-c-7-fr-s <!--paging_filter--><p>Schecter Guitar Research has announced a new addition to its website — a monthly video feature called “Conquering RIFFtopia” featuring Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow of Conquering Dystopia. </p> <p>The videos will include lessons, guitar play-throughs and reviews of new Schecter models, plus tips and tricks from both guitarists.</p> <p>The first release, which you can check out below, features Loomis, who demos and discusses the company's new Hellraiser C-7 FR-S. The guitar features a Sustainiac pickup in the neck position and an EMG 81-7 in the bridge. </p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/media-vault/videos/item/356-conquering-rifftopia-webisode-i">here</a> or watch below to see the debut of “Conquering RIFFtopia."</p> <p>For more about Schecter, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/B6ZVou9eYnU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jeff-loomis">Jeff Loomis</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-demos-and-discusses-schecter-hellraiser-c-7-fr-s#comments Conquering Dystopia Jeff Loomis Keith Merrow Schecter Schecter Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Melanie Gottshall http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20981 Video: Jeff Loomis Discusses Schecter Guitars' New JL-7 Model http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-discusses-schecter-guitars-new-jl-7-model <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist Jeff Loomis recently visited Schecter to shoot several videos and discuss the company's new models for 2014. </p> <p>Below, check out the just-posted video that shows Loomis discussing — in detail — the changes and additions he has made to the new Schecter JL-7. </p> <p>Keep your eyes open for more videos from Loomis and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/SchecterGuitarTV?feature=watch">Schecter TV.</a></p> <p>For more about Schecter, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Default.aspx">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p>For more about Loomis, visit <a href="http://www.jeffloomis.com/">jeffloomis.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xEKb4O-G2f0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-discusses-schecter-guitars-new-jl-7-model#comments Jeff Loomis NAMM 2014 Schecter Schecter Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:32:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20208 Review: Schecter Blackjack SLS C-8 Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/review-schecter-blackjack-sls-c-8 <!--paging_filter--><p>While eight-string solidbody electric guitars haven’t yet matched the popularity of their seven-string counterparts, a growing number of companies have developed eight-string models since the first mass-produced eight-string guitars hit the market in 2007. </p> <p>Schecter introduced its first eight-string model, the C-8 Hellraiser, as a limited-production model in 2009, and today the company offers seven different eight-string models. With the longest scale (28 inches) of any Schecter eight-string model, the Blackjack SLS C-8 is more of an eight-string baritone than guitar, making it perfect for players who like their sound heavy and low.</p> <p><strong>Features</strong> </p> <p>From its sleek, contoured asymmetrical double-cutaway body shape to its stealthy flat-black finish and imposing-looking “Hell’s Gate Skull” 12th-fret inlay, the Blackjack SLS C-8 immediately exclaims that it’s designed for metal. </p> <p>The three-piece maple neck is smoothly contoured to the mahogany body and finished in flat black as well, resulting in a seamless neck/body transition similar to a neck-through-body design. Electronics consist of a pair of Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackout active humbucking pickups, individual volume controls for each pickup, a master tone control and a three-position pickup selector. Schecter locking tuning machines, a Hipshot Custom 8 bridge and string-through-body design keep tuning and intonation dead perfect. </p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>The Blackjack SLS C-8’s wide fretboard seems intimidating at first glance, but the flat, slim neck profile allows six-string players to adjust quickly and navigate the fretboard with comfort and ease. The strings are spaced with ample room for clean chord fingering, and the 28-inch scale provides the ideal string tension for the low Fs and B strings, allowing even the lowest notes to ring out with clarity and accurate intonation. </p> <p>Some players may find the extra tension on the higher strings, and some stretches (like from the fifth to 10th frets), difficult and uncomfortable when performing solos. Fortunately, the neck has 24 extra-jumbo frets, so most lead players and soloists can adjust by playing an octave higher.</p> <p>The benefits of a 28-inch scale become evident when playing with high-gain distortion, as even the lowest chords sound bright, lively and detailed. It’s highly recommended that you use a cabinet loaded with speakers rated for high-wattage output (100 watts or more), as the super-aggressive transients could easily destroy vintage-style speakers. The tones produced by the Blackjack SLS C-8 are absolutely massive, so you’ll want to pair it with a high-performance rig to get the most out of its expanded range. </p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong> </p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $1,299</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Schecter Guitar Research, <a href="http://schecterguitars.com/Default.aspx">schecterguitars.com</a></p> <p>The 28-inch scale, the Seymour Duncan Blackout active pickups and the Hipshot Custom-8 bridge contribute to the big, punchy and detailed tone of this extended range beast.</p> <p>With 24 extra-jumbo frets, a wide/flat neck profile and a smooth neck/body joint, the Blackjack SLS C-8 is surprisingly comfortable to play.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong> </p> <p>More eight-string baritone than guitar, the Schecter Blackjack SLS C-8 has a 28-inch scale and produces mammoth tones that remain punchy and clear even at the bottommost depths of down-tuned doom.