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Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar  

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The Schecter Damien Elite-8 electric guitar has a gorgeous quilted maple top, a double cutaway mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck, and a 24-fret rosew...Read More

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An amazing 8-string guitar with drop dead looks, EMG Active pickups, and a long scale length.

The Schecter Damien Elite-8 electric guitar has a gorgeous quilted maple top, a double cutaway mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck, and a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard. The Damien Elite-8 has a long 26-1/2" scale length to accommodate the lower tuning of the added F# and B strings and is fitted with a Schecter CTM-8 fixed bridge for maximum stability and sustain. The 8-string Damien Elite guitar is loaded with a pair of EMG 808 active humbuckers for all the great heavy rock tones you need. Appointments include stained cross inlays, multi-ply fretboard and body binding, and black chrome hardware.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Construction: double-cutaway
  • Back: mahogany
  • Top: quilted maple
  • Neck: bolt-on maple neck
  • Scale: 26-1/2"
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Frets: 24 extra-jumbo
  • Nut: Graph Tech Tusq
  • Tuning: F#/B/E/A/D/G/B/E
  • Inlays: stained cross
  • Binding: multi-ply
  • Pickups: EMG Active 808
  • Electronics: Volume /Tone/3-way switch
  • Bridge: Schecter CTM-8
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Hardware: black chrome
  • Case sold separately

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Schecter Guitar ResearchDamien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar
 
4.8

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Best Extended-Range Deal Out There

Not too long ago, there was only one 8-string on the market and it was over a grand. Thus, Im still blown away that the best deal in specs, playability etc....Read complete review

Not too long ago, there was only one 8-string on the market and it was over a grand. Thus, Im still blown away that the best deal in specs, playability etc. is an 8 and not a 7. I did get mine used, though, so the deal was even stauncher for me, just a heads up (still this model, not the used one on MF). Aesthetics: The black one may look a bit dull and/or cliche in picture, but is pretty killer when you actually hold it. Playability: The guitar plays incredibly well for the price. Medium-high grade Ibanez smoothness. Action is low and nick thin, but high and thick enough to bite the note. Tone: Heh Given the price, the tonewood snob in me had doubts about the grade of the wood. No complains however, except that the fretboards a little rough, but mines used. As you can imagine, the neck takes getting used to. 7-string playing on the Schecter is more difficult than 6, at least to me. In fact, its a bit weirder going from playing this guitar to a 6-string than vice versa. It also feels weird playing the high E, since ones not used to having to fret that high, the string being higher than a 7-strings top string. The E-E strings sound like a standard EMG equipped guitar if a LITTLE lower in gain. Pretty versatile. It starts to get muddy at the B, muddier than Schechters Hellraiser. Not surprisingly, the F# is problematic. 26.5 is a bit too short a scale length for the best intonation (Meshuggah use 29 +), but its still quite playable, and Im used to 24.75 on my Paul. So..youre gonna almost definitely need a half-stack to prevent the bottom two strings sounding really muddy, especially the F#. I tried several amps, bypassed and with my GT-8, and its pretty much indubitable. You need the extra speakers to voice the ultra low end properly with ANY distortion. Cleans fine on most any any amp, and is very articulate and responsive, bitey and trebly. Lots of definition and clarity, even on full 8-string barres. Fretting the barres is almost effortless, and leads to great prog and jazz voicings.

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Oh dear...

I was looking forward to this guitar, and waited 2 months for my order to ship. Unfortunately when it arrived today I was forced to pack it up within 10 minutes to be...Read complete review

I was looking forward to this guitar, and waited 2 months for my order to ship. Unfortunately when it arrived today I was forced to pack it up within 10 minutes to be returned. The most obvious problem was the discoloration of the fretboard - random areas were very light in color compared to the rest. I considered dealing with the problem as it's only cosmetic, then I played it and found other problems. One pot was loose and the other was too tight, there was a "huge" gap in the jack plate where it didn't quite fit, and the F# and B strings had buzzing along most of the frets. To top it off the $99 case suggested by Schecter (I emailed to check)for the guitar doesn't fit unless you modify the neck joint area. It's the diamond series case also sold on this site. If the guitar was in it's expected condition and it fit in the case designed for it, it'd be a great guitar. Unfortunately the quality control on my particular guitar was abysmal and it simply does not fit in the hard case.I seem to be the minority with a bad guitar, so hopefully it's a rare occasion.If I can get reimbursed for return shipping costs considering both the guitar and case are faulty, then I may try again. If I end up wasting $50 to ship a faulty product back, then it's the last Schecter I'll buy. Good luck if you decide to order the guitar, just make sure not to buy the case unless you are willing to modify it.

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5.0

Solid Guitar

By Nick

from North Dakota

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar:

    I love the tone and sustain, this really changes what you play and how you play it, I really enjoy playing the guitar. It puts out amazing tone and the sustain just doesn't stop.

    The bad, if you don't have long fingers when you start working the top strings it is hard to hold the wrist straight. This alone led to some pain from having my wrist cocked at a weird angle, lasted a few days but it has stayed in the case since.

