Posted on 2nd March 2020 by Callum
We get ready to lock and load with the Schecter C-1 Apocalypse. The ‘Apocalypse’ name refers to an entire range of guitars, a Korean-made series aimed squarely at metal players. With next-level features and a unique look, we review the Schecter C-1 Apocalypse FR S in Blue Reign and Purple Reign finishes…
Schecter’s C-shape body is a traditional double cutaway, with a carved top adding both comfort and elegance. The body itself is made from swamp ash, a choice that aids resonance and note definition. Following on from the success of the Red Reign finish a couple of years ago, the Purple Reign and Blue Reign are just as incredible. With multi-dimensional depth and a metallic shimmer, these guitars will look fantastic under stage lights – or anywhere else for that matter! Check them out on the Guitar Gallery and see for yourself!
The incredibly strong multi-ply neck is shaped to a C-profile and constructed from maple and padauk along with carbon fibre reinforcement rods. This neck feels familiar, as you’d expect from a Schecter guitar. For those not accustomed to Schecters, this is a solid neck that feels chunky, but still smooth enough to move around on quickly. Great for both heavy riffing and high-octane lead lines.
It has a compound radius, going from 12” to 16” as you move towards the higher frets. This has become a popular move for many manufacturers; it makes chording lower down easier and flattens the fretboard at the top for faster playing and easier string bends. There’s also 24 Xtra Jumbo frets, a standard expectation for this type of guitar. The inlays number the frets in roman numerals – a unique touch that adds to the no holds barred look.
This is where the Schecter Apocalypse takes things into the stratosphere. If you’re playing metal or any other high-gain guitar, you need your hardware to perform. The Apocalypse FR-S has a Floyd Rose 1500 Series vibrato, featuring more stainless steel than the more common 1000 Series and re-tooled knife edges. This gives you durability and precision; it’s a rock-solid bridge you can depend on. The tuning machines on the headstock are Grover 18:1 ratio. So between the Grovers and the Floyd Rose fine-tuners you can easily get your strings in tune, and then fix them in place with the locking nut.
The bridge pickup is a no-nonsense Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI humbucker. This features a unique tri-field design, using a combination of an Alnico V and two ceramic-8 magnets. This pickup gives a balanced tone with an aggressive quality, along with a powerful mid-range.
In the neck position is the Sustainiac. This can operate as a normal high-output humbucker, or flip into action for infinite sustain! This is basically an artificial version of your amp feedback when you stand in front of your cranked speakers. It’s much more controllable than traditional amp feedback, and can be used with headphones, modellers, DI boxes and the like. For direct recording or even bedroom practice, there’s no doubt a sustainer is an essential part of 21st century guitar playing.
There’s 3 operational modes; fundamental, harmonic and mix. ‘Fundamental’ sustains the note you are playing, ‘harmonic’ goes an octave above, and ‘mix’ blends the two. Between the Sustainiac and Floyd Rose bridge, you can generate some out of this world tones and serious soundscapes.
For any modern metal players, the Schecter Apocalypse is the bespoke tool for the job. Supremely playable and well-balanced, this is a guitar you will quickly fall in love with. We particularly enjoy the clarity and note definition this guitar gives, punching through in a mix of instruments. Matched with the top-shelf hardware and electronics, the Schecter C-1 Apocalypse is the full package, more than ready to help take your playing to the next level.
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