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Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-1 Electric Guitar

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The Schecter Hellraiser C-1 is an electric guitar that delivers tones sure to please any metal player. The Hellraiser's mahogany body has an ultra-ac...Click To Read More About This Product

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Forceful enough to raise the dead.

The Schecter Hellraiser C-1 is an electric guitar that delivers tones sure to please any metal player. The Hellraiser's mahogany body has an ultra-access cutaway that really lets you get all the way up the 3-piece mahogany neck. The rosewood fretboard on the Hellraiser C-1 has 24 extra-jumbo frets and gothic cross inlays for a dark, sinister look. Active EMG 81TW and 89 pickups deliver crushing electric guitar tone. Now you have more options that ever by activating single-coil sound from the 81TW via a push/pull tone knob.

TonePros Tune-o-matic-style bridge with string-thru-body design makes for stable tuning no matter how hard you play. Binding specifically chosen to complement the finish, Grover tuners, and black chrome hardware round out the Schecter Hellraiser C-1's killer look. Black Cherry finish has a quilted maple top.

Mahogany body (Black Cherry finish includes Quilted Maple Top)
Set, 3-piece mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard
24 X-jumbo frets
25-1/2" scale
Ultra-access cutaway
EMG active 81TW/89 pickups
Push/pull knob for single-coil on 81TW
Volume/volume/tone controls
3-way pickup switch
Grover tuners
Abalone binding on Black Cherry & White, Gray Pearl Binding on Black
Gothic cross fretboard inlays
TonePros tune-o-matic bridge with thru-body design

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(based on 39 reviews)

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Blown Away

I just picked up this Schecter C-1 Hellraiser, and the way the neck felt in my hand I knew it was made for me. The ultra access neck actually threw me off at...Read complete review

I just picked up this Schecter C-1 Hellraiser, and the way the neck felt in my hand I knew it was made for me. The ultra access neck actually threw me off at first because there were these frets suddenly available that I didn't have to contort my hand to use. Basically I can say the neck is fast and comfortable -- 2 very important features. If you're concerned about the X-Jumbo frets, don't be. It's rosewood fingerboard is beautiful as well. The entire guitar is beautifully crafted in South Korea. Don't be put off by it not being US made. This thing is solid. Psst: get a wide black leather suede strap and chrome strap locks -- the chrome reflects the black and it appears to match the rest of the hardware.This is my first axe with active pickups. I was skeptical about the Zakk Wylde EMG set being "too metal" for me. Wrong. I actually like the neck pickup. The bridge pickup screams. Pinch harmonics come out with ease and add a real nice bite to some old classic rock. You will love the EMG 81 & 85. The tone and volume knobs are accessible yet don't interfere with playing. The string-through Tonepros Tune-o-matic is excellent and easy for intonation adjustments.Make sure you get the instrument setup. The pickup height from the factory is set low. The pickups usually need to be raised a lot. It's worth paying for a setup. Don't forget to replace the battery before you plug it in at home. I test drove this guitar for a month before buying.


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Was it the way it was set up?

I was at a music store trying guitars when a hellraiser caught my eye.I picked it up and played it and was shocked at the poor playability, the thing sounded fantastic, it had an...Read complete review

I was at a music store trying guitars when a hellraiser caught my eye.I picked it up and played it and was shocked at the poor playability, the thing sounded fantastic, it had an excellent tone and no finish flaws. But I just couldnt play fast on it. The other guitars I tried I could shred great on but this one just felt awkward. In the past I've had good experience with schecter guitars but this one just didnt cut it.

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By Tgisme

from St. Louis, MO

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For me, the most important thing on a guitar is the neck; And let me tell you, Schecter really over did themselves with this one.. I have never felt so in control! The way your hands grab perfectly around the neck and your fingers fit into the X-Jumbo frets is absolutely astonishing. If you are trying to decide on a guitar, don't waste your time trying out any others... strap this on once, and it'll never get put down.


A++ Craftsmanship!!

By Rocled

from Salt Lake City

I purchased this guitar after doing major research. At first, I purchased an LTD, but had to return it. The pictures don't do justice! The black cherry has terrific looks and killer tone! For the price, you get unbelieveable features, I dare you to compare to something of it's price range. The EMG's always shine through, I have used EMG's for 10+ years. From a company that once struggled, it's great to see such fine product! I strongly recommend this axe!! I am currently saving up to get my second...


