Schecter splurge new guitar line-ups for Winter NAMM 2017
Schecter has announced a new 2017 line-up for the Winter NAMM Show. The models presented this week include some old favourites along with some completely new models. The company has a reputation for metal-orientated guitars, and it looks like that hasn’t changed for 2017!
The Apocalypse series is actually a variation of the company’s C-1 models. These are available with Sustainiac Humbucker as well as EMG Apocalypse humbucking pickups. Schecter uses either a Floyd Rose 1500 Tremolo or a Hipshot Hardtail Bridge. The 5-part neck is made of Maple and Bubinga and has 24 jumbo frets on Ebony fretboards.
Sun Valley Super Shredders
These have the brand-new EMG RetroActive in Zebra look (sustained at the neck), Floyd Rose Hot Rod Special and 24 stainless steel frets on maple or rosewood fretboard with dot inlays.
With the choice of two completely new paint finishes for the Schecter range: Seafoam Green and Lambo Orange
The Banshee Series gets an update for 2017, as well. It’s equipped with Schecter Diamond Plus HSS pickups, Graph Tech saddle, Hardtail String-Thru Bridge, or Floyd Rose models, with FR in the name. All are shaped Strat-style with binding, matching headstocks, Pearloid pickguards and vector inlays. They are available in both the 6- and 7-string versions.
Not a new Series, these are an update for the current Schechter Standard Series. Affected are the Solo-II (based on Les Paul) and the E-1 (mix of Explorer and Iceman bouncers).
The Standard Series features Diamond Alnico Plus humbucker pickups, Grover Rotomatic Tuners, Graph Tech Nut and TonePros Locking TOM Bridges and tailpiece. For a little extra flair, there is, next to the black standard version, also one with flamed maple top and Honey or Faded Vintage Sunburst lacquer and Split Crown inlays.
The new series will be shown for the first time at the NAMM 2017 in January, and as yet no prices have been announced.
I am not a huge fan of Schecter guitars. I have found all the ones I have recently played that came from the factory to have niggles, including sharp fret ends and finish issues on brand new guitars. Maybe I was just unlucky and found a bad batch…
I hope that these Korean-made Schechter guitars will not suffer from the same issues. On paper, they sure sound like a lot of fun to play.
Schecter Complete lineup 2017
- Apocalypse: Schecter
- Sun Valley Super Shredders: Schecter
- Banshee Extreme: Schecter
- Standard Series: Schecter
I’ve owned 20+ Korean Schecters, 1 US, and 2 Indonesian and I have had exactly one problem with any of them (a poorly seated fret that caught the high e on bends off the fretboard). I’ve owned a lot of guitars from a lot of makers (including a US LP and a San Dimas Soloist) and Schecter quality (excepting pots and switches which are are average) is better by quite a lot than almost anyone else making guitars in the same price range.
I think I have been unlucky to be fair, as I have had the opposite experience myself. I really want to like them, yet my personal experience has really put me off of them the last few years. I played a Jeff Loomis 7 string, which wasn’t cheap and it was so bad. At the time I owned a JP7 from MusicMan and it made the Schecter feel like a toy in comparison.