I purchased it through the American Musical Supply (AMS) catalog. I was looking for a step up from my $200 starter electric guitar (a strat-cloned "Cruise," if that means anything to anyone...not a bad little junker, although it was starting to go electrically senile). I paid $550 for it, with a nice hard-case and a cord.
It really is beautiful. The inlays, binding, finish and chrome hardware give it a pretty sleek look. Sounds good too; the bridge humbucker does especially well on distorted leads, and with the selector on the neck or combo, you get good clean rhythms. Also, there's 24 frets, so you have two octaves worth of room per string!
The nut eventually fell off! It suffered no abuse to my knowledge either. Maybe it's just a freak incident, or something, but I had to superglue the damn thing back on. Also, it doesn't have a whammy bar, which feels very limiting if you've "grown up" with a WB. And one more point: I am still not *totally* satisfied with the action of the instrument either. Even after many adjustments, it's not as liquid-smooth as some nice Strats I've played; at least, I can't get it that way without causing some serious buzzing in the upper 12 frets (those closer to the body).
I think the materials are good quality. Maple top, mahogany back, rosewood fingerboard, chrome (not a spot of rust after 3 years!). The two humbuckers are Duncan Designed. I should mention the tuners (Grover) are good, because they don't lock or loosen up like the cheap tuners on my old electric. I've never had any problems with the electronics at all, so they seem well done.
Not bad, but not fantastic either. Aesthetically it's awesome. Sonically it's good. Construction-wise it's mostly good, but has some issues. And as playability goes, it may be somewhat limiting to an advanced musician...but otherwise is okay. So, if you have some spare change, but can't buy the Cadillacs till you're a dirty, rich old fart, I'd say the Schecter C-1 Plus is a reasonable consideration.