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You're sure to shake the underworld with this metal monster!

Rock the underworld with this metal monster!Schecter' Hellraiser C-1 FR guitar features Grover tuners and a Floyd Rose Original tremolo system for hell-bent notes and devilish divebombs. The C-1 guitar's mahogany body is crafted with an ultra-access cutaway for easy playing all the way up the 3-piece mahogany neck. The rosewood fretboard is fitted with 24 extra-jumbo frets and gothic cross inlays for a darkly sinister look. Active EMG 81TW and 89 pickups provide brutal electric guitar tone. Push/pull coil-splitting volume knobs provide single-coil tones for greater sonic options. The guitar is visually impressive, too - the binding has been specifically chosen to complement the finish, and black chrome hardware round out the Hellraiser C-1 FR's killer look. Models with Black Cherry finish feature a quilted maple top. Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Construction: Set-Neck with Ultra Access
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Body: Mahogany (black cherry finish includes quilted maple top)
  • Neck: 3-pc. Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 24 extra-jumbo
  • Inlays: Gothic Cross
  • EMG active 81TW/89 pickups
  • Push/pull knob for single coil
  • Electronics: 2 Vol with push/pull coil-splitting/Tone/3-Way Switch
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose 1000 Series Tremolo System
  • Abalone binding on Black Cherry & White, Gray Pearl Binding on Black
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Hardware: Black chrome
  • Case sold separately

Raise a little hell with this killer Schecter. Call or click to order now!

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Schecter Guitar ResearchHellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 74 reviews)

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    (68)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

White Hellraiser C-1 FR

It's tough to find stores that carry decent guitars that you can try out in person. So this was partly a leap of faith purchase for me. I own a 2003 C-1 Classic...Read complete review

It's tough to find stores that carry decent guitars that you can try out in person. So this was partly a leap of faith purchase for me. I own a 2003 C-1 Classic with the Vine of Life inlay and our other guitarist in our band owns a solid bridge Hellraiser. I switched to a solid bridge guitar back in 2003 because I was sick of my current Floyd Rose guitars going out of tune. It was tough not having a Floyd Rose guitar but the new music of today uses so many different tunings it was the only way we could realistic perform them live. With this purchase I was really concerned about was the ability of the C-1 FR guitar to stay in tune after you really nail the Floyd Rose bar in multiple deep dive bombs. I'm a guitarist of the 80's so that's what I grew up on and love doing. I've put this one through the ringer at several practices and shows. It stays in tune like a champ! We play a lot of covers from the best guitar driven songs of the 80's with popular rock songs from today. So the guitar tone for that type of music is dead on combined with a Line6 amp.

That's the main reason I kept it. It stayed in tune and the tone was great.

The biggest surprise about the guitar is the in person look. The photos on site do not do this guitar justice! The white finish with mother of pearl trim around the edge is absolutely gorgeous! This one came with a chrome Floyd Rose.

It comes with push pull knobs on the volume pots to change from dual to single coil pick up. The tone change is barely noticeable if that is an issue for you.

The set up out of the box was excellent and needed no adjustments.

Also, if you want to put an Eddie Van Halen D-Tuna on the Floyd Rose you'll have to get the body routed just a bit because the C-1 FR Floyd Rose is set in a recessed cavity. It's not raised up like most Floyd's you see. So the long shaft of the D-Tuna will hit the body if you do any pull backs on the Floyd. Dive bombs, if that's all you do, would be fine.

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My friend has this guitar so ive played quite a bit over at his place. it sounds good but it CANT stay in tune. litterally at the end of every song we play he...Read complete review

My friend has this guitar so ive played quite a bit over at his place. it sounds good but it CANT stay in tune. litterally at the end of every song we play he has to retune it. its a straight pain in the ass.

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5.0

Versatile Jam Master

By Dan

from Florida

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar:

    The quality and craftsmanship is great. It is on par with other guitars I own that cost 3x more. The Abalone binding and fret inlays are simply beautiful. The EMG pickups sound amazing and offer a lot of versatility due to the coil splitting. I have had zero issues with it staying in tune as others have mentioned. They may want to learn how to stretch strings and properly set up a Floyd Rose...just say'n. I got the black cherry, it is very dark as in pictures 4 & 5. It is not a bright as picture 1, even in direct sun light. The only negatives in my opinion are the volume/tone control layout. I much prefer the pre-2010 Schecter layout. Its super easy to rearrange the pot locations and all of that is personal preference anyway. I have no regrets about buying this guitar and would do it again in a heartbeat.

