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Eight is Enough

Schecter Blackjack ATX C-8 Mini-Review

I was very curious before testing this new instrument for two reasons: first, because the C-8 is an eight-string guitar(!), which is a quite new concept; and second, because it's a Schecter. This brand left us with some very good impressions during previous reviews. We were curious to discover its interpretation of the eight-string guitar concept invented by another famous Asian manufacturer in 2007. Let's warm up the fingers and get on with it...

Mini-Review: A Snap Shot

So first some visuals....

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Then some sounds...

 

 

 

01 accordage
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  • 01 accordage00:11
  • 02 Clean (accords et arpeges)00:39
  • 03 disto chunka chunka en Fa diese01:00
  • 04 solo metal00:15

 

 

Finally, what is behind this BlackJack ATX C-8?

 

The manufacturing quality of the guitar is impeccable. The finish is irreproachable and the hardware has been carefully selected to conceive a nice looking guitar that stays in tune and produces a warm mahogany tone with a long sustain.

 

Regarding electronics, the Seymour Duncan pickups are an original and valuable alternative to the EMGs the other models in the range provide, which results in a slightly more "vintage" tone.

 

However, the long scale and the neck width are not ideal for every guitar player: you must have long fingers to make the best out of this BlackJack ATX C-8.

 

Finally, I find it's a pleasant and attractive guitar with a good value for money ratio. This serious instrument can take you to a new sonic universe which is still widely unexplored.

Pros

  • Manufacturing quality
  • Hardware quality
  • Seymour Duncan Blackout pickups
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Wide long-scale neck (which makes the guitar inaccessible for some)
  • Original string set is a bit too heavy for the high strings and too light for the low strings
  • No case or gig bag provided with the guitar