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Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar

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The Schecter Damien Elite FR electric guitar has a gorgeous quilted maple top, a double-cutaway mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck, and a 24-fret rose...Click To Read More About This Product

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A hot guitar with great playability, EMG Active pickups, and a Floyd Rose special tremolo.

The Schecter Damien Elite FR electric guitar has a gorgeous quilted maple top, a double-cutaway mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck, and a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard. Schecter's 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. Grover tuning machines with a Floyd Rose Special double-locking tremolo bridge allow for the most unreal tremolo effects ever, as well as total tuning stability and tonal sustain. The electric guitar's appointments include stained cross inlays, multi-ply fretboard and body binding, and black chrome hardware.

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: Floyd Rose Special tremolo
Tuners: Grover
Hardware: Black chrome
Case: Sold separately
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Schecter Guitar ResearchDamien Elite FR Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 28 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hands down the best guitar I've ever played!!!!!!

By Justin M

from Roy, UT

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Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

This guitar is amazing! The tone is great and the action is killer. I play everything from blues, classic rock, new rock, metal and punk and this guitar just flows with all styles. Play it through a clean amp and it sounds so clear. Add some distortion and the EMG's come to life. So of you play any style of rock, you should get this guitar. You won't be disappointed!
Floyd Rose Double Locking Tremolo
Grover Tuners
EMG 81/85 Pickups
Extra Jumbo Frets

Make sure you have a few 9V batteries handy. The pickups don't eat the batteries but it's always good to keep 2 or 3 on hand.
I have the Crimson Red finish. It is stunning! The paint job is perfect all the way around. It's also got a good weight to it. It feels almost rugged; like if I dropped it, it wouldn't shatter. The splattered crosses on the fretboard are visually stunning. All my friends complement how great the Damien Elite FR looks.
With all the goodies on this guitar and the paint job you would have to pay at least double what you paid for the Damien Elite FR. This guitar is a bargain!!!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Anything

Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

I took a risk and bought this guitar online (and used) but I must say, I wasn't disappointed at all. I was told this guitar was in "mint" condition, and it was, except for the chip in the head of the guitar and a small dink next to the volume knob.

But anyway, I was amazed at the quality in this guitar, especially for the price. The EMG's sound perfect, and I had a little trouble with my floyd rose but after I got it set right I haven't had a problem with it. It stays in tune and hasn't let me down once.

You can't go wrong with this guitar. I've had other guitars; Jackson, ESP, BC Rich, Fender, etc., and this happens to be one of my favorite guitars.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a great guitar with great value

By don norris

from currently in iowa

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Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

This is the guitar I've always wanted grocer tuners active emg pickups. A quality floyd rose neck not to wide not to thin but somewhere in the middle. The craftsmanship is far superior tobthe other companies who have skimped on their product lines for years now. Like ibanez with their junk pickups and these companies who don't file frets properly and necks warp easy but didn't in the 80's bottom like schecter pays more attention to details on their lower end models. And have greatvnecks I've played several schecters and all have has great necks. My damian elite has a blood red color and looks awesome .I bought a quality leather strap and put strap locks on it and it looks just awesome the same way it sounds. I probably went through 6 guitars in 2 years to get the sound and feel this guitar has. I can't gurentee it will feel right to you but if your a metal guy it will sound right. I play a metal muff and a bugera 1960 and get a great death metal sound most people would die to get.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

UNBELIEVABLE

By Brennan

from Ottawa

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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 FR Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is absolutely incredible. I was in the market for a new guitar and initially purchased an Orianthi signature PRS guitar which although was a great guitar it wasn't for me. It was a little to bright and more suited to rock and blues as opposed to heavy metal. So I ended up returning it and starting my search again. Although I was aware of Schecter guitars I really took notice when I attended a guitar clinic by Jeff Loomis and the sound that his guitars had just amazed me (even though they were obviously being played through much more expensive equipment than I have, plus Loomis is a million times the guitarist I could ever hope to be). Anyway I really noticed the really heavy but clear bottom end that just resonated so beautifully and the highs were searing without being shrill. After seeing the clinic I thought I would try one of these guitars and the Damien Elite caught my eye because of the beautiful red quilted maple top as well as the price. So I sat down and plugged into a 20 Watt Peavey VIP VYPYR amp (which is the closest comparison wise to my 15 W vypyr i own) and the Damien Elite sounded alright but the amp was just to weak and thin, so I plugged into an EVH head and the Elite just came to life. I never expected to hear such an amazingly heavy but clear sound and the sustain is quite good and I ended up losing track of time and apparently ended up playing the guitar for almost 2 hours!!! After that, I was immediately sold and purchased the guitar right there but knew that I wouldn't be able to get the same sounds out of my 15 watt vypyr as I did out of the EVH head obviously, but when I got home and plugged in I was still blown away by the sound it delivered even on a cheap practice amp.

