appreciated. The 24 3/4"-scale Custom features
a mahogany body with a carved, flamed maple
top. The neck is also mahogany and features a
Graph Tech nut and an ebony fretboard decorated with pearl split-crown inlays. The neck
and body are wrapped with a multi-ply, crème-colored binding that is the perfect touch for
this beautiful, great-sounding guitar.
The cutaway at the neck joint is very smart
and comfortable when playing higher up on
the neck. The flatter radius and bigger frets
allow you to easily bend without fretting out.
The neck is a little thinner than I’m used to,
but it’s a very comfortable C shape that most
players should also be comfortable with.
Further, the nut was cut perfectly, and I didn’t
run into any string-slipping or tuning issues.
The back of the body has a slight contour that’s
less annoying than some single-cut guitars, and
many players will find that this feature makes the
Solo- 6 more comfortable to play live than similar
designs. The neck angle is straighter and less
dramatic than traditional single-cuts, too. This
allows the pickups to sit in the body more, which
I believe yields better bass response and more
of the sound of the wood to come through.
I tested the Solo- 6 Custom with my Mad
Professor head and 2x12 cab and my Fender
Deluxe. The tone of the guitar is more
aggressive and leans more toward modern
sounds than vintage. That said, the Duncans
are smooth and responsive. The bridge
pickup has a lower-mid growl that makes
it perfect for drop tunings and full power
chords. The ’ 59, on the other hand, gives you
a beautiful, creamy tone that makes you want
to play the blues all night long. In the middle
position, the blend of the two pickups is very
nice and a bit Jimmy Page-like.
When you pull up on the Master Tone knob,
you split both the bridge and neck pickups.
This instantly turns the guitar into a Tele-style
instrument. I found the single-coil sounds
very useful and versatile. The split middle
position is great for playing clean with chorus.
Single-coil mode means you get the 60-cycle
hum when you engage your distortion pedal
or amp, but this is a small matter considering
you have six sounds to choose from.
Give It a Whirl
Did I mention that this guy lists for just under
a grand? It retails for $999 and streets for
around $700. That’s a deal in any economy.
With this guitar, Schecter proves you can still
get a great guitar for not a whole lot of cash.
In fact, I’m pretty sure that, by the end of the
open-mic gig I took the guitar to, a few gui-
tarists in the crowd had decided to head to
their nearest Schecter dealer to check one of
these bad boys out. And I would have rated
this guitar the same way if it cost $1200 or
$1400 bucks. So if you’re in the market for
a versatile single-cutaway guitar with a few
tricks up its sleeve, give the Schecter Solo- 6
Custom a try.
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