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Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar Black Cherry 

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With seven strings and a long 26-1/2" scale length, the Schecter Hellraiser C-7 FR electric guitar is made to play heavy rock and metal music. Other ...Read More

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A drop-tuned slaying machine with all the necessary elements.

With seven strings and a long 26-1/2" scale length, the Schecter Hellraiser C-7 FR electric guitar is made to play heavy rock and metal music. Other heavy-rock essentials found on this beast include a set-neck with 24 extra-jumbo frets, solid mahogany body with quilted maple top, EMG 707-TW active humbuckers with coil-splitting, and a Floyd Rose Original tremolo bridge with a locking nut. You will never be happy with just six strings again after you experience the low end growl of the C-7 powerhouse.

Case sold separately.

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FEATURES
  • Construction: Set-neck with Ultra Access
  • Scale: 26-1/2"
  • Tuning: B-E-A-D-G-B-E
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Quilted maple
  • Neck: 3-piece mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 24 extra-jumbo
  • Inlays: Gothic cross
  • Pickups: EMG Active 707-TW
  • Electronics: 2 Vol with push/pull coil-splitting/Tone/3-Way Toggle Switch
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose Original Tremolo
  • Binding: Abalone
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Hardware: Black Chrome
  • Case sold separately

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Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar

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5.0

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  • Good feel (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

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    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)
    • Recording (3)
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    5.0

    A Top Quality 7-String

    By TheRealMikeD

    from Los Angeles, CA

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          Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar:

          I recently bought this guitar as my first ever 7-string, and I couldn't be happier with it. It's a really well-made, quality instrument, and it has made my introduction to the 7-string world an easy and fun one.

          The finish is gorgeous (I got the limited edition, purple quilted maple top, but the cherry is just as beautiful), and all the hardware is good quality, especially the Floyd Rose tremolo. Aside from changes in temperature which cause the strings to stretch or contract slightly, this guitar never goes out of tune.

          I don't love the sound of the EMG-707 pickups, but that's a matter of personal taste. You might think they're the greatest sounding pickup of all time. And anyway, replacement pickups are easy to obtain and install. More and more manufacturers are making them with the soapbar-style covers that fit the routing on this guitar. I would recommend you give them a chance and see if you like them. Even if you don't, don't let that keep you from buying this guitar.

          I wouldn't really agree with those who say that it's ready to play out of the box. For some players, it might be fine, but for the feel that I like (super-low action and a fairly straight neck), I found that it needed some minor adjusting. But that's something that I would expect to do on any guitar that I buy. If you're experienced at setting up guitars, it's pretty easy. Or if you're not, you can take it to your favorite guitar tech and they'll do it for you. No biggie.

          Also, it came with .010-gauge strings. I prefer .009's, so I changed those out pretty quickly. Again, not a big deal.

          I don't think you can get a better quality 7-string guitar for the money. If I had it to buy all over again, I would not hesitate to do so.

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          5.0

          Great 7 String For All Types of Music

          By Andrew Dennis

          from Roswell, NM

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • For All Types Of Play

            Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar:

            If you're looking to get a seven string and were considering this guitar, then let me tell you this is an excellent choice. First off, the guitar looks killer. I have the white version and it's really stunning. It has a very solid feel, played great right out of the packaging. It just needed some minor tuning. The EMG 707's sound great and offer a good versatile range of tone. The pickup coil selector is great especially for playing clean and getting a good blues or country sound. Now before you get it I would recommend you try one out before you buy it especially if you never have played with a 7 string like myself. I am used to playing 6 string ESP LTD guitars and they have pretty thin necks. This guitar being a 7 string of course is going to take some getting used to. The thing that really got me though was the 26 range neck. I like it because it's great for chording and soloing especially on the high frets but it took me some time to get comfortable because everything felt more stretched. The guitar is moderately heavy but is comfortable whether standing or sitting. The ultra access neck is good but I still find it just a tad more cumbersome to play on the higher frets than on my ESP's. The craftmanship is fantastic. It has great sustain. Hardly no string buzz right out of the box and the string height was perfect in my opinion. If you want not only just a great metal guitar but something that is capable of letting you explore different tone options, than this is the perfect guitar. One of the best contenders in the 7 sring department.

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            5.0

            Great guitar!

