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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

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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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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.


Raising Hell-And everyone's attention in between.

By Afromaniack

from Salt Lake City, UT

This guitar is simply amazing. I get compliments on its stunning aesthetics wherever I take it, and the sound is just as incredible. The EMG pickups take this beast to whole new levels of wickedness. It maintains definition even at incredibly high gain, has amazingly low action, and has a neck heel that keeps my hand relaxed as I reach into the upper frets. The cutaway stays out of my way, the neck is very comfortable on the hand, the Grovers keep this beast in proper tune for hours of heavy playing, and of course the coil tap helps to diversify your sound. And sustain? This monster can wail like none other. This guitar is perfect, well worth a soul.



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.


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!



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.


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


one bad motha

By systurnslead

from Undisclosed

I just got this piece of art and it is beautiful. I have been playing mostly clean stuff because clean just sounds freaking awesome with this guitar. The thing I like the most is the options I have with the tone.


Great stuff

By myspace.com/deadmanswakechicago

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.


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 Guitar

By stratman420000

from Maryland

This guitar is excellent. I have had it for about 6 months now and it is my third guitar. I have found that I use it much more than my gibson explorer simply due to the versatility of this guitar. The fact that you can switch between humbucking and single coil pickups is INCREDIBLY useful. The red finish is also pretty easy on the eyes. The one bad thing about this guitar is that there is some fret buzz on the higher frets. Besides this, this is one of the best guitars in this price range and is well worth $750. I highly recommend it.

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