Gibson Could NEVER Build This Guitar...But SCHECTER Just Did!Mar 16, 2022
no it's not a
gibsonbut it's one of the best single cutaway
guitars I've ever played yeah welcome back to the channel guys hope you guys are having a fantastic day today so excited about
thisis the blackjack schechter solo 2 now on You might be making this point, didn't you
justsay that this is one of the best single cutaway guitars you've ever played? Custom 2 absolutely loved that guitar, as did my brother, so I gave it to him. I can still see her all the time. He really enjoys it. This is the new guitar in that series. the price is so good and the features are so good and everything is so precise and high end on this guitar i
justdont think a company like
gibsoncan do this certainly not in the price range not with the feature set and specs that we have i'll get into that in a second they would have to charge e you know a lot about a guitar like this and that's why i love
schecternow this is a higher end guitar but you know compared to anything else in the price range and if it was made by any other manufacturer they would have to charge you double that's one of the reasons I say this is one of the best single cutaway guitars I've ever played because when you're an average player or even a professional player, Every dollar counts and what you get for that dollar really counts and when it comes down to it these are hard to beat now that I'm reviewing these specs.
Keep a head count and ask yourself how much a major manufacturer would charge for this feature set. expect locking tuners the
schecterones very very good they are quite heavy but I have to say there is no dip in the headstock so it is very ergonomic and very balanced which means you know when you put it in a strap isn't always doing this which is you know super annoying ng so ergonomic love that uh graphtec isn't very important in a three plus three design you have a capo very good graphtec does great stuff too very nice scroll here which you also know which to me is very important especially if you have a mahogany neck it's just not as strong as maple so we have a three piece mahogany neck and check out this satin finish on the back of the neck the whole guitar is a beautiful gloss intense but satin neck back I love that and I'm sure it takes more time and money to make a feature like this but the perfect players feature ya know Bes, it just gives you that nice look of a painted body and painted neck, but with a much smoother finish on the back, I should also mention the carbon bracing rods.
Again something you don't see on those high-end manufacturers, so this neck will stay in place. You know that changing the temperature changes the humidity. You want to keep that to a minimum, but when you have the carbon bracing rods it will now be stable. On the face we have an ebony fingerboard again, usually a premium for most major manufacturers and stainless steel frets. The day we see stainless steel frets on most Stratocasters or Les Pauls, I'll probably just be running around my house. like crazy you know I don't think it's coming and here you know on most shectors between a thousand bucks and 1200 bucks you see stainless steel frets on a lot of those models also compound radius so we're talking satin on the back we're talking stainless frets, compound radius, you know, ebony fingerboard, carbon bracing rods, we haven't even gotten to the body yet and anyone else's price is already through the roof right now as for the body well the first thing I noticed was how clean the lines were on this guitar and part of that I think there's not a poker chip around the stick here this thing is almost silent and it feels amazing and there are no pickup rings, so it just gives If the guitar looks amazingly clean and cool, now at the back, here's a mahogany body. rounded heel joint helps to access the upper fret, uh what more lung smile pickups again?
High end pickup set here. I don't have so here you go I'm sure I missed a few things but those are the highlights of this guitar and of course it features my favorite Schecter inlays the Offset lines with three at the 12th fret, now of course the specs aren't everything if the guitar doesn't sound right if it doesn't give you the sounds you want you know it might not be a good fit happily the playability on this thing is insane it's so good it came configured out of the factory absolutely beautifully so I didn't have to tweak anything and in terms of the tones well let's find out now we're going to give them some great distortion these heavy pickups have a reputation for clarity with high gain so we'll try that and go for it. some bluesy overdrive some cleans and of course try the coil splits so I think it's safe to say no matter which high gain flavor you prefer this guitar will handle it no problem let's try lowering the volume just a touch there you know I
neverreally know how a pickup is going to respond to changes in volume especially if you know the higher output ones but this sounds great so let's try getting the neck pickup up a bit here, so let's try that neck pickup. kind of classic rock range let's turn it down again there yeah overall you know I'm very impressed with the range you can get out of these lundgrens so I'm on the neck pickup they're really nice and warm let's try splitting the coils here look at what it looks like i mean it's not a tone you'd normally associate with a guitar like this very helpful lets actually try both pickups in split mode so that's bridge and yeah bridge and next split , you can't hear the squawk i think when we go full clean uh that's going to be a great tone for sure ok so come on yeah let's go from overdrive to straight clean now when it comes to guitars with pickups For high output, I always feel like clean tones suffer a bit, so let's look at these lungy smiles. how they sound totally clean so let's start on the neck let's take here I'll just play some stuff from g c to minor just some basic chords so I've definitely heard worse let's break it down now pitch wise well I thought this thing was surprisingly versatile, it responded very well to volume reduction when using high gain and getting all the tones in between.
Now, let's be honest, if you play mostly with gain, you'll be in heaven. awesome y'know heavy gain medium gain light break up I even thought it sounded great on that neck pickup so there's a lot of versatility now when it comes to clean tones I think I
couldprobably dial in some better ones I just used the setup that was on my amp but there sure are some usable tones and I've played a few les pauls where I'm like no it's not going to happen so I think these pickups are surprisingly versatile and with the coil splits it just adds that versatility if you're struggling to find it with the main humbucker just try splitting the coils i thought the middle setup with both coils split was pretty cool now too as i said when i was playing coil splits aren't going to convince anyone who is playing on a Strat but adds some nice versatility so here are my final thoughts on the blackjack scheckter solo 2 ah now this guitar retails for around 1200. and start thinking about the specs with the locking tuners the graphic ec nut you know the ebony fingerboard stainless steel frets satin neck carbon bracing rods high end pickups high end hardware over and over again and i would buy this over you know like a gibson les paul studio any day of the week this just kicks in at that heart especially when you talk about the overall
buildand playability so you know the areas that have plagued gibbs in their low end midrange well let's be honest even some of their higher end guitars you don't see any of it here so you just pick it up and play it and it's a great experience now I think if you mainly play clean tones you might want to avoid this but even if you know to start playing blues tones they heard uh very very good uh and I think you
couldprobably m You'll pitch some better clean tones if you spend some time, but these pickups are pretty good, so you know I'd probably turn it down a bit if you wanted to play more cleans, but it's set, you know. being a high gain dream it sure is and it sounds amazing in there so here you go ergonomics are great no head dip y'know like i said fretwork is supreme those stainless steel frets are smooth to slide and bend if you've
nevertouched them they're sure a great experience and yeah other than that if you want more info I'll link you in the video description below other than that have a great day
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