One 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.
The fine folks at Drum City-Guitar Land are currently offering an exclusive run of Schecter Avengers that you really have to check out: all the specs of Schecter’s popular SLS with addition of a a Floyd Rose and Sustainiac System, in TransPurple Burst. Only 24 are being made, and when they’re gone they’re gone. Specs include Mahogany body, Maple set neck, Ebony fretboard, 24 Jumbo frets, Grover tuners, Seymour Duncan SH-10 Full Shred bridge humbucker, Sustainiac neck pickup, and a Floyd Rose 1000 Series bridge. Hardware is Black Chrome, and the 1C molded case is an extra $119. You can pick one up from Drum City-Guitar Land here, but you’d better be quick. I’d rather like one myself. Continue reading
Although Schecter was initially known for slightly more traditional guitars, they’ve really hit their stride in the past decade-plus as purveyors of fine high-performance axes aimed at the metal market. They still cater to the traditionalists – especially with the new USA Production Series unveiled at NAMM in January), but the SLS Blackjack C-1 FR-S is a great example of how Schecter unifies a whole stack of shred-friendly features that are unashamedly pitched at those who dwell on the dark side.
The SLS has a mahogany body with your choice of Crimson Red Burst or Satin Black finish. The latter is the model on review here: the finish seems particularly well applie, and nicely offset by multi-ply binding. The neck is made of three-piece maple for enhanced stability, and there are 24 Jumbo frets on the ebony fretboard. The headstock is a bound three-tuner-per-side variant featuring Grover Rotomatic tuners with an 18:1 gear ratio for smoother tuning and a higher degree of backlash elimination. The only inlay on the fretboard face of the Satin Black version is a ‘Hell’s Gate Skull’ which looks pretty bitchen’, and definitely positions this as a metal guitar. Personally I think it’d do fine without it, as on the Crimson Red Burst model which has offset dots instead, but it’s not a deal breaker. The set neck is carved into Schecter’s Ultra Access shape, which mimics a neck-thru instrument, and the profile is the Ultra Thin spec, which is 19mm at the first fret and 20mm at the 12th.
YES! Love this! It’s about time Kenny Hickey (Type O Negative) got his own signature model. This Schecter is based on a guitar Hickey used towards the end of Type O (whose career was tragically cut short by the death of Peter Steele). It’s a 26.5″ scale baritone which comes tuned B/E/A/D/F#/B. It has a Seymour Duncan JB humbucker, a Sustainiac, mahogany body with three-piece mahogany neck, and bitchen green inlays. And here’s a nice touch: that colour is known as ‘Steele Green.’
More info here.
This has already been posted about on a few blogs, so I’m not pretending it’s a scoop or anything, but I feel like writing about it for the sake of completeness (the first place I saw it was at guitarnoize.com though), so I don’t get people emailing me saying “Petie, ya dumb-ass, how come you didn’t cover the Adrian Belew Parker? You’re a Bowie/Zappa/NIN geek, I thought you’d be all over this?”
The long-awaited Parker Adrian Belew signature model is finally available, and while I haven’t played one, even just looking at the specs I feel I can honestly say without hyperbole that this guitar is the greatest thing humankind has ever achieved.
Ok, maybe a little hyperbole.
Of course, a guitar this pimped out isn’t cheap. It’s $9,599 USD. If that hasn’t scared you off, you can buy one from Guitar Center by clicking here.
Here’s the press release. I’ve bolded the bits that blow my mind.
Parker Guitars announced today the addition of the Adrian Belew Signature Fly to their line of electric guitars. Designed from the ground up to the exacting standards of legendary guitarist Adrian Belew, the Adrian Belew Signature Fly is one of the most advanced and innovative guitars ever built.
The Adrian Belew Signature Fly features an exclusive Dimarzio bridge pickup along with a revolutionary Sustainiac Stealth PRO neck pickup which produces intense, predictable and infinite feedback sustain. With the Sustainiac, musicians can create amazing tones, from screaming feedback at any volume to upper harmonics using the unique harmonic mode control. Onboard Line 6 Variax Modeling Components allow guitarists to select from 25 preset sounds including classic acoustic and electric tones.
For even more versatility, the Adrian Belew Signature Fly features computer connectivity that allows artists to customize and create their own tones and custom tunings. Sound equalization is provided by six separate sensors within the RMC bridge saddle, which allows each string’s volume to be processed separately, giving the player unsurpassable tonal control.
“From his early work with Frank Zappa, David Bowie and King Crimson to working with Talking Heads and Nine Inch Nails, Adrian Belew has always been a pioneer who pushes the limits on what is possible with the electric guitar,” said Jody Dankberg, Director of Marketing and Artist Relations at Parker Guitars. “The Adrian Belew Signature Fly combines the easy playability and perfect fretboard of Parker Guitars with ‘out of this world,’ cutting-edge components to offer the most technologically advanced electric guitar available today.”
Exclusive Dimarzio bridge pickup
Revolutionary Sustainiac Stealth PRO neck pickup
Onboard Line 6 Variax Modeling Components with 25 instrument models
13 pin out
RMC Pow’r Bridge ‘PF” Saddles and RMC Poly
Drive 1 Preamp
Sperzel Trim lock Tuners
The Adrian Belew Signature fly is currently available at Parker retailers. To locate a parker retailer, please visit http://parkerguitars.com/code/dealer/dealer.asp