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Schecter Guitar Research C-1 Artist Limited Edition Electric Guitar  

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You won't find a better guitar in this price range than the Schecter C-1 Artist Limited Edition Electric Guitar. Schecter's exclusive zero-heel Ultra...Read More

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You won't find a better guitar in this price range than the Schecter C-1 Artist Limited Edition Electric Guitar. Schecter's exclusive zero-heel Ultra-Access neck joint with the superior tone of USA Seymour Duncan pickups: JB at the bridge, '59 at the neck, a sustain-producing set-neck design, and versatile 5-way pickup switching.

The beautifully contoured, carved-top mahogany body is accented by black pearloid binidng. The rosewood fretboard features Schecter vector inlays, also in striking black pearloid. Setup includes quality black chrome-finished hardware with genuine Grover tuners.

USA Seymour Duncan pickups ('59 at the neck, JB at the bridge) deliver all the tones you need. TonePros tune-o-matic bridge with thru-body tail adds great resonance.

  • Set-neck body design
  • Carved top mahogany body
  • Black pearloid binding
  • Black pearloid vector inlays
  • USA Seymour Duncan pickups: JB at the bridge, '59 at the neck
  • Black pearloid vector inlays
  • 5-way pickup switching: Position 1: full power bridge humbucking sound; Bridge pickup (series). Position 2: single-coil sound with hum cancel; Bridge & neck pickups; Parallel (bridge pickup's bridge side coil & neck pickup's bridge side coil). Position 3: full power humbucking sound; Series (bridge pickup's neck side coil & neck pickup's neck side coil) Position 4: single coil sound with hum canceling; Parallel (bridge pickup's neck side coil & neck pickup's neck side coil) Position 5: full power neck humbucking sound; Neck pickup (series)
  • Black chrome hardware
  • Grover Tuners
  • TonePros tune-o-matic bridge

The right sound, the right attitude, and the right price! Holy smokin' deal, Batman--better order now!


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Great guitar

Schecter is prolly the best quality korean made guitar there is right now. MUCH better quality than my Ibanez RG270dx. The guitar looks amazingly nice in person. The pics dont do it justice. ...Read complete review

Schecter is prolly the best quality korean made guitar there is right now. MUCH better quality than my Ibanez RG270dx. The guitar looks amazingly nice in person. The pics dont do it justice. Inlays are pretty cool too and are done pretty decently. The neck is one of the most comfortable I've played...its thin and flat, but not Ibanez kind of flat. Not as wide as Ibanez either...which is good unless you have Steve Vai fingers. The all access joint is far cooler than my bandmates older model C1 plus...the tone is fatter thanks to all mahogany and seymour duncans...and the 5 way gives much more versatility. The "out of phase sounds" are nice and clean but dont expect a strat sound cuz its not. Humbucker sounds are good, solid, hot, and have no mud at all. Its a pretty fat sound but it aint no Les Paul. Action is decent but it wont go as low as I would like without some excess buzzing. Doesent effect the playability too much tho. The tone pros bridge is an iffie however, as the black hardware has started to rub off...but I dont care that much. I bought this guitar as an in between guitar until I have the money to get "the guitar" and then this one will be a very nice backup. The sustain is pretty nice too. This guitar likes everything from jazz to country to metal and it does em all pretty convincingly...although I would say its forte is any kind of rock. Tuners are solid. Frets are great as well...and I like em cuz they are flatter than most modern guitars...so when you put the death grip on a string during a wild lead break they dont shift in and out of tune. The weight is very comfortable. My only gripe is that there is no arm contour...which makes playing kind of stressful every now and then...nothing major tho. I'm pretty certain that no guitar in this price range can match this one in any way. I've played hundreds of guitars and I would recommend Schecter over ANY other foreign guitar. Its got one of the best necks I have ever played too...so it looks like "the guitar" would have to be a USA Custom Shop Schecter. Quality is commendable. Looks are great. Sounds are great. Playability rocks. Price...rocks! Its a great guitar for the money and I would recommend anyone to get this guitar unless you really need a stratty sound. Get a strat for the in between sounds. Keep in mind however, that this is a good guitar FOR THE MONEY. Dont buy into the people saying this is as good as a PRS or other expensive USA made guitar...cuz its not. The build quality and sound character just doesent go that far. My dad's 75 Les Paul BLOWS this thing away with much lower action, flatter frets (the "fretless wonder" kind) and a far fatter, richer, and more percussive sound. So dont expect a $500 Schecter to be the "be all end all" of guitars cuz thats just not happening. But for a second guitar, dependable backup, or a cheaper ax that wont hurt your wallet or your feelings if you drop it on stage...this is a wonderful guitar and worth the cash.


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Don't expect anything great out of this guitar. I think the features that come with the guitar are decent such as the Duncans and the seamless heel. i sent mine back in the blink...Read complete review

Don't expect anything great out of this guitar. I think the features that come with the guitar are decent such as the Duncans and the seamless heel. i sent mine back in the blink of an eye because after reading all of these reviews I though it was going to be amazing and it wasn't. The action was set way to high, however every new guitar needs a set-up. There were sharp edges on a fair amount of the frets. There were also quite a few dead spots. The binding was not attractive at all, and it was coming apart from the body. It would be a better investment to get an Ibanez S series. They have far better quality control.

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All fives from me.

