If you are looking for a high spec but lean guitar then the Schecter Blackjack C1 is an obvious choice. With its dark looks and stripped down feel this is the guitar that is made for heavy riffing but can pull out all the frills if needed. Schecter need no introduction.
Founded in 1976 the California based company produce top end guitars for some of the biggest names in rock and metal. So you know that the Schecter Blackjack C1 comes with a rich pedigree but what can you expect if you were to buy one?
The Schecter Blackjack C1 is a truly amazing looking superstrat style guitar. The body is cut from mahogany and is nicely contoured to create a compact feeling guitar which is incredibly comfortable to play. The neck is a through body construction giving rise to what Schecter claim is a more tonally responsive instrument with huge amounts of sustain. The neck itself is made from mahogany with an ebony fretboard which ties in well with the overall black theme of the guitar. The neck has 24 extra jumbo frets and is nice and confortable to play with its thin C profile. To give you some numbers at the 1st fret the neck is just 20 mm thick and at the 12th fret this becomes 22 mm. The nut width is just 42 mm and the fretboard radius is 355 mm. This all adds up to a very comfortable neck which is quick to play.
In terms of electrics the Schecter Blackjack C1 is armed with two Seymour Duncan humbuckers. In the bridge position there is the Nazgul humbucker and in the neck position there is the Sentient humbucker. Both have been chosen for their extreme tonal output and responsiveness at high gain, the ultimate choice for a metal guitar. The pickups can be accessed through a 3 way selector switch and there is a tone and volume control for on-board sound control. For hardware the Schecter Blackjack C1 has Schecter locking tuners and a Hipshot hardtail bridge. If you are looking for a whammy bar this is certainly not the guitar for you. So how does the Schecter Blackjack C1 perform? Plugged in the guitar has a very warm clean sound but it is when the gain is cranked up that the guitar comes into its own. The Nazgul and Sentient humbuckers are designed to be pushed to the limit and certainly with the gain turned up high they are very responsive with good clarity when soloing. I have to say that I prefer the Sentient in the neck position with a thick warm sound with a nice punchiness when required. The Nazgul is good too but I prefer the warmth of the Nazgul. The neck is very comfortable to play and the deep cutaways allows easy access to the upper frets. I would say that although more of a rhythm players guitar this still has potential if you like your fretboard antics.
To sum up the Schecter Blackjack C1 is not a cheap guitar coming in at around the £800 mark but you get a lot of guitar for your money. If you are looking for a guitar with a high spec then the Schecter Blackjack C1 is well worth a look.
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