            By shortcircuit4231

            from Fort Collins, CO

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            Pros

            • Excellent Craftsmanship
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Looks great
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Sticky Neck

            Best Uses

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar:

              This is my first seven string guitar and I must say I am not disappointed. I originally bought an Ibanez arz307, but I was not impressed at all by the quality of craftsmanship and pickups.

              I plan on swapping out the EMG 707 in the bridge for an EMG 81-7 or a Seymour Duncan Blackout-7. The 707s sounds just fine, but if you're playing through a Dual Rectifier, you may feel like the low end is a bit overbearing.

              My only complaint about this guitar is that the finish on the neck is the same as the rest of the guitar. It looks great, but it makes the neck feel very sticky. This is an easy fix though (If you're ok with trying it). I lightly rubbed some 4/0 steel wool on the neck finish to remove the shine and make it very smooth. It only takes off a thin layer of clear coat and it can be easily buffed back out with car polish if you want the original shine again.

              All in all, I love this guitar. The neck was not hard to get used to. After a couple of days of playing, I actually prefer it over my Gibson. Now 6 strings just feel like miniature guitars.

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              5.0

              Excellent guitar!

              By 7stringheaven

              from toronto, ontario

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              Pros

              • Excellent quality
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar:

              Recently purchased this guitar. It plays amazing, the feel is really comfortable. The emg pickups are very good and do not make the low b string sound muddy. The price is reasonable and the quality is very good. I recommend this guitar to anyone who is looking for a 7 string.

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Solid 7-string with good design choices

              By RetroGuy

              from California

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              Pros

              • Good design
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Build

              Cons

              • Relatively Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar:

              The quality of this guitar is top notch, and the parts (pickups, neck wood, body wood etc) are well chosen, making this a great all-round guitar with a progressive-metal inclination.
              I will list the factors that were most relevant in picking this guitar over others in the 7-string department.
              1. The bridge is great, don't worry about it being made in South Korea. Fully functional, smooth, stable, strong, well-built, great sustain. Swapping it for an Original Floyd Rose is however still an option.
              2. The pickups are moderate output - if you want crazy high output, get the Blackjack. The single tone sound is much better than I expected - but thinner and more "lonely" sounding than my maple neck Standard Stratocaster. I really like the humbucking sound. You can get the pickups in parallel in the 'mid' position and individually set single-coil or double-coil sound at the same time.
              3. Active pickups, hope you know what you are getting into. You can't expect to be lazy with these pickups. Work with the volume, tone controls, and the equalizer on your pedal/amp, and you can shape the naturally flat(ter) response of these pickups to something that works for the moment.
              4. You'll be fine with standard tuning, BUT this guitar is MADE for drop A tuning. Seriously. The neck scale is long, so that helps; plus you can then reduce the tremolo resistance a bit.
              5. The set 3 piece neck, mahogany body combined with the EMG 707 give a great sound.
              6. You want the SGR-1C hardshell case for this. Any other case will probably not be a snug fit, or not fit at all.
              7. The Schecter website (particularly the FAQ page) has lots of interesting information for Diamond series guitars that you should check out before making a decision.
              8. It looks amazing. But you can see that.
              9. The battery compartment is exactly big enough for ONE 9V battery. If you are thinking of an 18V mod, you'll have to do some work... For these particular pickups, I'd say - not really needed.
              10. Why doesn't anyone talk about the clean sound of this thing? Remember point 3 and you can great clean tones - both humbucking and single-coil. You may have to work harder for some tones, and some tones will be elusive - but you can't have EVERYTHING in the same guitar.

              It's a heavy guitar, and feels solid and sturdy. Nice rugged polyester finish. The Black Cherry option works REALLY well. Definitely a winner in this price range.

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              5.0

              Djentiest Guitar!

              By Ranaro

              from Toronto, ON

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar:

              I've been playing this guitar for about 2 weeks now and it feels amazing. The frets are nice and big so when your hitting those high notes you're not struggling to keep your fingers in the right position. The spacing of the strings are great too. The sound that comes out of this beast is absolutely wonderful. I run my guitar through my POD Studio UX2 with POD Farm and it comes it very clean.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing Guitar

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar:

