Jeff Loomis was the guitar player for Nevermore up until very recently. He is one of the most modern heavy metal players around. This is his signature schecter guitar. It is a good solid 7 string but when you play it you can tell it was made for a big guy like Loomis. This is also the hardtail version which I dont think Loomis uses very often but I am a hardtail guy and this is the one I gravitated towards. This guitar has an ash body with a set maple neck. The fretboard is maple as well with a maple headstock. When I first saw this guitar I thought the maple headstock was funny looking but I guess it grew on me. The neck has a 26.5 inch scale with 24 jumbo frets and cross inlays. All the hardware is black chrome. up top you get 7 Grover Rotomatic tuners with 18:1 ratios. The bridge is a tune-o-matic by Tonepros. The other model has a 7 string Floyd Rose bridge. The pickups are a set of EMG 707s and the controls are super simple with just a volume and a 3 way toggle.
When you play this guitar you can realyl tell that it was made for Loomis who is a big guy. The neck is super chunky compared other modern 7 string guitars. The neck is wider as well. This combined with the 26.5 inch scale means its a bit harder to play and probably very hard to play for someone with smaller hands. I like the tune-o-matic version. Over the years I have discovered that tune-o-matic bridges feel right to me in my hands. Other bridges even if they are hardtails I may have to adjust my hands and I cant just jump into them and get the right sound I want. The tuners are nice. They are not locking but they are high ratio and they are very smooth and dont slip.
I like the EMG 707 pickups in this guitar. To me they are like the 7 string versions of EMG 85s. They give a nice thick sound on a 7 string which is what you want if you are playing a 7 string. These pickups combined with the ash body and maple neck give you a good combination of thickness and clarity. The guitar has a naturally bright tone and this is balanced by the thick pickups. The pickups have a nice attack and give you a good percussive chunky tone. Some people do not like the lead tones from these pickups. The chunkyness of the tone from the pickups means the lead tone can be muddy sometimes. This can be fixed with having an eq pedal for leads and whatnot. Also doing the 18v mod can really help the lead tones if you find them lacking. When you do the 18v mod you run the pickups on two 9v batteries instead of one so you get more headroom in the tone and a more organic tone overall.
This is one of the best 7 string guitars on the market. That being said it is not for everyone. If you can play it properly you can appreciate what the big neck and extended scale does for the tone. The tone from this guitar is super tight because of it. If you cannot handle the scale and size of the neck there are normal scaled Schecters or you can try out an Ibanez 7 string which is what most people switch over to 7 string with. If you want one of the best 7 strings on the market you dont have to be a Jeff Loomis or Nevermore fan to appreciate this guitar because it is a good guitar on its own.
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mikethehobbit's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
7 string guitar manufactured in core.
floating bridge (pink floyd)
24 frets guitar
position slecteur microphones three positions.
EMG 707 active
a knob for volume and this is out, no tone.
Is the handle enjoyable?
not at the beginning, I lai brought live and it took a full adjustment I made myself Similarly, the action (ie the distance between the frets and strings) were, etk I got me way too high. But once this adjustment made, c'tait a real racing guitar.
Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?
Yeah, well, it is a 7 string eh, 1 cl over a bigger bridge and neck pickups also then yes the guitar weighs a little more but it's not drangeant.
The access to acute (desti- nations most recently freight) is it easy?
yeah, not harder because it is a 7-string ....
Gets it easy to sound good? ...dropoff Window
with active EMG 707 and the Maple button, its slap attacque big farm, the best I've had. EMG's are not my favorites, but given as the 7th chord I recommended.
Appropriate are your style of music?
perfect for the big metal because of emg again, but also the neoclassic, even jazz I would say in some form, the kind of Tosin Abasi.
With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?
In terms of metal with 7 strings, for those who love the 7th, I highly recommend ENGL I myself even in my possesion (engl e670 EL34) good powerball before and it's A + starting. ENGL possde grain rather nasty typing the base, and tighten prcis like a surgeon's scalpel, so perfect for big sound heavy.
What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold", ....)?
not too fat, not too lens, I know how dfinnir this question, but it's perfect!
What sonorits you prfrez, you dtestez?
no sound of this guitar is perfect except a little lack of heat in the microwave that have no liability with micro but hey, this is the emg everyone know ca.
How long have you use it?
Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
jackson, Gurilla, ltd
What is the particular feature you like best and least?
most: his attacque (the sound)
least: the strings change is difficult after grant and have a balanced his time as the strings take their maximum lasticits.
How do you report qualitprix?
With experience, you do again this choice? ...dropoff Window
exellent quality price for a signature guitar of this quality.
I referrer unlikely that choice, not because it is not a good guitar, but because I am ferrais make a tailor
But having the choice of 7 marks ropes, yes it is she that I would take.
everything has already been said I have nothing added
the neck is thick enough, I had an ibanez RG2077XL before and I must admit I had a little trouble at first but eventually it does, it's nice the color is really beautiful. Good weight level I've had no problem even if it is not any light that is tolerable (I do not like light guitars) then access to the bin acute neck-through have nothing to prove I play against by the broken wrist was extreme as a classic and I must confess that at the beginning banged my hand against the horn bottom but finally we made it well. just a little - for the switch that I find it a bit far (notice an absolutely personal friends who love the same failure to beat them every time he throws but down)
So here we come: the sound! so I tried it on the very good material (the store was full I took advantage of) so I tried it on a mr Hector Laboga an ENGL Invader (slap) is a Blackstar (I know which), well then the guitar takes us out every time the same result although the amp is not at all sound the same that is to say of clean cold enough unusable bridge pickup position by sleeve is cons in Correct true uncluttered. and now it locks the disto and it gets a slap sound is very clean amp am a very good headroom (emg thank you) with the amp that go with it anyway! So for me at all well, well then do not try to do anything other than the metal / rock is not really appropriate even if the mics handle provides all the same good results in clean or overdrive
I use it for a month on my engl screamer! I had tried many seven-string model and in the budget is the only one I liked was that for me it is only an instrument to wait 4 me time asset funds for my musicman JP value for money is really very good indeed I do not separate myself when I had my JP I like least is relative and ca is the postion of the selector and that j 'like most sound and aesthetics, this red handle color clear is truly sublime after I do not know if the paint is resistant must say that I made blunder ^ ^