Meet The Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6

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Aah yes, I’ve been waiting for this one. Today Schecter has announced the release of the KM-6, the six-string version of Keith Merrow’s awesome signature model. The seven-string version was one of the big hits at NAMM and this new one is great news for those who prefer sixers. Interestingly it features different pickups to the KM-7: instead of a Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient, it has a ‘Blackened Black Winter’ set, made exclusively for Schecter. And it’s available in two finishes – Trans White Satin and Trans Black Burst Satin. Hey Keith, buddy, how about a limited-run green version, eh?

Here’s the press release, and the new Conquering Rifftopia video. Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: Schecter KM-7

Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7

If you hang out at sevenstring.org you’ve probably seen that a lot of folks are starting to get their Schecter KM-7s now. This is the Keith Merrow signature model featuring Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient pickups (with a coil split), Swamp Ash body, Graph Tech Tusq Nut, three-piece Maple neck and Hipshot Hardtail bridge. And you can hear it on the debut album by Conquering Dystopia, Keith’s new band with Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and Alex Rüdinger (The Faceless), which you can get hereYou can order your KM-7 from Amazon.com here. They’re a pretty hot commodity, so if there are none in stock keep checking back.

NAMM: Schecter Booth Visit

IMG_3029Schecter has really knocked it up a notch in 2014, especially with the KM-7 Keith Merrow signature, which was one of the big hits of the show. Schecter has really reigned in the abalone-trim look that some players were really turning away from, and in its place they’ve unleashed a whole bunch of new guitars with simple-but-deadly finishes. There are also models such as the new Banshees which are available with Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient pickups – even the 6-string versions, which is notable because the Nazgul and Sentient were designed for 7 and 8-string players, and right now they’re only available on these Schecters. Schecter also used NAMM to showcase their USA guitars, including some pretty wild Custom Shop models. Let’s take a look. Settle in! Most of the pics are clickable, either to their respective product pages, I Heart Guitar news stories or the Schecter Custom Shop page. Read More …

NAMM 2014: Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7

Keith MerrowThe highly anticipated Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 Signature 7-String has finally arrived! As one of the most respected and gear-knowledgy metal players out there right now, Keith places some pretty high demands upon his guitars. And Schecter seems to have really gone above and beyond the call with this bad boy. The KM-7 combines all of the upscale features needed by Keith’s technically brutal playing (including Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient pickups). By the way, Keith’s collaboration with fellow Schecter player Jeff Loomis in their new band Conquering Dystopia is set for a late January release and will showcase both of their amazing talents at this year’s winter NAMM show.  Read More …

Check Out Keith Merrow’s Schecter Prototype

1380745_697353960293306_1936020724_nKeith Merrow – metal master extraordinnaire, he who has launched a thousand riffs and currently collaborator with Jeff Loomis in Conquering Dystopia – is working with Schecter on a new signature guitar. And if you’re following Keith on his Facebook Page you will have seen over the weekend that his first prototype KM-7 7-string has arrived, and it’s awesome. You can see a full gallery of this monster here. This isn’t the finished version of the guitar though: Keith will ask for the bridge pickup and the controls to be shifted back a little bit. And he’s already popped a covered Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient pickup set in there to compare them to the open-coil look. Here’s more info from the Facebook page: Read More …