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2069287543001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2069287543001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-13-avenged-sevenfold/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>For several decades, Schecter has built, nurtured and sustained its reputation as a maker of great electric guitars and basses, but recently the company entered an entirely new chapter with the introduction of its first line of amps. </p> <p>However, Schecter is not entirely new to the amp business, as it has enlisted the formidable talents of a particular Mr. James Brown—not the deceased godfather of soul, but rather the amp tweaker of sound, known for designing several of the most popular amps of the last two decades, including the 5150 and JSX. Currently, Schecter offers three USA models—the Hellraiser 100 head and 2x12 combo and the top-of-the-line Hellwin 100 head—with less-expensive imported Stage Series models of these amps expected to ship later this year.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfolds-synyster-gates-and-zacky-vengeance-discuss-their-hard-rock-influenced-new-album-hail-king">[[ Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance Discuss Their Hard Rock-Influenced New Album, 'Hail to the King' ]]</a></strong></p> <p>The Schecter Hellwin USA 100 head is the product of a collaboration between Brown and Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates. Their main goal was to combine the sounds of several of Gates’ favorite amps in a single head with a versatile three-channel design, an impressive assortment of truly professional features and even a few new innovations. </p> <p><strong>Features</strong> </p> <p>The Schecter Hellwin USA 100 is a 100-watt amp head driven by four EL34 tubes in the output section and four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section, with the tubes, heavy-duty transformers and other components kept cool by a noise-free fan that runs as soon as the power is switched on. While the front panel boasts an abundance of knobs (20, to be exact), the controls are logically arranged in separate sections for Clean, Lead I, Lead II and Master, with the built-in noise gate and focus controls occupying their own separate space as well. </p> <p>Controls for the Clean, Lead I and Lead II sections are identical and fully independent, consisting of treble, middle, bass, volume and gain knobs. The Clean channel also features a voicing switch that toggles between U.K. and U.S.A. settings, with an LED that illuminates red for U.K. or green for U.S.A. The Master section provides controls for master, presence and boost, a switch for engaging the boost function, a MIDI learn switch and an effect loop on/off switch. The noise gate is adjusted with a single knob, and the focus switch offers four modes (Tight, Normal, VII, and VIII) that alter the input frequency, attack response and preamp EQ frequencies to match six-, seven- and eight-string guitars plugged into the amp. The Hellwin USA 100 also offers a normal 1/4-inch guitar input and a unique active input designed to deliver optimal tonal response with active pickups.</p> <p>The amp’s rear panel offers similarly sophisticated features with a straightforward, logical layout. An impedance selector switch provides a choice of four-, eight- or 16-ohm output and is located next to a pair of 1/4-inch speaker output jacks. There’s also an XLR direct output with a ground-lift switch and a DI cabinet select switch that emulates either a straight-front 4x12 cabinet loaded with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers or a slant-front 4x12 cab with the same speakers. The mono effect loop features 1/4-inch send and return jacks along with individual send and return level controls. A five-switch footswitch controller plugs into the amp’s 1/4-inch footswitch jack with a standard stereo cable, allowing guitarists to engage the Clean, Lead I, and Lead II channels as well as the boost function and effect loop.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>Even if you’re familiar with Mr. Brown’s previous creations, prepare to be pleasantly surprised yet again when you plug into the Hellwin USA 100. While the controls and layout are deceptively simple, a wide variety of outstanding tones can be coaxed from the amp with a few tweaks. The Clean channel provides fat midrange punch with the U.S.A. voicing, and if you select U.K. voicing and crank up the gain, it barks out aggressive overdrive crunch. Both of the Lead channels have more than ample gain, but thanks to their sweetly tuned EQ sections, the sound never gets buzzy or fuzzy. Lead I has the bite and grit of a modded JCM800, while Lead II provides an ample extra helping of gain, sustain and midrange, which makes it ideal for big, fat bold solos. The noise gate only operates with the two Lead channels, keeping both channels entirely noise free while preserving natural decay.</p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $3,699</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Schecter Guitar Research, schecterguitars.com</p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong></p> <p>Three individually voice channels provide their own independent treble, middle, bass, volume and gain controls, along with a voice switch for the Clean channel.</p> <p>The Clean channel’s voice switch offers a selection of U.K. (scooped-mid) or U.S.A. (mid-enhanced) settings.</p> <p>A built-in noise gate is controlled with a single knob, allowing the Lead I and Lead II channels to deliver noise-free performance with natural decay.</p> <p>The focus switch allows users to optimize the attack and preamp EQ for six-, seven- or eight-string guitars.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>Schecter’s amp line makes a hell of a debut with the Hellwin USA 100 and its versatile selection of tones, professional features and useful new innovations, which make it stand out and above in today’s very crowded amp-head market.