I have talked a lot of metaphorical things about the Hellraiser. Whether it is because I like metaphorical things, or because I wanted you to come here and figure out more things about the hellraiser, is a question that shall remain unanswered. What will be answered are your questions about the specifics of this guitar. So let us take a closer look at the Schecter Hellraiser C-1 and see, what makes it so likely to raise hell, make demons dance and children cry.
As always, the first thing I would like to talk about is the design of the guitar. Schecter is a smart company and they know that coming up with a new guitar design is too costly. So they take the classic Stratocaster body, fatten it up a little, and give us the Hellraiser. The guitar, while slightly thicker than the traditional stratocaster, is incredibly comfortable to play. The design of the neck allows easy reach to the highest tone frets. The coloring of the guitar is what gets me every time – whether black or red, it is beautiful and I really do appreciate it.
The body of the guitar is built out of mahogany. I have lauded mahogany as a great piece of tonewood many time before, so I will not have a problem doing it again. Mahogany as many qualities that make it so attractive. The most prominent of them is the tendency to enhance the sound of the guitar, resonating with the low tones so well, adding the little bit of depth and thickness to make them amazing. The warmth spills over to the rest of the tones as well, creating a well rounded, beautiful sound for the guitar. The wood is durable, not having a single issue with being damaged, no matter how much you try. Yet the wood is also known to be heavy and unfortunately the guitar does nothing to battle this.
The neck of the guitar is made of three ply mahogany. The triple ply connections allow the guitar to be even sturdier than a single piece of mahogany would be. This allows the guitar to remain in tact for many years after you’ve first acquired it. Combine this with the fact that the triple ply allows the guitar to be a little lighter and you get yourself a great deal. The neck is set into the body, meaning even more stability and sturdiness, as well as a guarantee of strong alignment. The fretboard is made of rosewood, a standard wood for this purpose.
The guitar comes with an elegant, TuneStyle Tune-o-matic design bridge with a thru body string attachment. The bridge provides extra stability to your strings, is rather neat to look at and hasa pretty nice raise for some great action.
The nut of the guitar is a Graph Tech XL Black Tusq, which is a pretty amazing nut. It handles string buzz rather well, provides a good harmony for the guitar and looks very cool.
The tuners on the guitar are, as is to be expected, very good. Their tuning stability is a great asset to the guitar. The design is rather beautiful and works with the rest of the guitar really well.
The guitar is equipped two pickups, one a the bridge one at the neck. The EMG 81TW and the EMG 89. The EMG 81TW has the option of splitting coils, moving from humbucker to single coil without too much effort. The EMG 89 is a pure humbucker. The two are designed for powerful sound, yet also have the ability to be very smooth and gentle in their tonality. Two great pickups for a good guitar.
The guitar has standard controls. With three knobs the possibility of volume control for each individual pickup, as well as a knob for tone control. The guitar also comes with a three way pickup switch to allow you to play with your pickup configuration.
The guitar, as promised, sounds amazing. With the humbucker setting on, the guitar sound powerful, with a sound strong enough to wake the sleeping giants. The tone of the guitar is incredibly versatile thanks to the little lever allowing you to switch in between the single coil and humbucker modes. Overall, the sound is inspiringly good.
A great guitar for anyone and everyone! While it might be a little too much to pay for a beginner, the guitar is definitely worth the money for a professional and even an intermediate level players. Highly recommended!