Great stuff


from Chicago

My one and only beef is that my low E(or C#, in my tuning)seems to want to slip out of the saddle on the bridge. We'll see if that gets better as I break this thing in. Otherwise, I'm really happy with my new toy! I wanted something in the vein of an RG, but I'm not a fan of a locking trem, so the string-thru/hardtail bridge is just what I was looking for. I like ESP's, but they don't have anything in this price range that approaches this quality, neither does Ibanez and DEFINITLY not Jackson. Try one out, it's a killer axe for metal.


Schecter Hellraiser C-1

By Chris-8T0KU

from Iowa

I have owned my Schecter Hellraiser C-1 for about 2 months now, and I very happy with the decision. It looks astounding (went withe Black Cherry), feels great, and sounds great. Stays in tune very well, I had planned on getting some locking tuners but I don't think I need to spend the money anymore, the grovers do their job. The EMG's sound great, I love the coil tap feature. They are a tiny bit noisy, but if I was actually gigging I'd buy a ISP decimator or something anyways. The set neck and strings-thru-body give great sustain and tone. The cool black chrome finish wore off of the bridge where my picking hand rubs it, which is a little annoying. Overall I love this guitar and think the pricing is great, I'd definitely buy it again. Heck, I might just have to buy the trem version eventually


Unexpected Versatility

By kspml

from Belgium

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I bought this as a metal guitar, along with a Metal Muff. But I recently joined a band that does some jazz/folk/oldies rock/some modern/...and church music. I ended up selecting the Hellraiser over the Strat as being better suited for the soft smooth music in addition to it's warm overdrive chords for the oldies rock and jazz phrases. (I don't kick on the metal muff in the church genres ;-)Neck is smooth and offers control. Distortion and tone is uniform. Cleans are not as sparkly as the Strat, but are smooth and thick.


Excellent value

By rollchi52

from Huntersville, NC

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Have had Hellraiser Black Cherry for a month now. Guitar came excellently packaged with perfect setup(action, etc.). Sustain is beyond what I expected. Coil-tapping is effective at mimicking other guitar types. Have played through Mesa Rectifier, Marshall, and Fender amps with great results. The Mesas seem to like this guitar the best - both on crunch and clean. Handles alternate tunings (dropped C and D) beautifully. Used with Digitech GNX4, TC Electronic G-Major and Damage Control Demonizer with outstanding results. The one tiny drawback is that playing in the extreme high register(22-24 frets) of the E-A-D strings is a bit weak sounding. However, nobody I've heard outside of DiMeola or McLaughlin ever play in that area of the guitar. You can buy this guitar with extreme confidence.


This Thing Is Crazy!!

By metal freak

from haymarket, Virginia

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I don't know where to start. this thing can just play. The neck is amazing and the black cherry is to die for. The emg's are perfect for metal and the coil tap is amazing if you want to lay off the crunch. I'd rather have this guitar than a 4000 dollar gibson or an american classic fender any day, only because it's a better value and in my opinion, it just plays better.


The Best Guitar I've Ever Had

By slash-IU3fx

from id

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I'm only 11 but out of all the guitars i have played i think that the schecter hellraiser C-1 is the best. it all started when i bought my first guitar it was a ibanez grx..... i found it at a pound shop then i had no idea what i was looking for it was purple it had strings i thought i was good . after i got into guitar more and more i learned the it was a piece.(used) So i used a lot of guitars at local music stores and they didnt have schecter there but my instructor told me about them i dont think that he had said that he'd played one so i took a chance and for christmans i got the C-1 and a custom made case and WOW!!! when i took it to my next guitar lesson my teacher played it and talked to the store owner and talked him into carrying schecter guitars there but they still havent got there i cant wait until they do!~


Just an Amazing Guitar!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Put simply, the best guitar you could possibly get for the price. It blows away any competition in it's price range or even guitars that you would find for four times the money. Don't let the name scare you away though. You can get sweet mellow tones from this guitar as well.



