Schecter continue to bring an A game in 2017. There are a bunch of new models, and signature models arriving, but there are few that are currently floating our boat, at least based on our first look.
The Apocalypse series is a dark, brooding set of guitars, with a subtle finish that will focus on your playing and not on how pretty your guitar is! It’s got a 25.5” scale, thin ‘C’, set neck, with 24X Jumbo frets and a 12”-16” compound radius. The neck is built with a maple/bubinga multi-ply and is the epitome of rock solid stability. The standard comes loaded with Schecter USA Apocalypse VI pickups. It can also come with a Floyd Rose 1500 series tremolo, or a Floyd Rose with Sustainiac pickup in the neck. If you need to take things a lot lower, there is also a 7 string version.
If you like a bit more tradition in your rig, then maybe the maple bound, Banshee with quilted maple topped mahogany, is what you need. A solid guitar loaded with Schecter Diamond Plus in the bridge and Diamond Single Coils in the middle and neck. It has an ultra thin ‘C’ neck with a 16” radius and 24X jumbo frets. You can pickup either a hard tail, Floyd Rose, or a 7 string version and it comes in a variety of traditional bursts, like Charcoal, Vintage, Cherry, or Ocean Blue. The pearloid pickguard and black chrome hardware might just put it on the right side of glitz!
Then there’s the Sun Valley Shredders which has us falling off our seats over its potential. It’s that sun drenched, So Cal vibe in a package that won’t break the bank and we think Schecter have nailed it. With a big, big sound driven from a pair of EMG active humbuckers, a Schecter exclusive, “Hot Rod” Floyd Rose tremolo and a resonant mahogany body.
This is one that’s going to have the whole crew gathered ‘round when we start unboxing!
The PT has always been a stalwart at Riff City and this 2017 version comes with a swamp ash, double bound body loaded up with a Schecter Diamond V-90 in the neck and a VT-1 in the bridge. It’s a cool, vintage styled guitar with staggered brass saddles and an ashtray bridge.
Lastly, not to disappoint those that like the angular guitars, comes the E-1. With a pair of Diamond Alnico Plus humbuckers, a set mahogany neck and solid mahogany body, it’s set to deliver rock in a very classic way. Expect to pay a few dollars more for the flame maple honey sunburst version, but, MAN! That burst though…!
Keep your eyes peeled for more updates.
the Riff City Crew