Re: Schecter Synyster Gates custom discussion
Not the Syn model but the much fawned over (in certain circles, at least) Hellraiser C-1 FR, Korean made.
I am told the Syn model has specs that are similar to the ones that I have fallen out of love with on my Hellraiser.
If I am wrong about that I stand corrected and I apologize, but I still need to rant a bit here, before I return this axe (later today):
I went through standard non-Ibanez NGD "honeymoon" period for about a week and realized that I simply can't get along with the body style, as in lack of contours and as the post above mentions, upper horn cutting into the player.
At first the axe wowed me with it's shiny beauty, abalone all over the place, but like young love, if love enters through the eyes, it probably ain't gonna last.
Also: THE UPPER FRET ACCESS SUCKS (on the Hellraiser as compared to RG with AANJ).
This is strange because it is one of the features that is most raved about in reviews and on forums, not only for this model but other similar Schecters.
The upper fret access is nowhere near what is easily playable on my RG's. Not even close.
The thing I somehow fell for in the shop is now feeling heavy, klunky, and worse still, has neck-heavy/ balance issues as compared with RG's.
Didn't "notice" these issues early on...probably because I was infatuated with the other features, some of which are nice but are simply not worth the trade-off in dealing with the negatives. Again, much like when you first fall for a woman...she is perfect. Then she wakes up with bad breath and a nasty attitude. Hmm, hold on a second here, let's rethink this...
Not at all a comfortable guitar to play as compared to an RG. And I am talking weight, balance, and body shape. Oh yeah and upper fret access.
Forget the endless EMG debates/ issues; it's not even the pickups that phased me, and as we all know those are changeable anyway.
Yeah and we all know that between an RG and a Schecter the necks are like night and day but I don't give a **** about that, thin neck, fat neck, c shape, u shape, I can play them all n problem being a life long classical player...talk about "baseball bats", try playing a high end boutique Spanish classical.
I only insist that a neck be wide enough, not a problem with the Hellraiser in that department...still, I have grown to strongly dislike this neck, which is weird because I really have never had a major dislike for any neck on any guitar, as long as it was wide enough.
That said, though I can normally get used to any neck profile, I vastly prefer all variations of Wizard necks with AANJ over the Schecter profile, and the "ultra access" neck-to-body interface on Schecter is a joke compared to an RG with AANJ.
I don't know if anyone else has had similar experience with falling hard for Schecter or some other brand and then wondering why the hell you even looked at it when you were already beyond happy with your Ibbys, or not.
I am sticking with Ibanez, though there is one other guitar that has been with me or a great while and I still love it as much as ever, every bit as much as Ibanez in almost every respect: my DBZ (Dean B. Zelinsky Guitars) Venom. Wow, what a neck. Soft v neck profile which I thought I would hate. It was love at first playing, and the honeymoon has never ended with that guitar.
I am done even looking at other brands. Between Ibanez and the DBZ Venom, pretty much covered here.
I have heard a lot about the Syn model and hopefully these issues are not present, and if they are I am sure many won't find them a problem.
Apples and oranges, once again.