Features: Construction: Set-neck w/ 26.5' scale Body: Mahogany Neck: 3-pc Maple Fingerboard: Ebony Frets: 24 jumbo Inlays: "Active" symbol at 12th fret Pickups: Seymour Duncan Blackouts neck/bridge Electronics: Vol/Vol/Tone/3-way switch Bridge: TonePros w/ strings thru-body Binding: Aged multiply body/headstock, simple cream/aged white binding on the neck Tuners: Grover Rotomatics (not sure if they are the mini or mid-size ones) Hardware: Black Chrome Color: Aged White / Aged Black Satin (mine is aged white) 2008, Made in Korea, set-up in the USA Sound: I use this as my main axe. Basically I play thrash metal , but I like to chill and turn off the distortion eventually. The guitar sounds absolutely amazing distorted or clean. Worth mentioning that I am addicted to active pickups. My signal path: Landscape PS-12 power supply/connection panel -> Hobbertt Simulamp (Sansamp GT-2 Clone) -> Behringer Hellbabe Wah -> Behringer EQ700 Equalizer -> Rocktron Tsunami Chorus -> Amp (Staner GS120 w/ 15" speaker / Warm Music 208GT / Orange Rockerverb 100 w/ Orange 4x12 speaker) Be it distorted or clean, the guitar produces no noise (props to the Landscape power supply/connection panel too, it removed all noise I had before). The sound is awesomely full, props to the pickups which sound way better than EMG's imo (more bass and mids, more "organic" if you know what I mean). It is very versatile (sounds very good for clean stuff or mid-distorted/overdriven stuff too) and I like all the 3 pickup combinations (bridge, bridge+neck, neck). The bridge+neck position is great to play clean, sounds very rich. The harmonic sustain is just retarded (Graph Tech TUSQ nut ). I bought the equalizer pedal to have more equalization options for my rhythm sound, but it sounds so great as it is that I am using the eq pedal just to add more volume to solos. Action, Fit & Finish: As with any other guitar that I've bought, I did not like the factory set-up cause well, the dude that set it up at the factory wasn't me hehe, so obviously I wouldn't like it. I had to lower the strings a bit (using 0.10's btw), lower the pickups a bit, and fine-tune the intonation. The neck was perfect. I am a very picky guy, so yea I managed to find a couple minor finishing flaws (binding & fret placement), but they are so minor that you can only see if you look REAL close. That's the reason I gave a 4 to this section, but it's more like 4.5-4.8. Other than that it is perfectly built. Reliability/Durability: The guitar feels sturdy, very solid. I would easily use it on a gig w/o backup (except for strings breaking, I don't see anything that makes me want to have a backup while playing this axe, and it's got a fixed bridge anyways so string changes are a breeze). Not sure about the black chrome hardware. I've seen people saying that it doesn't last long, but I keep everything oiled and clean so yea, it will last. Worth mentioning here that I like to take care of my equipment, everytime I change strings I clean and lubricate everything, so this axe (as with any other equipment that I have) will last forever. Customer Support: Never dealt with the company, but I will give them a 5 cause this is my 2nd Schecter and I absolutely love them both. Schecter FTW. The store where I bought it (Rexsom, authorized Schecter dealer here in Brazil) is awesome, they got very nice people, to the point that the store owner recorded a video of my guitar and posted it on youtube for me to see it before buying. PS: actually, I remember I sent Schecter an e-mail asking about my other guitar's specifications and when it was produced. A day after I sent the e-mail a guy named Colin answered it in a very nice way. Overall Rating: I have been playing for 12-13 years now. Also got a 2001 Schecter C-1 FR Silver Top w/ EMGs 81/85 (love it too). I feel very happy with the C-7 Blackjack ATX, and probably won't be selling it if I ever decide to buy another 7 string guitar, this one already found it's home! If it gets stolen, lost, hit by a bus or w/e I will definately buy another one. I love the guitar color, the aged white rocks. I don't like the black satin finish, doesn't match the binding imo. Love the pickups too, won't be buying any other EMGs from now on hehe. I also like the neck a lot (I have sorta small fingers compared to other guitar players that I know personally, and it fits my hands perfectly). Before buying it I compared it to the C-7 Hellraiser and the Loomis 7. I chose this one cause it sounds better, plain and simple. I wish it had a floyd-rose, but I can always buy a C-7 FR or a Loomis FR and get some Blackouts for it (that's probably what I am going to do when I have the money). I hope Schecter has plans to produce the C-7 Blackjack ATX FR, I would insta-buy it. If you want a very decent 7 string guitar w/o spending ridiculous amounts of money, go and try it!