Schecter Retro C-1 E/A Cat's Eye


Electric Guitar

  • Design: Semi-hollow
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Flamed maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck attachment: Set-in
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Fretboard inlays: Mother-of-pearl dots
  • Neck profile: Thin C - Thickness at the 1st fret: 20 mm / Thickness at the 12th fret: 22 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm (25.51")
  • Fretboard radius: 356 mm (14")
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • Nut: Graph Tech XL Ivory TUSQ
  • Frets: 24 X-Jumbo
  • Pickups: 2 Schecter Diamond Plus humbuckers and Fishman piezo
  • Volume- and tone controls with push/pull function for humbuckers
  • Volume- and tone controls for piezo pickups
  • 3-Way switch for switching between humbucker, mix and piezo
  • 3-Way switch for humbuckers
  • Bridge: Fishman Powerbridge with TonePros T1Z tailpiece
  • Machine heads: Grover
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Strings: Ernie Ball Regular Slinky (.010 - .046)
  • Colour: Cats Eye
Available since September 2021
Item number 512903
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Cat´s Eye
Body Mahogany
Top flamed Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HH, Piezo
Tremolo None
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No
Shape/Design ST-Style
Soundboard Mahogany
Pickup System HH, Piezo
Pickups (Acoustic) Piezo
Connector Jack
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1 Review

The best value for the buck overall
George Sh 13.02.2022
I was choosing my first electric guitar a few of months ago and I'd encountered this beauty here. It was the cheapest option with H+H+Piezo pickups. I wanted just one guitar with all those sound options as I didn't want to collect them all. :)
It sounds great and clean when connected directly to the external soundcard (Scarlett 2i2) but my Marshall MG50FX always adds its own creaky and rattling tones whatever mode you choose.
The small drawbacks that I've found are:
- The strings were set extremely low making it very easy to play, but there was some rattling in the middle.
- Even though the strings were sitting low, the piezo bridge was already set pretty high so there was little (but enough) room for raising it further.
- The string stopper (not sure what you call it, I'm not a native speaker) was also pretty high, but still the strings between the 2 bridges were in contact with the sharp edge of the piezo pickup body. This is not very good as strings may wear out quickly. After some adjustments, the 2 thicker strings are still stretched across that edge.
- The individual piezo pickups on the Tune-o-Matic bridge were not tuned perfectly so that correctly tuned open strings were not in perfect tune on the 12th fret. But that's OK, you would tune them again for every new set of string anyway.
- The piezo pickup sounded noticeably softer than the magnetic pickups that are about twice as loud as piezo. According to Fishman's brochure (included), this can be remedied by adjusting the small rotary trim pot near the chip. I did fix this pretty easily and now all the pickups are about equally loud.

Yes, Schecter confirms they do not tune their guitars in this price range, it's not a custom guitar. The neck anchor was set correctly though, bending it slightly did not help get rid of that rattling. Anyway, I had to watch a few videos about tuning a guitar and have it now set up so that it sounds equally well along the entire neck and strings do not rattle anymore. Luckily, they've put 3 hex keys in the package for every adjustment you would ever need.
But those are minor issues, you would expect those from any guitar in this price range. In general, it's a very pleasant instrument with looks of a rock-star. Definitely recommend it as the first and only electric guitar. The competitors I found were the PRS Hollow Piezo and one model by Fame, but they cost significantly more, around EUR1200-1500. But they bear more famous pickups.
Important: Mind that ALL the pickups are active, they all need a battery. I thought only piezo was an active one and found out that all of them were active during a performance in a year after the purchase when a battery died.
In general, it's a perfect buy for the money, I'm happy.