NGD: Schecter Hellcat VI

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  1. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    30" scale
    Body: Alder
    Bridge/Tremolo: TonePros System
    Controls: Vol / push pull Tone for coil splitting / 5-Way
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Frets: 22 Medium
    Hardware: Chrome
    Inlays: Dots
    Machine Heads: Grover
    Neck Joint: Bolt-On
    Neck Material: Maple
    Pickups: Duncan Designed MH-102
    I've thought about buying another bass VI for years. I was perusing ebay and found this one for a pretty reasonable price, so of course I bought it.
    Aesthetics: I really like the look of the hellcat and I like the headstock they use with it (same as on their e-1 models iirc). The black paint and chrome hardware look really good in person. The previous owner must have babied this thing or barely used it because there's barely any buckle rash on the back/no dings on it.
    Feel/Sound: The frets are seated properly, the guitar is set up well so there's no fret buzz or too high of action. The guitar holds its tuning relatively well given that it's tuned to an octave below Drop D ( it can go lower but I find myself having a harder time hearing that unless I run it through a darkglass b7 profile on my kemper). The pickups are nice and mellow, but with the right amount of drive/boosting and the coil split they can get a really punchy bass sound. I'll throw up some darkglass clips later, but for now here's a video of how it sounds through my boogie f30, with the precision drive in front.

    Final verdict: The build quality is really great on this guitar and it's a fun thing to have on hand, since I can pretend to play bass every now and again without having to buy a "real bass"
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Didn't watch the vid yet but congrats on the score man, these are really fun instruments. I love all things VI and I had the Ultra VI, was very tempted to get a Hellcat instead/aswell haha! Lovely guitar
     
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    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    thanks, I really like it, it's definitely a fun thing to break out when I get tired of regular guitar.
     
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    I have one of the squier VI's. It's definitely an interesting instrument. It doesn't really feel like a guitar or a bass, if that makes any sense. Ideally I would have gotten one of these instead, but I just wanted one for dirt cheap. (Mine was damn near free.)

    Nice score, I hope you enjoy it!
     
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    Schecter makes the best version of the 6 string baritone, period. Congrats!
     
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    Very nice, I've always wanted to try one of these.
     
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    what are options as far as 30" scale guitars go?
    Dual humbuckers preferably
     
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    Discoqueen Dang tootin

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    That’s really cool, happy ngd!
     
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    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    from what I've seen there's really only a couple of options, Agile, Squier, Schecter, or dunable (if you want to spend some big bucks). Agile is the only one besides dunable that does a bass vi with full on humbuckers.
     
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    Schecter have one with humbuckers, looks a little more modern than most other Bass VI's https://www.schecterguitars.com/guitars/hellraiser-c-vi-detail
     
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    Cool to see more VI action here. I just slapped some labella flats on my Ibanez SRC6 to switch things up a bit.

    How heavy are you going with those strings to get down to D? It sounded pretty clear in the video but they don't look that thicc in your pics.
     
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    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    I don't know the string gauges on it right now, they're whatever the previous owner shipped the guitar with. Best guess I'd say at least a .80
     
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    TMZ did a run of Jacksons they called "Doom Soloists" a while back that were 30", and incredibly cool looking. From what I remember, they didn't sell particularly fast, and ended up being fairly cheap considering they were Custom Shop Jacksons. Every once in a while one pops up for sale used. I almost bought one when they dropped in price, but realized I didn't have a ton of use for it. Still kinda wish I would have though.

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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    man, the things I learn about on here

    that's going right on the reverb/ebay watchlist next to "silverburst baritone explorer" and "Oni E-scale 8 string"
     
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    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    no, you stop that, those are mine, I CALL DIBS
     
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    Too sick. A bit too pricey for what you get though don't you think?
     
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    At full price, they were what you'd pay for any Masterbuilt Custom Shop, which is super expensive but expected. I think they ended up going for under $2k though, which I'd say is a steal new. I've seen them considerably cheaper used too - hard to beat IMO if you have a use for such an instrument.

    There's actually a 30" Rhoads on GC used right now for a really good price. I've seen it up for sale a few times - dunno if that means something is wrong with it, or people just don't end up having a lot of use for it (my reason for never jumping on it).

    Anyway, sorry to derail OP. I think these Hellcats are really cool. I've always been kinda interested in the Ultra VI, but never come across one in person to try out.

    Edit: Looks like that Rhoads sold - I just went to find the link to post here and it was gone.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    The explorer baritone that's on reverb at the mo is too pricey for me even before import/customs etc so I'm not going anywhere near that.

    And the Oni E-scale 8 that's on there....I'm not sure what I think about that Amboyna burl top in orangey yellow...it puts me in mind of a cross section of someones lung or something.
     
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    This is why I like Schecter, they make some great alternative and unusual guitars.
     

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