Schecter Damien 7

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  1. nitelightboy

    nitelightboy I poop in shoes. Contributor

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    Ok, so I just snagged this thing from someone on here and have been playing it for a couple of weeks now. For those that don't know, here are some quick specs for ya:

    CONSTRUCTION/SCALE: Bolt-on / 26.5”
    BODY: Basswood
    NECK/FINGERBOARD: Maple/Rosewood
    FRETS: 24 X-Jumbo
    INLAYS: Black Pearl ‘Bats’
    PICKUPS: EMGhz7-A set
    ELECTRONICS: Vol/Tone/3-Way
    BRIDGE: TOM w/ thru-body
    BINDING: None
    TUNERS: Grover


    Ok, so this is my first extended scale 7 and after about 20 minutes I was very comfortable with it. After opening up the packaging I was surprised by how gorgeous this thing really is. It's a flat black with some pretty wicked bat inlays that just really grab your attention.

    Playability:
    After playing Ibanez's almost exclusively for several years, I knew that this would be a bit of an adjustment. The neck is definately thicker and wider than an Ibanez, however, it remains very playable and rather comfortable. So far, I really haven't had any trouble switching back and forth between my Ibanez's and this bad boy.
    This thing looks like it'd be rather heavy and while it is a tad heavier than I'm used to, I don't see it being a problem in a live performance setting. The balance, as you'd expect from a super strat, is rather good. It's not neck heavy and sits just right across your body.

    Sound:
    Well, it's not the absolute kill em all kind of sound. With the factory EMG HZ's I can get a pretty solid chugga-chugga type tone, but it leaves a little to be desired. It basically sounds like a slightly muddy passive 81 in the bridge. Not a lot of power and cut, but still usable. I bought this guitar planning on swapping out for the real deal EMG's and still have every intention of doing so, but for those on a budget, the HZ's really aren't too bad.

    I'd recommend the Schecter Damien 7 to anybody who's looking for a solid riff master guitar. Lightening fast solos and blazing sweeps really aren't what I'm good at so I'm not sure how well this guitar does that. What it does do.....is some serious sonic mayhem. Just imagine some of the heaviest power chords you've ever heard and they're coming from YOU!!! That's what this beast excels at!!!
     
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    are you going to switch the pickups? How does the Bat Inlay look ...I heard some guys say they were Iff-y....what did you pay for it?....do you have any photo's yet?

    Good Luck with it......
     
  3. nitelightboy

    nitelightboy I poop in shoes. Contributor

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    I'll post some pics hopefully by the weekend. The inlays look good. I was a bit impressed by a guitar in it's price range having some sweet inlays that were NICELY done. Not the best, but pretty damn good.

    ANd yes, I do plan on swapping out the pickups. I'm going to put an 81-7 in the bridge and a 707 in the neck since it's already routed for EMG's.:hbang:
     
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    Sounds cool, NLB. Post them pics! ;)
     
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    Steve I'm a Happy Camper.

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    Can't wait to see the pics... Some people think the Bat inlays look silly, but me.... I like 'em.. :hbang:
     
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    I bought a Schecter Damien 7 back in August and I LOVE it!:hbang: I haven't had any issues with the EMG HZ's. They sound fine to my ears. I brought it over to a friend's house and let several other guitarists (6 Stringers) play it and not one of them had anything negative to say about it. These are VERY opinionated people too mind you! I like the Bat inlays also. :mk: They could have used the Batman logo and I would have been happy too. Now to find a Batman strap! Having the 7 made me start studying a whole different range of music and has inspired me to work much more on my technique instead of just jamming my favorite songs all the time. The main comments my friends made were how lush and full all the chords sounded. One friend picked it up and was trying out several alternate tunings and played it for about 2 hours straight. I play it while teaching occasionally and my students love the fuller sound while I accompany them. You definitely can't beat this for the price. Of course I'd love to have a Universe but I can't right now so this is the next best thing for me. :shred:
     

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    Heres a pic of my old one, for the thread is worthless without massive pics :)

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    is it any harder to play with the 26.5 inch scale compared to the 25.5 inch?
     
  9. Metal Ken

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    i couldn't really feel a difference at all, except string guages i were used to felt tighter.
     
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    i have 2 of them ..i bought one of them in spring of 2005 and the other in spring 2006...i put locking tuners on them and emg 707's...one in b tuning and the other in A tuning...i love them...i also added something else special in it....that no one else has...its a secret and i wont give that away..
     
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    I have one.It did need adjustment.It does weigh a ton.The pickups do suck.It does look sweet.So do the inlays(that why I bought it. )I'm gonna switch to 707s too.
     
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    I'm looking for a lower-budget 7-string to finally get into it. This seems like the best affordable option for under $500.
     
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    For any of you Damien owners, do you find the pickups to have REALLY low output?

    I just bought a b-stock Damien on eBay and, while looks and plays perfect, the tone is atrocious! I tested it against one of my other guitars (Epiphone baritone) and the output is about 1/3 of the Epi...

    I'm wondering if I got a lemon or the pickups are really that weak...?
     
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    bad chord maybe?
     
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    so...would you recommend this guitar to some one who has NEVER owned a sevenstring?

    im thinking of buying this as my first seven...could you PLEASE help me out...
     
  16. nitelightboy

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    I've been playing guitar for 12 years and 7's for a number of years. It's my main axe. So yes, I would recommend it. Especially if you don't mind swapping out the pickups. I popped in a pair of 707s in mine and they just absolutely SCREAM and blow the hell out of the stock pickups.
     
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    dicko kaltropkicksarse

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    cool.....do u really need big hands to play schecters?i heard that they are huge [both wider and thicker]....is this true ?

    ive been playing jackson 6ers so....will that matter....and i agree....emgs kick arse![active ones...i used 81s in my rhoads...]

    rock on!:deathm:
     
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    I have small hands and have a Schecter 7 and have no problems with the size of the neck. In fact, I find it more playable than my Strat was.
     
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    I own a Damien 7 that I bought right when they were released. Its been taking the abuse thats for sure. I replaced the passive bridge with an EMG 81-7 and left the neck pickup as a dummy since I only use the bridge. I love how simple the guitar looks witht he finish and plus the matte finish isnt getting too polished looking from wear at certain areas like my matte black Les Paul 7 is doing. Also the bridge on my Les Paul is wearing down from my hand because its alot cheaper. So far the hardware on the Damien is showing slightly any wear-down after having more play than my LP. Even if it does need a pickup upgrade its worth buying and buying a pickup to upgrade.
     
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    Where the hell were you guys when I was looking to ge one of hese?? :lol: I love the looks of the Damien Models. I think I might still get the Damien FR soon
     

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