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Schecter Guitar Research Damien Elite 8-String Electric Guitar

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The Schecter Damien Elite-8 electric guitar has a gorgeous quilted maple top, a double cutaway mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck, and a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard. The Damien Elite-8 has a long 26-1... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Schecter Damien Elite-8 electric guitar has a gorgeous quilted maple top, a double cutaway mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck, and a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard. The Damien Elite-8 has a long 26-1/2" scale length to accommodate the lower tuning of the added F# and B strings and is fitted with a Schecter CTM-8 fixed bridge for maximum stability and sustain. The 8-string Damien Elite guitar is loaded with a pair of EMG 808 active humbuckers for all the great heavy rock tones you need. Appointments include stained cross inlays, multi-ply fretboard and body binding, and black chrome hardware.

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  • Construction: double-cutaway
  • Back: mahogany
  • Top: quilted maple
  • Neck: bolt-on maple neck
  • Scale: 26-1/2"
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Frets: 24 extra-jumbo
  • Nut: Graph Tech Tusq
  • Tuning: F#/B/E/A/D/G/B/E
  • Inlays: stained cross
  • Binding: multi-ply
  • Pickups: EMG Active 808
  • Electronics: Volume /Tone/3-way switch
  • Bridge: Schecter CTM-8
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Hardware: black chrome
  • Case sold separately
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Reviewed by 8 customers

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(44 of 73 customers found this review helpful)



By chris

from lakeville

this is an amazing guitar. awesome metal tone, but can clean up and play blues or any type of classical stuff

(38 of 87 customers found this review helpful)



By Andy

from Eagan, MN

Features: Typical of this sort of guitar. Quality & Reliability: The tone was balanced but very dark. An alder, ash, or basswood body would've been a better fit tonally since (with a bolt on) the majority of the sound comes from the body rather than a balance between the neck and the body. I can say my set neck C7 with a mahogany neck and body had no such problems. Given the tonal issues and the fact that chords didn't really sound right below the low B I ended up keeping it about a week and returning it. Look & Feel: Looked great. The neck initially felt like playing on a air craft carrier but on that account I was largely able to adapt. The traditional heel made soloing difficult, disappointing when Ibanez contours the heels on even their lowest end models. My hands weren't quite big enough to get around all problems, ironic given my hands are huge. Anyways when I had to palm mute what I was playing on the high E my palm didn't reach to mute the low F# so I was getting sympathetic vibrations on that string.

(31 of 40 customers found this review helpful)


Decent extended range

By Erik

from slc utah

I've had this guitar for about 3 months, I'll keep this short and simple: Pros: smooth action across the fretboard, and of course that good old Schecter sound. And of course the fact that it has 8 strings. Cons: The neck joint isn't contoured at all. Not so much of a problem on a normal guitar, but with the wide neck it feels like you're trying to reach around a brick when you get to the higher frets. Takes a little getting used to. Other notes: the added strings can sound a little muddy depending on your effects. It sounds fine clean or with a decently hot signal, but in between not so much. They do sell pickups made specifically to upgrade the guitar and remedy this problem, which you find on this site. I don't know how well they work, having not tried them. Just something to keep in mind.

(3 of 30 customers found this review helpful)



By Trey

from dawsonville ga

This was the worst drumset I have ever purchased! The only positive I can find is the paint job doesn't show stray fecal matter that often finds it's way onto my hands (and mouth)

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


OMG just amazing

By skylar may

from Newark De

this is a amazing guitar hands down i just picked it up maby 2 hrs ago its has a amazing sound the emg 808s sound amazing no muddy sound sounds great clean and distorted this is a must get. i went stright from a 6 string it take a little to get used to i still am but its a fun guitar and amazizng sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


8 strings all the way!

By Diana Santos

from Bronx, New York City

I'd totally recommend this to people who are a bit small handed. The frets are easy to go around except adjusting to reaching the 24th fret. It takes time to actually adjust the settings on this guitar because it can be a little muddy until you finally get the sound right. Other than that, this is a pretty good piece of work. Totally worth the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best deal for the price.

By John Nelson

from Vancouver WA

If you look at the price of the average 8 string, you're getting a really, really good deal. I read and watched several reviews concerning 8 strings before I bought this bad boy, and they all said good things about it. Don't let that .5 inch difference in neck length spook you off towards other guitars. This thing pummels and keeps the tunning. the F# is a *little* loose out of the box, but they use a lighter gauge string than what I'll end up changing it out. Regardless, the TONE and playability of this thing makes it a great value. I laugh when I hear "the neck width is so huge, it's like playing a brick"....Well yeah, it's an 8 string. It's maneuverability of the frets is more akin to a Bass than your traditional guitar, what did you expect? The solidity of the body and neck really make for some deep, dark tones. But highly articulate. I plugged this into a tiny little Blackstar HT-5C, and it sounded HUGE and I could make out each of the notes. Beyond the quality of the guitar, the other major benefit of this guy over the Ibanez model is the EMG pickups. Because Blackouts are the flavor of choice these days, you can easily swap out EMGS with Blackouts if you so desired (But honestly I'm not going to. The EMG 8 string thing here ROARS....more savage than their standard six string version.)


Great sound and value for 8 string

By Brandon Elbers

from Saginaw, MI

This is my first 8 string guitar I have owned. I have had it for around 3 months so far, and am still impressed by it. I used to have the Schecter C-1 Artist 6 string guitar and really liked it. One thing about Schecter is the guitars are built very well and they have excellent customer service. Pickup selector switch go bad? They send you a new one. No questions asked. Overall, this is a great 8 string guitar for those that want extended range and a beautiful looking guitar.

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