Great Guitar but needs some adjustments
I love the guitar. It's beautiful to say the least. The neck feels good and is very thin. It's my first 8 string and the 28" scale takes some getting used to. I had to change some things after I got the guitar. The volume knobs were backwards when I got mine so I had to change them. Not a big deal, but I feel it should be mentioned. The Pickups where really low and since they only had foam pad underneath them they couldn't really be adjusted higher. I added springs to the pickups so they could be adjusted to the proper height. Without the adjustment the 6, 7 and 8 strings don't have much volume compared to the higher strings. The neck pickup poles don't match up to the strings quite right. I think it makes a difference with the 8th string's volume and clarity when running on the neck pickup. I am thinking of getting a bar pickup for the neck. The Stock strings are too heavy. I bought D'Addario XL 10-74 set strings and the 7th and 8th strings sound much clearer than with the stock 81 (I think) that was on the 8th string. However, when bending the 1st string on the 8th fret to the 1st fret it's impossible to hit a full step bend with a .010 gauge string. I broke 2 strings trying. Also, it was tearing up my fingers. I finally realized that because of the 28" scale the tension needed to tune strings 1 through 4 correctly is too high with the gauges I use on my 6-string guitars. Also, since the frets are further apart you have to bend further to hit the notes. I ended up buying single strings for a custom set of D'Addario NYXL 8, 10, 14, 22, 38, 52, 64, 74 because no one makes a set like that. I think I may still go a little lighter on the 6th and 7th strings. Obviously you'll have to adjust the neck and the intonation for the lighter strings but in my opinion it is well worth it. If you are just doing chunk-chunk heavy distortion stuff the lighter strings on the high end probably isn't needed for you, but the lighter 7th and 8th strings make a big difference in sound clarity and the strings don't sound so muddy. Overall, I really like the guitar it just took a few things to adjust it to my play-style and it's a learning experience with a longer scale. Just FYI I tune E-B-G-D-A-E-B-F# and I have been playing blues on it because someone told me I couldn't. The baritone sounds are really awesome if you put them in the right places. :) I also bought the SGR1C - Schecter SGR-1C Molded Guitar Case which is a perfect fit.