The Schecter Banshee 6 Active guitar has the looks and the technical spec but how does it play and is it worth the money?
I have to admit I am a fan of Schecter, they make great guitars designed to a high specification with real attention to detail. But sometimes you have to really pay for that level of quality so you have to ask yourself if they are worth it.
Schecter, or Schecter Guitar Research to give them their full name, is a company that manufactures guitarand amplifiers. Founded in 1976 by David Schecter they originally started out producing replacement guitar parts for existing guitars. However, in 1979 they launched their own guitar range designed to a high specification and a high quality they also carried an expensive price tag. To this day Schecter still produce custom guitars but they also have a more mass produced range which retain the custom built feel but at a fraction of the price. This is a welcome move as it gives us mere mortals the opportunity to see what it is like to play such great guitars.
The question is what can you expect from the Schecter Banshee 6 active guitar?
The Schecter Banshee 6 Active guitar gets its design and styling from Fender. This is certainly cut in the super strat mould so if you like this style of guitar then the Banshee is for you. The body is alder topped with a stunning piece of flamed maple. Finished with a crimson red paint job this is a truly beautiful guitar. I simply can’t stop looking at it, it really is that good. The neck is a multi laminate of maple and walnut topped with a 24 fret ebony fingerboard. This is a crisp neck with a slim profile which is a joy to play. The bridge is a Floyd Rose 100 series tremolo unit which is incredibly stable allowing some vigorous whammy bar action with no loss of tuning.
In terms of electrics the Schecter Banshee 6 Active has an EMG 81 humbucker in the bridge position and an EMG 85 humbucker in the neck position. Both humbuckers as the Schecter Banshee 6 Active name suggests are active pick-ups giving a higher output gain and great tonal versatility. If you want to find out more about active pickups we recommend you check out our article on active pickups. The pick-ups are accessed through a three way selector switch and their are tone and volume controls. With the pick-up configuration in the Schecter Banshee 6 Active you get an amazing rock attack which gives you a good idea of the type of guitarist this instrument is aimed at. Plug it in and you get a great tone when played clean. However, crank up the distortion and the Banshee growls and wails like the mythical creature from which the name is derived. The sound of this guitar is great and far better than guitars with a much higher price tag.
The question for me though is whether the Schecter Banshee 6 Active is worth the money. The recommended retail price is £799 which is quite a bit to be paying for a guitar. So the guitar really has to offer a lot to justify the price tag. But for me the Schecter Banshee 6 Active is an amazing guitar. The build quality is fantastic, the guitar looks amazing it plays like a dream and sound phenomenal. Therefore I would say that yes the Schecter Banshee 6 Active is well worth the money. However, if you go through Gear 4 Music you can currently pick the Schecter up for £100 under the asking price which makes this a great value guitar and well worth taking a look at.
|Schecter Banshee 6 Active Pickups Electric Guitar|
|Body||Alder with flamed maple top.|
|Bridge||Floyd Rose 1000 Series|
|Neck||Multi laminated Maple and walnut.|
|Frets||24 X-jumbo frets|
|Fretboard radius||12" - 16" Compound radius|
|Nut width||1.625" (41.3 mm)|
|Scale length||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Bridge pickup||EMG 81 Humbucker|
|Neck pickup||EMG 85 Humbucker|
|Pickup switching||3 way selector switch|
|Controls||1 master volume and 1 tone|
|Recommended retail price||£799|
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