Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 - Trans Black Burst Satin

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Swamp Ash Body, Flamed Maple Top, 3-pc Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Trans Black Burst Satin
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A 6-string Keith Merrow Signature Guitar

A 6-string version of Schecter's popular KM-7, this Keith Merrow KM-6 solidbody electric guitar is tailor-made for aggressive playing. You'll love the fast, fluid feel of this electric guitar's compound-radius ebony fretboard that lets you easily balance rhythm and lead playing while your hand slides up and down its insanely comfortable Ultra Thin C-shaped neck. A pair of Seymour Duncan Blackened Black Winter humbucker pickups ensure that you'll experience epic metal tone every time you plug this solidbody electric guitar into your favorite amp stack. Take a peek at this Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 solidbody electric guitar, and be confident that your guitar will arrive ready to play, thanks to Sweetwater's 55-point evaluation.

Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Designed for fast, flexible playability by Keith Merrow himself
  • Epic modern metal tone from dual Seymour Duncan pickups
  • Countless shredders demand a compound-radius fretboard
Designed for fast, flexible playability by Keith Merrow himself

Guitarist Keith Merrow has made a reputation for seamlessly melding monstrous rhythms with soaring leads, and he designed this KM-6 solidbody electric guitar with Schecter to give him the eminent playability he needs. You'll be able to set your own speed limit with this axe, thanks to its fast Ultra Thin C neck profile and compound-radius fretboard.

Epic modern metal tone from dual Seymour Duncan pickups

The Seymour Duncan Blackened Black Winter humbucker pickups in this Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 solidbody electric guitar are primed for high-octane tone, giving you crushing distortion with the right balance of mids, treble, and bass. Whether churning out chunky rhythms or shredding, this KM-6's Blackened Black Winter humbuckers will provide you with the aggressive, harmonically rich saturation you need to dominate the stage.

Countless shredders demand a compound-radius fretboard

This Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 solidbody electric guitar features a 12"-16" compound-radius fretboard for ultimate playability. Its fingerboard is rounder near the nut for easy chord-grabbing and rhythm playing. As your playing heats up and moves up the fretboard, the radius flattens out for easier runs and big string bends. With a neck that plays this slick, you'll be up at the highest frets before you know it.

Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Made-for-metal electric guitar developed in collaboration with Keith Merrow
  • Sweet looks and a smooth feel from the arched flame maple top
  • Plays fast and smooth with an Ultra Thin C neck profile and compound-radius fretboard
  • 3-piece maple neck is stronger and more rigid than 1-piece necks
  • High-output, aggressive tone from Seymour Duncan Blackened Black Winter humbuckers
You'll command the stage with this Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 solidbody electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape C
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Swamp Ash
Top Material Flamed Maple
Body Finish Urethane
Color Satin Trans Black
Neck Material Maple 3-pc
Neck Shape Ultra Thin 'C'
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Offset/Reverse Dots
Number of Frets 24 X-Jumbo Stainless Steel
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.653"
Bridge/Tailpiece Hipshot Hardtail (.125) with String Thru Body
Tuners Schecter Locking
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Seymour Duncan 'Blackened' Black Winter (KM Exclusive)
Bridge Pickup Seymour Duncan 'Blackened' Black Winter (KM Exclusive)
Controls 1 x Volume (Push/Pull), 3-way Pickup Selector
Strings Ernie Ball Regular Slinky #2221 (.010-.046)
Manufacturer Part Number 243

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If you are aware of Keith Merrow, then you know you are about to be taken back. This is the nicest guitar I have ever owned. It plays like a dream right out of the box. Hell, I hardly even had to tune it up. The finish is flawless, and the components are top notch. I was definitely skeptic about the Black Winter pick up set. I was absolutely wrong. So much more than a metal set. Crunch, power, and real clarity throughout the strings when hitting big chords. And the clean tone? Ridiculous! I was never too big on Schecter Guitars. After getting my hands on both this guitar and Jeff Loomis JL-7 I am now an official convert. My rep Dusitn was professional, friendly and got me my guitar in under 4 days. could not be happier.
Music background: playing for 27 years

It's a Metal Machine!!!

