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Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite Electric Guitar   

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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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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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

    See all my reviews

    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!

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