              An amazing 7 string guitar that is very versitile and can be used for almost any style of music. It is well worth its price and will last you for a very long time. You will not be dissapointed!!! Buy it today!!!
              This guitar has all the features you could ask for in a 7 string guitar. It has a beautiful floyd rose bridge, has a ton of tonal versatility with the EMG 707's as you can easily switch them to single coil pickups via volume knobs. I would prefer the factory strings to be a thicker gauge for drop tunings, but these worked fine. The Locking nut is fantasic, and i can leave my guitar sit for a month and come back and still have it in perfect tuning.
              This guitar has suprisingly good quality for a brand that is not generally known for it. You get a harsh, nasty tone from it on the low end with distortion, and sharp, cutting solos. Athough, this guitar, regardless of the 7th string is very versitile and sounds great with blues, jazz, country, ect. It delivers amazing tone all around. It came in perfect condition and i made a few personal modifacations, but nothing major. Overall, amazing quality: 10/10
              I belive that this guitar is worth around what it is priced as on musicainsfriend.com, however because i live in canada, it cost a load of extra money to ship it up here. But given its reliablity, and durability, it was well worth the price. IT was also shipped very fast too.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This guitar is insane.

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar:

              It's beautiful, plays wonderfully, and is set-up before shipping, so no need to take it to pro. What more can you ask for?
              Push-pull coil tap, Oiginal Floyd Rose Trem, 24 frets, humongous frets (a little intimidating at first, but you will get used to it), EMG pickups for us metal heads (stay as far away as possible if you play Jazz/blues, you will hate it). All-in-all, an insanely good guitar.
              The quality of the neck is "meh", I prefer the smoothness of Ebony fretboards but this is fine. Other than that, this guitar is top-notch quality.

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              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              An exceptional guitar

              By Nathan Culberson

              from New Mexico

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar:

              Overall, this baby is a beautiful axe that can really get any tone you need out of it. My band plays progressive metal, what with the odd meters and key changes and such, mostly sounding like Opeth/Dream Theater/Seventh Wonder. However, we do have a couple of songs that sound like a soft Skillet song - think Forgiven or A Little More - and all of the electric guitar parts were recorded with this guitar. I also play in 3 separate worship bands, and worship's genre of music can range from classical music to modern rock to blues to jazz to pretty much anything you can think of - one of the worship bands I play in has a full-blown orchestra, and this guitar is a BEAUTIFUL instrument there, too! Whether it's a sweet breakdown, a catchy lead guitar lick, a high-gain solo, a clean passage, a suspenseful bridge, or a straight-up death metal riff, this guitar can, and will, do the trick.
              This guitar has brilliant features in that it has its seventh string, and the Floyd Rose tremolo bar. There are awesome and brutal tones that emerge when you drop tune it to A-E-A-D-G-B-E - you can really get some sick tones out of it. My only complaint is the amount of pickup control. Despite its 2 volume/1 tone control knobs, where the volume controls can snap up and down for extra awesomeness, it really needs either another pickup like the Stratocaster, or another tone control like the Les Paul and most other Gibson/Epiphone models. While you can get a pretty wide range of sounds out of its two pickups, my Epiphone Les Paul Studio can get more because of the extra tone control. However, it's a small price to pay, considering the seventh string and the Floyd Rose system.
              This instrument is a GREAT axe. I've had it for about 14 months and I've never performed without it, except for one time when a string broke on it 5 minutes before we started playing. It's kind of odd to get such a good-quality instrument from Schecter, as they're nowhere near PRS or even Gibson quality. However, in this price range, this is easily the best guitar you can buy. Ibanez 7-strings just don't make the cut.
              While it is a great guitar, I don't think it's worth one grand. I love this instrument to death, but, were I the person to price it, I would've made it between $700-$800. Great guitar, but the price is a little high.

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              5.0

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              By T.Ground /m/

              from Aurora, Ontario

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar:

              Perhaps that nicest guitar i've played, this was my first "over a grand" guitar purchase and it was pretty much by accident, i was at a guitar shop, checking stuff out, *not planning on buying anything*, and the sales person brought me this... so i bought it.NOTE: had never even played/considered a 7-stringThe neck is perfect width, and nice and smooth, the jumbo frets are handy as well, the EMGs are sound excellent for very low tuning (Gb is as low as i've gone *Djent-Djent*)with sick distortion, but it also has an amazing smooth clean sound. as everyone else has said, pictues dont do the guitar justice, it is beautiful.only reason i gave featurs 4.5 is cuz the cutaway could be just a little further...but it is sick for riffing, shredding,clean tones, and low drop tunings *Djent-Djent*Buy it! you wont be dissapointed /m/

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