    The only thing is that the tuning stability was a little off on the one I bought but that can be fixed with a simple setup and a fresh set of strings but other than that I have absolutely no complaints about this guitar. The neck is smooth and comfortable and although the body is quite thick it is pretty light.

    Overall this is an amazing guitar at an amazing price. If you are looking for a guitar that can deliver an incredibly heavy tone while still remaining clear then this guitar is for you. Buy one and you won't be dissapointed

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sexy

    By A7ex

    from Po-town New york

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    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

    got this used from this website in "very good condition" with some "minor signs of wear". Complete and total BS. This thing was IMMACULATE right out of the box. Hooked it up with some incredible sounding D'Addario strings and I was rockin' This beaut sounds like a dream and a nightmare, depending on your style. I'd like to say this is the best guitar you can get at this price range but that would under mind just how good this thing is.You can easily pay upwards from one to two-thousand dollars for the same quality sound. Get this beast, its worth every dime.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Guitar

    By Paul Lerario

    from Mars

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

    Overall this is a great guitar for people anywhere from novice to advanced guitarists. The EMG's bring out the highs and mids in the guitar and when putting the guitar in the neck pickup position you can get a low and more of a fat tone. The floyd rose stays in tune amazingly, i didn't have to re-tune even after whammying the crap out of it for 3 weeks! Tye only thing i would suggest is obviously replace the strings that the company puts on it, there is lots of buzz. Don't miss out on this amazing deal!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar with a Great Price.

    By EVH15

    from Cleveland, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Emg~'~~s Are Great
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid construction
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • I Cant Stop Playing It

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

    The guitar arrived in great condition. I had it professionally set up but a luthier and he set there was not problems what so ever. (Other than it was out of tune and intonation was a little off) The EMG's are great and provide infinite sustain. The neck-pick up provides so much bass to it with a clean sound. Neck is fast and pretty thin, Beautiful finish, and the FR Special stays in tune even when put through the hardest dive bombs. Overall, this guitar is amazing for the price.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome guitar

    By DXM31

    from Tejas

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Strings

    Best Uses

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

      This thing is beautiful, I got the clear black and it is flawless.
      Like others have said I don't care for the strings it came with, no big deal, easy fix.
      The only other minor complaint is the you need a hex wrench to do the string locks.
      My other(older) Floyd Rose equiped guitar uses flathead screws that you can use a dime to unlock.
      But I love this guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar.

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar used and let me just start out by saying that I was disappointed that I wasn't informed that the top of my guitar was chipped and the volume knob wasn't even on. Not that they made a big difference, but at least let me know before hand, you know what I mean?

        Anyway, as soon as I got this guitar I put some thicker gauge strings on it and had the Floyd rose adjusted perfectly and set the action much lower, because when I got it, it was much too high. A small fix.

        Pros:
        Very nice pickups
        Comfortable to play
        Looks even better in person
        No fret buzz
        For around $500, there's not a lot of guitars with this kind of quality

        Cons:
        None, besides restringing it and tuning it takes a while, but that's how the roses are.

        Overall I would definitely recommend this guitar to anyone who's lookin for a high quality guitar that will last without spending too much money. I enjoy playing this as much as my Jackson.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simply Amazing.

        By Sinclair

        from Dover, DE

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • Well put together

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

          Right out the box this thing was great, the EMGs sound just as I was hoping they would. For the money this guitar is unbelievably well put. The body is nice and heavy, and the finish is perfect. I bought the "Slightly used" one, there wasn't a scratch on it, and it was just perfect all around. I love this guitar.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Man....