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2600451066001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2600451066001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Sleek in hand, tricked for high-gain performance and famous for their perfect out-of-the-box playability, these guitars are favorites of budget-conscious shredders.</p> <p>The Blackjack SLS is the latest addition to this brood. Available in 11 variations, it features a body of solid mahogany to create a heavy midrange and powerful lows. But to lighten the load, Schecter’s SLS bodies feature a reasonably thin depth, bulk-reducing contours and a sculpted top. As a result, they weigh no more than the average alder or ash body. </p> <p>The neck is set into the body and heavily sculpted at the heel for an easy grip in the upper registers. Schecter has given the neck a brand-new profile geared for those who prefer a very thin and fast neck that delivers comfort and speed. Each is created from three strips of maple, ensuring greater overall stability and practically eliminating the possibility that it will twist or warp. The necks are topped with bright and hard ebony fretboards that feature 24 jumbo frets and the Blackjack’s mother-of-pearl “Hell’s Gate Skull” inlay at the 12th fret. For this review, I looked at the Sustainiac-loaded Blackjack SLS C-1 FR-S and the traditionally outfitted Blackjack SLS Solo-6. </p> <p><strong>BLACKJACK SLS C-1 FR-S</strong></p> <p>The C-1 FR-S is built for shredders who want a full arsenal of metal weapons at their disposal in a package that looks as fast as it is functional. The guitar’s double-locking Floyd Rose 1000 Series whammy is recessed into the body for upward or downward pitch acrobatics, and Grover’s famous Rotomatics tuners let you quickly dial in the strings before locking them down. Incidentally, the stiff, multipiece maple neck sustains notes well and helps keep them true when the whammy’s use alters string tension. </p> <p>Speaking of sustain, the C-1 FR-S is loaded with an active Sustainiac system, which doubles as a neck pickup. An intensity knob and two mini toggles control the system: one toggle turns it on and off, and the other is used for selecting the pickup’s three modes: Normal, Mix and Harmonic. Normal mode infinitely sustains any note, with no coloration, while the Mix mode sustains the note and sometimes morphs the sound into the second or third harmonic. The Harmonic mode sends a sustained note into fifth or seventh harmonics, like a beautiful natural feedback. I like to keep the system in Normal mode and then slam the switch anytime I need a quick jolt of harmonic feedback. A Seymour Duncan Full Shred pickup handles the bridge-position sounds, and master volume and tone knobs control both pickups.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong></p> <p>I wouldn’t recommend the C-1 FR-S for a Beatles revival gig, but it’s a stellar piece for nu-metal and contemporary power rock. Tones through the Full Shred pickup are impressively clear, even in drop-tuned setups. There’s superb bass extension, flat mids (ideal for extreme gain and pedal-heavy rigs) and plenty of bite. Engaging the Sustainiac opens the door to a new world of sounds and techniques, and it’s worth noting that the Sustainiac neck pickup has the low-end tightness that you want for rhythm, and a unique, howling lead voice.</p> <p><strong>BLACKJACK SLS SOLO-6</strong></p> <p>Schecter designed the SLS Solo-6 for players who have no desire to fool with tremolos and electronics but need a stable, predictable-sounding platform for unapologetic shredding. My test model included the optional flamed maple cap, which adds a small amount of extra edge to each note. The large headstock, TonePros bridge and wide body dimensions work in unison to create loads of natural sustain and thumping low mids. These tones are funneled through a pair of active Seymour Duncan Blackouts, known for their unique midrange blossom, dynamic attack and warm bass hues. There are individual volume controls for each pickup and a master tone. Schecter’s own 19:1 ratio locking tuners are some of the smoothest and most accurate that I’ve used and never slipped during heavy bending or abusive power-chord riffing. </p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong></p> <p>Acoustically, the Blackjack SLS Solo-6 displays an upper-mid accent across the spectrum and the harnessed but generous lows that metal players require in a high-gain rig. The Duncan Blackouts bring out midrange details and overtones while maintaining the guitar’s naturally tight presentation. The resulting energy feels controlled and balanced, allowing players to sweep without heavy palm muting and achieve the same tones no matter how hard or soft the attack.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong></p> <p>Schecter’s Blackjack SLS Solo-6 and SLS C-1 FR-S have everything you need, whether you want to plug in and rip or go wild with whammy tricks and active sustain circuits. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1886435999001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1886435999001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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It was designed by amp guru James Brown (far right in the video) for and with Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates.</p> <p>For more about this amp, head to <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/News/20130115/261/Schecter-Amplification-is-proud-to-announce-the-debut-of-Synyster-Gates-HELLWIN-amplifier.aspx">schecterguitars.com.</a></p> <p>Thanks for following along with our continuous NAMM 2013 coverage on Twitter during the NAMM Show! Even though the NAMM Show is over, be sure to follow <em>Guitar World</em> on <a href="https://twitter.com/GuitarWorld">Twitter right here.</a></p> <p>For more GuitarWorld.com NAMM 2013 gear news, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2013">visit and bookmark our dedicated NAMM 2013 page here.