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Schecter Guitar Research C-1 Hellraiser Electric Guitar   

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The Schecter C-1 Hellraiser Electric Guitar delivers tones that are sure to please any metal player. The mahogany body has an ultra-access cutaway th...Read More

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The Schecter C-1 Hellraiser Electric Guitar delivers tones that are sure to please any metal player. The mahogany body has an ultra-access cutaway that really lets you get all the way up the 3-piece mahogany neck. The rosewood fretboard has 24 extra-jumbo frets and abalone gothic cross inlays for a dark, sinister look. Active EMG 81 and 89 pickups deliver crushing electric guitar tone that's easily fine-tuned by the 3-way pickup switch and volume/volume/tone control set. TonePros tune-o-matic bridge with string-thru-body design makes for stable tuning no matter how hard you play. Binding specifically chosen to complement the finish, Grover tuners, and black chrome hardware round out the Schecter C-1 Hellraiser's killer look. Black Cherry finish has a quilted maple top.

  • Mahogany body (Black Cherry finish includes Quilted Maple Top)
  • Set, 3-piece mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard
  • 24 X-jumbo frets
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Ultra-access cutaway
  • EMG active 81/89 pickups
  • Volume/volume/tone controls
  • 3-way pickup switch
  • Grover tuners
  • Abalone binding and gothic cross fretboard inlays
  • TonePros tune-o-matic bridge with thru-body design

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Most Liked Positive Review


hell yeah.

if this guitar is any indication of the quality of all of Schecter's instruments, i'm probably never buying another non-schecter again. i've owned (and usually sold) jacksons, an ibanez, epiphones, other...Read complete review

if this guitar is any indication of the quality of all of Schecter's instruments, i'm probably never buying another non-schecter again. i've owned (and usually sold) jacksons, an ibanez, epiphones, other random no name guitar brands, and have played everything i have been able to get my hands on, and NOTHING i've played so far holds a candle to this thing. i'll never get rid of it or stop playing it, and if something ever went wrong, i'd surely replace it. i am almost tempted to buy another one just to store it somewhere - it's that good. the price is amazing for such a quality instrument. so, onto some specifics about the guitar. obviously the look is stunning. when i pulled it out and showed my girl (heheheh) even SHE wanted to play it! the pictures here do NOT do justice to its amazing aesthetic. as a force of habit, i tuned it up right out of the box and played a few clean riffs unplugged; the sound was pristine. dropped down the tuning and i jacked into my Spider II and went straight to the metal setting - this thing almost melted my face off. the harmonics are simply beautiful and the tone is absolutely CRUSHING. the pick ups are nothing short of godly, and if you play metal, i doubt you will want to change them. you can scream out leads or lay down brutal riffs. a toggle might have been a slightly better choice, but even as is i can't complain. the neck is super fast and i have yet to find a bad spot for any string on any fret... every note rings clear as could be. if you're not neccesarily a metal player, you shouldn't be turned away, altho you might want to try to play it first in a store through a similair set up to what you would be using. as far as other musical styles go, i dialed up a lush, swirling chorus and played some Pumpkins stuff, and it sounded just as... dreamy and moody as Corgan or Iha ever did. for the sake of the review, i played some classics too, (yes, Zeppelin, kill me) as well as some of more recent (over-rated!) arena rock type bands, like Staind and 3DD and the like, and this thing did it all to the 10's. lastly, the Hellraiser is light as a feather, even compared to other light guitars, and it holds tune like you wouldn't believ.


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not good

After waiting almost 3 months for this guitar I really wanted to like it. It is the hottest looking guitar I've ever owned. There are 2 major problems I have with this guitar....Read complete review

After waiting almost 3 months for this guitar I really wanted to like it. It is the hottest looking guitar I've ever owned. There are 2 major problems I have with this guitar. The first is the fact that there is alot of fretting out(string noise). The active pickups only compound the problem. The second disapointment is playing clean using the neck pickup. No matter what I tried I couldn't get a rich sound. It sounded very flat with out the usual amount of bass you normally get from a bridge humbucker. When it comes to distortion the EMG's sounded good, but not as good as all the reviews would have you believe. They only sounded slightly better than the stock pickups in my Ibanez. My guitar also had a blemish in the binding. I can't believe I waited almost 3 months for this. I'm returning mine.

