Regular readers of Top Guitars will know that we love Schecter guitars. Based in Los Angeles Schecter, or to give them their full name Schecter Guitar Research, design and build high spec guitars for the biggest names in rock and metal. If you want a high performance instrument then Schecter is going to be on your shopping list. However, the price tag for a Schecter is not cheap but with the Schecter C-1 SGR this has changed. Now you can get a high spec guitar with a budget price tag. But have Schecter had to compromise to build the C-1?
Let me get this out of the way now. The Schecter C-1 SGR is a beautifully constructed super strat guitar. It truly is a thing of beauty which I wish I could have had when I first started playing the guitar. The body is carved from basswood and has a nicely arched top with deep double cutaways that have extra scalloping for ease of access to the upper frets. The bolt on maple neck is topped with a full 2 octave 24 fret rosewood fingerboard. With a 25.5″ scale length and a thin C profile the neck is comfortable to play allowing for fast fretwork up and down its length. As mentioned the deep double cut-away with extra contouring allows fantastic access to the upper frets making this the ideal guitar for the fanatical speed shredders amongst us.
In terms of the electrics the Schecter C-1 SGR comes fitted with Schecter designed Diamond Plus humbuckers in the bridge and neck positions. The Diamond Plus humbuckers are great sounding pickups. The neck humbucker has an amazing warm resonance which sounds fantastic played clean with a bit of reverb. Turn up the distortion and the warm resonance persists but with a distinct growl that smacks you in the belly. The bridge pickup is equally as good with more brightness and crunch than the neck pickup giving clear definition between notes ideal for fast soloing. With the 3 way pick up selector you have the option of using either the bridge or neck pickups in isolation or together. Combined with master volume and tone controls the Schecter C-1 SGR provides huge scope for experimenting with your sound, whatever you want to play the guitar will respond!
In terms of the bridge the Schecter C-1 SGR has a tune-o-matic bridge with string through body setup. This might not appeal to those of you who want a whammy bar. But aimed as it is at the beginner we think the absence of a tremolo in favour of a fixed bridge is a good thing coming as it does with solid tuning stability. After all, although dive bombing on the tremolo is a lot of fun, having to re-tune the guitar is not so much fun!
The guitar is finished off with black chrome tuning pegs and hardware. The Schecter C-12 SGR comes in black, blue or red finish and all look absolutely jaw droppingly good.
Now I have to say that we often see guitars, which are aimed at the beginner guitarist, where the manufacturer has generally had to compromise somewhere to achieve the starter market price point. In the case of the Schecter C-1 SGR I cannot see that there have been any compromises. The build quality and finish is amazing, the specification is top notch and the sound that this guitar produces is amazing. If you are looking for a great all round guitar to get you started then the Schecter C-1 SGR is going to be hard to beat.
|Schecter C-1 SGR|
|Bridge||Tune-o-matic with strings through body.|
|Frets||24 medium frets|
|Fretboard radius||14" (355 mm)|
|Nut width||1.653" (42 mm)|
|Scale length||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Bridge pickup||Diamond Plus Humbucker|
|Neck pickup||Diamond Plus Humbucker|
|Pickup switching||3 way selector switch|
|Controls||1 master volume and 1 tone|
|Recommended retail price||£249|
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