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Those looking for a electric guitar who does just about everything but mow the lawn and take out the recycling might want to check out Schecter’s latest semi-hollows.
The California guitar company just unveiled the C-1 E/A Classic in Satin Pelham Blue and Faded Vintage Sunburst finishes, and they’ve got a lot going for them. Those familiar with Schecter’s C-1 E/A Classic Cat’s Eye model – the one with the attractive figured maple top – will know what to expect.
These are double-cutaway semi-hollows with two humbuckers and a Fishman Powerbridge piezo system to allow players to switch between sweet acoustic tones and full humbuckers, all on a guitar designed to accommodate the six-string showponies of this world.
The C-1 E/A Classics have three-piece mahogany necks, reinforced with carbon fiber rods and cut from thin C profiles. They have a 25.5-inch scale and 14-inch ebony fingerboards. inches topped with 24 extra-jumbo frets.
Their necks are glued to the body and feature Schecter’s Ultra Access carving around the heel, which digs out just about all unnecessary loose wood from the region to open up the full fingerboard.
The C-1 E/A Classic in Faded Vintage Sunburst has an arched zebrawood top, mahogany back and sides, while the Satin Pelham Blue model is all mahogany. The ivory plywood binding completes them well.
The hardware feels solid enough – tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece through the strings, Schecter-brand locking tuners with bean buttons – but it’s probably the electrics that we’ll be most interested in.
Traditional or magnetic voicings for electric guitar pickups are provided by a pair of Schecter USA Pasadena humbuckers. These were first injured for Avenged Sevenfold’s Zacky Vengeance and are not lacking in power. The Pasadena Plus in the bridge is the warmer of the two, with a bit more juice in the upper mids.
These are complemented by a Fishman Powerbridge piezo system, as seen on guitars such as Jerry Cantrell’s Gibson “Wino” Les Paul Custom, which delivers acoustic electric guitar tones in a jiffy. But not only that, you can mix the two signals so that the magnetic pickups and piezo tones work together. Very clever.
Setting up the controls is pretty simple though. There are volume and tone pots for the magnetic pickups, a push/pull function on the tone pot to split the coils – again, very versatile – and volume and tone controls for the piezo sounds.
There’s a three-way pickup selector for the humbuckers and a three-way output selector which, as mentioned above, lets you select humbuckers, piezo, or both together. The Powerbridge preamp is powered by a 9V battery which is housed in an easy to access compartment at the rear of the guitar.
It is in this pickup and piezo configuration that the C-1 E/A Classic offers something truly different, if not unique. It positions itself as a natural rival to a guitar such as the PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo, and perhaps even guitars such as Fender’s Acoustasonic models – both the US and Player Plus versions – could be involved in the conversation.
All are hybrid guitars that give players a wide range of electric and acoustic tones before they’ve even touched their pedalboard or guitar amp.
The C-1 E/A Classic is available now, priced at £1,025 / $1,499. See Schecter for more details.