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    5.0

    White Hellraiser C-1 FR

    By ecordeddie

    from Dallas, WI

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar:

        It's tough to find stores that carry decent guitars that you can try out in person. So this was partly a leap of faith purchase for me. I own a 2003 C-1 Classic with the Vine of Life inlay and our other guitarist in our band owns a solid bridge Hellraiser. I switched to a solid bridge guitar back in 2003 because I was sick of my current Floyd Rose guitars going out of tune. It was tough not having a Floyd Rose guitar but the new music of today uses so many different tunings it was the only way we could realistic perform them live. With this purchase I was really concerned about was the ability of the C-1 FR guitar to stay in tune after you really nail the Floyd Rose bar in multiple deep dive bombs. I'm a guitarist of the 80's so that's what I grew up on and love doing. I've put this one through the ringer at several practices and shows. It stays in tune like a champ! We play a lot of covers from the best guitar driven songs of the 80's with popular rock songs from today. So the guitar tone for that type of music is dead on combined with a Line6 amp.

        That's the main reason I kept it. It stayed in tune and the tone was great.

        The biggest surprise about the guitar is the in person look. The photos on site do not do this guitar justice! The white finish with mother of pearl trim around the edge is absolutely gorgeous! This one came with a chrome Floyd Rose.

        It comes with push pull knobs on the volume pots to change from dual to single coil pick up. The tone change is barely noticeable if that is an issue for you.

        The set up out of the box was excellent and needed no adjustments.

        Also, if you want to put an Eddie Van Halen D-Tuna on the Floyd Rose you'll have to get the body routed just a bit because the C-1 FR Floyd Rose is set in a recessed cavity. It's not raised up like most Floyd's you see. So the long shaft of the D-Tuna will hit the body if you do any pull backs on the Floyd. Dive bombs, if that's all you do, would be fine.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Metal or Not: A Great Choice!

        By Ricky V

        from Central Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar:

          Disclaimer: I'm not a metal player, more of a classic/hard rock/blues weekend warrior. I wanted something to compliment, yet be different than my Gibsons that I use when we gig. Wow! Just Wow! Finish, neck/heel, frets, EMG pickups (my first), insanely stable Floyd Rose...I can't find one fault with this baby! Sustain, great tones and a price that is just too good. Whatever your style this makes one killer addition. Schecter has winner here!

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          5.0

          Great guitar

          By guitardan

          from Kentucky

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar:

              Guitar sounds great and plays even better. I prefer this over my Les Paul Standard even though the Paul was 3x the price. And if anyone says it won't stay in tune they don't know how to use their Floyd Rose. After I get a new set of strings good and stretched out I have to slightly tune maybe once every 5 times I pick it up, and by slightly I mean barely having to turn the fine tuner to get it back.

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              5.0

              Hellraiser

              By Unknown

              from Unknown

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              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar:

                Active EMG pick-ups sound great IMO. Push pull pods are nice accessory and it feels great when I play it. Got it professionally intonated to preferred gauge of strings, becuase it was my first FR. Feels amazing now and shouldnt be as bad changing strings if I use same gauge that is currently on it. Some people do not prefer the EMG pick-ups, which is a matter of personal preference. Are there better pick-ups? Yes. But these do fine. I personally like them a lot.

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                4.0

                tuning

                By MadArtist

                from dana pt ca, to wilm. nc

                About Me Professional Musician

                Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar:

                to the guy who can,t keep in tune. I build mostly amps but some guitars. friends bring there new guitars to me. it takes me ten days to two weeks, the guitar came from somewhere else diff humidity temp, first take all tension off neck loosen nut and strings let sit for three days indoors in controlled atmosphere. begin by lightly diamond file frets don,t get crazy they won,t grow back. I shape my frets with peak toward tuners and a slope toward pick-ups ( you,ll see when depressed the string actually lifting on the pick-up side tighten strings a good note low. tighten nut looking at fingerboard don,t tighten till board bends back. pull note into one half low if you,ve done it right when you tighten nut a fourth to half turn the strings will move into tune or pretty close. make sure the lenths are adjusted correctly or you,ll never find the fifth or blues note.fix any buzzing. if strings are too close or too far start over and adjust heights and a bit more filing again a little. time spent here pays off in the long run. figure two weeks take time and care get a barometer know what the humidity is you may need a dehumidifier. you want to play but a guitar through mail is not playable when you receive it and in the work of making it so you will come to know your guitar. get a separate tool box just for your guitar. in no time you will be expert, and your guitar will seldom need tuning while playing, just a quick tune before playing and song after song it will perform.

