If I wanted my guitar to be stealthy, I would quit the music industry and start doing something that does not involve loud performance on a stage in front of thousands of people. I mean what is with these people and naming guitars cool sounding names that make no sense in the context of the industry? I highly respect Schecter because they have manufactured some of my favorite guitars over the past years, but really? Anyway, let’s take a look at the Schecter 403 Stealth C-1 and see what makes it so Stealthy.
Let us get to the body of the guitar first. We are looking at the Red model specifically, because why not? The shape of the guitar seems to be related to the Stratocaster in one way or another. The double-cutaway, U-shaped neck looks very attractive and actually catches the eye of the viewer, making you want to look at it more. The ultra red coloring of the guitar stands out even in the crowded room with its satin finish and black contour around the body. So when they decided the design was stealthy, they sure as hell were right.
The body of the guitar is built out of arched mahogany. This hardwood is rather decent, especially for guitars with ambition (which this guitar, with its name, shouldn’t have). Mahogany is known to be sturdy as a rock. Well, maybe not a rock, but it is sturdy enough for most guitar purposes. It will not have a hard time dealing with most damage and dents and scratches will not be encountered, unless you decide to put them into the guitar yourself. The hardwood has a nice and warming effect on the sound.
The neck of the guitar is also built out of mahogany. A great choice for the durability that I described earlier. Because of all this mahogany, the body is lightweight, though you definitely feel it once you pick it up. You will not have to man up and hide your pain with this one, as it is very comfortable to hold. The neck is set into the body, which is always a nice thing. Helps the resonance of the guitar to be built better, and the alignment is definitely exceptional.
The bridge of the guitar is Hipshot Hardtail. This means the guitar is easy to restring, the strings are stable and the raise is sufficient for some awesome action.
The nut of the guitar is Graph Tech XL Black Tusq that is made out of man-made ivory. This means that the material is resonant and consistent, as opposed to organic materials.
The tuners are well built and will remind you of themselves every other week, when the guitar goes out of tune. Something you will get used to and appreciate, as the process of re-tuning can be very relaxing.
The guitar is equipped with two decent humbuckers. The Dual Schecter SuperRock II “Dualmode” humbuckers are powerful, sometimes deafeningly so. The nuance of sound they are capable of picking up and reproducing is very appreciable. Their long life term is something you will thank the guitar gods for. The sustain they provide you with is soul-shockingly beautiful. Overall, great electronics for loud rock and roll.
Standard controls for volume and tone, as well as a lever for pickup configuration control.
Schecter Stealth C-1 Sound
This guitar is loud. And if you are not playing it loud, I need you to fix that right now. The humbuckers installed on the guitar can translate the most powerful growl and the quietest whisper into mind-shattering sonic waves. The guitar’s sound is fun to produce and it is beautiful. Nothing less.
Now that we have looked at all of these details, we can conclude that this guitar is anything but stealthy. It’s loud, raunchy and powerful. So why would anyone decide to call it stealth is a mystery to me. Marketing needs to do better. Still recommended, if not for the name.