    Did some non professional recording with it which sounded amazing. If you have played an 8 string and are looking for one this thing rocks, if you havent played one before try an 8 string out before buying.

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    5.0

    Best for the price

    By Timmeh!

    from Fort Worth, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Looks great

    Cons

    • Slight Pickup Issue

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Turning Heads

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar:

    I've owned this guitar for a little over 2 and a half years, and it has been nothing but good. The red version stands out and has nice inlays without being TOO flashy or distracting, and the active pickups are very warm, clear and balanced, and the amount of output is nearly perfect. The scale lenth is long, but not too long. The only downside I have seen in this instrument is when i switch pickups really fast, I have had it cut out on me a few times, but thats only when I'm going from the neck pickup to the bridge pickup very quickly, but I'm willing to bet that this is a very rare issue with this instrument. It came with the notable "Strung with D'addario strings" label, however I talked with Schecter and it actually comes with the Ernie Ball 8 string slinkly set (2625). They are 10-74 gauge and are pretty stiff, but VERY durable. I have not broken a string to this day! (And I do LOTS of bending) If you buy an 8 string even just a tad cheaper than this, you are getting half the guitar that this one is. It's the best valued 8 string out there. To make a long review short, this guitar looks great, and has definitely turned a few heads at shows. It sounds great (very warm and crisp) and is the BEST clean sound I have ever heard on a guitar (that is when I play it through my 50w Krank rev Jr) and it will last you a long time.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Extended-Range Deal Out There

    By Phil Blacklaw

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar:

    Not too long ago, there was only one 8-string on the market and it was over a grand. Thus, Im still blown away that the best deal in specs, playability etc. is an 8 and not a 7. I did get mine used, though, so the deal was even stauncher for me, just a heads up (still this model, not the used one on MF). Aesthetics: The black one may look a bit dull and/or cliche in picture, but is pretty killer when you actually hold it. Playability: The guitar plays incredibly well for the price. Medium-high grade Ibanez smoothness. Action is low and nick thin, but high and thick enough to bite the note. Tone: Heh Given the price, the tonewood snob in me had doubts about the grade of the wood. No complains however, except that the fretboards a little rough, but mines used. As you can imagine, the neck takes getting used to. 7-string playing on the Schecter is more difficult than 6, at least to me. In fact, its a bit weirder going from playing this guitar to a 6-string than vice versa. It also feels weird playing the high E, since ones not used to having to fret that high, the string being higher than a 7-strings top string. The E-E strings sound like a standard EMG equipped guitar if a LITTLE lower in gain. Pretty versatile. It starts to get muddy at the B, muddier than Schechters Hellraiser. Not surprisingly, the F# is problematic. 26.5 is a bit too short a scale length for the best intonation (Meshuggah use 29 +), but its still quite playable, and Im used to 24.75 on my Paul. So..youre gonna almost definitely need a half-stack to prevent the bottom two strings sounding really muddy, especially the F#. I tried several amps, bypassed and with my GT-8, and its pretty much indubitable. You need the extra speakers to voice the ultra low end properly with ANY distortion. Cleans fine on most any any amp, and is very articulate and responsive, bitey and trebly. Lots of definition and clarity, even on full 8-string barres. Fretting the barres is almost effortless, and leads to great prog and jazz voicings.

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Friggin' Brutal!

    By Music=Life36

    from Lucasville, Ohio

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar:

    I just got this guitar for my 18th birthday/graduation. It is soooo mean. The low B string allows for great articulation for breakdowns and technical passages while the high F# is perfect for ripping out screaming solos. The EMG 808's are killer. Great response and amazing sound. The finish on this beast is beautiful. The quilted maple top under the transparent red finish with the accents of the black nickel hardware makes this instrument a whole lot of eye candy. I couldnt be any more happy with this guitar. I love it app much and will definitely go to schecter again.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Greatest Guitar

    By heavy1

    from NY

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar:

    This guitar looks beautiful. The crimson red finish looks great and the inlay crosses are awesome. The action came set up incredibly low and yet the strings do not buzz. This lets me play faster and cleaner than on any other guitar I own. The pickups are hot and very responsive. I play with the guitar in a drop tuning and single notes on the bottom range remain distinct. However, intervals (even 5ths) get muddy. Overall, this guitar looks great, plays great, sounds great, and has opened up my creative world. I have a hard time enjoying 6 strings after this positive experience.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An axe fit to crush skulls!

    By Dokken ZeBote

    from Gum Spring, VA

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar:

    It's what I need. After two new pickups I was ready to go.
    Aesthetically it looks great; I received the red edition of it and the graphics are perfect. The binding was beautiful, nearly flawless, and the colors blend together wonderfully. From a functional perspective, to start, it tunes very well and rarely strays off key. The fretboard is a tighter grain dark rosewood which feels very comfortable to the touch, nearly rivaling ebony in movement speed and preciseness. The EMG 808's were good, but left a lot to be desired. From low E to high E it sounded fine, but once I reached the two lower strings it turned fairly muddy. None the less, with a quick pickup switch I was able to improve the sound exponentially.