Wow. This axe is no joke. Some quick background... I'm not really a metal player. I am a metal fan, though; mostly of stuff from the 80's and 90's, but I like newer stuff that mostly falls into the "progressive metal" category. I record at home mostly as a hobby for my enjoyment, but also to build a library that I could license for advertising, etc. I have been writing more heavy stuff in lower tunings, drop-C in particular. I even picked up the Peavey 6506 mini head, but the guitars I owned up to this point (more on that later) just don't cut it in regards to scale length and pickups. I like them the way they are, so a pickup swap is probably not going to happen. So, a new metal-focused guitar it is...The fit/finish and hardware on this guitar is exceptional; and that's not even considering it's Far East origin. The wood selection and satin finish on this thing looks awesome, but the feel of it against my skin will take some getting used to (I'm talking more about where my right arm contacts the body as opposed to the neck). The other guitars I own are urethane gloss finished, so I'm used to a slicker feel (again, under my right arm). This feels almost like raw unfinished wood to the touch. This is not me saying I don't like it, either. It is simply different than what I'm used to. Looks like a million buck, though.Speaking of different than what I'm used to, the pickups in this thing are CRAZY. Let me preface this by saying every other guitar I own has pickups in it that are at or near "vintage output" levels. I think the highest output pickups I owned previous to this are a Gibson Burstbucker 1&2 set and the Duncan "Blackened" Black Winter set (exclusive to the KM-6) in this guitar are near the top of the passive 6-string output heap. I'm fairly certain that the "Blackened" moniker is in place because these have black allen screws and black SD logos in place of the normal pole pieces/screws and white logos of the regular production models. These things are LOUD and ANGRY (relatively speaking). I don't know that I'd be quick to contribute "brightness" to the pickups. That may be more of a function of the 25.5" scale length. The do, however, have a midrange "presence" that makes them snarl like nothing I've ever played. It also makes guitar tracks recorded with this thing instantly jump out in your face. That's not to say that these are exclusively a one-trick-pony. They definitely excel at high-gain heavy riffing, but the particular voicing of these things allows them to be clear and articulate at low-gain and clean settings; extremely useable.The hardware here is really top notch. I can say, with relative certainty, that every other guitar I purchase has been accompanied by purchasing tuners at a minimum, usually bridge, pots, switches, and stock pickups will get swapped out as well. Almost everything about this guitar, in it's stock form, satisfies me. The locking tuners are AWESOME. I have Sperzel locking tuners on all my other guitars and I think I like the locking mechanism (very similar to the Sperzel's), in particular the part you turn to bind/unbind the string, better. I have big, ok huge, hands/fingers and the way you can grip and turn the locking mechanism is much easier for me to grasp (physically, not mentally). The tuning keys are also extremely smooth to turn when tuning. I'm not a whammy bar guy. I bend a lot when soloing and have come to prefer a hardtail bridge. This is my first exposure to the Hipshot Hardtail setup and it seems like a very nice bridge system - string-thru-body, individual fully adjustable string saddles, and a stout mounting plate. What's missing? Nothing, and actually the simplicity allows it to be very minimal in size. It never gets in the way. The only semi-gripe I have with it is the string-height adjustment screws take an unusual allen key size = 0.050" = if you do your own setup work. No issues with the very minimal electronics yet: one push/pull volume and one 3-way selector. And a nice positive snap into position with the pickup selector switch; very nice. The frets on the fingerboard are stainless steel and quite tall. I don't know which wire profile they are, but they allow for a very good purchase of the string in the flesh of your finger like you're halfway to a scalloped fingerboard. The fret finishing is extremely nice, a well. After swapping out the strings for my preferred set and adjusting the truss rod, string height, and intonation, the strings were as low to the frets as the guitar I just got back from the luthier's shop a month ago. The only thing I've changed so far are the strap buttons. All my other guitars have Schaller strap locks on them and, in the spirit of going different directions with this guitar, I installed a DiMarzio Clip-Lock strap on it.I'm really looking forward to what this guitar will inspire me to, musically. Like I said, it's definitely different from the other guitars in my stable. If you're looking for a guitar that can do brutal-as-it-can-get and still have a lighter side, than look no further. Keith, Schecter, and Seymour Duncan NAILED IT on this one! Cheers!
Music background: Worship Director, home/studio recording and mix engineer, multi-musician, etc. etc.

For the money, Unbeatable specs.

Guitar arrived in perfectly playable condition. I made some tweaks to get it more to my liking, and all I have to say is WOW - If you've been looking for a metal/hard rock guitar with great specs, but don't want to spend 2k+, this guitar should be at the top of your list. Thanks to the coil tapping, you can get some pretty nice clean sounds out of the neck and middle positions.Make no mistake though - In it's default configuration, this is a metal guitar, through and through. The Black Winter bridge pickup screams harmonics, and is quite tight on the low end. The neck pickup was a good deal more vocal then I expected, and can really cut through a dense mix. Build-wise, I can find no flaws with the guitar. Everything measures out where it's supposed to, the guitar intonates extremely easily, thanks to it's Hipshot bridge, Frets were all even, Neck had the correct amount of relief out of the box, and there is no hum from the electronics. The XJ stainless steel frets feel nice under the fingers. My only qualm that I could find is that the nut could have been shaved a thou or two down for standard tuning - I was pulling first position chords a tad sharp. Overall, this is a very minor issue. I play a half step down, and with 10-52 strings in Eb/C#, I do not have this problem whatsoever. Overall, a fantastic guitar, with amazing specs for what you pay. Very satisfied customer!

Sweet Axe

Arrived with pretty bad setup, but after a string change, height adjustment and intonation, the axe rocks...usually I don't like this thin of neck, but it really is great.

Follow up

Well, I wrote an initial review when I first got the guitar after having it a month. I owned it about a year and ended up trading for the KM-7 mk II locally. The KM-6: Tried at least 7 different string gauges and tunings, but just wouldn't stay in tune. I loved the tones and feel, but what's the point when you spend more time tuning than playing. Plus, had to have the volume pot replaced. kinda cheap. The Tuning issue has been addressed with the new MKII. Cuz my 7 stays in tune. I think the 5 piece neck over the 3 piece, along with the ernie ball compensated nut helped tremendously.
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