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Schecter Gryphon 7 Black Flame
Published by newamerikangospel
03-21-2008
Author review
Features
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Sound
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5
Action, Fit & Finish
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Reliability
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Customer Support
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Average 80%
Schecter Gryphon 7 Black Flame

I got this last May (05-06-07 ). I always tend to gravitate to seven strings first at guitar shops and this fated trip to Guitarcenter was no different. Black Flamed Top, (stock) all black hardware, Duncan Designed Pickups with 3 way selector, one volume, one tone w/ push/pull coil tapping.

The guitar itself is fairly "spanky". Not quite as attack happy as the loomis, but a nice little snap. The 26.5 scale was not hard to get used to, but did throw my string gauge "feel" out of the window (your favorite 25.5 or 27 string guage might be a little too stiff or slinky at first). The guitar was setup well, and first time I had seen a fret leveling of this degree on a guitar under $600-$700. Plays VERY well. Good tuners (haven't had any tuning instabilites caused by the tuners).

The down sides are
-Some of the work seems a little rushed/unfocused. The pictures dont really show it very well, but where the fretboard meets the neck, there is alot of ruff edges

-the sides of the fret board on the treble side (facing down if standing up and holding it) didn't have any of the little scratches from the fret filing taken out

-some of the frets aren't fitted completely. The 24th fret on the bass side is sticking up .004-.005. Enough to keep 20th-22rd a little pingy and choke out the 23rd. Adjusting action to ridiculous heights only lessens the issue, not completely resolving it.


-the neck plate/screw holes are at a slight angle (about 5 degrees from perfect alignment



-The D string saddle was missing the little retainer that kept the saddle from moving out (probably an isolated incident). It slide out a couple of times when stringing up, or if I was tuning up
-The bridge posts were a little high for the guitar. Before I shimed the neck, I had them bottomed out and it was just a tad too high for my taste (maybe a quarter turn down would've been perfect)

-the coil tap/tone control shaft is VERY loose. Hasn't broken or become scratchy, but just doesn't feel very solid


Of course, all of these are little quips. The fretboard, fret filing, and neck plate/screw holes are cosmetic. Tone/coiltap is still working strong. And I shimed the neck since the aftermarket bridge was a little bit thicker then then stock one, so the adjustments can be made to pull it down to satisfactory status. The bridge was fixed by an order placed to guitarpartsdepot.com (plus it now locks which is cooler, not to mention the gold on black making the thing dead sexy).



The pluses
The pickups are AMAZING for this level. The bridge pickup is satisfactory, being bright enough to pull sheen out of the cleans, and put edge in the gain channels. There is a little more attack than I would prefer, but most of that is the guitar than the pickup. Really articulate for gain and clean picking, responds well to finger picking. The neck is almost flawless. I honestly cant imagine any other seymour duncan passive pickup being much more better than this. Its great for slightly gritty leads, and mellow jazz, and handles full gain lead stuff. It can get woofy and muddy on lower register stuff, but pretty stout non the less. The middle position (both in series I should think) is a really cool tone as well.

I would recommend it to anyone looking another 7 string to throw in the arsenal. And it comes out be $50 bucks cheaper than getting a 7321 and putting new pickups in it (and that figure is only going with an $80 pickup swap).




  #1  
By Xiphos68 on 07-22-2009, 05:29 PM
Is this a limited edition guitar?
  #2  
By rgsuperstrat on 07-26-2009, 10:47 PM
It was a Guitar Center exclusive. Limited is relative, cause they probably banged out a gazillion of them. I have one too, and the same small issues are about my only complaints too. I bought mine from a pawn shop for 200 bucks, with hsc. Fun guitar.
  #3  
By Xiphos68 on 07-27-2009, 07:21 AM
cool. My dad found one recently. That they made a limited edition of these 7 string models.
  #4  
By MetalGravy on 07-29-2009, 10:45 PM
Have you guys had any problems with the volume of the neck pickup? On mine, the neck pickup's output is noticeably lower than the bridge pickup. No problem when using both at the same time, though . Otherwise, .
  #5  
By newamerikangospel on 08-03-2009, 10:31 AM
I dont anymore, as I have Seymour Duncan Blackouts in it now , but there was a difference in output more than volume. Since the strings vibrate more the closer you move to the 12th fret, pickup manufacturers will stagger the output of the bridge versus the neck (most times, sometimes they dont, and just recommend burying the neck pickup) . The stock ones seemed to have a lower output neck then bridge, at recommended pickup heights. I just lowered my bridge a small amount.
  #6  
By Looneygah1 on 08-10-2009, 10:53 AM
Amazing guitar! I got mine for $200 USD

  #7  
By djentasbawlz on 03-14-2010, 07:47 PM
throw some passive emgs in and it can easily be an amazing guitar for studio or gig use. schecter necks feel great and the bolt on can come in handy for some really heavy stuff.
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