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Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar  

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    Schecter Guitar Research

    A hot guitar with great playability, EMG Active pickups, and a string-thru bridge.

    The Schecter Damien Elite electric guitar has a gorgeous quilted maple top, a double-cutaway mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck, and a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard. The TonePros bridge system includes a Tune-O-Matic style bridge with thru-body string mounts for stability and sustain. The Schecter Damien Elite is loaded with the classic combination of an EMG-81 active humbucker in the bridge position and an EMG-85 active humbucker in the neck position 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.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Construction: Double-cutaway
    • Back: Mahogany
    • Top: Quilted maple
    • Neck: Bolt-on maple neck
    • Scale: 25-1/2"
    • Fingerboard: Rosewood
    • Frets: 24 extra-jumbo
    • Nut: GraphTech TUSQ
    • Inlays: Stained cross
    • Bridge Pickup: Active EMG-81 humbucker
    • Neck Pickup: Active EMG-85 humbucker
    • Electronics: Vol /Tone/3-way switch
    • Bridge: TonePros Tune-o-matic with thru-body string mounts
    • Tuners: Grover
    • Hardware: Black chrome

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    Schecter Guitar ResearchDamien Elite Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good feel (8)
    • Good pick up (8)
    • Solid electronics (8)
    • Fun to play (7)
    • Good tone (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (7)
      • Practicing (7)
      • Rock concerts (5)
      • Recording (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (5), Novice (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A strat for metal players

      I played one of these guitars once about 4 years ago, I thought it was very nice but never really had enough to spend on a new guitar. When I saw them on sale...Read complete review

      I played one of these guitars once about 4 years ago, I thought it was very nice but never really had enough to spend on a new guitar. When I saw them on sale I nearly pooped myself after 4 years I finally got my guitar!
      These are very much like a fender strat in price, quality, and flexability. Yes, these guitars are quite flexible in what you can make them do, but with the EMGs it's defiantly geared more towards high gain tones. You can get some sweet sounding dark clear tones, when you throw in some effects/pedals your only limited by your mind what you want it to sound like. Neck pickups are ok for soloing, bridge pickups are great for more like a Maiden like tone. Keeping them both selected gives you the more heavy kind of distortion and I think adds more flavor to solos then with just the neck pups.
      Build quality is just fine, everything lines up, all the frets are the same size everything is smooth. It's what you'd expect for the price.
      Now based on my opinions and preferences, I'd like the neck to be a bit flatter. Especially up by the first frets it feels to round. This is the only guitar I have without a satin oil finish in the neck. Sometimes I REALLY miss that. Some people really hate it but I really love it. I didn't realize it would run in batteries but duh, they're active pickups. I've had it about 2 months and the generic battery is ships with is still running strong and I play this guitar a pretty good amount. I wish the bridge was the other way around, after a month I checked the intonation, went to crank on one of the strings a bit, and the screws face up towards the neck. I think it just makes it more difficult.
      All and all this guitar is what you'd expect for the price. If your into metal, rock, or anything with high gain I whole heartedly recommend this guitar. It sounds great for anything from black sabbath to Sepultura. I haven't drop tuned it yet though. Anyway if you're more into jazz, or anything you'd play with a clean channel, probably up to classic rock, I'd think a Fender Strat would be more what you'd want.

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      BAAADDDDD

      I bought this guitar with confidence but when I got it "ooh man." It worked fine for about 10 min. then the volume pot started making scratchy noises through my...Read complete review

      I bought this guitar with confidence but when I got it "ooh man." It worked fine for about 10 min. then the volume pot started making scratchy noises through my amp. Then the back (81) pickup started sounding digitized then finally stopped working.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      i should have listened

      By D Rock

      from arkansas

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

        I should have listened to people a long time ago. I never gave schecter the time of day. They were a new company and I was stuck in my ways. Went to a shop looking for an Ibanez iron label and left fallen in love with schecter guitars. The necks are so fast and smooth. It just feels and sounds like the guitars you see your heroes holding in the magazines. You know you see the picture and you think man I bet that thing feels and sounds so good. Well this one hits it on the head perfectly.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow.

        By Joyfuljake2

        from Sioux City, IA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • 24 X-jumbo Frets
        • Beautiful Abalone Inlay
        • Everything Really
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Grover Tuners
        • High Sound Quality
        • Solid Electronics
        • Thru Body Stringing
        • Tune-o-matic Bridge

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

          I heard about Schecter on a recommendation from a friend, and I don't know that I have thanked him enough for introducing me to the start of this great relationship! I got the guitar in Crimson Red and it is probably one of the most beautiful guitars I have ever held in my life. I was even more blown away when I plugged it into my amp. The sound quality was incredible. I started with a heavier rock sound with some distortion and the deep thrum of heavy notes was amazing.

          After playing a little while, I decided to try it out with a cleaner sound. It was equally astounding. The notes sang through my practice room as clear as can be. I have played around with all sorts of different settings and it doesn't cease to amaze me. I think this is the start of a beautiful relationship.

          Thank you Schecter Guitar Research and thank you Musicians Friend!

