classical intro, verse, and bridge buildup sections. It would have been so much easier to
be able to control that from the guitar itself.
Despite that drawback, the acoustic tones
were still highly detailed with a nice, sparkly
sheen on the highs, even when I would drop
the amp’s Treble knob.
One of the Hellraiser’s biggest strengths
is its ability to split its EMG and Fishman
outputs into dedicated signals to two sepa-
rate amps. Using the Twin and the Mesa,
I piped the acoustic signal to the Dual
Rec, which is significantly darker, and
sent the EMG signals into the Twin. For
years, guitarists have used acoustic guitars
in the studio to thicken up backing riffs.
With the Hellraiser, I was able to faithfully
approximate this effect in a live situation,
which was a blast to experience. Playing
the arpeggiated opening line to “Diary of a
Madman” never sounded so good, with the
electric signal filling in a smooth midrange
between the Fishman’s highs and lows.
Schecter’s Hellraiser Solo- 6 E/A is an
extremely versatile rock machine that offers
the added benefit of being able to select
acoustic tones on the fly. These tones may
tend to toward the bright side, but they’re
still smooth and fluid with great sustain.
If you need a guitar that can cover all the
bases—including playing acoustic passages
in the middle of a tune—it’s absolutely
worth a play.
you need an all-in-one rock work-
horse with usable acoustic tones.
you prefer to work with multiple
guitars or you need a single-coil
in the bridge position.
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