NAMM 2024: Guitarists regularly complain about a lack of new and normal physique shapes on provide from instruments corporations, so all credit to Schecter, which has gone all-in on Machine Gun Kelly’s wild new Razorblade signature guitar.
There’s no mistaking the foundation by come of the electrical guitar’s true basswood physique, which has been carved precise into a razor blade shape with a steel scratchplate covering your total top.
Truly, such is its novelty fee, that Schecter’s initial announcement on Instagram [below] used to be greeted by a bunch of commenters evaluating it to the mocked-up output of comedy guitar imprint Chibson – purveyor of the Hand Win and the Durst ’Burst.
The lead statement evaluating the two – “NGL I knowing this used to be a Chibson put up in the origin” – now has over 3,000 likes and, to give Schecter credit, we’re moderately obvious it knew exactly what it used to be doing in placing together that Instagram graphic.
Both come, Schecter has bought of us’s consideration, so let’s head abet to the guitar itself…
Alongside that categorical basswood physique, there’s a whisk-on, three-fragment maple neck formed precise into a Thin ‘C’ profile, which ought to fabricate it moderately rapid.
That is topped with an ebony fretboard with 22 ‘X-Jumbo’ frets and an XX inlay on the 12th worry. In case you’re an MGK newbie, the XX is a reference to his ‘EST XX’ slogan (standing for Every person Stand Collectively).
Other hardware involves a Tusq XL nut and a Hipshot hardtail bridge for rock, that are clearly liked for his or her tuning balance, given MGK’s propensity for throwing himself about onstage.
Then again, unlike the TD Strat (which commits to the beast-delight in Seymour Duncan Invader humbucker), the Razorblade offers a tiny more tonal flexibility in the beget of a Schecter Pasadena Plus.
That is an Alnico V pickup that is pitched as a ‘easiest of every and every worlds’ option, spanning single coil and humbucker-model tones, with a exiguous emphasis on the simpler mids.
As such, this can pair correctly with overdrives/distortions, however it’ll peaceful be conceivable to derive tidy tone out of it. Despite the truth that, if you happen to’re in the marketplace for a Razorblade-formed guitar, right here might possibly well no longer be your top priority.
Finally, amid the other chrome hardware, that that you simply can possibly region a single toggle switch – in actual fact a extinguish switch, which is to hand for immediate muting, or Tom Morello-model stutters. Truly, the spec mirrors that of MGK’s OG Schecter signature PT, which used to be in actual fact a terribly good guitar.
It’s all establish together in South Korea. Model-wise, the Razorblade comes in at $1,499, which in all equity steep for a single-pickup offshore form.
Obviously, there shall be a indispensable quantity of retooling required to invent what’s an fully normal new physique, however it does establish it up there with the likes of Epiphone Greeny’s realm of ‘top fee imports’.
In the period in-between, Schecter’s ‘tribute’ to Chibson’s queer marketing model has no longer gone unnoticed. Immediate off the designate as ever (an advantage of no longer in actual fact physically producing most of your merchandise), Chibson has already announced the arrival of its own rival safety-razor inspired beget, ‘The Hell Razor’…
For more records on the Machine Gun Kelly Razorblade, head to Schecter.
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