          By Stirfrygoblin

          from Georgia

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          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

          I traded in 2 Ibanez guitars for this and I still feel like I owe the guitar shop something! This guitar, right out of the box, amazes me beyond description. The 81 is as clear as crystal, the 85 is as warm as a summer breeze, and the flamed top is drop dead gorgeous. THIS IS THE BEST GUITAR OF THIS PRICE RANGE. BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar

          By kyle bair

          from Chasemills Ney York

          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

          overall this guitar is the best one in this price rang in my view.
          this guitar haves everything. except good strings. recommend new ones.
          the build of this guitar is sweet, the neck is nice and smooth. good action too.
          the value of this Guitar is greate for the price.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Heavy Metal Beast

          By Snarling Dogs Fan

          from Chicago,IL

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          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

          Mahogany body,maple neck,rosewood fretboard with cool inlays,skull crushing active EMG 81/85 pickups,double locking Floyd Rose Special...All this put together in Indonesia so that you can have the best metal guitar for $579( I got mine few months back for $549 with $100 gift card-beat this!)Very good quality and price.These guys soon will be rich-very,very rich!Help them do it faster-Buy this one and don't look back!Amazing guitar!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Value You Can Find - All Options

          By Don M.

          from Minneapolis, MN

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          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

          This is probably the best value, guitar wise, that you can find if you're a guitarist. The fit and finish are spectacular. It has almost a "liquid" look to it that really brings out the color and finish. The Schaller tuners are extremely smooth and tight. The Floyd Rose stays in tune even with multiple whammy use. Tuning is a breeze. The tone and volume knobs are high quality and also very smooth and controlled. I have a Fender Strat with Lace Sensors that have great dynamics but somewhat low gain. The EMG's in the Schecter are opposite in that regard. Very high gain with rather obvious compression make this a guitar suitable for hard rock and heavy metal. I love this guitar and would not hesitate to recommend it to intermediate to advanced guitarist for use on stage.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          O_O! Daaaayyyyyuuuum!

          By SynysterGatesfothewinx)

          from Seattle, WA

          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

          I just played this guitar yesterday and I can not explain it... I've been a musician for 4 years and this has been by far the best guitar I have ever picked up. It is really great on squealies and wow a 580 dollar guitar with a floyd rose and stained cross inlays is just beast. Beatiful guitar I can't choose between blue metallic or See thru black. What kind of case would you guys prefer I should buy for this beauty? (:

           
          5.0

          An amazing buy

          By Zombieking91

          from Lancaster, KY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Strings

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

          I love this guitar, i bought it to have another guitar with a floyd that i could set to d standard and i love the feel of the guitar. The only problem i have is the same thing as most of the reviews said is the strings, but thats easily fixed.

           
          5.0

          Schecter the new Gibson?

          By TimLovesBreedlove

          from Jamestown

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          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

          The Schecter Damien Elite FR is a great guitar. its EMG 81/85 pickups have an outstanding sound. The guitar can handle anything from blues to the heaviest hardcore/metal sound. Its neck allows quick and easy flow, overall the weight, finish, tuners, floyd rose, and sound are 100% totally freakin awsome.

           
          5.0

          What a great guitar,

          By Artex

          from Maui, HI

          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

          Holding this bad boy in my hands right now, and let me say that this is an amazing guitar, the original floyd rose is godly, I've been dive-bombing and screaming all day and it's still in perfect standard E, the EMG 81/85's are beastly, and the guitar isn't heavy compared to some of the other schecter's that I've been playing. I only have two negative outlooks on this guitar, first being the black chrome hardware, which deteriorates easy, the other being the fretboard, which is a bit dry and rough, but I'll wear it out. :D~Artex

           
          5.0

          Schecter Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar

          By Lawless67

          from New Mexico

          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

          First words out of my mouth, WOW! This guitar is beautiful! The Crimson Red quilted maple top is amazing, the neck on this one has a very unique grain pattern on it that just adds to the beauty. After full inspection and very slight adjustments the action is just where I want it not to mention it plays just as good and looks as good if not better than some of my high end guitars.You cannot go wrong for the price and what the guitar has to offer.I am very pleased with this Guitar and it is now one of my favorites in my collection.

           
          5.0

          AMAZING

          By EMGGuitarPlayer

          from Greenville, SC

          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite FR Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is amazing! It sounds like it cost a lot more. The Floyd Rose is perfect for dive bombs and any EVH stuff. The EMGs can give you almost any tone you need. The guitar also has a smooth neck. All in All this is an awesome guitar for players of any level.

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