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We’ve covered several examples of Schechter’s Hellraisers over the past couple of years and no less than two 8-strings can be found among their number. As is the cornerstone of the Hellraiser spec, the body is mahogany with a quilted maple top, outlined with abalone binding. A three-piece mahogany neck includes the Ultra Access heel and wears its dark metal heart on its rosewood sleeve with a smattering of Gothic Cross inlays on the fingerboard.
With a 26.5-inch scale that sits between the length of the other guitars here, the Schecter headstock is, if anything, a little crowded with the D and A tuners almost - but not quite - touching each other.
It’s arguably the most traditional in feel, too, with the ’board edges slightly squarer. That said, the sheer width of any eight-string neck does away with virtually any chance of playing with your thumb over the top of the fretboard, but it does play agreeably.
The two EMGs are controlled by individual volume pots plus a single tone and three-way toggle selector, and we have to say that - not for the first time - grabbing the central knob to turn the bridge pickup’s volume off is made needlessly vexing due to its positioning