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2013">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2013: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><em>Photo: Damian Fanelli</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kCFeqoR9RlQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2013-video-schecter-hellwin-amp-press-conference-synyster-gates-avenged-sevenfold#comments Avenged Sevenfold NAMM 2013 Schecter Schecter Guitars Synyster Gates Amps News Gear Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:58:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17710 NAMM 2013 Video: Schecter Guitars Nikki Sixx and Johnny Christ Signature Model Basses http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2013-video-schecter-guitars-nikki-sixx-and-johnny-christ-signature-model-basses <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a <em>Guitar World</em> video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California.</p> <p>During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the guys at the Schecter Guitars booth to check out some new basses. This video profiles the company's new Nikki Sixx and Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) signature model basses.</p> <p>"It was an exciting and creative process to work with Schecter on the new Schecter Sixx Signature Series Bass," Sixx said in a statement before the NAMM Show started. "It was important to all of us to design a bass that would feel right as well as sound amazing in the hands of all players, not just me. Every detail about the new Schecter Sixx comes from all of our collective experiences — whether it's my 30 years of playing live and recording or Schecter's unprecedented standards for making quality instruments for players of all genres. Simply said, this bass rocks!"</p> <p>The new Johnny Christ model features EMG Active MMCS/81 MMCS dual-coil pickups with wide bobbins — combined with a large coil surface area — that give the MMCS an amazing bass tone. MMCS is a great mixture of design, with ceramic magnets for a transparent high end with steel added to increase the inductance for a powerful and warm low-end. </p> <p>For more about Schecter (including the basses profiled here), head to <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Default.aspx">schecterguitars.com</a>. </p> <p>Thanks for following along with GuitarWorld.com's continuous NAMM 2013 coverage on the site, Facebook and Twitter! Even though the NAMM Show is over, be sure to follow <em>Guitar World</em> on <a href="https://twitter.com/GuitarWorld">Twitter right here.</a></p> <p>For more GuitarWorld.com NAMM 2013 gear news, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2013">visit and bookmark our dedicated NAMM 2013 page here.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2013">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2013: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tHdXeGcpZnE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/motley-crue">Motley Crue</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2013-video-schecter-guitars-nikki-sixx-and-johnny-christ-signature-model-basses#comments Avenged Sevenfold Johnny Christ Motley Crue NAMM 2013 Nikki Sixx Schecter Schecter Guitars Bass Guitars News Gear Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:12:14 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17680 Name Recognition: 10 Essential Signature Model Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/name-recognition-10-essential-signature-model-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Ah, how young and innocent we all were when Fender introduced its first signature model — the Eric Clapton Stratocaster — in 1988.</p> <p>Of course, Chet Atkins' name appeared on several Gretsch models (the Tennessean, for example) long before then, and let's not forget that Les Paul — the name that appears on millions of guitar headstocks across the world — was actually a person.</p> <p>Today, new signature models seem to be popping up daily, each one "designed according to the artist's specifications." Almost every major manufacturer makes them for a host of artists from every genre of guitar-based music. This, of course, leaves players with a wealth of choices.</p> <p>Below, however, is a list of 10 high-quality signature-model electric guitars that the respective artists can proudly sign their name to — 10 models that get it right.</p> <p>As always, this list was compiled by a group of <em>Guitar World</em> editorial staffers including Technical Editor Paul Riario, the guy who tries out every piece of gear that arrives at <em>Guitar World</em>. The gear in this story is presented in no particular order. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.evhgear.com/gear/subpage/?partno=5107900868">EVH Wolfgang USA Stealth</a></strong></p> <p>Short of committing an act of grand theft Frankenstrat, the Wolfgang USA Stealth from EVH is the be-all, end-all Van Halen guitar for that moment you decide to try your hand at "Eruption." </p> <p>Of the guitars on this list, the Wolfgang USA Stealth features, by far, the most responsive Floyd Rose system. (It should be noted that the EVH-branded Floyd Rose isn't a floating setup, so it can only be used for diving.)</p> <p>As <em>Guitar World</em> reviewer Chris Gill wrote in our April 2012 issue, "Whether you're a metal shredder who wants super-sonic speed and nothing-but-black aesthetics or an EVH aficionado who craves the ultimate Van Halen playing experience, the EVH Stealth delivers like no other Wolfgang.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Eddie used the EVH Wolfgang USA Stealth throughout Van Halen's North American tour this year, but in case you missed them, here's our own Paul Riario to give you a demo:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/ETAd43hMKhs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,999.99 | Visit <a href="http://www.evhgear.com/gear/subpage/?partno=5107900868">EVHGear.com</a> to learn more about this guitar.