    The neck is large due to the extra two strings but I still found it to be playable; I've actually gotten worse at playing six strings as of late since I've gotten used to having my fingers splayed over the fretboard.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Get it!

    By guy ayal

    from Northern California

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar:

    A versatile, high quality instrument that offers a lot for a reasonable price tag
    Lets make this simple:

    The Good -
    1. VERY high quality and finish. In fact, you will have a hard time finding a better finish or build quality on much more expensive instruments. The guitar arrived with a pro-level set up from the factory, and stays in tune far longer then other fixed bridge guitar and basses, again due to high quality hardware.
    2. The sound...my god - the EMGs on this guitar sound amazing - crisp yet deep sounding on the neck pickup, bright and powerful but very tuneful on the neck, amazing sustain on both. Clean or distorted, DI or amped, one of the best sounding guitars I've owned.
    3. Playability - surprisingly easy to get used to and play, despite a neck the width of an irrigation canal...

    The Bad -

    1. As mentioned in other reviews, the neck's heel should have been rounded to offer better access to the lower strings in the upper frets region.
    2. This is a big instrument - if you have smaller hands or shorter then average fingers, this guitar is not for you.
    3. A personal note - I think the guitar would have been a lot more comfortable to play if the body was contoured more dramatically in the rear, upper region (where your picking hand normally rests)
    If you are in the market for an 8 string, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better return for your money

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    No dissapointment here

    By dannytaylor213

    from Southwest VA

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar:

    I received my Damien elite 8 on Friday and I've spent the past few days really getting to know the instrument. So far I can say it's a very well rounded guitar. The finish is absolutely gorgeous on the crimson red, nice and dark just as I hoped it would be. To crush the rumors about the neck it does not feel like a 2x4, even I had my doubts but it's comfortable for me even being a small handed musician. The Grover tuners and fixed bridge ensure excellent tuning stability for even the lowest of tunings. The EMG 808's are very clear and crisp sounding, you can go from growling metal tones to smooth jazzy sounds very easily. Mine was even set up pretty well out of the box, I've barely made any adjustments to the action. The weight, the balance, the price, this axe is hard to beat. Schecter has done it again.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Well-Crafted, Eclectic And Wicked Demon!

    By TJ_Hinman

    from Erie, PA

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is absolutely incredible. Recieved mine a few weeks ago and I couldn't be happier. The crimson red finish, although a bit dark for my eyes looks absolutely beautiful. The binding is spotless, the knobs were fit on perectly, The guitar itself feels smoothe like silk, truly a well-designed guitar, especially for the price!The playability is fantastic. The neck is very fast and doesn't really feel all that thick (surprising I know, considering you have 8 strings to work with). The wood used makes everything sound great. The active pickups really give the distortion a nice punch. The clean tones sound surprisingly great as well. Along with being in a progressive metal band I play jazz on the side so it was nice to see that the cleans could handle that. Don't expect a hollowbody-like tone or anything but the tone is still great.The guitar only has two knobs so you can't mold too much there but that isn't really a bad thing since most musicians tend to mold from the amp anyways. The guitar stays in tune surprisingly well and the shape is nice and comfortable. My only real knock for this guitar is that the neck is bolt-on but anyone can still get a remarkable metal tone out of it so that really isn't that big of a deal.Overall I couldn't be happier with this guitar, it is one of the best investments I made when it cmes to instruments. I also love how eclectic it is overall, it can handle any form of metal but so many others as well. It may take awhile to get used to the extra string but it is definitely worth it. Explore the darker side of your musical soul! Invest in one as soon as you can! You won't regret it.

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    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Oh dear...

    By Unnamed User-tPBfN

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar:

    I was looking forward to this guitar, and waited 2 months for my order to ship. Unfortunately when it arrived today I was forced to pack it up within 10 minutes to be returned. The most obvious problem was the discoloration of the fretboard - random areas were very light in color compared to the rest. I considered dealing with the problem as it's only cosmetic, then I played it and found other problems. One pot was loose and the other was too tight, there was a "huge" gap in the jack plate where it didn't quite fit, and the F# and B strings had buzzing along most of the frets. To top it off the $99 case suggested by Schecter (I emailed to check)for the guitar doesn't fit unless you modify the neck joint area. It's the diamond series case also sold on this site. If the guitar was in it's expected condition and it fit in the case designed for it, it'd be a great guitar. Unfortunately the quality control on my particular guitar was abysmal and it simply does not fit in the hard case.I seem to be the minority with a bad guitar, so hopefully it's a rare occasion.If I can get reimbursed for return shipping costs considering both the guitar and case are faulty, then I may try again. If I end up wasting $50 to ship a faulty product back, then it's the last Schecter I'll buy. Good luck if you decide to order the guitar, just make sure not to buy the case unless you are willing to modify it.

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