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                4.0

                Hairline Crack at Neck

                By Unknown

                from Unknown

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar:

                The Hellraiser C-1 FR black cherry came with hairline cracks on the neck (located near the headstock slightly beneath the locking nut, on both sides. Parallel and just a bit lower than the fret board. They almost seem to spider out from the locking nut) Most likely caused from the lock nut screw that sets the lock nut to the neck being over torqued during manufacturing. I have not taken the nut off to verify. Also, could be because it was shipped to me in cold weather and has been in a dry climate (somewhat unlikely) or it is possible it is just cracks in the finishing and not the wood (also unlikely because it appears symmetrical on both sides)

                Overall, the cracks are not really hurting anything (yet). And I have a feeling, if handled with care, will not present any issues. I bring this up not knowing if this is a unique situation or a common problem with this model.

                Also, it came with some fret buzz in the 3rd-5th fret of the E and A string. But that is kind of expected from ordering guitars online, most will need adjustments.

                Other than that - best sounding and playing guitar I have owned yet.

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                4.0

                Worth the extra money, great guitar

                By lyrch

                from Warner Robins GA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Great Action

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar:

                  I was impressed by this guitar, I had never before played a Schecter but rite out of the box this guitar blew me away. The great tone of the pick-ups along with the fast action made playing this guitar almost effortless.

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                  5.0

                  LUV it so much I bought a C-1 FR Extreme

                  By Clear Blue Digital

                  from Valencia, CA

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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 Hellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar:

                    Quick review here - I have a PRS Custom 22, a 1962 Gibson Les Paul Special, an Epiphone Zakk Wylde, an Ibanez S570DXQM, and a Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR. Without question, the Schecter is the best guitar of the bunch. The build is awesome. It feels so solid (but not heavy like a Les Paul). The look is killer but it really comes down to playability. It's like butter. It's just so easy with this guitar. There are licks I can play only on this guitar. It's super fast and aggressive. There are solos I have struggled with for years that I finally was able to master with my Schecter. It really is a masterpiece of a guitar. In fact, I loved my Hellraiser C-1 FR so much, I bought a Hellraiser Extreme!

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                    5.0

                    Plays better than my Gibson SG!!

                    By Fooflighter

                    from Kingwood Texas

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                    Pros

                    • Amazing Build Quality
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Never Goes Out Of Tune
                    • Perfect Setup Out Of Box
                    • Solid Electronics
                    • Very Cool Style

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar:

                      I have a perfectly set up Gibson SG that I have been playing over the years as a hobbyist. I wanted something to expand my musical possibilities and the Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR fit that bill completely. From its very comfortable and well planned style, to its amazing build quality, to the Active EMG's with the split coil addition, the true Floyd Rose...the list goes on and on.

                      One thing that really surprised me the most was how much more clean and efficient and slick (I guess that's the best way to describe it) the neck and fretboard are compared to my SG. It's a blast to play and the sound is amazing through either my Vox AD50VT, my Roland Cube 40 XL, or my THX speakers on my computer using Guitar Rig 5 and a low latency ASIO driven soundcard.

                      The build quality of this guitar is also top notch. From the shipment and packing making sure everything stayed secure - damage free to the overall look and feel. The abalone inlay and edging are not overused and give just the right amount of flash to an already beautiful maple (I have the Black Cherry version) top that is free from imperfection. I really like the poly coat as opposed to the nitro cellulose also, it doesn't get tacky or gummy and remains fast even after hours of play. The frets are smooth and clean and there is real care in the look and feel. It just feels solid and has weight to it, not too much, just enough.

                      I am really impressed with the Floyd Rose, having never had one, I didn't know what to expect...So I'm sure I'm overusing it as a beginner and not once has the guitar gone out of tune. Regardless of how slack the strings get, they spring right back to perfection.

                      The Split coil pull up knob feature is a great addition to let the sonic capabilities expand and the reversal of the neck and bridge knobs is a smart move for easy location.

                      I had to experiment with my tone a little since all my setting were for passive humbuckers, but once dialed in, the active EMG's produce an amazing tone.

                      The setup was perfect out of the box and only had to re-tune each string up 1/2 step as I live in Houston, TX with higher humidity and this guitar was setup in LA.

                      I could go on and on about this guitar. It seriously looks, feels and sounds like something I'd pay much more for. Even my wife who doesn't play and sometimes probably wishes I didn't thinks the Hellraiser sounds and looks amazing. What are you waiting for, just buy the thing already. You will love it! Promise

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