</em></p> <p><strong>From its humble origins in the back of a small music store in London, Marshall Amplification has defined the sound of rock for generations of guitarists around the world. <em>The History of Marshall Amps: The First Fifty Years</em> by Michael Doyle and Nick Bowcott tells the story of Jim Marshall's remarkable life and documents the many innovations of Marshall amplifiers, from the famous “stack” to the most current offerings. <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-aficionado/products/the-history-of-marshall-amps/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=SignatureGuitars">It's available at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-FRM100">Ibanez Paul Gilbert FRM100</a></strong></p> <p>Ibanez's Paul Gilbert model, the FRM100 (the TR often seen in the name refers to Translucent Red) takes the "signature" theme to a new level. After all, Gilbert pretty much designed this guitar himself. </p> <p>"I designed the Fireman on my computer by taking a photo of an Ibanez Iceman and turning it upside-down in Adobe Photoshop," <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-guitarist-paul-gilbert-discusses-his-new-online-rock-guitar-school">Gilbert told GuitarWorld.com in May</a>. "Then I just worked out the extra details like adding the lower cutaway, angling the pickups, designing the pickguard shape and asking for a big, beefy neck joint. Ibanez brought the idea to life in their custom shop, and I fell in love with the guitar. The production model is killer. I used a factory sample for the whole Mr. Big tour last year."</p> <p>The neck on Fireman is different than the previous RG shapes in the Gilbert signature series. It's thicker and fatter -- 22mm at the first fret and 24mm at the 12th fret. The three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck offers a fat, tight sound and a solid grip. The pickups are DiMarzio Injectors in the bridge and neck and a DiMarzio Area '67 in the middle; they are designed with hum-cancelling construction to eliminate the noise but retain single-coil tone.</p> <p>Other features include a mahogany body, medium frets and a Tight Tune bridge.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Here's an official Ibanez video starring Gilbert and the Fireman in action:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3m16qpehaIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,199.99 | <a href="http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-FRM100">Visit Ibanez.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.espguitars.com/guitars/signature/kh-2-vintage.html">ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Model</a></strong></p> <p>Kirk Hammett adopted a Strat-style ESP between the recording of <em>...And Justice For All</em> and the band's mega-selling self-titled album, ditching the '74 Gibson Flying V he had relied so heavily on in the band's early years. "I used that V on every album prior to this one," Hammett told <em>Guitar World</em> in 1991, "but the ESP just sounded a bit rounder."</p> <p>At Winter NAMM 2012, ESP introduced several new models to commemorate 25 years of partnership with Metallica's lead guitarist. In those 25 years, the essential Hammett signature model has to be the KH-2, which comes in a sleek black finish or the "vintage" look, which comes complete with "Caution: Hot" and "Kirk's Guitar" stickers.</p> <p>The KH-2 also features a set of EMG pickups, a Floyd Rose Original bridge and a specially contoured neck that's perfect for nimble players.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>There isn't an official video demo for the KH-2, but the nice thing about signature guitars is you can point to the artists themselves as examples. In this case, pop in a copy of the Black Album and you'll hear why Kirk fell in love with these guitars.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/espkh2.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,285.00 | <a href="http://www.espguitars.com/guitars/signature/kh-2-vintage.html">Visit ESPGuitars.com for more on this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/santana/">PRS Guitars Santana Signature</a></strong></p> <p>This model might be at the higher end of the price spectrum as far as this list is concerned, but it truly is a work of art. The guitar, the product of a longstanding creative partnership between Paul Reed Smith and Carlos Santana, comes standard with a maple top, mahogany back, rosewood fretboard, 24-fret mahogany neck, 24 1/2-inch-scale length and PRS tremolo.</p> <p>The guitar also features PRS' relatively new V12 finish, a thin, hard and clear finish that doesn't crack or react with thinners. "PRS models with this new finish feel like old instruments," said Paul Reed Smith of the finish, which is halfway between acrylic and nitro.</p> <p>Other features include a carved, figured maple top; inlaid purfling strips; custom bird inlays; a bound rosewood fretboard, nickel hardware; and a rosewood headstock veneer with an inlaid eagle. The pickups are specially designed Santana Treble and Bass models.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>If you have some time, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTqbfWJVUDw">check out this Musician's Friend video featuring Santana and Paul Reed Smith</a> discussing guitar playing in general, Santana's thoughts about PRS, his signature model and other topics. </p> <p>In terms of a helpful demo video, there are no videos available from PRS or <em>Guitar World</em>, and YouTube is particularly skimpy on the subject. Note that most of the available PRS Santana demo videos refer to the lower-priced SE model, and you can check out <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDyikttVXR0">Paul Riario's review of the SE right here.</a> Here's hoping PRS produces a video that explores the features of the higher-end signature model.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/PRS.jpg" width="620" height="222" alt="PRS.jpg" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $5,000 | <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/santana/">Visit prsguitars.