these are still the seller's pix, cause I haven't hardly DONE anything to it yet:
There were a few things that attract, the maple neck-through:
Through my own experience and a few DOZEN guitar stoodrunt's guitars I've seen that Schecter guitars were just about unbeatable in the $400-$800 (or so) range, you MAY
luck into a good Epiphone or BC Rich or... something, but the QC on the Schecters was so fine I wanted to see what their sisters at ESP were doing - same ownership, same philosophy, somewhat different models and production lines. And this one has been upped with at least one great pickup, Seymour's unabashed steal of his guru's L500XL -
Although, the stock wiring was supposed to coil-tap both pickups when you pulled up the tone knob - which is sort-of dumb, series-parallel is far more useful and especially when you can do the pickups separately
and have separate volumes too. Right now the mixed-PU wiring is a
LOT weird, I just have to think my way through it, I imagine I'll end up with two mini-switches doing series-parallel and a V-V-T arrangement. The case was a selling point, these weird ones, well... (anybody got a spare Peavey Mystic case?)
As well as the maple neck-through, other attractions were... the country of origin - Vietnam! In ranks of zoom, Japan stands high, some really nice Schecters are Korean, I've seen many other nice Korean gits, the quality of Chinese guitars depends on, ummm, their quality, Indonesia gets iffy, but Vietnam? One way to find out... All the woodwork looks fine to me, as the electronics have been fiddled I can't say, all the alignments and all are spif enough - the original bridge had been "upgraded" with Graphtech saddle inserts, half of which were cracked and wobbly, so I had to drop another $25 on a real bridge (If your bridge saddles munch strings there are better ideas than plastic saddles IMO).
Now I am certain that the three biggest neck chunks are maple; the "mahogany" neck stringers aren't the same wood as the "mahogany" body wings, and the "ebony" top cap and headstock facing aren't the same "ebony" as the "ebony" fingerboard. In fact the fingerboard could well be (reasonably dense) black rosewood and the top is, ummm, ASIAN
ebony? Maybe it glues to the "Asian mahogany" better.
But you grab the headstock and crank it around and the tuning barely wiggles, and after I did a cursory level/dress'n'polish the frets are now just super. So the initial impression is:
1) Surely adequate-to-fine woodwork;
2) It "plays" really BIG! Not noticeably heavy, just... BIG! Wide, deep etc.
3) It's really, really, really shiny... hello, white plastic steel wool & Micromesh - just for now, heh-heh.
4) the headstock is kind-of hideous, just unaccountably UGLEEE. I would not be shocked if somewhere down the road, that gets SAWED off towards normal, all the body edges get rounded off considerably and the SHINY finish get replaced way towards matte-iness.
But it plays fine, and as it's about as completely UNlike anything else around here it's a keeper. I've already had two 'rons tell me it's a "metal" guitar, but I have no idea what they're talking about - it likes blues & Bach as well as anything else I own? There are always mo' rons around than you can shake a stick at. Or an ax.