Feature Review: Schecter C-7 Blackjack Lefty
Alright, so I finally got my 7 string. I have to say, I am absolutely impressed this this model. Rundown of the specs is as follows:
Mahogany body, maple neck (through body), rosewood fretboard
26.5 inch scale, 24 frets
Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge
Seymour ’59 in the neck
Push/pull coil tap for both pickups
3 way pickup selector
2 volume, 1 tone
TonePros locking Tune-O-Matic bridge
Pearl binding on the body and headstock
Blackjack card 12th fret inlay
So, the guitar is very nicely optioned for the price. I have never, ever touched a 7 string before so I am about 30 minutes into the experience as I am writing this.
The first thing I noticed (other than the quality features and hardware) was that the neck was thicker than the Ibanez Wizard that I am mostly accustomed too. It isn’t thick, just thicker than my usual shred necks. The fretboard itself seems like a football field wide, definitely a new experience. The guitar is perfectly set up, and the action is ridiculously low.
Tonally, the JB gives you a pretty decent metal tone. I think this model now comes with Seymour Duncan Blackouts, which I hear are brutally metal. Either way, in standard tuning or drop C the guitar has a great bottom end. It is hard not to just sit around doing “chugga chugga chug chug” all day long on this thing.
While the guitar excels at rhythm, I still haven’t gotten comfortable enough on it to really make it scream on lead. I get a little lost on the fretboard, but it’s only been a few minutes. Regardless, it isn’t quite speaking to me as much as the bottom end…but I didn’t really buy this guitar to shred so I don’t mind. I did notice, however, that the guitar seems to functionally be a 22 fret guitar. There is very, very poor access to the 23rd and 24 frets. Tapping only I suppose.
The clean tones are impressive as well. The JB is a little hot for silky clean, but the ’59 in the neck sounds terrific. Add a little chorus to the mix and you can really play some moving passages, I love it.
Overall, I don’t think you are going to do better for the price. If I was going to shred it up I’d probably go with an Ernie Ball JP7, but that guitar is nearly $2,000 more than this one. If you want to check out a 7, this is an excellent first stop.