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A strat for metal players

          By Mace

          from Manitowoc, WI

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

            I played one of these guitars once about 4 years ago, I thought it was very nice but never really had enough to spend on a new guitar. When I saw them on sale I nearly pooped myself after 4 years I finally got my guitar!
            These are very much like a fender strat in price, quality, and flexability. Yes, these guitars are quite flexible in what you can make them do, but with the EMGs it's defiantly geared more towards high gain tones. You can get some sweet sounding dark clear tones, when you throw in some effects/pedals your only limited by your mind what you want it to sound like. Neck pickups are ok for soloing, bridge pickups are great for more like a Maiden like tone. Keeping them both selected gives you the more heavy kind of distortion and I think adds more flavor to solos then with just the neck pups.
            Build quality is just fine, everything lines up, all the frets are the same size everything is smooth. It's what you'd expect for the price.
            Now based on my opinions and preferences, I'd like the neck to be a bit flatter. Especially up by the first frets it feels to round. This is the only guitar I have without a satin oil finish in the neck. Sometimes I REALLY miss that. Some people really hate it but I really love it. I didn't realize it would run in batteries but duh, they're active pickups. I've had it about 2 months and the generic battery is ships with is still running strong and I play this guitar a pretty good amount. I wish the bridge was the other way around, after a month I checked the intonation, went to crank on one of the strings a bit, and the screws face up towards the neck. I think it just makes it more difficult.
            All and all this guitar is what you'd expect for the price. If your into metal, rock, or anything with high gain I whole heartedly recommend this guitar. It sounds great for anything from black sabbath to Sepultura. I haven't drop tuned it yet though. Anyway if you're more into jazz, or anything you'd play with a clean channel, probably up to classic rock, I'd think a Fender Strat would be more what you'd want.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Disappointed

            By papahemi69

            from NY

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

              Cons

              • Made in indonesia

              Best Uses

                Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

                Just received the guitar yesterday and am returning it Monday. Plugged it in and their was hardly any volume. Changed battery and it was still the same. Called schecter with little results. Now I have to wait for a different guitar.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I'm lovin it

                By hatchet_job

                from Michigan, USA

                About Me Novice

                Ask me a question

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

                  Very pleased with this guitar. I am no expert, but this is the nicest I have owned as of yet. Superb finish, factory setup was just fine for me. Playing through a Roland 40xl. I cant see anyone being dissapointed with this fine instrument. The stainded cross inlays look fantastic. Looking for a "metal" guitar? This is it.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing quality affordable guitar

                  By Jayrizzle

                  from Clayton, Delawhere?

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Emgs
                  • Floyd rose
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Grover Tuners
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

                    I have played guitar for about 8 years and in that period I have played a plethora of different guitars. I had never played a schecter before purchasing the Damien and, after receiving it, I can now say with absolute certainty that schecter makes a fine quality instrument. The frets were all filed perfectly, the neck was smooth and felt great, the pickups are incredible, and the Floyd rose is amazing. The EMGs sound great in any setting and for any style of music, and I beat that Floyd mercilessly and it keeps the guitar wonderfully in tune. I had wanted this guitar for two years before I actually manned up and bought it and I wish I had bought it sooner. Its a great quality axe at a killer price. Get it!

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome Guitar!

                    By Strummer 321

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

                      I bought this guitar as an absolute beginner and so far have been very impressed. I've been progressing rather quickly and I attribute a lot of that to the playability of this guitar. I checked out a lot of different guitars locally before purchasing this guitar. It felt the most balanced and the jumbo frets make playing easier. The guitar feels rock-solid and I love the see-through black finish. This may be out of the price range for a lot of beginners, but if you have the extra money I can't recommend it enough.

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Extremely Pleased

                      By Jeff

                      from Stratford CT

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

                          Very pleased with Schecter guitar I purchased. THe customer service I was provided was excellent. I would recommend you to all my friends.

                          Comment on this review

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          You can't get anything better for $$$

                          By thunderbirdz33

                          from Ypsilanti, Michigan

                          About Me Novice

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

                            About a year ago, I was looking for a guitar that was a step or two up from my first guitar. It didnt take me long to notice this see-thru black beauty at [@]. I picked it up and loved the feel and playability of it. It is a great guitar for metal, as most Schecters are, and also creates a good tone for clean and distorted. Ihave had it for a couple months now and I have had no problems so far. A great guitar for the $$$

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Damien Elite See Through Black

                            Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

                            It's great to be pleasantly surprised when you open a package and what you ordered is way more than you expected. Not really that surprised because a friend had just bought an immaculate C1 Hellraiser from a pawn shop so I new the quality and perfection of his guitar. I took a gamble and dropped down one notch and bought the Damien. I have a few very high end electrics and the Damien outshines them all, for $500. It's almost a joke. The neck is perfect, the fretboard and inlays are perfect. The build is the best I've seen, the balance is perfect, and it's also gorgeous with a polyester resin clearcoat (Schecter's website), the same finish that Taylor uses on their guitars. Oh, the EMG 81/85 Active Pickups setup are the best that I've ever played. I love fast necks and this one is lightening fast with very low action. Thanks.

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