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I just got it, and i'm already head over heals in love with her. I think it plays great. The action isn't the greatest, but i believe after the gloss finish is worn down a little on the neck, that'll change. It's a great guitar for any style of music.... LOVE IT


Rockin Axe!

By RJ-_iWk5

from New York

This guitar is the best guitar I have ever played. And i've played alot. This guitar is the King of electric guitars in my opinion. I just wish it came with a case.


Metal beast

By bombtheblogosphere

from Kennesaw, GA

The Schecter C1 Hellraiser is a metal beast. I owned my a little over a year before I sold it to upgrade to the 7-string version with the FR. I couldn't have been any happier with the guitar as a whole. Fantastic pickups, fast neck, incredible looks, this thing has it all. I've played it on stage so many times and it just commands all of the attention during sweeping/shred solos. Highly recommended for guitarists of all skill levels.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is amazing. My only complaint is that the action isn't all that great. My little brother has a schecter gryphon and it has better action than mine. Other than that though it's awesome. Great for any style of music.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is the best guitar ever. I play at least 6 different guitars a day considering I work at a guitar shop, and this blows every other guitar that I play out of the water. I usually play some alternative rock with my band but we also drift into some Sabbath sounds and this guitar is great for both. The only problem is that there is a lot of feedback coming from the pick-ups but this is because they are so powerful. The way I fix the feedback at practice is I turn one of the Volumes down, considering which pick-up I'm using and use the pick-up selector as a "kill witch" when I'm not playing. Overall a great guitar for the price and the best quallity. Great Job Schecter.


sweet guitar

By PapABonE'r

from Kingsford, MI

i love this guitar, it looks cool and the sound and feel of this guitar is even better,i really like the neck, its not as thin is my RG370 neck and the EMG pickups are nice.i'll buy schecter guitars over ibanez any day!!!!!


From a Drummer's View

By Goose-sJumA

from Y-Town, Oklahoma

Now I may not exactly play guitar (although I have goofed off on it, I'm not totally void of guitar talent), I absolutely love this guitar. The guitarist that I play with owns this, and it has beautiful tone, and even though it is slated towards metal, it has a great blues sound as well. In my opinion (which may not mean very much to any hardcore guitarist), this is great guitar


The guy under me is a r.tard

By shaunmorgan

from Ohio

This guitar is perfect for metal. The pickups scream the neck is amazing the action is perfect. running it through my mesa triple recto its a perfect combo. I love this guitar i traded my c-1 elite for it (wich was very hard for me to do b/c the guitar was ownd by sean from smile empty soul) but i am very happy with my hellraiser


a decent guitar

By run_for_cover1

from Reading, PA

I purchased this product 3 or 4 months ago. When I received it in the mail I thought it looked more beautiful than I had imagined. The cross inlays are just awesome and the trim around the outside is mezmerizing. Contrary to some reviews, the neck plays fast and the tone sound great. However, after my first week playing it at my bands practices I noticed that the sixth string was constantly sliding off the groove in the bridge. I figured it was just because it was new and it had to be broken in a bit. I was half correct, the problem has been occurring less frequently now, it's just that when it does happen it's always at shows. This could easily be a problem with the individual guitar I recieved though, faults often happen in individual construction. All I can suggest if happens to you is to not rock the guitar too hard when you're playing live. If it still poses a problem you can go to a local music store and they'll file it down for you. The next problem I encountered was feedback. At first I noticed it a lot when i was running through my old line 6 spider II amp but when I purchased a marshall jvm it still continued to squeak back at me. I've begun to plug it into all different types of amps and it just won't stop. I'm beginning to believe that it is the pickups, since active emgs have been known to pick up a lot of high end. So all together it is a great tone and an easy play for how cheap it is, but the quality of the construction isn't the best, although these problems can be easily fixed if you wanna throw in a few extra dollars.


Poor Schecter

By the [man]

from compton

I personally cannot stand this guitar. It has a slow neck. The pick ups are horrible. My little cousins squier is better.

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