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Slash-Appetite-Les-Paul-Standard.aspx">Epiphone Limited Edition Slash Appetite Les Paul Standard</a></strong></p> <p>Limited to just 3,000 copies, the limited-edition Slash "Appetite" Les Paul Standard is a more-affordable alternative to the Gibson model of the same name. </p> <p>Modeled after the Kris Derrig-made Les Paul copy used by Slash on Guns N' Roses' classic <em>Appetite for the Destruction</em> album, the Slash Appetite Les Paul comes with two Seymour Duncan Slash Alnico II Pro humbuckers, a LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and a neck profile created especially for the mad hatter himself.</p> <p>“All things considered, with the original one, it just happened to have a certain sort of unique tone unto itself,” Slash said in a video from Gibson. “The new <em>Appetite for Destruction</em> guitar is about as close as anybody could get to the original.”</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>For a look at just how this guitar performs, check out <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c829NqdnX1o&amp;feature=plcp">this video</a> from Rainbow Music in Carlisle, England.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/epiphoneslash.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,525 | <a href="http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Slash-Appetite-Les-Paul-Standard.aspx">Visit Epiphone.com to learn more about this guitar</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.deanguitars.com/dimebag_seriesML.php">Dimebag Dean From Hell CFH</a></strong></p> <p>Like Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell has no shortage of worthy signature models to choose from. And while you can't go wrong with any axe from Dean's ML series, we had to pick just one, and the Dean From Hell CFH model gets the nod.</p> <p>Featuring a set mahogany V-neck and all-black hardware (because bad guys wear black), the Dean From Hell's lightning-bolt graphic is pure, vintage Dime, a fitting reproduction of the guitar that graces the cover of Pantera's breakout album, <em>Cowboys From Hell</em>.</p> <p>The Dean From Hell is equipped with a Floyd Rose Special bridge and Bill Lawrence XL500 pickups, making it a high-output monster perfect for shredders of all stripes. Getcha pull!</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Paired with your preferred high-gain amp, the Dean from Hell chugs, wails and squeals just like a Dime signature guitar should.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/deanfromhell.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,135.88 | <a href="http://www.deanguitars.com/dimebag_seriesML.php">Visit DeanGuitars.com to learn more about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.fender.com/products/johnnymarrjaguar">Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar</a></strong></p> <p>The ultra-cool Fender Jaguar never really got the widespread, mainstream appreciation it deserves; perhaps that's because of the model's supposedly confusing control layout. Get ready to throw that excuse out the window and give the Jag another shot. This new model developed by Fender for Johnny Marr (The Smiths, The Cribs, Modest Mouse) features some terrific updates.</p> <p>For starters, it features a four-position blade-style pickup switch (bridge; bridge and neck in parallel; neck, bridge, and neck in series), plus two upper-horn slide switches that control pickup brightness. The pickups are custom-wound, Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr single-coil neck and bridge models. The maple neck is custom-shaped maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard that's based on Marr’s '65 Jag.</p> <p>Other features include nylon bridge post inserts for improved stability, a “taller” tremolo arm with arm-sleeve nylon insert to prevent arm swing, 22 vintage-style frets; a 24-inch-scale neck, chrome hardware and a vintage-style truss rod.</p> <p><em>Guitar World</em> gear reviewer Chris Gill calls it "the best Jaguar that the company has ever produced" — and there's no denying this guitar looks killer in Olympic White.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Here are two videos that'll fill in the blanks about this guitar. The first one is an official Fender video featuring Marr; the second one features GW's Paul Riario.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sPoUB9qBdg4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1886474980001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1886474980001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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A DiMarzio Crunch Lab pickup sits in the bridge position with a DiMarzio Liquifire pickup in the neck position, giving you loads of clarity and output. </p> <p>The guitar's ebony fretboard plays fast for ultra-fluid legato work and clean sweeps, making the only limitation on the JP12 how fast your hands can move while playing <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/romancing-fretboard-chopin-arranged-guitar-part-1">Chopin's Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus No. 2</a>.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>In the below video, Petrucci shows off the capabilities of his newest signature model:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/6VZEa8O1Hns" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,500 | <a href="http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/jp12.html">Visit Music-Man.com to learn more about this guitar</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.gretschguitars.com/products/index.php?partno=2400112809">Gretsch G6120TV Brian Setzer Hot Rod</a></strong></p> <p>Gretsch makes a slew of beautiful Brian Setzer signature models, most of which are variations of a traditional 6120 Nashville. And then there's the Brian Setzer Hot Rod model, which is basically the Nashville's evil, mean twin, a guitar with a one-track mind. This is a Gretsch that's ready for rockin' right out of the box.