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An incredible axe with gorgeous looks, active EMG pickups, and a string-through bridge.Schecter' Damien Elite guitar features a stunning quilted mapl...Click To Read More About This Product

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

An incredible axe with gorgeous looks, active EMG pickups, and a string-through bridge.Schecter' Damien Elite guitar features a stunning quilted maple top, mahogany double-cutaway body, bolt-on maple neck, and a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard. The TonePros bridge system boasts a Tune-O-Matic style bridge with through-body string mounts for superb tuning stability and sustain. The Damien Elite is equipped with the killer combination of an EMG-81 active humbucking pickup in the bridge position and an EMG-85 active humbucker in the neck position for plenty of growling power and attitude. Additional features include black chrome hardware, stained cross inlays, and multi-ply fretboard and body binding. Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and 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
  • Case: Sold separately

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Schecter Guitar ResearchDamien Elite Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

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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

No 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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(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.

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    BAAADDDDD

    By laced_in_sick

    from MS

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

    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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Damien Elite See Through Black

    By michael breaux

    from Texas

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    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.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Grate Gutiar

    By cesar diaz

    from Chihuahua, Mexico

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

    I really liked this guitar since the first time i saw it (I got the MBK style). When I played it, I realized it was the best buy I could have done, a great tone and quality of sound I had been looking for. The inlays are so nice, it's a guitar so light you won't never get tired for play with it. I'm convinced that was my best choice to buy.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'm lovin it

    By hatchet_job

    from Michigan, USA

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    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.

      (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!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome guitar!

        By Drew-qXmk8

        from GA

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

        First let me just say that this is a "Metal" guitar so it does sound more of a metal tone even in clean straight through your amp. My friend owns this guitar and we perform on stage and switch off sometimes i have to use his because i need it as a spare, so i know it well enough to say that this guitar is amazing and worth buying. I am thinking about buying one myself once i save up the money, Great deal on Great offer...

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Schecter Damien Elite

        By LongLiveChuck

        from California

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

        I just got this guitar today and I am instantly in love with it. Straight out of the box I was stunned by its beauty. In my 6 years of playing Ive also owned an ESP and a Dean and neither came close to the Schecter that I had gotten as my first guitar. This made me decide to get another Schecter. Initially I wanted the C1 Hellraiser, but decided to get the Elite because of the EMG 81/85 set up right out of the box. Im very satisfied with my decision. The guitar plays great and sounds even better. I literally play all types of music and this guitar sounds great playing them all. The only thing Im going to play with is the action because it came a little too high for my taste, but that is easily done. Buy this guitar, you wont regret it!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My Schecter Damien Elite

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

        OK so I got this guitar 4 Christmas a few days ago and when I first saw it the looks blew me away, it a just an amazing looking guitar(I got the crimson red version). The EMG pickups sound amazing, and it never goes out of tune! This is my 2nd electric guitar, if u have been playing for 4+ years get this guitar it ROCKS!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        amazing

        By Dan-ZUE9s

        from Baltimore

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        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is beautifully crafted. The only problem is that all my friends and band mates are jealous. Playing, I realized it sounded a lot like my Epiphone SG-G400, then I put Ernie Ball power slinkies on it and it sung like a goddess. No matter what you play, this guitar will do what you want it to. This guitar is definitely worth the money. Buy one!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        i should have listened

        By D Rock

        from arkansas

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        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.

          (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!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Guitar!

            By Strummer 321

            from Michigan

            About Me Novice

            See all my reviews

            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.

              (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.

                  (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

                  See all my reviews

                  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 $$$

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    BETTER THAN WHAT I EXPECTED

                    By Zacky Vengeance

                    from LA, Cali

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                    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

                    I was expecting to get that really fat tone, and I got my wish. What was a pro of this guitar was that it had a nice look, and the sound sweetens the deal. Get it, you won't regret it.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great value poor consistency with fretboard wood

                    By Mr. magic2000

                    from new jersey

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                    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

                    This guitar sounds great and feels great. It looks awesome and is an excellent value. However I ordered two of them and both of the fretboards have blemishes on them. I returned one becuase the wood stain was blemished the entire length of the fretbaord. the other guitar has a smaller blemish at the 7th fret and isn't so bad so I kept that one. I guess its impossible to keep these guitars at this point and have total quality control. I believe in the past schecter would identify these blemished products and sell them as B stock seconds.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Schecter Damien Elite See Thru Black

                    By Fat[*]

                    from hugo, mn

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                    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

                    I just bought this guitar and i fell in love with it! its beautiful, has amazing sound quality, and has a neck for effortless playing. it looks amazing in see thru black and also in crimson red and the other colors. the fret inlays are beautiful and the tone pro through body bridge makes great sound and sustain. all the greatness of a hellraiser c-1 (accept the thru body neck, the damien has a bolt on neck) but for much less! my best investment yet! you will love this guitar!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Incredible!

                    By Peavey_Voltage

                    from Undisclosed

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                    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar:

                    I received this guitar today in the mail. I plugged it in and noticed immediately the difference in tone between this and my old guitar, however there wasn't much difference. At first, I was worried that the EMGs wouldn't live up to their hype, nor would the guitar itself, but then I remembered that the guitar was euipped with D'addario strings, which I have always found to have a very dull tone and are hard to bend. So, I swapped them with a set of Ernie Ball Super Slinkies and instantly the guitar came alive. The 81 screamed like I had hoped it would and the 85 had that warm tone I had always heard before. This guitar is very lightweight, absolutely GORGEOUS in person, and is incredible in both playability and tone. Best money I've ever spent.

                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Disappointed

                    By tom

                    from ny

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                    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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