PICS FIRST SO I've been always in love with 3 things from Schecter, the ultra thin C neck profile, the floyd sustainiac combo, and the Avenger shape. I'm also a massive advocate of the EMG 57 being the best active pickup on the market, and sparkle finishes being too rare for how good they are. Final bit of introduction, I like all of my guitars to be really versatile and my favorite color is purple. Enter this thing. I think it was only made in 2015(?) but it's a Hellraiser Hybrid Avenger, so rare I've never seen one outside of ancient new stock reverb listings and a guy in a Schecter FB group I'm a member of. I managed to flip my old Burny LP, which I truly did like, but my Mockingbird does everything it did while being a lot more playable/lighter, and posted in the group that I'd like to pick up an Avenger with my newfound cash and I can take a hit. The guy replied to my post offering to sell it and I was expecting some serious gouging but I had been looking for one of these ever since I saw one a few months after I started playing almost 3 years ago and I was willing to pay. He was very very accommodating with the price and sold it to me for his cost, especially since there's a chip in the finish along the treble side of the neck. He also said the neck pickup and sustainiac were giving him trouble. He seriously wanted to buy a different guitar though and had already gotten a second purple Avenger, the Sweetwater exclusive one. So I took it. I had fixed sustainiacs and did a whole install before. So the delivery day comes around and it took forever to get here, but I got it in and cracked open the electronics cavity. Sure enough, the neck pickup gain on the sustainiac board was turned down the whole way, so I cranked it up to match the 57 in the bridge and fiddled with the harmonic mode pot on the circuit board as well. I think the trimpot is broken since harmonic mode only works with the gain maxed out and it screams like a motherfucker when you don't have a note going, but I can work around it since everything about the guitar is perfect and I never have the sustainiac on unless I'm actively holding notes. For specs, it's everything I want. Mahogany body, maple neck, floyd 1500, EMG 57 and sustainiac, 12-16 compound radius and the glorious ultra thin C with a narrow nut. It's not the lightest thing I've ever played but it's very very far from heavy and is comfortable sitting down or standing up. Extremely resonant as well and the neck feels perfectly molded to my hands. It sounds monstrous, with a huge low mid push that sounds incredibly heavy while having a restrained yet still cutting top end and tight bass. Cleans are excellent and quite PAFish somehow, crunch is thick and a little smooth, and it's just as good with thick, huge, snarly metal tones I like to dial in. There's not a spec I'd change on it minus stainless steel frets and locking tuners. It's for sure one I will never regret buying and it's got so much it can do while feeling perfectly made for me and looking stunning as well. The perfect complement to my Mockingbird; once I set it up in drop C my collection will be complete.