</p> <p>As Gretsch puts it, the Hot Rod is stripped down and built for speed. You get one three-position pickup switch, a single master-volume control and two TV Jones-designed Hot Rod Filter’Tron pickups that crank out some fiery tones. </p> <p>Other features include a full 16-inch single-cutaway, bound, hollow body; a 1959-style trestle bracing and F holes; a two-piece rock maple neck with a bound ebony fingerboard; Sperzel locking tuners; pinned Adjusto-Matic bridge; chrome hardware and a Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece. </p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Once again, here's our own Paul Riario in a GW video from 2007:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bnvV4AUfeWw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,600 | <a href="http://www.gretschguitars.com/products/index.php?partno=2400112809">Visit gretschguitars.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Products/guitar/synyster-gates-Custom.aspx">Schecter Synyster Gates Custom</a></strong></p> <p>The Synyster Gates Custom is a mean-looking guitar with an original body shape, an eye-catching headstock and a cool "deathbat" inlay. </p> <p>But what really makes the guitar stand out are the Seymour Duncan Custom Syn Invaders pickups, which produce the heaviest tones a passive pickup can produce. They feature three ceramic magnets, over-wound coils and 12 chrome cap screws. Sustainiac Driver/Pickup produces solid humbucker tones when the Sustain switch is off and works as the Sustainiac Driver when switched on.The Sustainiac Driver creates an infinite feedback sustain of string vibrations by electromagnetic feedback. </p> <p>And then there's the ebony fretboard. According to Schecter Guitar Research, "Ebony has a snappy, crisp attack with the density of maple, but with more brittle grains, oilier pores and a stronger fundamental tone than maple. It has a tremendous amount of percussive overtones in the pick attack, that mute out shortly thereafter to foster great, long, sustain."</p> <p>Other features include a mahogany body, a 25.5-inch-scale three-piece mahogany neck, 24 extra-jumbo frets, a Floyd Rose 100 Series bridge and Grover tuners. It's an axe worthy of the Avenged Sevenfold guitarist.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Although <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=oCktx_pDWoI">this video wasn't created by Schecter Guitar Research</a> or <em>Guitar World</em>, it does an OK job of demonstrating the guitar's many features — especially if you skip to around 2:06.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Gates620.jpg" width="620" height="224" alt="Gates620.jpg" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,649 | <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Products/guitar/synyster-gates-Custom.aspx">Visit schecterguitars.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/paul-gilbert">Paul Gilbert</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/brian-setzer">Brian Setzer</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/name-recognition-10-essential-signature-model-guitars#comments Brian Setzer Carlos Santana Fender Gretsch Ibanez Johnny Marr Kirk Hammett Paul Gilbert Paul Reed Smith PRS Schecter Schecter Guitars Synyster Gates Electric Guitars News Features Gear Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:19:39 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16975 NAMM 2013: Schecter Introduces Hellwin Series Amps by Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2013-schecter-introduces-hellwin-series-amps-synyster-gates-avenged-sevenfold <!--paging_filter--><p>Schecter Amplification has introduced its new Hellwin series of guitar amps, a collaboration between Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates and Schecter. </p> <p>The Hellwin USA 100 is the initial entry in the Hellwin series, a line of products that Schecter Amplification plans to bring to market with Gates over the coming years. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2013">[[ Keep up with Guitar World's NAMM 2013 coverage right here! ]]</a></strong></p> <p>"As soon as we started building amps, working with Synyster on his own designs seemed like a natural step after the nearly 10-year relationship we have shared," said Schecter Executive Vice President Marc LaCorte. </p> <p>"After years of trying to get all of the tone, playability and versatility I wanted in an amp, I turned to my friends at Schecter and legendary amp designer James Brown. Together we have created Hellwin, a line of amps engineered to sound and perform at the highest level whether you're on the big stage or in your garage," Gates added.</p> <p>The first amp in the Hellwin series is the Hellwin USA 100, a custom-designed, all-tube model. Working in conjunction with amplifier guru James Brown, Gates set out to design an amp that not only captured his unique tone, but also would prove to be an important asset to players of all styles in their studio and live work. </p> <p><strong>About the Hellwin USA 100 Amplifier:</strong></p> <p>• Made in U.S.A.<br /> • A collaboration between Synyster Gates and Schecter Amplification<br /> • Co-created with renowned amp designer James Brown, the Hellwin has rich bloodlines and is destined to be a rock classic.<br /> • 100 watt / All Tube Design (MIDI Switchable)<br /> • Three Channels w/ Independent EQ and Gain Boost<br /> • Front Panel Custom Noise Gate<br /> • Innovative Active/Passive inputs<br /> • 4 position 'Focus' Control</p> <p><strong>Matching 4x12 Speaker Cabinets are also available:</strong></p> <p>• Four Celestion Vintage-30 Speakers 16ohm<br /> • Baltic Birch Solid Construction<br /> • Mono or Stereo<br /> • Angle and Straight design</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Default.aspx">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202013-01-24%20at%209.05.39%20AM.png" width="620" height="304" alt="Screen Shot 2013-01-24 at 9.05.39 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2013-schecter-introduces-hellwin-series-amps-synyster-gates-avenged-sevenfold#comments Avenged Sevenfold NAMM 2013 Schecter Synyster Gates Amps News Gear Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:11:25 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17648 Contest: Win a Signed Synyster Gates Custom Guitar from Schecter http://www.guitarworld.com/contest-win-signed-synyster-gates-custom-guitar-schecter <!