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Schecter Guitar Research Hellcat VI Electric Guitar 3-Tone Sunburst 

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Not a guitar, bass, or even a baritone in today's terms, the Hellcat VI (six!) is designed to be an improvement of the 6-string bass instrument of th...Read More

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Explore new tonal territory.

Not a guitar, bass, or even a baritone in today's terms, the Hellcat VI (six!) is designed to be an improvement of the 6-string bass instrument of the early 1960s. With a 30" scale, the Hellcat VI is standard tuned, but one octave below a normal guitar. String gauges range from .025 to .095. comes with Seymour Duncan SJAG-1 pickups.

Seymour Duncan SJAG-1
Every detail in sound, construction, and appearance is faithfully duplicated in this vintage pickup. Even the original hand grinding process is used on the magnetic pole pieces. The result is that classic '60s sound. Middle pickup is reverse wound, reverse polarity ("RW/RP") to create a hum canceling effect when used together with the bridge or neck pickup.

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FEATURES
  • Body: Alder
  • Construction: Bolt-on maple neck
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale: 30"
  • Frets: 22 medium
  • Nut: Graph Tech Tusq
  • Neck Pickups: Seymour Duncan SJAG-1N, Seymour Duncan SJAG-1B
  • Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan SJAG-1B
  • Controls: Vol/Tone/ 3 On-Off switches
  • Bridge: TonePros System
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Inlays: Dots
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS

Hellcat VI Electric Guitar

  • Body: Alder
  • Construction: Bolt-on maple neck
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale: 30"
  • Frets: 22 medium
  • Nut: Graph Tech Tusq
  • Pickups: Duncan Designed MH-102 mini-humbuckers
  • Controls: Vol / Tone with push/pull coil-splitting / 5-way
  • Bridge: TonePros System
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Inlays: Dots
  • Tuners: Grover
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Schecter Guitar ResearchHellcat VI Electric Guitar
 
5.0

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hellcat VI

By Bad Wolf

from Santa Cruz, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Finding A Case Was Imposs

Best Uses

  • Occasional Bass
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues
  • Step Out Solos

Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellcat VI Electric Guitar:

I'm not a guitarist, I'm a bassist, so my hopes for this were different. I took it to my tech and he did a full set up, worked with the mini-humbuckers for a Bass VI sound, and set it up with 110 LaBella flats. I really only use it for a step out solo, but, really, this bass is a blast. But a case for it? I never found one and had to have one made.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super Nice. High Quality Ax!!

By Wildmann

from Titusville Fl./ Kennedy Space Center

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Pros

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

Cons

  • High E B Thin As Noted

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording
  • Studio Trackin

Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellcat VI Electric Guitar:

I love Mine!!If you're guitar player, who is Lost on a full scale regular 4 string bass, this is for YOU!! If you can't find the right note, grab the guitar chord that is being played, it's on there! In Fact, you can get a bass line by pickin' on the Chord. The E and B strings with the, Ernie Ball Slinky Silouette Short Scale bass string set, # 2837, It comes with, are a little weak. Just sub an Ernie Ball single Guitar.024, or .026 for the .020 [E], an' a .032-.034 fer the .030 [B] and it will Help them sound less Uke like!! In fact, the D'Addario XL 156 set is that way! designed for the Orig. '60's fender bass VI. I don't claim to be a Bassman, but for the Studio, It's Great! I used to own a guitar/amp shop . This is my 1st. Schecter, and I'm Impressed! EXACTLY what I wanted!

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Instrument

By Javier Ortiz

from Georgia

Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellcat VI Electric Guitar:

I love the sound of this instrument. The SJAG-1 pickups give the Hellcat VI a more clearer, defined sound compared to the older model. For fans of The Cure, this instrument absolutely nails that signature Robert Smith sound. I've read that the pickups were reportedly selected by Robert Smith for his Ultracure VI model and Schecter decided to also put them on the Hellcat VI to give it a more authentic 60's Bass VI sound. In any case they are a huge improvement over the mini-humbuckers of the older model. While the body is a little smaller than that of an actual Bass VI, it's very comfortable to play and you don't have to worry about that finicky floating tremolo. I suppose it's possible to install a Bigsby B5 if you're so inclined, but the hardtail suits me just fine. I highly recommend the Hellcat VI.
2012 Schecter Hellcat VI in 3 tone sunburst with a 30" scale, alder body, Grover tuners, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, block inlays, 3 Seymour Duncan SJAG-1 pickups, and Jaguar/BassVI-style pickup switches. This particular instrument has been updated by Schecter using the same SJAG-1 pickups as the new Ultracure VI and now resembles and sounds more like a Fender Bass VI than the previous model with mini-humbuckers. Tuning is EADGBE, one octave lower than a standard guitar, so it's not a Baritone guitar in the true sense. Essentially it's a short-scale 60's style 6-string bass.
Made in South Korea, the fit and finish was excellent and the set up was almost spot on right out of the box. Intonation was also pretty good and only needed a bit of fine tuning. Volume and tone knobs are very responsive and the instrument stays in tune.
For the money, this is an outstanding instrument considering the quality and the upgrades. It's also cool that Schecter still priced it the same as the older model.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Alternative to a Fender Bass VI

Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellcat VI Electric Guitar:

For most players, a 30" scale octave-down guitar is not an all-the-time instrument. It is voiced too low for many songs and it lacks the punch of a true 34" scale base. Plus it requires a different playing technique.
But when you want either a lighter bass sound or a great low twang rockabilly or surf riff, these instruments can't be beat.
I wanted a Fender Bass VI from the 1960s, but the price tag for a good vintage instrument is way too high. I had a Jerry Jones Danelectro type, but the range of sound options was a little too limited. And then I discovered this Hellcat VI. Blew me away right out of the box.
No one else offers the 3 pickups plus the range of choices from neck through middle to bridge plus coil splitting. I am very satisfied.
The neck is very comfortable as well, and the balance and weight are fine.
All in all, a great purchase.
I would have preferred individual pickup switches, but the 5 way toggle and single coil tap switches give lots of tonal options
Quality is very good. The Hellcat VI came out of the box with a very close to spot on set up. I went over it carefully and found no issue with fit and finish anywhere.
Can't beat the price for all that you get!

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I really dig my Hellcat!!

By DJFNB

from Rochester, NY

Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellcat VI Electric Guitar:

I got ordered this through a local music store and it arrived on my birthday. I play it through a Gallien Kreuger 700RB AND a Peavey 5150 II simultaneously, it's soooo fun!! It really can pass as a bass through a bass amp, and with a guitar amp you can do all sorts of chords and other guitar sounding things... VERY versatile. It took a lot of patience to get the truss rod adjusted and slight intonation adjust too, but almost all new git's need a set-up. All electronics, tuning machines and components are brand name and very satisfactory. The pickups being mounted to the pick-guard make it feel chinsy, but also make it very easy to adjust their height. I took a full point for quality because of how the neck responded to the truss rod adjustment, it seems suspect. However, if they charged an extra $400 dollars and put a top-of-the-line neck on, it wouldn't have been affordable to me and a lot of other people, I bet. Finally, the sun-burst finish is amazing, it's such a beautiful instrument. When we first pulled it out of the box the "WOW" factor swept the whole store, first with the employees and eventually all the customers had to come take a peek and say, "What the heck is that?"It's my favorite instrument.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not disappointed at all

Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellcat VI Electric Guitar:

The three pickups (with 5-way switch) plus coil tap gives you many distinct usable tones...helps especially if you have songs where you might want to use this more like a bass, or more like a guitar, depending on your music's needs. Playing chords can be muddy if you play with certain pickup settings, as expected, but with the right setting (coil tap sometimes helps) you can make it work well. It absolutely nails a Robert Smith tone if that is what you are after too...though it does so much more. I play it as a lead guitar (like Robert Smith), as a bass, and as a baritone guitar (with distortion for uncanny low-end...we played a song to other recording engineers, and they asked how we recorded the guitar to get so much bottom!). Strings are hard to get however, all I have tried are the Fender VI set, and that is what I would recommend at least to start. I have been especially impressed with this guitar with my EH Metal Muff, BYOC Mouse (ProCO Rat clone), and Fender Bassman 59 RI. Works really great with chorus and delay pedals also. For those wondering, this will sound more like a deep guitar through a guitar amp (which to me is why you would buy this!), or a bass guitar with two higher strings through a modern bass amp (not what I wanted it for). If you are not used to playing guitar with heavy strings (or chords on bass..), you may find this a difficult instrument to play at first, but I find that it is everything I have been wanting out of a guitar because I always strung them heavy or would play melodies on bass.. Full chords are sometimes tricky, but certainly much easier than playing them on a bass. I only rated it a 4 because I wish it had the jag switches like a real VI, and because it wasn't electrically shielded properly when I got it. Some also might miss the wang bar that a real VI has, but at this price you can't complain.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great 6 string bass!

By eUuKI72QL

from Undisclosed

Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellcat VI Electric Guitar:

I have had the hellcat 6 for about 2 years. I love the guitar, it sounds great. Very mellow, but can achieve tight sounds too. This is not a guitar and isn't a bass either, but something inbetween. The pickups are the best, but are not half bad either. Not muddy, though and for the price guitar. If you want the sound of the Cure's Robert Smith's 6 string bass used in "Pictures of You" or many other songs, this is the guitar to get.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great buy for the money

By Apollo-JunxU

from Georgia

Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellcat VI Electric Guitar:

The Schecter Hellcat IV fits the bill for those who are looking for that Fender Bass VI sound, but can't afford one. It's tuned just like a guitar (EADGBe) just one octave lower. Coolest feature is the coil tap which allows for a wide range of tones. Keep in mind this is not a guitar. You can definitely get those 'Cure-esque' Robert Smith-style sounds with the Hellcat VI. Also ideal if you want that signature New Order-Peter Hook sound. You can get some pretty deep bass sounds, but traditional finger-style bassists might be put off by the close spacing of the strings. The action and overall fit/finish of the Hellcat VI is extremely good. I also own a Schecter Ultra and have been equally pleased with it. Highly recommended.

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