Seymour Duncan Unleashes SLUG

Seymour Duncan SLUGIts DC resistance is 48k. It lives for stoner/doom metal. It’ll drink all your beer and go through your stuff but it’ll also help you move house because it’s cool like that. It once hog-tied a Rancor. It patched things up between Mork and Mindy when things were looking a little rough. It likes long walks by the swamp. REAL long walks. It was the one who nicknamed John Wayne ‘The Duke.’ It’s SLUG. And it’s waiting for you right now in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop store for only $130. Read More …

Schecter Cheech & Chong Limited Edition

CandCWhen I was a kid I somehow acquired a tape of Cheech & Chong’s Get Out Of My Room, which I especially liked for its ‘The Music Lesson’ sketch (“That was a 1954 original Les Paul with a sunburst finished! Jimmy Page once looked at that guitar! I don’t even play that guitar!”). I think it’s cool that Schecter is releasing an official limited edition Cheech & Chong guitar, although it’d be cooler if it had a sunburst finished and gopher guts in tribute to that not-very-well-known-but-certainly-apt-in-this-context sketch.

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Schecter Blackjack Collection Shipping Now

blackjackOne of the coolest product lines of 2014 has gotta be the Schecter Blackjack Collection, which is shipping now. Schecter has taken almost a custom shop approach to these instruments: on the surface they appear to be pretty stripped-back, but when you look closer all of the guitars have Crimson Red binding and inlays, combined with Glow-In-Dark Side markers and passive Seymour Duncan pickups. The Avenger and C models each have five variations 6-string with HipShot USA fixed bridge, Floyd Rose or Floyd Rose with Sustainiac, plus fixed-bridge 7 and 8-string models. And there’s also a 6-string Tempest, a very cool Schecter design that I’m glad to see back in the line. [geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]If you’d like to order one from, here are some links (and each is also available left-handed):

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C-1 FR-S
Avenger-6 FR
Avenger-6 FR-S

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Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7

If you hang out at 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 here[geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]You can order your KM-7 from here. They’re a pretty hot commodity, so if there are none in stock keep checking back.[/geo-out]

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: Schecter Custom Shop 9-string

Oh hey, Schecter Custom Shop 9-string that almost escaped my attention in amongst all the incredible 8-strings Schecter has on display this year! Usually it’s a safe bet that if a company goes to the trouble of tooling up to make something like this, it ain’t gonna just be a one-off. Let’s hope something like this filters into Schecter’s regular line sooner or later. Oh, wait, yep! Check out the Hellraiser C-9!

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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 …

Schecter Unveils Jinxx Signature Model

1544489_788880001128813_1523362957_nThey’ve been teasing it for a little while but Schecter has now unveiled The Recluse, a new signature model for Jinxx of Black Veil Brides. Schecter is kicking all sorts of goals with their 2014 line-up – more on that shortly – and this model looks quite cool indeed. It has a mahogany gloss black body with dark red binding and is loaded with active EMG 81/85 pick-ups, ebony fret-board on a three-piece mahogany neck which is crowned with the Devil 3×3 headstock. I like its slight mix of SG and utter evil. Keep an eye on Schecter’s website for more info on the 2014 line-up. And if you’re here in Australia you can catch Black Veil Brides at the Soundwave festival. Read More …