Schecter S-1 Custom

The S-1 Custom can be said to be Schecter's take on the Les Paul Junior. Fans of Avenged Sevenfold will recognise the S-1 with its deep Satanic body horns as the basis of Zacky Vengeance's 6661 and ZV Mirror signature models.

The guitar's compact mahogany body is crowned with a slice of flamed maple, while the slim three-piece set mahogany neck is topped with an ebony fingerboard.

"The S-1 Custom is fitted with quality Tone Pros hardware."

The 'board is finished with 22 medium frets and a bunch of well-executed mother-of-pearl split crown inlays. The S-1 Custom is fitted with quality Tone Pros hardware - a set of locking tuners with pearloid buttons.

The S-1 Custom's engine room is packed with a pair of US-made Seymour Duncan humbuckers: a SH-11 Custom Custom in the bridge position and a '59 SH-1N at the neck.

You get a pair of volume controls and a master tone that doubles as a coil-splitter. The S-1 Custom boasts excellent playability, with access to the upper frets unhindered thanks to the deep cutaways and a tapering of the body at the neck heel.

The S-1 does pretty much what you'd expect from a well-equipped, double humbucker guitar. It has bags of power and clarity at all gain levels with the Custom bridge unit engaged and only really loses definition when you flick to the neck pickup. Switching to the single-coil mode sorts that one out.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

A viable, high-spec alternative to lower range US-made guitars. Cool looks.

Cons

Neck 'bucker gets a little muddy at higher gain settings.

Verdict

Unless you're a true brand loyalist you should check out what Schecter is doing in the mid-range sector before you fork out for a budget US-brand guitar.

Country of Origin

Korea

Available Finish

Dark vintage sunburst, trans-amber

Body Style

Mahogany

Fingerboard Material

Ebony

Guitar Body Material

Mahogany

Left Handed Model Available

Yes

Neck Material

Mahogany

Neck Profile

3 Piece

No of Strings

6

No. of Frets

22

Nut Material

White tusq

Scale Length (Inches)

24.75

Scale Length (mm)

629

Weight (kg)

3.1

Weight (lb)

7

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