By Runninwild15

from Canada

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Wow, I picked up my Schecter C-1 Hellraiser (Black Cherry) about 3 weeks ago, could not be happier. This axe plays like nothing I've ever seen before, the neck is smooth and fast, great for shredding or playing complicated leads. I was at first worried about the X-jumbo frets, but let me tell you, they are amazing, I don't know how i played without them. I've already played live with my band using this guitar and we were cranked to almost max on all the amps and the PA, cranked up the beefy EMG 89 bridge at the lead section of one song and almost drowned out the drums, the EMG 81TW/89 combo is godly and hot but never muddy or messy like some people have pointed out. And not only the high gains are amazing, the cleans that come out of this axe are crisp and smooth, just tap the neck pickup and drop the volume, it does get loud when switching to clean on the neck pickup. Rock On!



By LoveCrunch

from Topeka, KS

I love this guitar--I first hooked it into a little Fender Frontman 15 and I couldn't believe how great it sounded. I then took it to a friends house and plugged it into a Mesa Boogie rectifier--Holy crap!! The sustain was incredible. The makeup of the guitar is something in itself. I recommend this guitar to everyone. I played a Les Paul a few days after buying this and I would pick a Schecter every single time.


very happy

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

reading these reviews helped me alot. I just got mine 2 days ago and im very happy with my choice. this guitar is beautiful. the sound and action are awesome. I looked and researched this guitar 4 awhile now and only wish I would have bought this sooner. I really enjoy playing and creating with this guitar. looking forward to years of rocken it out. thanks schecter 4 making a great product 4 the money.



By zepplin5606

from Somerset, KY

I have have owned this guitar for a week now and it is amazing. It fullfills all my needs, its great when its clean and it sounds even better whith distortion. If your looking for a guitar that is metal and clean this is the one.



By Airborne Ranger

from Puerto Rico

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I have owned this guitar for more than 6 months and I can say it is awesome. The Black Cherry color is amazing. High quality materials and easy to tune. Mine came perfectly setup and ready to play. It is well worth the price. Activating the single coil sound will give you more tonal options for your pick-ups. Changing strings it?s a breeze with the string-true-body design, I have owned 3 other guitars (ESP, Schechter Damien , Ibanez) and this one is the best. I am going to save money and buy the FR version too (Black) and I am keeping them both.



By PandaMan

from Phoenix, AZ

This guitar is the most pathetic and worthless guitar ever! Dont buy it this is a waste of money. I bought this guitar and it sounds really bad. Out of the box things were falling off and breaking


Great value for the price.

By revilo

from Lenexa, KS

I'd shopped for a long time before buying the Hellraiser. I tried every brand and price range and I fell in love with this one the first time I picked it up. No complaints about any of the features. The Grover tuners are great. The EMG pick-ups are outstanding. The neck on this guitar is the best. This guitar does everything except provide the talent!




from Canada

I've had this guitar for about three months now, and I have to say it still pleases me as much as it did the first time I played it. It is a phenomenal metal guitar, with great tone, and is extremely light for a heavy metal guitar. Best value, plays better than lots of Gibson, Ibanez, ESP, and Fender guitars. I personally believe its better than my ESP LTD EC-1000 Deluxe. This is the BEST GUITAR EVER!!!


I liked it

By Hawkeye

from Upstate New York

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I tried one of these out in search of a new amp. I tell you it is a great guitar. I didn't care for the inlays, but that's just me. I tried it with a little overdriven blues and a lot of driven metal. With the right amp this will kick butt.


Raising Some Hell

By Shredder91

from Bitburg,Germany

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I've been playing a few years now and being home schooled has helped with my hours for playing guitar. I started out with the Schecter Omen 6. Once the Hellraiser came into my hands I couldn't put it down. A little while after owning it I was starting to get tired of it. BUT once I lowered the bridge to the point where it still didn't buzz and raised the pick-ups to where where it still didn't buzz playing one the 24th sounded AMAIZING and the action became even more incredible! I HIGHLY suggest this guitar for any shredding metal heads!


they greatest guitar ive ever played!!!!!!!

By mark-EJp-6

from windsor ny

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i have been playing for at least 3 yrs now and this guitar is easily the best ive played so far. i own ibanez and epiphones guitars and with in a month this beast right here. i play in a grind/deathmetal band called off the beaten path and our music is very fast and heavy which makes this guitar perfect because off the emgs and the great neck. plus this is a very light guitar lighter than my rg at least. i rather have this guitar than an expensive gibson anyday. buy this u wont regret it at all. plus it is amazing for clean tones like nice ambeint music. mmmmmm so so tastey.

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