--paging_filter--><p>The Seymour Duncan Invader has a well-earned reputation as the most aggressive passive pickup ever. </p> <p>It's the first choice for metal, punk and rock players who seek maximum power and sustain without switching over to a battery-powered active system. </p> <p>Now this high-gain classic gets a visual makeover inspired by longtime Invader user Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold. Synyster Gates Invaders sport eye-catching chrome-plated pole pieces in place of the original black ones. They are also offered with gold and white pole pieces. </p> <p>Synyster Gates Invaders are available in a Trembucker-spaced bridge version and a standard-spaced neck version. They're the same ones used in Schecter Guitar Research's Special Edition Synyster Custom model. Neck and bridge pickups are sold individually and as a set. </p> <p>Synyster Gates Invaders have all the amp-pummeling power of the original Invader, thanks to their triple ceramic magnets, overwound coils, and the extra-wide magnetic field generated by 12 oversized cap screws. Non-active pickups simply don't get more powerful than this — they're passive and massive.</p> <p><strong>To help celebrate the launch of this pickup we have teamed up with Schecter Guitars to launch the Summer of Syn Giveaway. Here is your chance to win a signed Synyster Gates Custom Guitar from Schecter featuring the Seymour Duncan Synyster Gates Invader. </strong></p> <p>You can enter by visiting these links:</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/seymourduncanpickups/app_121121694568521">Seymour Duncan on Facebook</a> </p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Schecter-Guitars/131382650211888?sk=app_192229990808929">Schecter Guitars on Facebook</a>.</p> <p>For more about the Synyster Gates Invader pickups, <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/humbucker/high-output/synyster_gates/">head here.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/contest-win-signed-synyster-gates-custom-guitar-schecter#comments Avenged Sevenfold Contest Schecter Schecter Guitars Synyster Gates News Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:02:47 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/15503 Photo Gallery: Schecter Releases Synyster Gates Custom-S Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-schecter-releases-synyster-gates-custom-s-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Schecter Guitars has announced the release of the Synyster Gates Custom-S, a guitar that has been on the company's drawing board for years. </p> <p>The guitar will be available in January 2012.</p> <p>This new Gates guitar features all the specs <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-avenged-sevenfold-signature-model-schecter-guitars">used on his signature model</a> plus something special that Gates has called his "secret weapon” -- the Sustainiac Stealth. This pickup system sits in place of the neck humbucker (See photo gallery below) and provides controlled feedback-sustain at all levels. </p> <p>“It adds incredible depth and nuance to my playing as well as my approach to song orchestration,” says Gates, who provides the heavy guitar attack as a member of Avenged Sevenfold.</p> <p>The guitar also includes a mahogany Avenger body with set-in 25.5-inch-scale mahogany neck, a 24-fret ebony fingerboard, a Floyd Rose 1000 locking tremolo system and a Seymour Duncan Custom Syn Invader humbucker. The Sustainiac Stealth system also functions as a single-coil pickup in the neck position and features harmonic mode and on/off mini-toggles.</p> <p>The guitar is available in Gates' popular black and silver pinstripe design. The MSRP is $1,649. <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Products/Guitar/SYNYSTER-GATES-CUSTOM-S.aspx">For more about this model, including all the specs, head to schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-schecter-releases-synyster-gates-custom-s-guitar#comments Avenged Sevenfold Schecter Synyster Gates Electric Guitars News Features Gear Fri, 25 Nov 2011 20:58:08 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13586 Memorial Fund Set Up in Honor of Bernie Corrigan of Schecter Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/memorial-fund-set-honor-bernie-corrigan-schecter-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Bernie Corrigan, the marketing manager for Schecter Guitars in Burbank, California, for the past several months, died August 18 in an auto accident. He was 39.</p> <p>A fund has been set up for Corrigan -- <a href="http://www.berniecorriganmemorialfund.org/Bernie_Corrigan_Memorial_Fund/Home.html">the Bernie Corrigan Memorial Fund</a> -- in order to financially assist his family.</p> <p>From the Fund's website, <a href="http://www.berniecorriganmemorialfund.org/Bernie_Corrigan_Memorial_Fund/Home.html">berniecorriganmemorialfund.org</a>:</p> <p>"We mourn the tragic loss of Bernie Corrigan. We are all heartbroken, but we must remember that the reason we are so sad is how wonderful he was. Unfortunately, the more you love someone, the greater pain when they pass. We will all miss his music, but even more, we will miss him.</p> <p>"We have set up this memorial fund to help those Bernie left behind. Please donate what you can via the <a href="https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&amp;SESSION=c_GlPXocmDvuZ4h6EZNzaZp9-Oh37qyYx5Li380ObzmB8_zBXhYkfoyqa1K&amp;dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d35d0e363192f28ea2a5d17702da0dbf0">PayPal</a> button on this page. It is desperately needed by his family. There will be time soon when we can all get drunk and howl together, but right now, Beth, Little Bern and Sarah need us. Let’s go.</p> <p>-- Gary Spinrad, Elviss Simmon"</p> <p><a href="http://www.mojonews.com/page/content.detail/id/534147/Bernie-Corrigan.html">To read more about Corrigan, click here.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/memorial-fund-set-honor-bernie-corrigan-schecter-guitars#comments Schecter News Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:35:57 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/12469