Shalom everyone! I purhased this one two weeks ago second hand from a fella from this forum.. Its a long way from USA to Norway, and the customs were a huge pain in the ass. Today, I finally picked it up! Black 2008 Schecter Hellraiser with TOM, EMG707TW in the neck and EMG81-7 in the bridge. THe 707 is beefier than 81-7, yet the 81-7 has more mid range and sounds clearer for riffing. So its a good combo. The neck.. Well.. I've read a looot of stuff about Schecter 7 necks being awefully thick and that.. Well, my first impression was that it was thick. But it just feld natural to me. I've owned a Ibanez S7 with EMG707, and it was noticable thinner. But still, I had no problem og discomfort playing the Schecter neck. Imo there are way much heavier necks out there.. Its actually thinner than my Epiphone LP custom neck and way thinner than LTD M-1000 (6 string version) or telecasters Ive played. So.. Schecter necks aren't huge, but Ibanez necks are thin. Soundwise: I just oiled the neck and put a 10-59 gauge strings to it, and it soundes clean as fuck. No fret buzz and it feels TIGHT. I tried to detune it to drop A (with .59 on bottom) and it still feels tight.. Thats really a good thing for me, since I've had huge problems and discomford with my Ibanez S.. I had it set up with .66 in drop A, and it still felt loose with EMG's. I guess its the 26.5 scale of the hellraiser. I really dig it! I was kinda afraid I wouldt be able to play 26.5, but it really feels like 25.5 and it doesnt look too long. I should try 27" too soon! Anyways! Soundwise, its a monster. I kinda see why people dont like Schecter necks after playing Ibanez for a while, yet imo its not the heaviest necks I've played. The guitar is very resonant and plays like a dream. I prefer the feeling of a satin fenish better. So I might satin the neck later, but overall - If you are willing to get used to the thicker necks of Schecters, my opinion is that they are really good guitars soundwise. I would love to compare it against M 407, M 1007 but I just haven't tried any 7 string LTD's yet. Maybe some day! Sorry for the crappy pics.. Its my mobile camera + bad light in my bedroom. I promise to upload better picks later.