Schecter Machine Gun Kelly PT review

Machine Gun Kelly’s signature model is a Guitar Center exclusive that gives Schecter’s Tele-type a radical modern makeover

Schecter Diamond Series Machine Gun Kelly PT
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Guitar World Verdict

The flashy Schecter Machine Gun Kelly PT in HPLG is an all-or-nothing workhorse guitar that delivers an articulate modern tone with pugnacious brawn.


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    Solid build.

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    Excellent playability with plenty of upper-fret access.

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    Great bridge humbucker.


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    Kill-switch position won't be for everyone.

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On the surface, Machine Gun Kelly (or MGK) appears much like window dressing as an artist. With rockstar looks and a skyrocketing career from rapper to pop-punk upstart, it’s dismissively easy to surmise his entire musical persona feels a bit cut-and-pasted, which leads you to wonder whether it’s all an act.

But MGK is a legit musician, and for what it’s worth, he’s one of the few stars who seriously plays guitar and is savvy enough to take a backseat by recruiting fret-burning British guitarist Sophie Lloyd for his tours, who adds a great deal of musical energy to his performances. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.