I have the Schecter C1+, which was made in 2006. This is the closest thing Schecter currently offers. It is my best axe, and I have been almost strictly a Fender player for years. My version has a coil tap which comes in handy once in awhile. It's like having six pickup combinations. The tone is unmatched - rich, deep, fat...and with a pop of the knob it can be clean and articulate. Where in times past I have used Strats for recording, my newest album adopted this guitar as the main man. Oh, and I have never had a guitar that kept tune more easily. You can bend the crud out of this axe and it will still ask for more. Last winter I dropped the guitar on its face (dumb mistake). I thought it was finished. The neck was cracked up by the heel of the head and I figured it would never be the same. WRONG! It *STILL* stays in perfect tune. I dare a Gibson man to try that with his Les Paul. Incredible.I'd take this over a Gibby any day. Well done, Schecter - you've won my respect in guitars!

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This is great

By a7x

from Tri-Cities, TN

I just got the guitar a week ago and i already am really impressed with it. The pickups make the guitar sound great and the finish makes it look fantastic. Your definitely getting your money's worth!

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Great guitar for recording or live!

By jmlivingston

from Michigan!

I bought this guitar about 4-5 months ago, and I love it! I was using a knock off Les Paul before with EMG 81/85 pickups, which I loved, through a solid state Carvin combo. At first I was disappointed with the dirty channel, so I replaced the bridge pup with a Seymour Duncan Invader. After playing that for a while I realized I didn't like that either, so I out the JB back in. Recording that guitar sounds awesome, and just fine tuning it for distortion is all I needed. The playability of this guitar is astounding. The wide C shape of the neck is wonderful for fast playing along to accompany the jumbo frets. The binding and inlays are beautiful, but takes some getting used to, as I have never had them on a guitar. The bridge works wonderfully, I leave my Schecter in my basement and it never goes out of tune, unless I change strings. Whether you're playing metal or punk, indi or emo, solid state or tubes; this is a great guitar to have!

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Extremely versatile and great-sounding!

By Abhimanyu Ghoshal

from Bangalore, India

The Schecter C-1 Artist Limited Edition is an excellent choice for those looking to play various genres. I myself use it for jazz, blues, hard rock, electronica and even metal. Plus, it looks beautiful up close. The neck is very comfortable to play on too. This is a must-have for any guitarist who's not hooked onto any particular brand. A few issues: positions 2 and 4 on the pickup selector sound very similar so you get effectively get only 4 sounds, and the tone knob doesn't affect the sound between 2 'o clock and 10 'o clock.

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Probably the best guitar you'll ever own

This is one of the sweetest deals you'll ever get and one of the finest guitars you'll ever play. The quality is exceptional. The pickups by themselves would almost cost you as much as the guitar. Set neck (not neck thru) STRING THRU.... Anyways, it plays like buter the action and intionation is PERFECT right out of the box. Try getting that in a $3000 Les Paul...(it will NEVER happen) Schecter builds some of the nicest guitars on the market today and it is made in South Korea NOT China. This is by far the best buy on the planet, a PROFFESIONAL axe. I wouldn't trade mine for a 12 pound Les Paul in a million years. Don't pay for a name...pay for QUALITY and you will not find better than this in ANY brand.

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Best guitar in the freakn world hands down!!!!!!

By zakkattack87

from waco,tx

This guitar delivers the best feel,sound,and has the longest sustain ive ever played with.Words just really cant describe how freaking sweet this guitar is.Plus one of the prettiest bodies ive seen on a guitar.Buy it i promise yu will not have any regrets.

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Love my Schecters

By dcarsten

from Northwest, IN near Chicago

Between myself and my two sons, we own over dozen guitars that range in price from $200 to $3500. I own 2 Schecters and enjoy playing them the most. I swapped the pickups in my C-1 Artist with a pair of Gibson 490 humbuckers and added p.i.o caps. Now, the sound is sweet (wasn't bad before). You can't beat Schecter for value. The quality to price ratio is the best for a low to mid priced axe. Definitely better than Epi.

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A decent guitar

By The Wrath

from Greenville, NC

Let me start by saying MondoMan is a Mondo moron. First off, this guitar is set-neck not neck-thru. If you don't know the difference, then you shouldn't be doing reveiws. Les Pauls are heavy because of the density of the wood used to build them. In short, not all mahogony is created equal. This is a good guitar for a working musician. I just hate to see someone cut a product down when they have no idea what they're talking about.

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This Guitar is SICK-NASTY!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got this guitar from a friend who had only had it for about 7 months. I only payed 450 for it and i must say its the best investment i've ever made. The quality of the contruction is top notch and the thru-body design is amazing. Also, it comes with Seymour Duncans... I mean what more could you want. The body in my opinion is solid. It feels almost indestructable. Now i'm not saying to go throw it down a flight of stairs or anything but I don't think it could hurt it much. The body's high gloss finish can be a pain to keep clean sometimes though.Also if you're looking for a case to fit it, I've heard that the "Coffin Case Darkline" fits it like a glove. This is a great guitar for any aspiring metal guitarist. It sounds great and plays great too. And for the price its a bargan.

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This thing is plastic.

By MondoMan

from Dallas, TX

I was so excited to get this guitar. It had the pickups I wanted, neck through a mahogany body, strat-like body style, and a tusq nut. However, the "carved mahogany top" thing is false advertising. The neck is one piece, that has plastic wrapped around it. If the body was all mahogany, the guitar would be heavy, like a Les Paul, and this wasn't. If you knocked on the body, the outer several inches were hollow. I was so pissed I had to return it. So I wanted to write a review to warn anyone that is planning on buying it. Maybe that doesn't concern/bother you, but it felt too fisher-price to me. Play one first.

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